Browns Rookie Night at Progressive Field
Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden highlighted the Browns rookie class at Progressive Field this week. Richardson spent time getting to know several Tribe players in the locker room Monday, while Weeden enjoyed watching batting practice and threw out the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday.
TribeVibe: How has your experience at Progressive Field been thus far?
Trent Richardson: I’m just loving it being around all the players and being back around my own baseball career I used to have. It brings back a lot of memories, a lot of it I miss. Now, I get to go to a lot of Cleveland games; this is my second official game I’ve been to. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
TV: What are you looking forward to most about playing for the Browns?
TR: A lot of change, a lot of passion. It’s really just about winning and making sure we’re on top of [our opponents] and always at the peak of our game all of the time.
TV: Do you have a favorite player?
TR: I like everybody. I’ve been with them all today, so I really can’t say anybody because they’ll get on me. You’ve got guys here on the Indians who were in the movie Major League. It was filled with Indians stuff. It’s always been a dream for us.
TV: What do you know about the city of Cleveland?
TR: They’re hungry. They really embrace you, and they’re really ready to win. It’s been a good experience so far. I know they want to win, they want to be on top, and that’s what we’re here for.
TribeVibe: You were drafted by the Yankees in 2002 and spent time with the Dodgers and Royals organizations. Does this bring back memories?
Brandon Weeden: It’s the first time I’ve been out here since I quit playing. It’s definitely pretty cool; it’s a lot of memories inside the stadium, watching BP, and seeing the pitchers out there shagging fly balls.
TV: What do you know about Cleveland fans?
BW: All of the positive support I’ve gotten since I was drafted has been great. I know that if we can win some games — football speaking — this city will really support us, and they’ll really embrace us. I know they’re passionate, they’re very knowledgeable of the game, and so far my interaction with them has been really good. Obviously, it’s a very sports-driven town that has very hungry fans and very loyal fans.
TV: What are you looking forward to most this fall?
BW: Getting the season started. I think finally getting a shot to go out and throw in a Browns uniform is exciting. As a rookie, we’re all excited about the opportunity to go out and play at this level and hopefully win some games.
TV: Have you set any goals for yourself at this point?
BW: I haven’t set any personal goals for myself yet, but my main goal is to help this team win as many games as possible. We want to build off of last year; we were a young team, so we’re still building up. I just want to be a part of that and do what I can in a Browns uniform.
-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor