SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah)- It’s been 25 years since the legendary baseball comedy The Sandlot hit theaters. The actors from the movie are in town for a reunion, and they attended the Salt Lake Bees game where they met with fans and posed for pictures.
Before the game, they talked about their experience making the movie and discussed its popularity 25 years later.
“I don’t think any of us thought it would become what it became. I get a kick out of it. It’s a lot of fun,” Tom Guiry, who played Smalls.
Marty York, who played Yeah Yeah, was asked if he thought the movie would still be popular 25 years later.
“No. I didn’t. Or I could say ‘Yeah yeah’ (laughs).”
What did they think about coming back to Utah, where the movie was shot?
“It’s actually pretty crazy,” said Guiry. “I haven’t been here since I was 11 years old.”
Patrick Renna, the most recognizable member of the cast who played Ham, says he remembers everything about it.
“I remember a lot of stuff off set too where we all were staying in the same apartment complex with a giant pool and we’d all just go home and go swimming and have a great time. So, it was just a bunch of dudes. It was like summer camp, playing baseball over the summer, swimming, acting and making a movie.”
Renna also had one of the most iconic lines in a baseball movie: “YOU’RE KILLING ME, SMALLS!”
“It’s cool,” he said. “Why not, right? I can’t take all the credit for it, I didn’t write it but I guess it turned out pretty good.”
“I love the Dodgers. Should I say that here? We were standing right next to Matt Kemp and he turned to us and said, ‘Man, this is surreal. You guys are the reason I play baseball. That was cool,” York added.
“It was my first film and it hit the jackpot with it, so I don’t really look at it as anything else but a blessing,” said Renna.
“It’s really weird. I never thought I would be back to the same place I filmed the movie when I was 11 years old with my own children. It’s really surreal”, said Guiry.
“Yeah, there’s a lot of kids wearing Squints glasses and kids wearing our jerseys with our names on the back and I think it’s a movie that will never die. It just gets passed down from generation to generation and it will live on forever. Forever. Forever. Forever.”, said York, quoting another famous line from the movie