Sheen: Make my heart sing

‘Ma­jor League’ ac­tor wants to throw out first pitch

Baltimore Sun - - MLB PLAYOFFS - By Tom Withers

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-

Sched­ule

(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.

DAVID J. PHILLIP/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ac­tor Char­lie Sheen re­acts dur­ing the fifth in­ning of Game 4 be­tween the Cubs and Dodgers.

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