MOOSIC, PA - "Remember kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart [to PNC Field Saturday, July 28] kid, and you can never go wrong."
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, are thrilled to announce that The Sandlot Night presented by Dickson City Hyundai will be taking place at PNC Field Saturday, July 28, in honor of the 25th anniversary of "The Sandlot". The RailRiders will take on the Gwinnett Stripers, but the game on the field will just be part of the excitement at the ballpark that evening that you'll remember for-ev-er.
"'The Sandlot' is an all-time classic," RailRiders Team President/ General Manager Josh Olerud explained. "Several baseball movies are beloved, and each one speaks to a different era in our lives. 'The Sandlot' takes us all back to those summers when we were kids with our neighborhood friends, the games we played and the bonds we formed. It reminds me a little of what we try to do at PNC Field every day."
The first 2,500 fans through the turnstiles will receive a one-of-a-kind Hambino Bobblehead presented by Dickson City Hyundai. Patrick Renna, who played Hamilton "Ham" Porter in the film, will be making an appearance that night. In addition to throwing out a first pitch, Porter will be hamming it up with fans on the concourse signing items for those in attendance. "The Sandlot" DVD's will be available for purchase and autographed as part of the evening.
The night will also feature giveaways by the clothing brand RSVLTS, made popular last season by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge . RSVLTS gear will be available during the game for purchase and there will be 9 Innings of Winning where each inning the seat of a lucky fan will be drawn to receive some of the viral sensation gear.
"Two years ago we polled our fans to discover the most iconic American movie of all-time," said RSVLTS Co-Founder, Stephen Gebhardt. "20 films were included in the poll and The Sandlot, with its themes of baseball, fireworks, s'mores, Babe Ruth and everything in between, was the runaway winner. Like so many others, this film defined my childhood and turned me into a lifelong baseball fan so when the opportunity to partner with the SWB RailRiders for Sandlot night came knocking it was a no brainer to jump on it. We can't wait to meet fellow Sandlot fans and get everyone hyped about our Sandlot button up shirts throughout the night."
Fans are encouraged to come to the ballpark dressed as Wendy Peffercorn, Squints, Smalls or any of their favorite "The Sandlot" characters to win amazing prizes as part of that night's look-alike contest.
There will also be some more fun with hot dog eating competition and s'mores activities, with specific instructions on how to make the childhood favorite: First, you take the graham. You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then, you roast the mallow. When the mallow's flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then, you cover it with the other end.
For more information or tickets to the game, please call (570) 969-BALL or go to swbrailriders.com.
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