But at least a couple Indians fans were more interested in a guy who wasn't even there — NBA star LeBron James. LeBron-mania was bubbling in Cleveland earlier that day amid rumors that a big announcement was coming. That didn't happen. As we know, it came Friday morning. LeBron was going home. So imagine how excited these guys in the Cavs jerseys are right now.
Like the rest of Cleveland, the Indians themselves were pretty stoked to welcome King James back to town. The team immediately invited Cleveland sports fan to come celebrate at Progressive Field on Friday night. Smoooooth. Move those tickets.
Nick Swisher is from Columbus, Ohio and "came home" last season to join the Indians. Obviously LeBron and Swisher are players in two different stratospheres, but Swisher was psyched to hear the news. Although, to be fair, Swisher is probably pretty psyched in the morning when he sees his sprinklers watered the lawn. It doesn't take much to get him excited.
The Indians were also happy to use the LeBron news to give another well-earned atta boy to All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley.
With LeBron and Johnny Football suiting up in Cleveland this fall, things are sure to be exciting. But if the Indians (45-46, third place in the AL Central) can wiggle into the playoffs again, that would take things to another level.
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