SALT LAKE CITY — Starstruck.
That is the only way to describe Salt Lake Bees outfielder Bo Way Friday afternoon when he walked out of the tunnel and onto the field at Smith’s Ballpark.
Standing in front of him on the grass behind home plate, not more than 20 feet away, were some of his baseball idols.
Legends like Scotty Smalls, Hamilton “Ham” Porter and Alan “Yeah-Yeah” McClennan. Heroes like Tommy “Repeat” Timmons and his brother Timmy or Bertram Grover Weeks, Phillips and Kenny De Nunez.
All told, eight cast members from the beloved 90’s baseball tale, ‘The Sandlot,’ were on hand at Smith’s Ballpark, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movie.
Way and countless other Bees, professional baseball players one and all, many of whom have played in front tens of thousands of screaming fans in major league ballparks across the country, were simply starstruck.
“It is pretty crazy. It is pretty special, an honor and humbling. It is wild to have done something that means so much to so many people.”
Patrick Renna, otherwise known as Ham
Bees slugger Jabari Blash, a giant of a man — he is listed at 6 feet five inches tall and over 235 pounds — couldn’t help but smile giddily as he walked by.
Way, an easy going, easy talking Georgian, could hardly get a word out when asked if he wanted a picture.
Pitchers, position players, it simply didn’t matter, the Bees were mesmerized.
They weren’t alone either.
A near-capacity crowd filled the stands at Smith’s Ballpark to see the Sandlot cast throw out the opening pitch of Friday’s game between the Tacoma Rainiers and the Bees, among other things.
????: The gang takes the field in their positions to start the game!#TheSandlot pic.twitter.com/lL37qkkS3j
— Salt Lake Bees (@SaltLakeBees) August 11, 2018
The experience wasn’t anything new for the eight cast members (Tom Guiry, Marty York, Victor DiMattia, Shane Obedzinski, Brandon Quintin Adams, Grant Gelt, Wil Horneff and Patrick Renna).
Throughout the summer, they have traveled the country, getting the royal treatment at minor league and major league ballparks alike, all in celebration of the 25th anniversary of a once-unheralded early 90’s film.
When they visited Dodger Stadium, a thrill for York (Yeah-Yeah), a lifelong fan, the cast was able to man their actual positions on the field, after being announced over the loudspeaker no less.
“I think going to Dodger Stadium was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” said York. “We took our positions on the field before the game and they announced us out of the dugout. We felt like major leaguers.”
They traveled from L.A. to Miami to Cincinnati to Minneapolis. Seattle was involved. Denver. San Francisco. All told, 20 major league teams held Sandlot celebrations this summer.
“Truthfully it has been kind of surreal,” said Guiry, aka Smalls. “It makes me kind of sit back in disbelief at the impact the move made. I never thought when we made the movie that this would happen. I get a kick out of it.”
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News