It’s been 25 years since baseball coming-of-age classic The Sandlot hit theaters, and to celebrate the anniversary, the original stars of the film got together for an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show to reminisce, laugh, and actually hit some balls.
In 1993, The Sandlot quickly defined kids’ summers and became a cult favorite, transforming its young stars into baseball icons. “It’s been crazy. I mean, it definitely gets you in places for free,” Marty York, who played Yeah-Yeah, joked in a group interview. “I can’t walk through a Las Vegas casino without someone shouting, ‘Yeah-Yeah!'”
The cast reunion brought together pretty much everyone from the old team, including Victor DiMattia (Timmy Timmons), Grant Gelt (Bertram Grover Weeks), Tom Guiry (Scotty Smalls), Chauncey Leopardi (Michael “Squints” Palledorous), Shane Obedzinski (Tommy “Repeat” Timmons), Brandon Quinton Adams (Kenny DeNunez) and Patrick Renna (Hamilton “Ham” Porter).
Notably absent was Mike Vitar, who played Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, but the group was also joined by David Mickey Evans, who wrote and directed the film. “The film was made with the same amount of love people have for it, and it was the summer of our lives,” Evans said.
“It made a big impact on lots of people’s lives,” Guiry said of the film’s legacy. Recently, the Milwaukee Brewers made a shot-by-shot recreation of one of its best moments, but the film’s appreciation is hardly limited to baseball stars — Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant’s Twitter icon is a shot of Ham.
Some of the cast now even has kids of their own … who don’t seem all that interested in their parents’ starring roles. “I showed him the movie for the first time,” Patrick Renna said about his son. “And he’s really big on Moana.”
“I think she thinks I’m just kind of a dork,” Chauncey Leopardi joked about his daughter.
After the interview, the gang actually played some ball, and weren’t half bad. Check out the full reunion below to see how the stars are doing now.