In what is sure to go down as a dark day in Cleveland history, the ceremonial first pitch at Wednesday’s Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox game was cancelled. The offense was magnified a billion fold because it was supposed to be thrown out by the Legend, the Man, the Best There Is, the Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be, 2014′s 22nd overall pick in the NFL Draft, Johnny Manziel. You may know him better by his super-hero name, Johnny Football.
Yes, dozens of Browns fans across the state of Ohio were devastated when their Savior, Mr. Football, was scratched from the pre-game festivities. The heavens opened and decided that watering the earth was far more important than Manziel throwing something that wasn’t an oblong shaped piece of stuffed pigskin. Who knows? Perhaps the Good Lord was afraid that Manziel, fresh off of throwing three interceptions during OTAs, would hurt his throwing mechanics by gripping the much smaller ball made for bases.
Instead, Manziel was forced to watch the remainder of the game as a common spectator, a true man of the people, sitting with the lay folk as the Tribe battled the Boston Red Sox. He very quickly endeared himself to the Indians fans, as he stated that even growing up in the small town of Kerrville, Texas, the Cleveland Indians, not the Texas Rangers or Houston Astros, were HIS team. That was more than enough for the Cleveland faithful, who zealously chanted Johnny’s name as he was given a proper introduction by the public address announcer. Nick Camino, the WTAM sports caster who was blessed with the opportunity to do play-by-play for Mr. Football’s first pitch, could not be reached for comment, presumably because he was crushed at the lost moment.
Manziel has yet to make a ceremonial first pitch in 2014, although Indians right fielder David Murphy recounts the day he first brushed with greatness. Manziel threw out a first pitch in 2013 while Murphy was a member of the Texas Rangers.
“Everybody knows who he is, everybody knows what he’s done. It’s always cool when somebody shows up to throw out the first pitch,” Murphy said. “More than anything, just welcome him to the city of Cleveland, get to know him.”
Yes, David, it is cool when somebody throws out the first pitch. But this wasn’t just somebody…this…was Johnny Football.