The pop culture hit film phenomenon "The Sandlot" has celebrated it's 20th anniversary, with cast members making a special reunion appearance all but Mike Vitar and Tom Guiry who starred as Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez and Scotty Smalls according to the Wednesday, July 24 Huffington Post reports.
Vitar retired from show business in the late 1990s and has since become a firefighter in Los Angeles. "Sandlot" cast members who were able to join in the reunion tour in Salt Lake City (where the film was shot over two decades ago) included Patrick Renna ("Ham"), Chauncey Leopardi ("Squints") and Shane Obedzinski, who played "Repeat" in the film.
"Sandlot" writer and director David M. Evans also joined the reunion
at the Utah ceremony honoring the film's shooting location, with more than 12,000 fans in attendance.
The celebration kicked off in the early afternoon with a carnival featuring live music from Salt Lake country band Calico Sage and surf-rock band The New Electric Sound. Vendors and fans lined the streets. Some vendors sold food from the movie, such as s’mores in honor of the tree house sleepover scene, where Porter shows Smalls how to make a s’more.
The Utah Film Commission then presented a plaque to the director and crew in honor of “The Sandlot” location becoming a historical filming landmark. As he presented the plaque, the representative said this has never been done before, but the Film Commission realized how special the location is to fans and locals and wanted to commemorate the former baseball field.
Following the plaque dedication, the attending cast and crew signed autographs for devoted fans who lined up around the entire field.
“When you’re a kid, there are movies that make your childhood, and this is one of them,” Jackson said. “The fact that it was filmed here and that we all grew up here is cool, too. This is one of the only movies that I would come to something like this for.”
Who was your favorite character from "The Sandlot?"