In the movie The Sandlot, Squints tells of the legend of The Beast.
He says"The legend of the Beast goes back a
long time...before any of us could even pick up a baseball.
Back to a place called Mertle. It all started about, mmm, 20 years ago, when thieves kept stealing junk from Mertle's Acres junkyard. So Mr. Mertle, the guy that used to own the place, got him this new pup from the dog pound. He fed him whole sides of beef...and turned the pup loose in the junkyard. And the pup was grateful. And so, in a few weeks, the pup grew into The Beast. And he grew big, and he grew mean...so that he could protect the junkyard with only one thing on his mind: to kill everyone that broke in. And he did, and he liked it! The Beast was the most perfect junkyard dog that ever lived. A true killing machine. But after a while, the cops started getting phone calls from people...reporting all the missing thieves, the ones The Beast had killed. They never found a single body. Not one. Some people say they all got away. But we all know what really happened. The Beast ate them. He ate them bone and all. The Beast was too good at his guard dog job, so the police said he had to be retired. My grandpa, Squidman Palledorous, was police chief back then. He ordered Mr. Mertle to turn his backyard into a fortress...and chain up The Beast and put him under the house... where he could never get out to eat children and stuff. That's where he's been for years. And that's where he'll be for the rest of his life. Because Mr. Mertle asked the cops how long...he had to keep The Beast chained up like a slave, they said until forever. Forever. Forever. Forever. Forever. Forever. And so, The Beast sits there under that lean-to, dreaming of the time when he can break the chain and get out, dreaming of the time he can chase and kill again." Click to Watch Clip
As the Sandlot gang continued to play baseball near The Beast's territory they quickly learned how to avoid him because of their fear of him. They learned that they needed to do their best to keep their baseballs out of his possession if they wanted to keep playing because once in his possession you don't get it back, it's history, and kiss it goodbye.
Everything changed though the day they found out that Smalls had allowed an autographed Babe Ruth baseball to get into The Beasts possession. As they attempted to help their friend get the ball back they realized the power of The Beast as he foiled every attempt and technique from vacuum cleaners to Erector sets. The plan that eventually worked was Benny pulling a sneak attack on The Beast and running for his life as The Beast chased him through town. Eventually The Beast was stopped and they soon realized he and his owner weren't so bad after all.
|Not the cute little character this attempts to portray|
Moses 4:5 says "And now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which I, the Lord God, had made". If you thought The Beast from The Sandlot was bad then this scriptures shows you that the serpent, Satan, is worse. Satan, like The Beast, will do everything in his power to make our lives miserable. He will do a lot more than take baseballs away from us. Satan tries to use his tactics to foil our Heavenly Father's plan for us and our lives. He will lie, cheat, and do every foul thing out there to make make us unhappy as he is. He wants us to kiss a happy life full of blessings from our Heavenly Father goodbye. Elder L. Tom Perry said "As we take a long, hard look at the world today, it is becoming increasingly evident that Satan is working overtime to enslave the souls of men." The Beast eventfully was found to be good but Satan will never be found for good or doing good. His attacks will be many but we have no need to fear. If we will follow our Heavenly Father's commandments, learn Satan's tactics and how to avoid them and, like Benny, run for our lives from Satan and into our Heavenly Father's care we will be able as it says in Romans 16:20 "bruise Satan under your feet shortly."