Sheen: Make my heart sing
‘Major League’ actor wants to throw out first pitch
CLEVELAND — Wild Thing is warming up for the Cleveland Indians.
Actor Charlie Sheen, who played the bespectacled Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the movie “Major League,” has offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year’s World Series games.
Shortly after Cleveland won the American League pennant Wednesday in Toronto, fans began posting their wishes on social media to have Sheen — well, Vaughn — be part of the pregame festivities. The Series opens Tuesday in Cleveland.
Sheen responded to the demand Thursday on Twitter, posting a photo of himself as Vaughn in his Indians uniform and writing, “Major League continues to be the gift that keeps on giving! if called upon, I’d be honored.”
Sheen has already made an appearance during the playoffs. He was at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night, when the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.
Released in 1989, “Major League” is a fictional account of the Indians finishing in first place with an unconventional group of players including Vaughn, who struggled to find the strike zone and warmed up to “Wild Thing,” a No. 1 song in 1966 by The Troggs.
The real Cleveland Indians took a page from “Major League” earlier this season.
Slugger Mike Napoli and second base-
(Best-of-7; x-if necessary) All games on chs. 45, 5 Tuesday: NL at Cleveland Wednesday: NL at Cleveland Next Friday: Cleveland at NL Oct. 29: Cleveland at NL x- Oct. 30: Cleveland at NL x- Nov. 1: NL at Cleveland x- Nov. 2: NL at Cleveland man Jason Kipnis constructed a shrine in an empty clubhouse stall between their lockers like one in the movie. In the film, character Pedro Cerrano practices Voodoo and prays to an idol named “Jobu” to help him hit curveballs. Like Cerrano, Napoli and Kipnis have their own “Jobu” and have left gifts, including small bottles of rum and cigars, to keep them out of hitting slumps. Bauer update: The Indians get a break before hosting Game 1 on Tuesday night. The extra time will give starting pitcher Trevor Bauer more time to recover from a lacerated right pinkie, the result of an accident while repairing one of his drones.
The question is whether the quirky right-hander will be able to pitch against the Cubs or Dodgers next week. “Obviously, he needs to heal, but he can’t just not throw,” manager Terry Francona said. Cleveland kin: Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James, whose NBA team won its first title in June, posted a video on his Instagram account of him and the Cavs watching the game’s final out Wednesday at a crowded Cleveland sports bar.
Actor Charlie Sheen reacts during the fifth inning of Game 4 between the Cubs and Dodgers.