While Charlie Sheen played a Cleveland Indian in one of his most notable roles, the truth is that he’s a lifelong fan of the club’s instate rivals, the Cincinnati Reds. On Sunday, he announced that he had pledged $50,000 to the team’s Community Fund.
Sheen is matching the amount broadcaster Marty Brennaman raised for charity in return for having his head shaved on the field Friday.
Sheen and father Martin Sheen were at that game Friday against the Pirates:
“The City of Cincinnati has opened its arms to me so graciously and I’m compelled to give something back,” Sheen said in a statement released by the Reds. “If this contribution points one kid in the right direction, then we’ve done our job.”
OK, yeah, that sets up a lot of easy jokes, but hey, it’s a tidy sum that should allow the fund to do some good.
(You can still make those jokes below, though. No, really, feel free.)
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.