It's hard to believe, but The Sandlot is now 25 years old. The movie has become a timeless family classic that more than likely gets played once a year, right when baseball season starts. And to celebrate the 25th anniversary, the original cast reunited to play some baseball and give a brief interview about the lasting popularity of the movie. Marty York (Alan "Yeah Yeah" McClennan), Tom Guiry (Scotty Smalls), Brandon Quintin Adams (Kenny DeNunez), Shane Obedzinski (Timmy Timmons), Victor DiMattia (Tommy Repeat), Chauncey Leopardi (Michael "Squints" Palledorous), Patrick Renna (Hamilton "Ham" Porter), and the film's director David Mickey Evans all got together, though Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez actor Mike Vitar couldn't make it.
Marty York, who played Yeah Yeah in The Sandlot was the first one of the group to talk about the perks of being in the iconic movie. Even after 25 years, the cast is still very recognizable. Though the actor is a lot bigger these days, due to some heavy gym time, he's still instantly recognizable and mentions that he gets into places for free all of the time. He explains.
"It's been crazy. I mean, (it) definitely gets you in places for free. Can't walk through a Las Vegas casino without someone yelling, Yeah Yeah."
The Sandlot director and narrator David Mickey Evans talked about the long-lasting appeal of the movie after it had been brought up that Major League Baseball players act out the movie and still quote dialogue on a daily basis. Evans believes that the love that went into the movie is what makes it such an iconic movie and why people still love it today, after 25 years. The director took it a step further and said, "it was the greatest summer of our lives."
As for cast's favorite lines in The Sandlot,"Bake him like a toasted cheeser," and "You bob for apples in the toilet, and you like it," were the clear winners amongst all of them. Director David Mickey Evans said the most famous line in the movie, "You're killing me, Smalls," was totally improvised during the filming of the scene. As for getting into trouble on the set, none of the cast was very forthcoming, but they did all admit that they snuck into a movie theater that was playing Basic Instinct while they were filming.
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When asked what their children think of their work on The Sandlot, Chaucey Leopardi, who played "Squints", said his own teen daughter "thinks I'm just kind of a dork." Patrick Renna, who played "Ham," admits that he showed it to his young son, but said "well, he's really big on Moana." Maybe the men will become cooler in the eyes of their children a little later down the road. For now, there's plenty of other people that think they're all really cool. You can check out The Sandlot reunion below, thanks to the Today Show Twitter account.