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Mike Vitar — ‘The Sandlot’ Kids Then and Now

Mike Vitar
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Then: Vitar’s character, Benny “The Jet” Rodriquez, was the oldest and by far the best baseball player of the ‘Sandlot’ bunch. He also acted as Smalls’ protector when the other kids mocked him for his lack of skill. Rodriguez was Vitar’s biggest role as a child actor, but you may also remember him from another ’90s sports movie franchise — he played Luis Mendoza in the second and third installment of Disney’s ‘The Mighty Ducks.’

Now: In ‘Sandlot,’ Vitar’s character takes his baseball skills all the way to the big leagues and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In real life,Vitar also stayed in Los Angeles, but he chose a nobler — if less well-paid — profession: he has been a firefighter for the LAFD since 2002.

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