Despite his brief stint in rehab, feud with the creator of Two and a Half Men, and alleged partying with porn stars, Charlie Sheen appears to be finding solace in America’s favorite pastime.
Many of you may remember Sheen as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in Major League and Major League II, but what some people might not know is that Sheen was a star pitcher and shortstop at Santa Montica High School and was even offered a scholarship to play at the University of Kansas.
Ken Rizzo, of the well-known Mickey Owen Baseball School, worked with Sheen a total of four summers at the camp and stated back in 2004 that: “He did have post-high school abilities. There’s no doubt he could have played in college. Maybe even at a lower level Division 1 School. He had baseball skills.”
Even though Sheen may not have been destined for pro-ball, his skills certainly showed in his two Major League films, as well as in his performance as Oscar “Hap” Felsch in Eight Men Out. While filming Major League, Sheen’s fastball reportedly topped off at 85-mph.
Despite Sheen’s love for the game, many in the media and public seem to think Sheen’s recent visit to UCLA’s baseball practice was just a publicity stunt. Aside from this clip from TMZ, Sheen played and took batting practice during his visit. Oakland A’s outfielder Coco Crisp, who was also at the practice said that Sheen, “hit for over an hour, joked around and was a cool guy.” Although TMZ asked Crisp if Sheen wanted to party with him, Crisp explained that they exchanged numbers because Sheen was interested in getting together again to play ball.
TMZ also reported today that Sheen recently invited several former-MLB stars including Kenny Loften, Lenny Dykstra, Eddie Murray, Todd Zeile and current-World Series winner Brian Wilson, to a screening of Major League at his home. Sheen called the event “the ultimate VIP baseball excursion.”
In spite of all of his recent and past antics, which have been childish and dangerous at times, it does seem as if Sheen is taking matters more seriously this time around. Although he has been in and out of rehab, perhaps the real rehab Sheen needed was on the baseball field. Maybe in order for Sheen to grow up, he needed to revisit his childhood past.
What do you guys think? Is it too late for Sheen or do you not even care anymore?
Sources: TMZ; ESPN.com