CLEVELAND Matt Riccardi dre sed appropriately for Game 1 of the World Series between the Cubs and Indians.White Indians throwback jersey complete with a bold red 99.Thick-rimmed black gla ses with skull-and-cro sbones in between. You know where this is going.MORE: World Series picks: Cubs or Indians?Riccardi, an Akronnative who flew in from San Diego, came dre sed as Rick Wild Thing Vaughn from Major League. Thats one of the mostpopular jerseys or costumes at an Indians playoff game right now. Only now, Major League has become reality for Indians fans again, like it did for Riccardi as a young fan in 1995 and 1997.Its one of those things where you see it as a little kid Cincinnati Reds Flex Base Team Gray Jersey
and it sticks with you, Riccardi said. Its a hilarious movie and we end up doing well. Its a positive movie,even though we start out as the underdog. Its a movie about hope.Its a movie about baseball. Its a movie about Cleveland. Its Clevelands baseball movie. Riccardi isnt alone. For the next two weeks, Major League will be the most-quoted movie in Northeast Ohio.MORE: Best sports movies of all timeNotice Riccardi said We. Anybody who grew up in Ohio can relate. I was probably way too young to be watching Major League at that age, but my dad gave in when I begged him to watch that movie about the Cleveland Indians on a Friday night. This was his chance to watch the Indians win something. Why the hell not, right?There were so many jokes that I didnt get at the time, but Scooter Gennett Jersey
I know the reaction I had when Charlie Sheen or Wild Thing got off that motorcycle at spring training.Look at this fingguy. I laughed. I still laugh every single time. I dont think I ever heard my dad laugh that hard for the next hour or so. Of all the one-liners in Major League and there are so many better ones Ive used probably that one (when the kids are in bed) more than any of the rest. Thats what I said the first time I saw Jadeveon Clowney on a high school football field in South Carolina. Then I thought about Major League for a second. Then I laughed.Its not just the quotes that make the movie. Its that underdog story. Its why you see Vaughn Joey Votto 2018 MLB All-Star Game Jersey
jerseys all over the place in downtown Cleveland before an Indiansgame. Its why memes of Lou Brown smiling filled Facebook and Twitter when the Indians clinched the ALCS. Its why petitions for Sheen to throw out the first pitch and Bob Uecker i.e.,Harry Doyle to announce the games started in earnest. Cleveland fans are watching Major League in real life.MORE: Longest World Series droughts So, why "Major League"?You could argue that Bull Durham, Eight Men Out, The Natural and Field of Dreams are better baseball movies and point out, Academy Award nominations, historical context, accuracy and purism. Or you could just recite the one-liners.JUST a bit outside.This guy here is dead!Uh-oh, Rexy, I don't think this one's got the distance.Major League is fun. It was made in 1989, a decade in which the Indians finished over .500 once and no higher than fifth in the AL East. Major League II came out in 1994, the year Jacobs Field (now Progre sive Field) opened. Cleveland would rip off five consecutive playoff appearances complete with those two World Series appearances.Of course, the Indians havent won since 1948, and we never saw the Major League Indians win it all. They won the one-game playoff in the first one and a playoff series in the sequel. Had they made a real-life Major League III not Major League: Back to the Minors you get the feeling the Cubs would have been the foil in the World Series.There are a few loose tie-ins. Terry Francona Jackie Robinson Jersey
is a quotable manager. The Indians' improbable run featured just one lo s in the American League playoffs. And, of course, a dominant pitcher emerged as the top story.Indians fan Matt Riccardi wearing a Rick Vaughn jersey (Bill Bender/SN)Andrew Miller has no wildne s about him but he still throws gas, Riccardi said. Its definitely very similar.MORE: '90s kids will love playing in this World Series So Riccardi will sit in Section 103 with his stepfather, Denny Trimmer, on Tuesday, dre sed in full Vaughn gear. Major League might mean something to all baseball fans, but it always means a little more in Cleveland. It did from the moment Sheen stepped off that motorcycle and Indians lore forever.Look at this fingguy.Remember what Brown said after Pepper Leach blurted that out?My kinda team, Charlie, he said. Its my kinda team.The Johnny Bench 1983 Collection Practice Red Jersey
same could be said about the real thing this time.Obviously we didnt pick up a Willie Mays Hayes in spring training, Riccardi said, referring toWesley Snipes' character. But there are a lot of similarities with the underdog mentality coming out of nowhere.