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Milwaukee Brewers: Christian Yelich, thespian?

Matthew Dewoskin
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich made his acting debut on a recent episode of Magnum, PI. Does the Brewers superstar have a future in entertainment?

Christian Yelich had an MVP season, lead the team to the NLCS, and managed to find time to shoot a scene for a recent episode of Magnum, PI. He didn’t play a character. He was credited as himself, and appears as ‘Christian Yelich’. But could he one day pull a Bob Uecker and earn a role on a weekly sitcom? Let’s go to the tape…

How did the scene go?

Here we go…

0:01 – Series sidekick Theodore ‘T.C.’ Calvin, played by Stephen Hill, is also a baseball coach? Is this an plot point? Does he routinely have to skip out on cases because he has to get to practice?

0:07 – A shaved ice joke! On a Hawaiian TV show! Hawaii Five-0 pretty much cornered the market on these.

0:16 – The surprise is Juliett Higgins, played by Perdita Weeks? What a terrible surprise. TC should feel terrible.

0:28 – Swoon. Why is Yelich pulling up in a golf cart? Was he just on vacation, playing golf, and the producers asked him to do the scene? So many questions.

0:36 – Why is Yelich hanging out with Magnum? Isn’t Magnum a Tigers fan?

0:39 – Yelich speaks! What’s up, indeed.

0:50 – Magnum promised Yelich to ride in a chopper? Is that allowed in his contract? We need to keep Yelich as safe as possible. Also, why does Yelich want to ride in a chopper?

0:58 – Robin is friends with Mark Attanasio? Also, who is Robin?

1:02 – No, Christian. YOU did awesome.

1:17 – A Yelich / Magnum match up? One is an NL MVP and the other is a private investigator who’s known for wisecracks. This should go well.

1:23 – A lot going on here. The music kicks in. The main actress makes eyes at Yelich and he sort of reciprocates. The Yelich / Magnum battle is on.

1:32 – Magnum stretches. Yeah, make sure you’re stretched out. That’ll make all the difference against a professional baseball player.

1:33 – Why is Yelich holding his hat and his bat at the same time? Where did the hat come from? It looks like a Milwaukee Brewers publicist tossed it into the scene so the logo gets on TV.

1:43 – The hat is on, Springsteen kicks in, and Yelich smiles.

1:47 – Oh yeah, professional sports agents can’t wait to sign normal dudes.

1:52 – Magnum shakes off his catcher. Even a Little League catcher should tell the hitter what’s coming.

1:56 – So much handsome in one screen.

2:01 – Magnum has awful mechanics. What happens at the end there? He rushed his delivery and ended up with the ball out over the plate. He also made Tim Robbins look like young Charlie Sheen.

2:05 – Legal wouldn’t allow the show to have a real baseball? This is almost as bad as the CGI football in Romeo Must Die. Yelich swing looks fantastic, by the way.

2:14 – Magnum tore something after one pitch? Wasn’t he known to throw a curve ball or two?

Does Yelich have a future in acting?

Yelich can do whatever he pleases, and probably be good at it.

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The scene in and of itself was a bit rough. Yelich showing up doesn’t make a ton of sense, and really feels shoehorned into the ending of the episode. He doesn’t really get a zinger, but gets ample opportunity to look handsome. He probably could’ve been used better, but he certainly didn’t embarrass himself. It’s a perfectly cromulent scene, but it didn’t do much for anyone involved. Yelich is there. Magnum looks like an idiot. And it just sort of ends. It’s cool to see Yelich on a national stage, but there wasn’t much to the scene.

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