Before the Cleveland Indians went on a tear in the 90s, they were a joke for decades. So much so that it spawned a film, Major League, that lampooned the team’s misfortunes but is now beloved in Cleveland lore for its quotable moments, great characters, and the fact that it let Cleveland see its Indians win a World Series in color.
Now, three local theaters are showing the movie for just $1 ahead of the Indians appearing in their first World Series since 1997 and going for their first Series win since 1948. Thee theaters belonging to the Cleveland Cinemas chain — Capitol Theatre in Cleveland, Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights, and Chagrin Cinemas in Chagrin Falls — are all partnering with Melt Bar & Grilled to show the film for $1.
Other Cleveland Cinemas locations are also offering free drinks to any Indians fan wearing team gear. Wear something Indians, buy any sized popcorn, and you get a free fountain drink of the same size. Theaters participating in the drink giveaway include Apollo Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lane Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas, Shaker Square Cinemas, and Tower City Cinemas.
No World Series run would be complete without more Major League references. Fans have petitioned for Charlie Sheen — who played Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the film — to throw out the first pitch. Surprisingly, he actually responded:
Major League— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) October 20, 2016
continues to be the gift
that keeps on giving!
if called upon,
I'd be honored. pic.twitter.com/ijjAU0Qvbw
It’ll probably be someone boring like the President Obama or a huge celebrity. Besides Charlie Sheen, my vote would be for John Adams. The drumming super fan causes so much anger in opposing teams’ fans that it makes my heart smile — I’d love to see him get some official recognition like a first pitch in the World Series.
Earlier this season, many also linked Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer to the film when he declared the Indians dead in the water following Carlos Carrasco’s hand injury. Even if he did not truly serve as inspiration to the team, the parallels between Hoynes and the Indians’ fictitious owner in Major League who wanted the team to fail so they could move to Miami are too obvious to ignore.
But, for our sake, let’s not strip a piece of clothing off for every win.