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Cleveland Indians Decline Charlie Sheen’s World Series First Pitch Idea

The team reportedly also has not reached out to the last surviving member of the last Cleveland team to win the World Series in 1948.

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Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn won't be throwing out a first pitch for the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

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Following their victory against the Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series, the Indians have an opportunity to win their first World Series title since 1948. Now they just have to wait and see if they’ll take the field against the Cubs or Dodgers in the first game on Tuesday since the National League Championship Series is still in the works.

However, while just about everyone who has a connection to Cleveland is excited about the prospect of two of their professional teams winning a title in the same year following a lengthy championship drought, there is at least one person who isn’t exactly thrilled about how it’s all gone down. Eddie Robinson, who is the only surviving member of the Indians team that beat the Braves in 1948, says he hasn’t heard a word from the franchise during their run and that he’s “disappointed.”

“That’s the funny thing about it: I haven’t heard a damn word from Cleveland. Not a word,” Robinson told the Daily News. “I’m disappointed. It just seems like they would want to talk to any member of the ’48 team, let the press talk to them. I don’t understand it. Maybe they’ll get in touch with me.”

Even if they don’t, though, Robinson says he’ll still root for the Indians in the World Series. It’s probably because he has very fond memories of winning the title with Hall of Famers such as Larry Doby, Bob Feller and Joe Gordon.

On the other end of the spectrum, Charlie Sheen certainly won’t be getting a call from the Indians in the lead-up to the World Series. Sheen tweeted earlier this week that he’d love to throw out the first pitch – because, you know, he played Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the movie Major League back in the day – but the Indians have reportedly declined in order to give the honor to a “former franchise great.”

They haven’t announced who that former franchise great is yet, but Robinson sure sounds like a good option right about now. No word if Wesley Snipes, Tom Berenger or Corbin Bernsen, who starred along with Sheen in Major League, are interested in the honor or if the franchise would have them. 

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