ESPN wants in on the #Sandlot baby-naming action.
Heritage High baseball coach Rob Querry will appear on “Baseball Tonight” about 7:40 p.m. Monday, April 25, to talk about Benjamin Smalls Querry, his unborn baby whose name was chosen by his team. Well, thanks to Querry, that is. To motivate his high school Panthers to a winning season, he challenged them: “Win 14 games, you get to name my baby.”
Suffice to say, it worked.
At first, Rob’s wife, Julia, who’s due in mid-September, thought it was a joke. Last month, the Querrys’ story went viral, and the Panthers chose “Benny Smalls” in honor of two characters from the classic baseball movie, “The Sandlot.”
After the Querrys appeared on the “Today” show, David Mickey Evans — writer/director/narrator of “The Sandlot” — contacted coach Querry to meet him and the team.
“We’re really excited for ESPN. And ‘Baseball Tonight’ is THE baseball show!” the coach’s wife, Julia, said in a Twitter message to FLORIDA TODAY. Since FLORIDA TODAY’s Brian McCallum reported the story, the Querrys have appeared on “Today,” NPR’s show “Only a Game” and BBC, Julia added.
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