Sports Illustrated is celebrating the 22 (Wait. What?) year anniversary of Major League, so they sat down with some of the people who starred in the timeless classic. While the whole thing is worth your time, one of the parts that is blowing up today is Charlie Sheen admitting he used steroids while filming the movie.
I didn’t like the haircut because it generated so many comments in bars. I’ve got enough of that already. Add that to the mix and it’s a recipe for a fistfight. I was already bitchy because—let’s just say that I was enhancing my performance a little bit. It was the only time I ever did steroids. I did them for like six or eight weeks. You can print this, I don’t give a f—. My fastball went from 79 to like 85.
So I guess the hitting records aren’t the only ones that need asterisks. Bonds and Sammy and Big Mac were hitting guys who probably had a little extra pop on their fastballs.
When Wild Thing comes in to get that final out, it’s one of the great sports entrances of all time. It was four in the morning, and I had been in the bullpen nodding off. This is pre-opiates—just good old-fashioned fatigue. I had to throw 150 pitches in a night and turn it around the next day. I was like, “Guys, do you know why they have a five-man rotation? So you can heal!” They said, “Look, we’ve only got the stadium for four nights with the fans.” I would stop at the doctor’s on the way to work for cortisone shots and anti-inflammatories.
It’s a shame that Sheen will never make the Hall of Fame.