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Buck Showalter picks 'The Sandlot' as his favorite baseball movie

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter watches from the

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter watches from the dugout in the eighth inning of an interleague game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Baltimore. Credit: AP / Patrick Semansky

Bob Costas will appear on a show of his own Wednesday night, hosting an episode of "MLB Network Presents" focused on former Yankees and current Orioles manager Buck Showalter.

During the hourlong program, Costas asks Showalter what he would be doing if he weren't in baseball.

"Probably teach or coach in some form," he says. "My dad was a principal. Try going to high school when your dad's the principal. I probably would have been a teacher. Or groundskeeper. I love groundskeeping -- golf course, baseball field. I'd have been happy, too."

Showalter reveals that his favorite baseball movie is "The Sandlot."

"That was me growing up," he said. "We had six or seven of us. That's how I learned to hit the ball the other way. You learn how to argue. The guys said, 'You're not playing.' [I said], 'Why?' They said, 'Play better.' That was it. There was nothing handed to you. You didn't get a trophy for participating. I wouldn't change my upbringing for anything."

One highlight: Showalter's coy response to Costas asking whether he considered walking Derek Jeter intentionally in his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium last September.

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