Charlie Sheen sure knows how to throw reporters a few curve balls. First he lets slip to Sports Illustrated that he used steroids to get into character while filming Major League back in the '80s. Turns out winning is more about 'roids than tiger's blood. But with the whole world more or less figuring he had to be on some drug OTHER than himself all these years, here's the real surprise: he'd like to see the MLB back off and let REAL baseball players use steroids too.
And he's not just saying it to shock people. OK, OK, there's at least a 50/50 chance he's not messing with us. His success with steroids that pushed his fastball from 79 mph to 85 mph is real enough that Sheen is speaking out from both sides of the dugout wall. He knows what it's like to be a player, and what it's like to be a fan.
It's not just a hobby, it's a religion ... I don't care what's going on in the friggin' world. This is what's going on in the world.
Throw in starring roles in not one but three baseball movies under his belt, a childhood spent playing high school ball, and several years in the line-up at the Hollywood All-Stars Baseball Game. You get the point. He knows his game and cares about it.
Now, the way Congress has played it with its hearings and federal prosecutions of MLB stars, that should mean Sheen hates steroids. That's what the hearings were all about, right? The purity of the game for the sake of the fans? But Sheen's take has juice to it. The game, this religion, is all about entertaining those fans. The way he sees it (and certain fans tend to agree), steroid use is just bringing another level of "entertainment" to the paying public that can't be achieved any other way:
I'm a purist so I don't mind a pitcher's duel ... But a lot of people go to the park to see a ball hit 600 feet. You can't do that without a little help.
From a purely anatomical perspective, he's right. There's only so much the bodies of these baseball players can do alone. The rest of us -- baseball fans not named Charlie Sheen -- have to decide what they want more: a steroid-free game or big impressive numbers at the ballpark.
Does Charlie Sheen's perspective on the matter carry any weight?
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