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Most baseball fans probably associate the song “Wild Thing” with the bespectacled, flame-throwing, cut-off sleeve sporting, ex-con, relief pitcher Rickey “Wild Thing” Vaughn. Though Vaughn is just a movie character, an iconic role played by Charlie Sheen, he might just be the most recognizable Cleveland Indian ever. Oh those poor Indians.
Last time we saw Vaughn he was coming out of the bullpen to clinch the pennant in Major League 2 (the last movie in that franchise as I refuse to acknowledge Major League: Back to the Minors). Now, according to Moviehole, Charlie Sheen could reprise the role in an upcoming Major League movie.
Major League writer and director David S. Ward has confirmed that he’s spoken with Sheen about bringing the skull glasses back out for the already-written movie. A much older Rickey Vaughn would come out of retirement to mentor a younger player just reaching the majors. No word if Willie “Mays” Hayes (Wesley Snipes), Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert), or Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) will head out of the dugout along with Vaughn.
To date, the original Major League remains one of the best baseball movies out there, combining the absurd, comedic and redemptive in a story about a floundering franchise using a motley crew to win the pennant. Wild Thing, you make my heart sing!