CLEVELAND (AP) — 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.
What a HUGE missed opportunity here by Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians.....Shouldn't shock me though, MLB is incredibly bad at marketing its brand. Like who is the face of MLB? I honestly can't even answer it. I know the Angels suck but the fact that Mike Trout is never on tv is madness. They don't market young stars, they do little to make the game for fun and interesting for younger people and then they wonder why ratings go down. Like the fact that they have playoff games on TBS is a disgrace.
Well, Major League Baseball continued to mess up yet again by denying all of America a chance to see Charlie Sheen come out dressed as Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn for the World Series. This is such a slam dunk "yes" decision how do you mess it up???
Obviously game 1 of the World Series is going to have a ton of eyes on it but if you don't think more people would tune in to see Wild Thing whip in "the terminator" you're out of your mind. A MLB spokesperson said they already have "Indians Legends" lined up to throw out the 1st pitch for games 1 and 2.
Look I'm not trying to shit on the Indians because truth be told I have nothing against their franchise. In fact, I actually kinda like them. I love Terry Francona. They have a bunch of ex Red Sox guys who I like. They have a bunch of other guys I like too, Kipnis is a great player (He's no Pedroia but still pretty good). They're a really fun team, and (I know it's not PC to say but) I love their uniforms, I think the blue Indians jersey is one the best in baseball.
But it's also the Cleveland Indians. It's not like they have a ton of history. I know a thing or two about baseball history but I couldn't tell you a thing about the Cleveland Indians from like 1955-1994. Who are they gonna have throw out the first pitch...Jim Thome? Albert Belle? Grady Sizemore? Other than the 90's Indians they really were pretty irrelevant for 40 years. Nobody from those World War II era Indians teams is still alive right? Like what Indians great could honestly top the Wild Thing? Major League is one of the best baseball movies of all time and it's one of the brightest moments in not just Cleveland Indians history but all of Cleveland sports history. Just because the Cavs just won and the Indians are in the World Series lets not act like Cleveland is dripping with successful years. Until June Cleveland hadn't had a championship 1964 oh and the Browns are 0-6.
I also don't like this move by the Indians because when things are going well in sports you gotta just ride the wave and let whatever happens happen. If Charlie Sheen asks to throw out the first pitch, you let him throw out the first pitch. Gotta keep the vibes positive (no pun intended), and stay hot. They've gone 7-1 to get to the World Series, dominating two of the best teams in baseball to do so. If Wild Thing Vaughn wants to fire up the Indian fans and (probably team since a few of them have stolen rituals from the movie) then you gotta let him. Just keep doing whatever works.
I'm no lawyer but Charlie couldn't totally sue and say he's being discriminated against because he's HIV positive? I know if I was I'd use that card 24/7, if you're gonna have HIV you might as well use it to be able to do whatever you want. Turn lemons into lemonade.
If I'm the Dodgers or Cubs I'm 1000% doing whatever it takes to have Charlie Sheen to throw out the first pitch at game 3 just by the off chance that it someone curses the Indians for saying no to him.