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Dodgers Rookie Shares Honest Review of Classic Movie ‘The Sandlot’

When the Dodgers did their annual dress-up day on Sunday for their flight from San Diego to Phoenix, one of the highlights of the day was the group costume honoring The Sandlot, one of the best baseball movies ever created.

Chris Taylor shaved for his role in the group, although Gavin Lux had no problem playing an 11-year-old Scotty Smalls with full facial hair. The group also included a few staff members (including one in a dog suit), so it led the team in “Wait, who is that?” moments, too.

In the back middle row, you can see Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez portrayed by 22-year-old rookie Miguel Vargas. When Vargas first came up, some people noticed Vargas bore a bit of a resemblance to the grown-up version of Rodriguez from the movie.

No word on whether Dodgers Nation inspired the costume, but you can’t prove we didn’t.

Anyway, the funny thing about Vargas being part of a Sandlot group costume is that, well, he had never seen the movie.

Vargas probably doesn’t have a career as a film critic in his future, but big-league ballplayers get paid more, anyway. You have to respect the rookie’s dedication to the part, though, to go out of his way to watch the movie so he could accurately represent The Jet.

It makes you wonder whether Cody Bellinger went to a Chippendales show in Vegas, or if he just watched Pluto’s Christmas Tree, the 1952 animated short where Mickey Mouse cuts down a pine tree inhabited by Chip and Dale and sets it up at home as his Christmas tree.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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