Twenty five years ago today, the number one box office hit movie "Major League" premiered. In the film, Clue Haywood was a triple crown winning slugger who had Indian's pitcher Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn's number until the end.
What lent additional authenticity to the diamond drama was the inclusion of a real Major League ballplayer in some of the scenes. Clu Haywood was played by 11 year MLB journeyman pitcher Pete Vuckovich. Major League's writer/director David S. Ward encouraged Vuckovich to improvise during his batting scenes in order to say something which ballplayers would say during an at-bat.
Clu's quip to the Indians catcher was meant to unnerve the opponent during a crucial at-bat. But the damn Yankee's (sic) jibe did not distract the key members of the fictitious Tribe when it most counted.