Even as a steady rain drenched the tarp-covered field at Progressive Field a couple hours before the scheduled start of Wednesday’s series finale against the Boston Red Sox, Browns top draft picks cornerback Justin Gilbert (8th pick, first round) and quarterback Johnny Manziel (22nd pick, first round) stayed dry while mingling with the Indians players in the clubhouse.
Fourth-round pick and cornerback Pierre Desir ventured out onto the soggy field then tweeted a photo of himself wearing a Browns hoodie with his arms outstretched in the rain. The Indians tweeted a handful of pictures of Browns and Indians players talking in the clubhouse as well as one with right-hander Josh Tomlin working with Gilbert and Manziel on their scheduled first pitches in the batting cages in the bowels of the stadium.
However, it’s up in the air whether the wet weather will allow the much-anticipated first pitches to happen or how long the players will wait around if the game’s scheduled 7:05 p.m. start is delayed, which appeared likely at 6 p.m.
Tribe manager Terry Francona mentioned after the draft that he liked the Browns selections, particularly the club moving up to take Manziel late in the first round. Wednesday he joked that if “Johnny Football” does get a chance to throw out a first pitch, “I hope he scrambles.”
Earlier in the afternoon, Manziel tweeted a picture of himself from his Little League days - ironically playing for the Indians. "Throwing out the first pitch @Indians game tonight," the Tweet read. "guess it's just mean to be."