Remember Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez? Here's What 'The Sandlot' Slugger Looks Like Today

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What girl didn’t swoon over Benny Franklin Rodriguez? “The Jet” was the leader of his ragtag baseball team, could outrun The Beast, and grew up to be a Dodgers player. But have you wondered what Benny looks like so many years after The Sandlot?
Mike Vitar was the guy who played the role of Benny in the 1993 baseball film. He started acting after being spotted by a casting director while in line for a carnival ride at the age of 12. As a child star, he also had roles in D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks. 
Eventually, Vitar left acting behind, but not Hollywood. As of June 2002, he become a firefighter in Los Angeles. It’s no MLB player, but still. Swoon.
After only one year as an official firefighter for LAFD, Vitar was honored for his role in the rescue of fellow firefighters at a house fire in the Hollywood Hills on New Year’s. Two firemen from Station 35 are severely burned when the roof collapsed, but everyone made it out alive.
“I am extremely proud of the members of Truck 35,” writes LAFD Captain Joseph Castro of the rescue. “In my nearly 25 years of service with the LAFD, I have never seen a greater act of courage than they demonstrated that day.”


Mike married a woman named Kim in 2006 and has two sons and daughter, according to his Wikipedia page.
However, Vitar was recently in some trouble. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he and two other men allegedly attacked a 22-year-old man handing out candy on Halloween in 2015. Vitar, now 36 years old, was taken into custody December 3 and released on a $30,000 bail. If convicted, Vitar could face up to four years in prison.
Michael Vitar’s attorney says the former actor was “peripheral” to the incident and is innocent of the charge.
Check out photos of Mike Vitar, aka Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, looks like all grown up.

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