Sheen won’t get call to throw out first pitch

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer

Wild Thing will have to stay in the bullpen dur­ing the World Se­ries.

While ac­tor Char­lie Sheen, who played Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the movie “Ma­jor League” of­fered to throw out the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch be­fore one of this year’s World Se­ries games, Ma­jor League Base­ball said the choices have al­ready been made.

A spokesman told the AP on Fri­day that MLB has worked with the In­di­ans to iden­tify “for­mer fran­chise greats” to throw out the first pitch for the games in Cleve­land. An an­nounce­ment is ex­pected early next week.

The In­di­ans host Games 1 and 2 on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day. If nec­es­sary, Cleve­land will host Games 6 and 7 on Nov. 1-2.

There had been a move­ment by fans on so­cial me­dia for Sheen to throw the first pitch and be part of the pregame fes­tiv­i­ties.

Sheen got wind of the buzz and re­sponded on Twit­ter, post­ing a photo of him­self as Vaughn in his In­di­ans uni­form and wrote, “Ma­jor League con­tin­ues to be the gift that keeps on giv­ing! if called upon, I’d be hon­ored.”

Sheen made an ap­pear­ance dur­ing the play­offs at Dodger Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day when the Chicago Cubs beat Los An­ge­les in Game 4 of the NL 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 hit song in 1966 by The Troggs.

The real Cleve­land In­di­ans, who over­came in­juries to win the AL Cen­tral, be­fore knock­ing off Bos­ton and Toronto in the play­offs, took a page from “Ma­jor League” this sea­son.

Slug­ger Mike Napoli and sec­ond base­man 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.

DAVID J. PHILLIP

Char­lie Sheen re­acts dur­ing Game 4 of the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries be­tween the Cubs and Dodgers on Wed­nes­day in Los An­ge­les.

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