In the sequel of the Charlie Sheen classic “Major League,” Cuban star Pedro Cerrano (played by Dennis Haysbert) turns to Chicago White Sox catcher Jack Parkman (David Keith) after an 0-2 strike call and said, “That last pitch, man? That was beautiful,” before taking the next pitch he saw and planting it into the upper deck and left field for a go-ahead home run.
Before trotting down to first base, Cerrano looked back at Parkman and chirped, “Not as beautiful as that, though.” It was one of the most famous scenes from the movie, and a defining one for Haysbert in his rise to fame. And according to Nationals manager Davey Martinez, it partially played out in practice on Sunday.
Centerfielder Victor Robles joined the team last week after spending the first two weeks of Summer Camp quarantining as a result of being exposed to someone with the coronavirus. While taking batting practice pitches from Nationals’ minor league outfield coordinator Gary Thurman, he reminded his coaches and teammates just how much they missed his presence.
“The beauty about Victor is he brings all this energy,” Martinez said in a Zoom press conference. “He was funny today, sounded like [Pedro] Cerrano from ‘Major League 2.’ Gary threw him a really nice pitch and he just looked at him and said, ‘Oh, good pitch, good pitch.’ So we all started cracking up but just to have him in camp, he’s bubbly, he’s entertaining, he’s got that live body. It’s fun to have him around.”
In case you haven’t seen the movie (or would just like a refresher), here’s the scene.
No word on whether Robles went yard on the following pitch, but the similarities in personality are certainly there.
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