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Fridge Brilliance

  • Watching the film, Benny seemed unrealistically perfect:
    • Definitely the best baseball player on the team
    • The only one that the team's Jerk Jock rival respects
    • Baseball feats include hitting the ball straight into Scotty's glove and hitting a ball so hard that it breaks
    • Very handsome
    • Very nice and the only one on the team to welcome the dorky Scotty and defends him when the others protest
    • Becomes the big hero at the end when he steals the baseball from the beast and then outruns him across town
    • It all makes sense when you recall that the film is the nostalgic memories of Benny's best friend and Benny was the reason he became part of the gang. Of course he's going to view him through a Nostalgia Filter. Of course, the ending shows that Adult!Benny really is a Nice Guy and a great ball player; these things are why Scotty buys into his own nostalgia.
  • Smalls' stepdad went easy on him for getting a replacement for his ruined Babe Ruth baseball. The actor who played him, Denis Leary, is actually a Red Sox fan.
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  • Why does The Beast like baseballs so much? Because his owner is a former professional baseball player.
  • Why does Benny care so much about Smalls, this dorky new kid? At 23 minutes into the film, Benny gives Smalls a hat. A Chicago Cubs hat, " of my old hats." Benny was the new kid once, and so he empathizes with Smalls.

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