The stage was set for it to be a great night for the Cleveland Indians -- it was Dollar Dog night, the finale of a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox, and both of the Cleveland Browns' first-round picks, CB Justin Gilbert and QB Johnny Manziel, were set to throw the ceremonial first pitch. That's when mother nature interfered.
The rain started coming down around 3:00 PM ET, and it didn't stop until probably around 8:30 PM ET. That killed any chance of a walk-up crowd the Indians were hoping for; the optimistic fans were wondering if the team would've been able to crack an attendance of over 30,000. The start of the game was delayed for 2.5 hours as Gilbert, Manziel, and the rest of the Browns' rookie class were still treated to pre-game festivities at the stadium. Unfortunately for the fans who were at the game, the ceremonial first pitch was cancelled:
There will be no first pitch for Johnny Manziel or Justin Gilbert tonight #Indians
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) June 5, 2014
That's a bummer for the Indians -- with all due respect to Gilbert, it's not like you can just invite Manziel back for another first pitch anytime soon, and the team really could have used a nice little attendance spike. Nonetheless, we still got to see a pretty awesome photo op out of it:
According to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan, the Browns rookies had to leave before the game even started at around 8:50 PM, because they had to get ready for OTA's tomorrow morning. The field trip ended without an inning of baseball coming to completion. Before the game, the Indians took a lot of pictures with Gilbert and Manziel in the Indians' clubhouse, and getting some pitching tips from starter Josh Tomlin: