Saul Rubinek was really hit in the nose with a bat during the scene where he falls down the stairs at the stadium. Since Rubinek was caught off guard, his reaction gave the scene a more realistic look. The director, not thinking twice, decided to leave it in the final cut.
Director Howard Deutch previously directed three films written by John Hughes: Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful and The Great Outdoors. Macaulay Culkin starred in the first two Home Alone films, which were also written by Hughes.