The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox were set to face off at 7:10 pm ET on Friday evening and all was right with the world. Cleveland Browns defensive back Tyvis Powell was scheduled to throw out the first pitch to begin the activities down at Progressive Field and, about six hours before that event, things looked to be on schedule.
Then, approximately five hours before the event, things changed. In fact, the Browns elected to publicly announce the release of Powell at 1:35 pm ET.
ESPN.com brings word that the Browns were unaware of Powell’s commitment to throw out the pitch and, to his credit, the Ohio native and former Ohio State standout stayed true to his word. Before heading to fulfill his duty, Powell dropped this on Twitter.
It is probably safe to assume that Powell will land elsewhere, as he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and managed to appear in eight games during the 2016 NFL season as a rookie. If nothing else, the 6’3, 211-pound defensive back showed poise and dedication in this circumstance, as many professional athletes would have blown off the engagement under these difficult job-related circumstances. Credit to Tyvis Powell for sticking it out and he’ll be back.