It’s Opening Day! Or Night! Let’s Get Pumped Up!
As it’s the 20th Whitecaps home opener tonight, let’s go back 5 more years, to 1989. The elder Bush was President, we didn’t have to eat broccoli, and the World Series was interrupted by the San Francisco earthquake. And a little baseball movie was released on April 7.
That movie was “Major League” 25 years ago, “Wild Thing” and “Dont steal home without it” now have different meanings, especially after the release of one of the most successful sports movies ever. And now this story from Yahoo Sports “Major League’ turns 25 — here are 15 things you didn’t know about the movie” embraces the baseball movie classic.
1. CHARLIE SHEEN SAYS HE TOOK STEROIDS TO PREPARE FOR HIS PART
Charlie Sheen didn’t have the Hollywood bad-boy rep back in 1989 that he does now, but he was still very much Charlie Sheen back then. Back in 2011, Sheen confessed to Sports Illustrated that he took steroids for six to eight weeks to prepare for his role as Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn. Ward says today that he doesn’t know whether that’s true, but Sheen was throwing in the mid-80s while filming the movie.
4. THE ENDING WE KNOW ISN’T THE ORIGINAL ENDING
There’s an alternate ending to “Major League” that was actually the film’s original ending, but it tested so poorly, Ward re-wrote it. In the original ending, cheapskate owner Rachel Phelps reveals that she never wanted to move the team to Miami. She actually believed in the team and was playing the villain role to help them rally together. After spending the whole movie hating her, viewers weren’t ready for that swerve. This ending was included in a 2007 DVD re-release of the film, so some people may know the story.
10. FORMER MLB CATCHER STEVE YEAGER MADE SOME OF JAKE TAYLOR’S THROWS
Steve Yeager, who played 15 seasons in the big leagues, was the film’s technical adviser and, many times, it’s him behind the catcher’s mask as Taylor and not Berenger.
The rifle throw down to first base near the end of the film? Totally Yeager, now a coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers. “I love Tom Berenger,” says Corbin Bernsen. “He’s a good guy. But he can’t throw.”
Hope to see you out for Opening Night. If you can’t make it out, WZZM TV 13 is broadcasting the game at 6:30P! Enjoy!