If you, as a fan, thought the hype and publicity surrounding the man known as Johnny Football was getting ridiculous, imagine what it is to be a professional in a baseball world being asked to detail the moves of the Cleveland Browns’ future quarterback.
Certainly, the news that the Cleveland Browns drafted Johnny Manziel out of Texas A&M VERY late in the first round was headline-worthy. Perhaps more noteworthy was the fact that Manziel was even available that late in the draft. Manziel himself had said that he would be the number one pick of the draft, which would have gone to the Houston Texans. He went so far as to say that if the Texans did not draft him, it would be one of the worst mistakes they ever made. Instead, Johnny Football, after several camera shots of him being frustrated with each passing pick, was drafted at number 22 in the first round. He became Cleveland’s new darling.
Now, in celebration and (ir)reverence towards the entity known as Johnny Manziel, he is being asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the Wednesday evening game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, where the Cleveland Indians will host the Boston Red Sox in the finale of a three-game set. Johnny Football, it seems, can’t even get to throw out the first pitch at the first game back home for the Indians.
To add even more to the fanfare and holiday-like atmosphere that Cleveland seems to be experiencing with Manziel, Nick Camino, who hosts “The Sports Feed” for Newsradio WTAM was tasked with covering what is sure to be a momentous occasion.
Was just asked to give play-by-play of Johnny Manziel's ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday night. OK, this is getting ridiculous.
— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) June 2, 2014
About the only thing that might salvage this ‘ceremonial’ first pitch and turn it into a positive for Camino might be if Manziel once again falls short of expectation and throws a pitch worse than 50 Cent did at CitiField in New York.