Tune in: Heritage High coach on ESPN for 'Sandlot' baby

Tune in: Heritage High coach on ESPN for 'Sandlot' baby

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Tune in: Heritage High coach on ESPN for 'Sandlot' baby

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Heritage High baseball head coach is presented with a pair of black high-top P.F. Flyers from David Mickey Evans, director of "The Sandlot." P.F. Flyers play a pivotal role in the movie.

Heritage High baseball head coach is presented with a pair of black high-top P.F. Flyers from David Mickey Evans, director of "The Sandlot." P.F. Flyers play a pivotal role in the movie.

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.”

David Mickey Evans of New Smyrna Beach, writer, director and narrator of "The Sandlot," signed autographs for the Heritage High baseball team before their 14th game. Evans paid a surprise visit to the team after hearing about their wager with their coach; if they win all 14 of their games, they could name his baby. The team came up with the name Benjamin Smalls, from a character in the movie "The Sandlot."

David Mickey Evans of New Smyrna Beach, writer, director and narrator of "The Sandlot," signed autographs for the Heritage High baseball team before their 14th game. Evans paid a surprise visit to the team after hearing about their wager with their coach; if they win all 14 of their games, they could name his baby. The team came up with the name Benjamin Smalls, from a character in the movie "The Sandlot."

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.”

How Heritage High got featured on ‘Today’ show — twice

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.

‘Sandlot’ writer surprises Heritage High baseball team

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David Mickey Evans of New Smyrna Beach, writer, director and narrator of "The Sandlot," paid a surprise visit to the Heritage High baseball team after hearing about their wager with their coach; if they win all 14 of their games, they could name his baby. The team came up with the name Benjamin Smalls, from 2 characters in the movie "The Sandlot."

David Mickey Evans of New Smyrna Beach, writer, director and narrator of "The Sandlot," paid a surprise visit to the Heritage High baseball team after hearing about their wager with their coach; if they win all 14 of their games, they could name his baby. The team came up with the name Benjamin Smalls, from 2 characters in the movie "The Sandlot."

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