This isn’t Reds related, though I will tie it in shortly.  James Gammon, who played manager Lou Brown in the movie Major League, passed away Friday at age 70.

Gammon, who may be best known for his role as the manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1989 comedy Major League, was surrounded by family at his daughter’s home in Costa Mesa, where he and his wife, Nancy, had been living, when he died. He had cancer of the adrenal glands and the liver, reports the Los Angeles Times.

I am a huge fan of the movie Major League and could quite possibly be the movie I quote the most.  As a high school baseball coach a few years back, I always caught myself referencing this movie at random times either during practice or a game.  In fact I quoted it so much, I even had my players watch the movie one evening. Great coaching, huh?  Perhaps it isn’t hard to figure out why we went 2-20 my final season as coach.

But anyway, one of the most famous lines from the movie has to be the final game when Wild Thing Ricky Vaughn is on the mound and Lou mutters: “Forget about the curveball Ricky, give’em the heater!”  Which brings me now to my Reds tie in.  Jeff Brantley seems to think he imitates this portion of the movie rather well.  Thom Brenneman loves to coerce Brantley into these mindless quotes from time to time.  Not only does Brantley not sound like Lou Brown, but he also messes the quote up.  I scream at the tv/radio every time Brantley utters the word: “Give’em the heater, Ricky!”

Come on Jeff, if you’re going to quote it, at least quote it correctly.

But in all seriousness, I’m sad to hear of Gammon’s passing and prayers go out to his friends and family.