Friday, January 7, 2022

You're Killin' Me Smalls

*coffee is freshly hot in my mug and I am ready to go. It's time for some Cards Over Coffee*

Picture this, it's 1993 maybe even 1994. It's your almost Thanksgiving or Christmas vacation from school and the teacher comes wheeling in a TV with an attached VCR on a tall cart. You get excited knowing that not only vacation began the next day, but you were going to spend your day watching movies or playing board games.

At my school, we did both. Each classroom had a different game or board game you can join in on and in the cafeteria, well, that was the hot spot where the teacher rolled in the cart for the movie. The cooks in the kitchen would prep you a snack made up of popcorn, M&M's, and pretzels and some other odds and ends. It was always something that I looked forward to.

One of those years, we got to watch a movie about some kids playing baseball that had a catchphrase that everyone, even to this day still use. We got to watch, The Sandlot.

*takes a sip, continues on with today's post*

The Sandlot was a 1993 sports comedy that was set in 1962's Los Angeles and follows the life of sheltered Scotty Smalls who had just moved into the town and looking to make friends. The big theme here was that the friends he was making were big baseball fans and loved to play. The only problem is, Scotty wasn't an athlete. Couldn't catch, couldn't throw.

As the movie progresses, one of the friends named Hamilton "Ham" Porter gets continuously frustrated over Scotty being sheltered and unable to handle himself, blurts out the phrase in frustration over an answer to a question, "You're Killin' Me Smalls." 

The phrase took off. I found friends on recess using it excessively after watching the movie. People today have T-Shirts, Memes, GIF's, etc on the coined phrase. It has turned big, and I occasionally find myself using it. I think we all may use it with some of the hobby mishaps as well.

*you're killin' me smalls I say to myself seeing that you don't have a cup of coffee ready to read this post*

The actor who portrayed Ham and used the phrase is Patrick Renna. I think he was a guest at one of the Panini National Convention VIP rooms and signed some autographs. Thanks to a trade with Valley Of Cards I was able to bring home his autograph and a memory to post about.

(no sticker graphs were used in this signing)

Back Of Card isn't that stunning. I wished there had been a write up on him or at least had the line added on here. You're Killin' Me Panini!

Thanks again to my buddy Valley Of Cards.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

I always like adding autographs that add memories and take me back. Today's times are so stressful with Covid, that a simple good memory helps make days go on better.

I hope everyone has a great Friday filled with coffee.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*


  1. That is a cross generational phrase. Anyone who watches the movie can help saying it from time to time. Great on-card autograph.

  2. Nice tie in. My kids say the line all the time, and even got me a wall hanging with it on it.

  3. My friends say that line all the time, and gave my so much grief for never watching the movie that I eventually gave in and watched most of it. Still haven't seen it end to end.

    1. I am rooting you on to give it a full watch, it's a classic

  4. Awesome card! Was just thinking of this movie over the holidays, because I stumbled across my set of cards that were part of the 25th anniversary blu-ray.

    1. I wanted those cards but never got the chance to get them

  5. Nice! I have him and all the Sandlot autos from Archives a few years back, but wouldn't mind adding one of these to the collection too.


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