Browns QB and CLE native Brian Hoyer: ‘It’s a great time to be in Cleveland’

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Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer throws a football for a living, but traded it in for a baseball on Saturday at Progressive Field.

The North Olmsted native, St. Ignatius and Michigan State grad and six-year NFL vet, was back on the mound, where he spent his days as a Wildcat. He and his family took in the game a few weeks before Browns training camp starts.

Hoyer originally was asked to throw out a first pitch last fall, just as he took over the starter’s job for the Browns. With a short week and Thursday night game vs. Buffalo, he declined to focus on his game prep.

He was free Saturday, and said afterward he “painted the corner” with his first pitch. He played at Progressive Field while in high school, but played his other natural position – center field – that day.

(Here’s a peek at Hoyer on the mound.

“It’s so cool to be here,” Hoyer said. “It wasn’t the right time last year, but it’s good to be back.”

Hoyer, having grown up here, knows that this is a special time for Cleveland sports: The Indians are coming off a Postseason berth and playing well, the Browns had a big offseason – and oh yeah, some guy named LeBron is back.

“Me being another local guy, I’m pumped up. (LeBron) just brings so much to this city and it’s a great time to be living in Cleveland right now.” Hoyer said.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

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