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Must-Click Link: the oral history of “Major League”

Jun 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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Great stuff over at Sports Illustrated today: interviews with the director and most of the cast of “Major League.”  It’s long, but anyone who has seen and loved that movie will agree that it’s worth it.

If you simply don’t have the time, however, go to Big League Stew, where Rob Iracane lists what he feels to be the top ten revelations of the piece.  My favorite: that Wesley “Willie Mays Hayes” Snipes is really slow in real life.

  1. marshmallowsnake - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    I say $#%! you Jobu…I do it myself!

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      “Hey, Cerrano, Jobu needs a refill.”

      • marshmallowsnake - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM

        Best Harry Doyle lines:

        Harry Doyle: In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.

        Harry Doyle: That’s all we got, one goddamn hit?
        Assistant: You can’t say goddamn on the air.
        Harry Doyle: Don’t worry, nobody is listening anyway.

        Harry Doyle: The post-game show is brought to you by…
        [searches through his papers]
        Harry Doyle: Christ, I can’t find it. To hell with it.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Wesley Snipes is really slow upstairs, too. Just ask his accountant and IRS examiner.

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      Come to think of it, Wesley Snipes and Charlie Sheen on the same cast? Is that a new record for combined IQs in the negative range, or does the Palin-Bachmann debate still hold that record?

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM

        The both total -6. It’s a dead even race.

      • TheWizard - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM

        Why do you liberals always have to bring your politics to the sports boards?

        Best stick to your fantasy leagues, it’s more your speed.

      • JBerardi - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:59 PM

        “Why do you liberals always have to bring your politics to the sports boards?”

        Do you really have to be “liberal” to recognize that Palin and/or Bachmann are a few beans short of a burrito? Is objective reality truly dead?

      • TheWizard - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:33 PM

        Palin has a stronger resume than the “community organizer” did.

        I can imagine what your objective reality must think of him.

      • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2011 at 12:19 AM

        Palin’s resume is primarily stacked with grandstanding stunts, idiotic misstatements and misfires, an amazing lack of knowledge or sophistication about things like other religions, science, geography, history and law, an intense “Christian” bigotry marked by a juvenile religiosity that would embarrass most intelligent ten year olds, and a sanctimoniousness so dense that if she dropped one of her morals she would break her foot.

        Regardless, Jberardi’s point was that even intelligent, literate conservatives – not to mention moderate or center-rightists – are embarrassed by her. What does that have to do with Obama?

  3. APBA Guy - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    There is a huge rift in our APBA league, worse than liberal v. teahadist, worse than Northern Ireland vs. Republican Ireland. It’s “Bull Durham” vs. “Major League”. I like “Bull Durham”, but I love “Major League.”. One of the other managers in the league has almost the entire ‘Bull Durham” script memorized, which is very annoying, so naturally when anything goes wrong for his team I maintain it was Jobu’s doing, which inflames him and results in huge amusement for me.

    So thanks for the link Craig, as I now have a re-load of fresh insights to relate to him and his wrong-thinking ilk.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      As Billy Martin said, I feel strongly both ways.

    • sdelmonte - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      Bull Durham is a relationship film that happens to involve baseball. Yes, there is a lot of baseball, and Ron Shelton is a pretty good sports film director, but it’s not really a baseball film. Also, I can’t stand Tim Robbins.

      Major League is a baseball film, pure and simple.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM

        As someone who loves both films, I have to disagree with you here. They are both baseball films, but one is 100% funny and the other is 50% funny and 50% serious. Major League is more of a spoof film really, while Bull Durham is a movie that was more realistic.

        One note about Bull Durham…Danny Gans was in it as one of their buddies. Yeah, the Danny Gans who headlined at the Mirage and made a gazillion dollars doing impressions until he died a few years back. Apparently, he was a minor league player until he blew out his knee.

        So IMHO…Major League…silly funny show. Bull Durham…funny show. Both are classics and I don’t turn either one off when channel surfing.

