Fans of Cleveland prep baseball may remember Brian Hoyer‘s pitching days at St. Ignatius. Hoyer made a pretty good career move by sticking with football, but the former Wildcat and Cleveland native was back on the mound on the north shore, throwing out the first pitch at the Indians game Saturday.
Hoyer was originally asked to throw out the first pitch last season, but declined because of a short-practice week.
Naturally, Hoyer, 28, was pumped to toss out the first ball.
“It’s so cool to be here,” Hoyer told the Trive Vibe blog. “It wasn’t the right time last year, but it’s good to be back.”
— Brian Hoyer (@bhoyer6) July 12, 2014
Throw to Alomar must’ve been a thrill for Hoyer, who watched the former Tribe backstop during the Indians Hey Day in the mid-1990s.
Judging by this picture, Hoyer can hold his own on the mound:
— Matthew Thomas Hoyer (@MattyIce_15) July 11, 2014
Hoyer’s first pitch can be viewed here. The throw airs at the 2:55 mark.
Hoyer’s main competition for the Browns starting job, Johnny Manziel, was asked to throw out the first pitch shortly after being acquired. A rain delay dampened that plan, but Johnny Football still put on a show for fans by flashing his famous “Money Manziel” sign.
— WKYC Channel 3 News (@wkyc) June 5, 2014