LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES NOTEBOOK : They Just Might Be Coming Soon to Theater Near You
“The Earthquake Kids” makes a clever slogan for T- shirts. Wouldn’t it make a snappy title for a movie as well?
That’s what Evans/de la Torre Productions is asking, and the folks being asked are the parents of Northridge players.
Eric Gordon, father of right fielder Spencer Gordon, received a proposal for either a feature or television movie from Evans/de la Torre, which produced “Sandlot,” a feature film about youth baseball players.
Gordon, an attorney, did not want to divulge details about the offer until he had discussed it with the other parents, but he said it was for “six figures.”
“They think that with the earthquake aspect, this can make a good movie,” Gordon said.
Worthless: Northridge players arrived at practice Friday to find a rack of new bats waiting for them.
The bats are a full 10 ounces lighter than their length in inches. They are made by Worth and a marketing representative of the company was present at practice.
Once their novelty wore off, however, the players wanted no part of them.
“They make a weird sound and they have no pop,” catcher Matt Cunningham said.
Coach George Saul was pleased to see his players ignore the bats.
“We can’t be changing bats at this point. We have to stick with what got us here,” he said.
Hand in glove: Other sporting goods companies apparently have been allowed by Little League to give equipment to players. Mizuno doled out shoes and batting gloves, and some players collected more than their share.
Matt Cassel, the Northridge first baseman, had a large stack of batting gloves in his equipment bag.
“They had enough for players on all the teams, but some of the teams have left, so we got theirs too,” Cassel said.
Tough at the top: Don Iadevaia became president of Northridge Little League two years ago because he is a tireless worker, spending every spring evening at the field and running weekly board meetings.
His dedication is about to be tested even more severely.
“It is going to be crunch time when I get back to Northridge,” said Iadevaia, an electrical contractor. “I really don’t know what to expect, but I know this league will be getting a lot of attention.
“And our fall league registration begins next week.”
Iadevaia is quickly learning to delegate. He has assigned other league officials to handle requests for interviews and appearances.
The team turned down an offer by Disneyland to pick up the players from Los Angeles International Airport upon their arrival Sunday for a parade down Main Street at the theme park.
The team accepted an offer to be picked up by limousine Monday at 5:30 a.m. at the Northridge field and taken to a radio station, where they will be on the air with Mayor Richard Riordan.