In search of publicity for the home franchise and for their show’s ratings, one of ESPN‘s baseball broadcasting series, Baseball Tonight, decided to take a temporary injection of tiger blood into their presentation team for a Cincinnati Reds home game… and not from the other ‘big 4′ professional sports franchise occupying the city.
Instead, it is Anger Management actor Charlie Sheen, a lifelong fan of one of the oldest Major League Baseball franchises (having been officially founded 125 years ago), who was invited to come on and offer his insight during proceedings for the Reds’ home game against the St. Louis Cardinals (who themselves are currently not their city’s #1 professional sports story), their 48th fixture of the regular season, but one that was lost 4-0 to see them move to a 22-26 overall record.
Which meant that the day that introduced Sheen to the world of baseball punditry (an area he suggested moving into in 2011 before taking the lead role of FX sitcom Anger Management) did not go as well as he would have liked due to what he saw on-field, though his appearance was focused on the pre-game show at the Great American Ballpark yesterday (25 May).
In spite of being born and raised in California, Sheen’s father Martin’s ties to the state of Ohio have seen him hold a support for the 5-time champion Reds, including donation to the franchise’s community fund. However, his most notable contribution to the sport comes from the big screen, with his roles in Eight Men Out and Major League, the latter of which can be seen below in trailer form.
As Baseball Tonight celebrates their 25th season on-air since March 1990, ESPN’s choice of a second celebrity guest pundit (following Cardinals fan Jon Hamm (Mad Men)) appears to have gone down well with fans, but will this be the start of an unusual new career for “Wild Thing”? He might still have a little playing left in him, if his modestly-shown clip shown yesterday is anything to go by: