7:40 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
If you doubt that just about everyone on earth was rooting for Brian Roberts to make a successful comeback from multiple concussions, the proof is in these words of encouragement that popped on Twitter an hour before BRob made his second start at second base.
Actor Charlie Sheen tweeted: Myself and @Todd_Zeile welcoming back Brian Roberts second baseman Baltimore Orioles..! Glad to have you back, my man... The game has missed you!!
Not quite sure of the connection here. Zeile is a former Oriole, but he played for the team several years before Roberts was drafted. He now owns a small production company in the LA area and has done some acting, which may explain how he became friends with the star of "Wall Street," "Platoon" and (my personal favorites) "Hot Shots" and "Hot Shots, Part Deux."
Sheen is a baseball fan who played the scatter-armed relief pitcher Rick Vaughn in the movie "Major League," but it's hard to imagine him palling around with the straight-laced Roberts. Maybe he just found Roberts' story as compelling as the Orioles fans that gave BRob a standing ovation when he went to the plate Tuesday for his first major league at-bat in 13 months.
Since we're on the subject, Sheen is attempting a comeback of his own. His new series,"Anger Management" premieres on FX on June 28. Since I've spent a lot of time recently catching up on several seasons of "Two and a Half Men," I'm pretty sure I'll be watching.