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Get Me to Cleveland!

The Chicago Cubs stunned the Cleveland Indians 9-3 in Game 6 of the World Series last night in Cleveland. It’s clear the Indians need to throw everything they have at the Cubbies in the decisive Game 7.

On that note…

Ladies and Gentlemen: Game 7 of the 2016 World Series is very likely getting the silver screen treatment!

FEAR NOT,
“BELIEVE”LAND!!

My bag is packed,
and help is on the way!!

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😎
#GetMeVaughn

As has been written/requested/begged on Jimmy’s Daily Planet (This Wild Thing is…Major League and There’s Always the 7th Inning Relief), the Cleveland Indians have the opportunity to win the all-important (second to the World Series, I suppose…) pop culture battle with the Chicago Cubs (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Rookie of the Year, Back to the Future Part II’s near prescient prediction back in 1989) by calling on the franchise’s best relief pitcher:

Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn.

Before getting all hopes up of the awesomeness that could transpire tonight (a step-by-step recreation of that famous “Wild Thing” outfield entrance against the New York Yankees in the original Major League, uniform, hat, glasses, haircut, song, strut and all), let’s just all stay tuned at the very beginning of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio at 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

If the Cleveland Indians and Charlie Sheen actually pull this off, it would take “winning” to an entirely new, awesome level.

There’s Always the 7th Inning Relief

Ask and you shall receive?

This Wild Thing is…Major League was yesterday’s blog post on Jimmy’s Daily Planet and the final sentence was a hopeful aspiration on the part of this blog’s writer. With the “Wild Thing” video clip included, the aforementioned conclusion reads as follows:

Charlie Sheen, we know you’re a Cincinnati Reds fans, but throw the Indians a bone ball (literally) with a first pitch, sporting the glasses, haircut, hat, stare and all.

Turns out Charlie Sheen is well aware of his part in this potentially legendary pop-culture moment. He tweeted:

Major League
continues to be the gift
that keeps on giving!

if called upon,
I’d be honored.

YES!

Say it isn’t so…

A spokesman told the AP on Friday that MLB has worked with the Indians to identify “former franchise greats” to throw out the first pitch for the games in Cleveland. An announcement is expected early next week.
–Chicago Tribune

Excuse me Major League Baseball, but Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn is a “former franchise great.” And if you ask the people of Cleveland (including Drew Carey), they’ll tell you that the “Wild Thing” definitely rocks.

Let me add one more excerpt from yesterday’s damn near prescient blog post.

If the Cleveland Indians don’t play this song (or wear those same uniforms) at any point during their World Series games at home, then Beverly Goldberg will announce via the jumbo tron that they have failed as a baseball organization, the city of Cleveland and movie fans everywhere.

Right now, the MLB and the Cleveland Indians organization are losing, not winning

This Wild Thing is…Major League

Don’t adjust your computer screen or smartphone, but the Cleveland Indians (yes, that Cleveland in northern Ohio) blanked the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 of the American League Championship yesterday 3-0 to cap a dominating 4-1 series to clinch one of two spots in the World –

wait for it Ted Mosby in what could be the greatest sports year of your fictional character’s life, along with all the real life people from Cleveland, Ohio/Indians fans everywhere

– Series!

And what team has the potential to land that prized second spot in the World Series? With the National League Championship series tied at 2-2, the team to advance will either be the Los Angles Dodgers or the Chicago Cubs (yes, those same Cubbies that play at the famed Wrigley Field). If the Cubs advance, stay tuned because there will be a blog to mark the occasion on Jimmy’s Daily Planet.

Okay, everybody take a deep breath as we all contemplate the very same reaction:

Are we living in a bizarro world right now?

Before we hyperventilate over the excitement of a potential Cleveland Indians v. Chicago Cubs World Series, let’s relax and allow a man whose career was defined by calmness, serenity and nothing wild.

(FYI – There is one four-letter word in this video clip)

If the Cleveland Indians don’t play this song (or wear those same uniforms) at any point during their World Series games at home, then Beverly Goldberg will announce via the jumbo tron that they have failed as a baseball organization, the city of Cleveland and movie fans everywhere.

Two guarantees about the forthcoming World Series:

  • If the Cleveland Indians are victorious, the entire city will have an identity crisis (Wait, we win championships now?)

and

  • This World Series will be a wild thing for the ages

Charlie Sheen, we know you’re a Cincinnati Reds fans, but throw the Indians a bone ball (literally) with a first pitch, sporting the glasses, haircut, hat, stare and all.

Save Nostalgia with a Twist & Shout

Spoiler Alert: This blog post contains details from the February 25, 2015 episode of The Goldbergs 

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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
-Ferris Bueller

In a single word: Epic!

Adam F. Goldberg, sitcom’s connoisseur of the 1980s and leader of The Goldbergs, revived a treasured classic and booked the cameo of the year (plus Ben Stein…Ben Stein in the promo) in last night’s episode, “Barry Goldberg’s Day Off.” Expected a week earlier in the Two and a Half Men series finale, Charlie Sheen continued to fuel his feud with that show’s leader Chuck Lorre with tiger’s blood. Charlie declined a highly-anticipated return to his old show. Instead, Goldberg had the perfect timing and script for Sheen to make his prime time television return as the drug-addled addict character he played in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (you almost can’t write this) and it was great. As a matter of fact, Goldberg revealed that Sheen pitched his final line and, for those who saw it, it was hilarious.

“It’s about time, I feel like I’ve been sittin’ here for 30 f”in years!”

This episode was a perfect homage to the ’80s masterpiece with countless shot-for-shot remakes, the iconic wardrobe, unforgettable quotes and original twists (and shouting) custom-fit for The Goldbergs. Every single character nailed their part. They were all so choice. The story was ultimately about Barry discovering his inner-Ferris Bueller, despite the reality of being a Cameron Frye. Truthfully, it’s the dilemma most of us face, especially in high school. This tribute episode was special because of the movie, its place in our hearts and minds and it was a nostalgic time travel (without a Ferrari, flying car or phone booth) back to a time when John Hughes was king.

Some would argue he still is.

Hughes’ storytelling and all too-real portrayals of teen life was impeccable. His films and characters continue to stand the test of time. Sitting on the edge of my seat with a smile a mile wide during the entire show, Goldberg wonderfully reminded us that the past is never too far away and that it really feels good to win (had to) with a rockin’ song in front of a raucous crowd.

Life, in so many ways, is about moments. And each of us should have our own Ferris-inspired day off.  

Adam F. Goldberg revealed at the end of the episode that he wanted to be the next John Hughes as a kid (note his childhood obsession with filming his uncensored family). In the modern television world, he’s as close as anybody. It’s always amazing to learn who or what motivates us at our most impressionable ages.

It’s clear that we will never forget the brilliant mind and vision of John Hughes.

P.S. I sent a tweet last night that read:

@TheGoldbergsABC is literally Epic!!! To quote myself, “I just believe in The Goldbergs” #FerrisBuellersDayOff

The second part of the message was an homage to a quote from the movie. It was commented on and re-tweeted. It even got “favorited” by a few people…including Adam F. Goldberg!

That’s epic!

Oh yeah (chicka chicka)