“You play ball like a girl,” still apparently the worst thing you can say when talking trash
If you haven’t seen The Sandlot, the wonderful coming of age tale of a group of young men playing baseball, please exit the internet immediately and fix that terrible oversight. For those of us who have seen the film, one of it’s most poignant lessons we took away from it was that telling someone they played like a girl was the single biggest insult you could possibly say to someone. In the war of words, “You play ball like a girl,” was the nuclear option, the end of the discussion. All that was left after that was to prove it on the field. You know who has for sure seen The Sandlot? John Harbaugh and he learned its lessons well.
Before Baltimore’s game-winning, 92-yard drive late in the fourth quarter, the Jumbotron at Heinz Field flashed an image comparing the stats of Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco while the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “What’s Your Name” blared from the public-address system. The chorus of the 1977 hit begins with, “What’s your name, little girl?”
That angered Harbaugh, who was bothered enough by the presumed insinuation that his QB was female that he later pulled aside a Baltimore Sun reporter to point it out.
Quarterback Joe Flacco was less enraged:
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” the quarterback told The Sun, genuinely confused. “They were playing a song?”
What a classic Smalls. It’s a good thing he’s got Harbaugh around to defend him whenever he gets Ham Porter’d by opposing public address DJs. I guess that makes him Bennie “the Jet” Rodriguez.
In short, everything you need to know about being in sports, you, like John Harbaugh, can learn from watching The Sandlot.