As the saying goes, time flies — so much so that the ’90s took place close to 30 years ago. In fact, it’s been 25 years since we first watched “The Sandlot,” one of the most iconic movies of our childhoods. And to celebrate the film’s anniversary, the cast recently got together again for one awesome reunion.
On Thursday, April 12, the gang — including Smalls, Ham, Squints, DeNunez, Yeah-Yeah, Timmy, Bertram and Repeat — reunited on Today, discussing the coming-of-age film’s impact on their lives and how they’re doing nowadays.
“It’s been crazy,” Marty York, who played Alan “Yeah-Yeah” McClennan, told Today. “I mean, it definitely gets you in places for free. I can’t walk through a Las Vegas casino without someone yelling ‘Yeah-Yeah!'”
But while they say the recognition is nice, it doesn’t compare to the experience they had while making the film decades ago.
“The film was made with the same amount of love that people have for it, and it was the greatest summer of our lives,” said director, writer, and narrator David Mickey Evans.
But just because the movie has a special place in their hearts, it doesn’t necessarily mean the same for their kids.
“I showed (my son) the movie for the first time, and … well, he’s really big on ‘Moana,'” Renna said. But give the little guy time and I’m sure he’ll grow to appreciate it in the future.
Chaucey Leopardi, who played Squints, said his own teen daughter “thinks I’m just kind of a dork.”
With the exception of Mike Vitar, who played Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, all of the original kid actors gathered to play a game of baseball together once more. Even Evans showed up.
Check out the footage from their 25-year reunion in the video below. It’s crazy to see them all grown up!