No. I didn't have to get on line and find the nearest little league team after watching this predictable schmaltz with my 6 year old, north London born and bred, son, but evidently I'm weak. Frankly the Rockwellesque America these kids inhabit never was and baseball, to my mind, is pretty dull. Actually, the sport here seems incidental and it's frIendship and coming of age that drive the films. I can't imagine a similar film about cricket - doesn't lend itself easily to the same degree of sentimentality.
So now I spend my weekends carting child round great diamonds of the South East and I hold this franchise responsible. Beware parents- approach with caution.