The cast of "The Sandlot" reunited on the "Today" show Thursday to celebrate 25 years since their cult-classic film took the world by storm. But perhaps even more importantly, they headed back out to the diamond to see if they still had the skills to hit the game-winning home run.
At least there was no giant, slobbering dog to contend with this time. Unfortunately, they were also a man down as Mike Vitar -- AKA "Benny the Jet" -- wasn't available. "We gotta get Mike," said Patrick "Ham" Renna. "We gotta do the documentary; it's called 'Finding Benny.' Come on, Mike!"
Ham and most of the cast were immediately recognizable from their "Sandlot" days, but not so much "Yeah-Yeah." Marty York has grown into a real hulk of a human being since his child star days. And yet, he claims to get recognized all the time. "It definitely gets you in places for free," he said. "I can't walk through a Las Vegas casino without someone yelling 'Yeah-Yeah!'"
"The film was made with the same amount of love that people have for it," said David Mickey Evans, the film's director and narrator. "It was the summer of our lives." So what was the higlight? Well, apparently for the guys it was when they all took off together and sneaked in to see Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct." Wait, that's not wholesome?!
The guys were certainly all smiles while reminiscing about that summer more than two decades ago, but it was time to see if all those years off had crimped their style. With Benny the Jet having flown the coop, NBC correspondent Gadi Schwartz stepped from behind the mic to join them on the field, fulfilling the childhood dream of an entire generation.
He even got to watch "The Great Hambino" call his shot, just like his idol Babe Ruth. But he did miss out on one opportunity. He totally should have had the entire 1993 "Sandlot" team sign a baseball before they left.