WE ALL HAVE OUR HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS.
FAMILY REUNIONS AND SO ON.
BUT WHAT ABOUT GETTING TOGETHER WITH THE GUYS WHO
REALLY MADE YOU WHO YOU ARE.
WHO DEFINED YOUR CHILDHOOD.
KXLY4's JOHN HENDRICKS SPENT AN AFTERNOON WITH A GROUP
WHO DID JUST THAT - AND, JOHN YOU WERE IN THE MIDST
OF REAL-LIFE NOSTALGIA.
TO SEE THE FRIENDSHIPS THAT WERE CREATED SO MANY YEARS
AGO AND THE MEMORIES COME FLASHING BACK IT WAS REALLY
AND TO THINK IT WAS ALL STARTED ON THE BASEBALL DIAMOND.
SO MANY OF US WISH WE COULD HAVE LIVED THE LIVES OF
KIDS IN THE MOVIE THE SANDLOT.
BAD NEWS BEARS OR EVEN FIELD OF DREAMS.
The field that is sitting here today is still standing
30 years later.
FOR A GROUP OF BOYS IN THE 1970'S IN LITTLE OLD OTIS
THIS WAS THE LIFE THEY KNEW.
We had a pitching coach an outfield coach and an infield
coach and we divided up and practices were fun and
I think the parents were happy.
THE BOYS OF THE DINGHY'S TAVERN MIDGET BASEBALL TEAM
EAGER FOR SUMMER TO START SO THEY COULD OIL UP THE
GLOVE, GRAB THE BAT AND HEAD TO THE FIELD.
It's like deja vu, it's like a throw back and I just
It's like 1975 all over again.
FAST FORWARD 40 YEARS.
AND THE BOYS WHO USED TO SWING FOR THE FENCES HAVE
RETURNED TO THE SAME FIELD THEIR DADS BUILT SO MANY
They did something right because here we are 40 years
later wanting to get together and it's because of
those three guys.
Some of us use to have more hair than we do now.
I'm glad you guys all grew up to be wonderful men
it's been great, good to see you.
AND, IT'S NOT JUST THE PLAYERS WHO FEEL DRAWN BACK
TO THIS OLD FIELD.
THE THREE MEN WHO COACHED THEM HAVE RETURNED AS WELL.
The coaching of these kids was the highlight of my
seven years and in doing this last year and this year,
it doesn't get any better.
We were just kids probably the underdogs, we weren't
the best athletes, but they made us think we were.
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I mean it's just that reminder that no matter how
old we get there is still a little kid in us and it
takes us right back to what that was.
AFTER TODAY, THEY GO BACK TO THEIR DAILY LIVES.
A JUNIOR HIGH PRINCIPAL, A BALLISTICS MISSLE ENGINEER
- EVEN A TV NEWS ANCHOR
BUT, FOR THESE TWO HOURS.
You feel like a kid again, you kind of put yourself
back in that situation you were and you have fun laughing
with the same guys you laughed with 40 years ago.
THEY'RE THE DINGHY'S TAVERN MIDGETS ONCE AGAIN.
THE TEAM MAY BE GET BACK TOGETHER NEXT SUMMER.
BUT ARE STILL WORKING ON THOSE PLANS.
REPORTING IN THE STUDIO TONIGHT.