Sandlot Symbolism

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Growing up, Sandlot was a necessity in the weekly film list. Sandlot displays what a child should look like and what a child may actually go through. Nowadays children and even adults are guilty of being cooped up in a house playing video games. Leisure has faded in and out through society since the 1900’s. Smalls, the main character, becomes the “new boy” and wants to play ball terribly. Unfortunately, Smalls deals with leisure constraints throughout the entire movie. Leisure constraints are issues provoking your participation in a leisure activity (McLean, 2014, p. 122). The prevalent activity of that era was baseball. Baseball required for a glove, tennis shoes, jeans, and an important baseball. Unfortunately, the financial issues kept Smalls …show more content…
Everyone knows an athlete don’t get the full effect of a sport if they are not dressed out. Benny donated the majority of Smalls baseball attire to him. The hat was still cherished as they grew older and was a symbolism of that summer in 1962. As Smalls began the baseball adventure with his friends the finances stopped it. After overcoming the intrapersonal constraint, the boys ran into a problem known as the structural constraint. A structural constraint is when money, transportation, or work may interfere with participation in a leisure activity (McLean, 2014, p. 122). The field wasn’t that vast, so home runs were common for them. A ball was gone astray and needed to be replaced. The financial funds were not available causing the boys to not be able to participate in their favorite leisure activity. Baseballs were not cheap back then and money wasn’t easy to access. Smalls not having any knowledge of baseball history stole his step father’s prize baseball. Smalls advancement in the sport was remarkable, but the home run made the baseball disappear. The baseball landed in a man’s yard that people feared from false rumors. The English massive dog was supposed to be vicious like his owner. In reality, the man and his dog were humble and generous. To all the young boys surprise the owner was more than willing to help out, but also exchange baseballs. The old man, Mr. Mertle, ended up being acquaintances with Babe Ruth, who signed …show more content…
122). Smalls and Bill did not have the best father-son relationship at the beginning, but it happily matured. Bill was a businessman and was absent for weeks at a time. Bill played catch with Smalls, but Smalls caught the ball with his eye. The hit in the eye lowered Smalls desire to attempt and succeed in baseball. Bill happened to leave for a business trip and Smalls acted senseless with stealing the autographed ball. The Babe Ruth autographed ball was a pot of gold to Bill. Bill shared the desire of baseball, but also experienced a structural constraint due to work trips. Smalls athletic ability could have been advanced in the beginning if he had someone to practice with before meeting the team. The lack of baseball knowledge could’ve improved if Bill was present to teach and explain the leisure of baseball. An interpersonal constraint is most common in faulty relationships with loved ones (McLean, 2014, p.

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