Los Angeles, CA: Still beaming from his World Series win, San Francisco Giants Closer, Brian Wilson, found time during spring training’s opening week to hang with Hollywood playboy Charlie Sheen this past weekend. As first reported by TMZ, Wilson joined a random gathering of former ballplayers at Sheen’s ritzy Mulholland Estates residence for a boys’ night. According to Sheen, the group didn’t partake in drugs or alcohol, and spent much of their time “watching movies” pimp-style, in the privacy of his home’s glitzy theater.
Like many of Charlie Sheen’s recent guests, Wilson received the ‘star treatment,’ as Sheen personally escorted the pitcher from his spring training camp in Arizona to Los Angeles via private jet. In this paparazzi-shot footage of Brian and Charlie (along with others) arriving at Van Nuys airport on Friday, the two appear to be goofing around on the airstrip before climbing into a black town car (heading to the star’s pad).
Charlie Sheen has made numerous headlines recently for destructive benders that included cocaine-fueled antics and porn-star partying. After his latest crazy party and subsequent trip to the hospital in late January, Charlie’s family, friends, and co-workers intervened and had the troubled star agree to treatment for substance abuse. Though he’s “rehabbing” at his home, he has claimed to be sober for at least a few weeks. As a result of Sheen’s newfound commitment to sobriety, the dude-party was (according to Sheen) absent of drugs and alcohol. Instead, the main attraction was a screening of Charlie’s 1989 baseball film Major League, in which Sheen plays Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn. Vaughn, a flame throwing pitcher who came to the Indians from the “California Penal League” has made the film a cult-classic. David S. Ward, the writer and director of the movie, was on call to give a brief introduction about the film.
In addition to Wilson (and Ward), Sheen’s guests ranged from Hall of Fame slugger Eddie Murray and six-time all-star outfielder Kenny Lofton, to bankrupt former Philly (and fellow media punching bag) Lenny Dykstra and journeyman infielder/B-movie producer Todd Zeile. While Wilson, Dykstra and Zeile all spent time with other ball clubs during their careers, Sheen remained loyal to Wild Thing’s Indians with invitations to Kenny Lofton and Eddie Murray—two former tribesmen.
While the party seemed to be mostly fun-and-games, Sheen has shared his motivation for the evening was to “get everyone excited” about (possibly) making another Major League sequel. In an interview with TMZ, Sheen half-joked: “I think enough time has gone by that people have forgotten about [Major League II], and that third abortion [Major League III: Back to the Minors] that came out has to be forgotten as well.” While nothing has been filmed or confirmed, perhaps some big-league name-dropping could help Sheen’s effort to make it a reality.
When asked about his hangout session with Brian Wilson, Charlie Sheen beamed about the famously-bearded Giants closer, offering some strange–albeit flattering– compliments: “He’s the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball. He’s the greatest relief pitcher in the history of relief pitchers and he’s just a gnarly, cosmic, Vatican assassin and I sought out his genius and he gave me some. Now I’m a dangerous man.”
Sheen also sung the praises of his other famous guests. Lenny Dykstra, the subject of an unflattering 2009 GQ article and various other allegations and generally scummy conduct, apparently got along well with the star of Two and a Half Men. Sheen described the oft-maligned Dykstra as a “a fabulous, wonderful man” and named him one of his “favorite people.” Sheen, who is a longtime baseball fan and former high school ball-player, deemed his time with Wilson and his other guests, the “ultimate VIP baseball excursion.”
While Murray and Lofton are some of the games’ best, possibly baseball’s most noteworthy celebrity at the shindig was Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series championship ring. With an appraised value over $2 million, Sheen purchased the ring over 10 years ago at auction for just under $1 million. When asked about the Sulton of Swat’s ring by TMZ, Sheen said, “It just so happens it’s the most epic ring in the history of the planet, from the most epic player in the history of the planet…and I own it, because that’s what winners do…they own cool shit, man.” Though both Murray and Wilson had championship rings of their own, Sheen allowed his company of guests to wear Ruth’s ring to feel like world champions for a night.
The one sideshow ballplayer not in attendance at Charlie Sheen’s dudes’ night? Former Big Red Machine star, Pete Rose. According to Sheen, the controversial Charlie Hustle blew off the party for a “prior engagement.” Sheen joked that his “prior thing” was in Las Vegas– a tongue-in-cheek reference to Rose’s history of betting on games.
This weekend’s festivities weren’t anything strange for Sheen. Recently, the actor seems to have resurrected his interest in the sport. Last week Sheen took another “VIP baseball excursion” to UCLA Bruins batting practice session. Sheen was joined by current and former major leaguers Coco Crisp, Milton Bradley, Eric Davis, and Brandon Watson. At the request of Bruins head coach John Savage, Sheen gave an impromptu “anti-drug” talk to the team. Decked out in royal blue Under Armor, Sheen quipped, “Stay off the crack. Drink a chocolate milk.”