The Cleveland Indians have enough trouble competing with the Browns for the attention of their city enough as it is, and now they’ll be facing an uphill battle to fill the seats for their final home game of the season.
Announced earlier today, Major League Baseball has moved the Tribe’s Sept. 22 home finale to primetime television: ESPN Sunday Night Baseball at 6:37 p.m.
The Indians announce their September 22 home game against Philadelphia has been moved to a 6:37 pm start time as the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game of the week. The Browns play the Rams less than two hours after first pitch (8:15) at First Energy Stadium .— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) September 9, 2019
That’s great and all, but it also means that the Indians will take to Progressive Field, for the last time this season, less than two hours before the Browns play their first Sunday Night Football game since 2008. Oh, and the Browns are playing the Los Angeles Rams, one of the most exciting teams in football.
I would like to sit here and tell you that, of course the Cleveland faithful will come out to support the Tribe in final game instead of watching those gosh darn Browns. But we both know that’s not true. The Browns hype machine is off the rails, and the team might actually be fun by then. There’s nothing wrong with choosing to watch one of the Browns’ 16 games instead one of the Indians’ 162. It’s more confusing on MLB’s end to make this happen, more than anything.
A lot could happen for the Indians between now and then for the Indians, though. They could either be on the precipice of a surprise AL Central takeover, or just doing their best to make a Wild Card spot. In other words, plenty of reasons to watch, and plenty of reasons to go to the game if you can.
But even if the game is Rob Manfred’s dream come true, it’s unlikely that anyone would be able to attend the Indians game and still make it over to First Energy Stadium to watch the Browns as well. Cleveland is going to forced to choose which game to attend, and we already know who is going to win that battle.