Let’s play ball! The coming-of-age sports comedy The Sandlot was released in theaters 28 years ago, on Wednesday, April 7, 1993. Since then, it’s become a cult classic for baseball fans across the United States and provided generations of movie lovers with classic quotes, like “You’re killing me, Smalls!”.
The Sandlot’s cast consisted of an ensemble of young actors whose paths have twisted and turned over the years. For the most part, the cast — including Tom Guiry, Patrick Renna, and Chauncey Leopardi all seem more than happy to appear at Sandlot-themed anniversary events and share how being involved with the film has impacted their life. Here is a look at what the cast members of The Sandlot are up to these days.
‘The Sandlot’ Cast: Tom Guiry (Scotty Smalls)
After starring in The Sandlot, Tom Guiry landed a variety of roles in films like Lassie (1994), Black Hawk Down (2001), and Mystic River (2003) In 2013, Guiry was arrested at George Bush Intercontinental Airport for having head-butted a police officer who’d informed him that he was too drunk to board. His arrest came shortly after The Sandlot cast’s 20-year reunion, which Guiry was unable to attend.
More recently, Tom Guiry appeared in the Leonardo DiCaprio survival epic The Revenant (2015) and Woody Allen’s 2017 film Wonder Wheel. The Sandlot’s lead actor also appeared at a New York Mets game in 2018 alongside his co-star Patrick Renna to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary.
“You’re killin me smalls!”
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 9, 2018
‘The Sandlot’ Cast: Mike Vitar (Benjamin Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez)
Mike Vitar followed his role in the baseball breakout with the part of Luis Mendoza in the second and third installments of The Mighty Ducks. In 1997, he retired from acting to become a firefighter. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kim, and their three children.
Mike Vitar – 37
“Benny the Jet” – The Sandlot
LA Firefighter since 02. Plead not guilty to alleged assault in Mar pic.twitter.com/KvcR5k5G1o
— Where Are They Now? (@WATNCelebrity) June 26, 2016
The former actor was charged with misdemeanor battery following a 2015 Halloween night incident in which he and four others assaulted a man over a dispute regarding candy. According to a 2017 Los Angeles Times report, the LA Fire Department suspended Vitar without pay for six months, and he has since returned to the job.
‘The Sandlot’ Cast: Patrick Renna (Hamilton ‘Ham’ Porter)
Life after The Sandlot for Patrick Renna included a slew of film and TV work, which is unsurprising since his “how to make s’mores” scene could have landed him an Oscar. In 1995, he starred in The Big Green, another Disney underdog sports tale. He’s also appeared on television shows like Boy Meets World, Home Improvement, The X-Files, and Boston Legal. More recently, Patrick appeared in season 2 of Netflix’s GLOW starring Alison Brie.
— Patrick Renna (@PatrickRenna) July 15, 2020
Over the last year, Patrick created his own YouTube channel in which he makes videos reuniting with his Sandlot castmates and shares stories about the making of the iconic film. You can also follow him on Twitter.
‘The Sandlot’ Cast: Chauncey Leopardi (Michael ‘Squints’ Palledorous)
You may recognize Chauncey Leopardi from the pilot episode of Boy Meets World, his role in Casper (1995), or his run as the bully Alan White on the television cult classic Freaks and Geeks. He also played one of the geekier Stars Hollow residents on Gilmore Girls, Kyle.
Chauncey actually reprised his role as Squints for the third and final Sandlot movie, The Sandlot: Heading Home (2007). He also appeared in Logic’s 2019 music video for the song “Homicide,” in which he impersonates Logic himself.
The Sandlot alum also appears to have his own strain of cannabis, appropriately called Squintz.
‘The Sandlot’ Cast: Marty York (Alan ‘Yeah-Yeah’ McClennan)
After The Sandlot, Marty York appeared in a few episodes of Boy Meets World. As far as his acting career goes, that’s about all there is to say about Marty York. According to TMZ, he was arrested in 2009 for domestic violence.
Marty appeared in a bizarre Eric Andre Show segment in 2015 in which he portrayed a doppelganger of Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D. He’s also active on Cameo if any Sandlot fans in your life want to get a message from Yeah-Yeah himself!
‘The Sandlot’ Cast: Brandon Adams (Kenny DeNunez)
Brandon Adams followed up his work in The Mighty Ducks (1992) and The Sandlot with D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) in addition to a bunch of guest TV spots on shows like The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air, Boy Meets World, and Sister, Sister. The actor also provided his voice for the character Rai in the video game Kingdom Hearts II (2006).
Brandon has joined his Sandlot cast alums at reunion events over the years. Recently, he and other cast members started advertising The Sandlot digital baseball card collectibles available for purchase as NFTs on Instagram.
‘The Sandlot’ Cast: Grant Gelt (Bertram Grover Weeks)
Grant Gelt didn’t continue acting for much longer after his role in The Sandlot. He’s since made the switch to a more behind-the-scenes role in the music industry. According to PopSugar, as of 2018 Grant worked as a music manager at Fullscreen Media.
— Carlos Brizuela (@cbriz) August 5, 2018
‘The Sandlot’ Cast: Shane Obedzinski (Tommy ‘Repeat’ Timmons)
Shane Obedzinski quit acting shortly after filming The Sandlot. In 2013, a Tampa Bay Times article chronicled his life post-Sandlot and noted his success as a restaurant owner. He co-owns and operates a business called New York Times Square Pizza in his hometown of Brandon, Florida.
We’d rather have pizza than baseball anyway, if we’re being honest.
‘The Sandlot’ Cast: Victor DiMattia (Timmy Timmons)
Much like Obedzinski, Victor DiMattia has not been up to much since his days on the baseball field. He seems to have moved mostly behind the scenes, working as a writer/editor/director/production assistant on a variety of short films and smaller projects.
According to his Instagram page, he just recently celebrated his five-year anniversary with his wife. He is also available for a video message on Cameo.
‘The Sandlot’ Cast: Marley Shelton (Wendy Peffercorn)
Since starring as the girl behind the sexual awakenings of most young boys, Marley Shelton has become the most successful of The Sandlot’s cast. She’s had roles in a ton of films, including Nixon (1995), Pleasantville (1998), Never Been Kissed (1999) Sugar & Spice (2001), Sin City (2005), Death Proof (2007), W. (2008), and Scream 4 (2011).
Most recently, Marley appeared in the Dwayne Johnson film Rampage (2018), which her husband Beau Flynn also worked on as a producer. She also is expected to reprise her Scream role as Judy Hicks in the upcoming sequel Scream, which aims to be a relaunch of the franchise. The film is expected to release in 2022.
Marley told Us Magazine in 2018 that she is still pleasantly surprised when fans recognize her as Wendy Peffercorn:
“I’m always so flattered when people recognize me from it because it was 25 years ago! I’m like, ‘Wow thanks, I’m glad you recognize me as Wendy Peffercorn,’” she said. “I love when we get sent pictures of people dressing up as them for Halloween. It’s such a riot. There are some great costumes out there that probably rival the original.”
Who is your favorite Sandlot cast member? Let us know in the comments!
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