In a tweet last night entitled "the warlock's carry-on," actor and train-wreck Charlie Sheen linked to a photo that displays his Mets-Red Sox 1986 World Series pin (pictured above) that he presumably plans to take with him, along with a baseball glove, on an upcoming flight.
Sheen, a longtime Cincinnati Reds fan who spent his formative years in Dayton, Ohio, has always showed a passion for baseball and has starred in two popular movies on America's pastime.
In the Chicago White Sox period piece "Eight Men Out," Sheen played real-life major leaguer "Hap" Felsch. In David S. Ward‘s 1989 Cleveland Indians classic "Major League," Sheen played the memorable role of Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn (right), a foul-mouthed flamethrower who spent some time in the California Penal League.
Cincinnati.com has details on Sheen's "epic" parties with the Reds that took place back in 1990 and 1992.
Sheen purchased the "Bill Buckner baseball" at a 1992 auction for $93,000. For those who may have forgotten, that's the ball that went through Buckner's legs during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, allowing the New York Mets to go on to win the Series in seven games.
Sheen sold most of his baseball collection in April of 2000, and the Buckner Ball is currently in the collection of songwriter Seth Swirsky, who refers to it as the "Mookie Ball," after the Mets' Mookie Wilson, who hit the grounder that rolled through Buckner's legs during the infamous Game 6 play.
As an interesting aside, Swirsky has what he claims to be a note from '86 Red Sox manager John McNamara regarding the Buckner Ball. The text of that note follows:
I hate to remember the '86 W.S. -- it still is bitter. Bill Buckner is not to blame for that loss as we had chances to score more & didn't capitalize; The wild pitch or passed ball that tied the game was the "major" factor in that inning. The ground ball just ended the game.
Boston Dirt Dogs also posted a satire piece recently that has Sheen purchasing the Red Sox from current owner John Henry.
Sheen, who made a surprise appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, will also be making a stop at Boston University's Agganis Arena on April 12 in a live show entitled "My Violent Torpedo of Truth," as part of a US and Canada tour.