According to Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com, former Ohio State Buckeye and (at the time) current Cleveland Browns safety Tyvis Powell was scheduled to throw out the first pitch prior to the Cleveland Indians game against the Chicago White Sox Friday evening.
That’s nice. Honoring a hometown player who has expressed his love for the Browns and the city of Cleveland in the past by letting him throw out the first pitch at an Indians game, another team he has shown nothing but adoration for. Only one problem — the Browns cut him just hours after the news broke.
Welp. Browns just waived Tyvis Powell. Awkward.— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) June 9, 2017
Meisel suggests that the Browns might not have known about the scheduled first pitch before making the announcement, but the Browns being out of the loop on a decision just doesn’t sound like the Browns at all. They’re always on top of things.
This whole situation creates an awkward problem for the Indians, and according to Meisel a decision has not been made on whether or not he’ll still throw out the pitch, though a source says he will. I say let him do it. He was born in Bedford, Ohio, just a 30-minute drive from Cleveland, and the guy has done nothing but praise the Tribe on Twitter.
And just look at this 11/10 pupper he posted prior to Opening Day.
Let the man pitch for his hometown team.