Ah, the temptations for athletes playing on the road...
Last week, actor Rob Lowe appeared on Conan, hosted by Conan O'Brien, and claimed that in the late 1980s, Charlie Sheen would invite his hometown Cincinnati Reds over to "party" when they were in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers, and then bet against them.
Check out the video below. Lowe specifically mentions 1984 through sometime in the 1990s, so I've opted to look at the 10-year period from 1984 to 1993.
Reds record on the road against the Dodgers:
37-50, .425 winning percentage
Reds record on the road against all other teams:
349-373, .483 winning percentage
Uh oh. The Reds did play a lot worse against the Dodgers than other opponents.
How about the Dodgers home record over the same period:
Dodgers record at home against the Reds:
50-37, .575 winning percentage
Dodgers record at home against all other teams:
392-331, .542 winning percentage
So I think it's fair to say that the Reds had trouble, umm, winning, in Los Angeles. Was it Sheen's fault?
The part specifically about the Reds starts at about the 4:55 mark.