Of a desperate sophomore campaign, hurler Randy Wells (above) tells those attending the 2011 Cubs Caravan, “”Last year I got caught up in a lot of stuff…”I maybe got too big for my britches.” And the cliches actually got worse from there, as the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan illustrates ;
Wells said he looks at the Ricky Vaughn character in the movie “Major League II” as a fair representation of his season.
“Ricky Vaughn turned into a businessman/pretty boy,” Wells said.
For those unfamiliar with the movie, Wells was referring to Charlie Sheen’s “Wild Thing” character, a pitcher who became complacent and more concerned about endorsements and earnings potential after his one-year success in the original “Major League.”
It’s a fascinating analogy, though I’ve been of the opinion Wells’ career arc more closely resembles that of Nana Kleinfrankenheim in Goddard’s “Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux”, with Jim Hendry playing the role of Saddy Rebbot.