Charlie Sheen will be alongside Tim McCarver and Joe Buck on Fox’s Mets-Yankees Saturday (7 p.m. ET) at least briefly. Or, in case of emergency, to take over: “I’m not going to do any color. But if they go down, I’m their man. I sit at home and do color.”
Sheen will plug his sitcom Anger Management, which debuts June 28 Fox’s FX cable channel and, he says, will be his last TV show. But not giving up on this on the idea of again playing pitcher Ricky Vaughan of the Major League movies.
Sheen says there’s a “masterpiece” script for a fourth Major League and “we’ve been busting our (expletive) the past year trying to get it made.” The problem, he says, is that “foreign presale money” is key to financing films and a baseball movie isn’t sure-fire “when soccer is trying to take over the world.”
Sheen says Vaughan isn’t up to many wild things anymore: Now he’s selling cars. His arm went to (expletive). You buy a car from him and your kid can play catch for 10 minutes. It’s that bad.”
As for Wesley Snipes, a Major League actor in prison for tax evasion, Sheen says “if we can’t spring him, we’ll shoot him in closeups. Joke.”
Sheen is big on baseball memorabilia. While the famous Bill Buckner 1986 World Series ball recently sold for $400,000, Sheen prompted disbelief when he bought it for 1992 for $93,000. “At the time, that was seen as a shocker — an insane waste of an investment. But it actually range the bell in the hobby.” Not that Sheen cashed in: He later sold the ball for $80,000 after he happened on a 1941 Ted Williams road jersey in a bedroom drawer and realized he’d better off-load some of his memorabilia rather than keep “hoarding.”
As for Anger Management, in which he play an angry ex-ballplayer who ended his career by snapping a bat over his leg and then became a therapist, Sheen says he can relate to blowing a fuse. “I’m a fan of punching stuff to get it out of you. But you shouldn’t do it as a pro athlete. You need the hand.”
As while he expects real-life ballplayers will appear on the show , “we’re not going to be a show that stunt casts just because we can.” He says he learned from Chuck Lorre, the producer on his old show Two and a Half Men, that if you don’t include too many contemporary references “then a show won’t be dated in 10 years.”
As for Buck and McCarver, Sheen says they’re “really good, although it took me awhile to accept them as a team.” McCarver “sometimes explains the game like it’s the first time you’re seeing baseball. But there are some people seeing it like that. Guys like me have to mute him until he’s done explaining fundamentals.” Saturday, he’ll sit through it.
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