      • hep3 - Jun 29, 2011 at 3:39 PM

        But wouldn’t a relationship with Rene Russo be kind of epic?

  4. cur68 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Did The Natural have a sequel? No. It was perfect. You can’t follow perfection. Major League should NEVER have had a sequel and should not, under any circumstances, have a 3rd movie made pretending to be about the same guy. It will only suck like few things have ever sucked before.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      Too late, there’s already one claiming to be the 3rd, they’re discussing a 4th in the SI piece.
      Other than Star Wars 4, 5 & 6/ LOTR / Indiana Jones 1,2 & 3, I can’t think of a sequel that worked.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:14 PM

        Godfather 2 is widely considered as good as, if not better than Godfather.

      • spindervish - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:22 PM

        The Dark Knight

        There’s probably plenty of worthwhile sequels, really.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:09 PM

        Picky point, but LOTR isn’t really a trilogy–JRR Tolkien wrote it as one story. The publishers made it three books (correctly) thinking the size of the thing would scare customers off.

        That said, I also like Rocky 2 & 3. Stallone should have stopped there though.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      Major League 3 bore almost no resemblance to the original. It was more of a sequel to Major League 2. It wasn’t even about the Indians (rather, it was about a Twins farm club).

  5. aceshigh11 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    “What’s this?

    Taylor’s calling his shot! No one has done this Babe Ruth in the ’32 World Series!”

    God, I love that movie.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      I love pie, boobies and boobie pie.

  6. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Rickey Vaughn -“What is that shit all over your chest?”
    Harris explains the various lubes etc… on his body
    Eddie Harris- “dont have an arm like yours anymore kid, need all the help i can get!”

    Harris doing his best Tim Wakefield impersonation. Or in 1989 would have been Charlie Hough.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      I’d go more with Jamie Moyer than Wakefield (although both are appropriate).

      Harris and Moyer: classic junkball veterans.

    • bobwsc - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      “crisco, bardol…vagisil……….any one of ’em will give you an extra 3 inch break on your curveball.”

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:44 PM

        Awesome, i couldnt remember all the ones he listed.

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        Awesome! I couldnt remember all the ones he listed off.

    • ta192 - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      I think Gaylord Perry was probably the connection that the writer was shooting for…

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Is there anything more bizarre than a Charlie Sheen interview?

    • bobwsc - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      yes, a Charlie Sheen stand-up routine (that makes Henry Rollins look intelligent and fluid)

      • thefalcon123 - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM

        …Henry Rollins *is* intelligent and fluid….Say what you will about Rollins band (and they are terrible), Rollins is a sharp guy and a good story teller.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 29, 2011 at 4:56 PM

        Henry Rollins is BRILLIANT. C’mon…even comparing the two is insulting.

        You probably don’t like the guy’s politics, but you can’t tell me he’s not a sharp guy.

    • ta192 - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      It’s trendy for everyone to bash Charlie these days, but you have to admit he’s been associated with a lot of very successful productions during his career…some might even call him a Hollywood great.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      “Sheen: I’m in. F—, yeah. Why not? I think enough time has gone by. Let me tell you a story. We had this party at my place a few months ago to watch Major League. It was awesome. The beard was there—Brian Wilson, from the Giants. We had Eddie Murray and Kenny Lofton. And I got David Ward to introduce the film. Colin Farrell showed up. And when my big strikeout at the end comes on, the place goes nuts like we’ve never even seen the movie before. I’m in between my two girlfriends, and I look over and there’s Colin Farrell giving me a thumbs-up. I reach behind me for a fist bump from Brian Wilson, who goes, “Winning!” I’m telling you, David Ward created a baseball classic, and baseball is all that matters in the world. You know, I always wonder what I’m going to be in the middle of when I die. And I just hope it’s not in the middle of the greatest f—— pennant race ever.”


  8. shanemcdowell - Jun 29, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    So, for the sequel, with Wild Thing trying to make a come back, will it start with a 50-game steroid suspension?

  9. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 29, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Ricky Vaughn should start his comeback on an episode of Eastbound and Down!

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