I know this is shameful and I fully respect the fact that I might loose some readers after this…but up until about one month ago, I had never seen The Sandlot. I know, I know. It was up there with other gems like Back to the Future, Sixteen Candles, Aliens, The Karate Kid, The Goonies, Die Hard and others that I missed during my childhood. Too many Leo movies to watch, guys!
But now I can add The Sandlot to my list of movies I’ve seen, and not only that, my list of movies I love! What a gem! I mean, nothing gets me like a baseball movie (A League of Their Own, am I right?!), but this flick was just adorable.
The Sandlot actually had a 20th anniversary celebration not too long ago and provided an update on how the cast is doing (spoiler alert, not too awesome). If you want to relish in those glory days and not even think about where the cast is now, stop reading! If you’re curious if Bertram survived the 60s or if Benny made it as an all-star baseball player, I present to you…
Mike Vitar, Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez
After Benny pickled The Beast, his reputation spread all over town. From then on, he was known as Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez. And the nickname stuck with him for the rest of his life.
After his role as Benny in The Sandlot, Vitar went on to also star in D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks. He retired from acting after 1997 and, since 2002, has been a firefighter for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Most recently Vitar and two other firemen were involved in a physical altercation with another man on Halloween 2015. He was booked on December 3 for the incident and was later released on bail. He now faces up to four years in prison for his role in the argument.
Patrick Renna, Hamilton ‘Ham’ Porter
“Hamilton Porter became a professional wrestler. You know him as The Great Hambino.”
Loveable ‘Ham’ Porter has gone on to do several movies and TV shows since The Sandlot. His most recent movie, Fear, Inc., came out in April of this year. Renna also does voiceover work on occasion. Renna also occasionally hangs out with fellow Sandlot cast mate, Chauncey Leopardi.
Marty York, Alan ‘Yeah-Yeah’ McClennan
“Yeah-Yeah’s parents shipped him off to military school. After the army, he became one of the pioneering developers of bungee jumping.”
After making some appearances in Saved by the Bell and Boy Meets World, York took a break from acting until 2011, when he starred in the indie comedy, The Brothers Sinclair. York was arrested in 2009 for domestic assault and reportedly used his MySpace page to raises funds for his legal defense. He was also presumed dead when a housekeeper found his body in a hotel room in Las Vegas (not dead, just extremely hungover).
Tom Guiry, Scotty Smalls
Becomes a professional baseball announcer (and movie narrator) and remains lifelong friends with Benny.
After The Sandlot, Guiry continued acting in movies and TV, starring in Lassie, U-571, Black Hawk Down, Mystic River, Strangers with Candy, and many more. He was also arrested in 2013 for allegedly head-butting a police officer after he was told he was too drunk to board a flight. You’re killin’ me, Smalls!
Chauncey Leopardi, Michael ‘Squints’ Palledorous
“Squints grew up and married Wendy Peffercorn. They have nine kids. They bought Vincent’s Drugstore and they still own it to this day.”
Leopardi made small appearances in several popular TV shows, including Boy Meets World, Freaks and Geeks, and Gilmore Girls. He took a break from acting, then made his return to the big screen in the 2013 movie, Coldwater. He maintains an active presence on Twitter under the name of his beloved Sandlot character.
Brandon Adams, Kenny DeNunez
“DeNunez played triple-A ball, but he never got to the majors. He owns is own business now, and he coaches a little league team that his sons play on called the Heaters.”
Adams has also starred in his fair share of movies and TV after The Sandlot. A musician as well as an actor, Adams also raps, performing under the name B. Lee. Like most childhood actors, he took a large break from the biz so he could focus on living his life. Still popping up here and there on the big and small screen, Adams continues to perform to this day.
Shane Obedzinski, Tommy ‘Repeat’ Timmons
“Timmy and Tommy became an architect and a contractor. They started out small, designing playground equipment and prefabricated tree houses. But they became multimillionaires when they invented mini malls.”
Obedzinski (Tommy) didn’t do much acting after The Sandlot. After high school, he has joined forces with a man by the name of Charlie Jonathan to open a series of pizzerias and restaurants across the country. Between the two of them, they have now opened more than 30 different restaurants.
Victor DiMattia, Timmy Timmons
Like his fictional brother, DiMattia (Timmy) also disappeared from the small and big screens after The Sandlot. He did a few TV shows and does some voiceover work now, but for the most part has stayed out of the spotlight.
Grant Gelt, Bertram Grover Weeks
“Bertram got really into the ‘60s, and no one ever saw him again.”
Gelt also continued acting a little after filming The Sandlot, but currently works at New Sound Artist Management where he manages rock bands. System of a Down, Deftones, and Mudvayne are some of the bands he works with. As a child of the 60s, Bertram would be proud.
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