CLEVELAND — Fresh off a training camp scrimmage at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield quenched his thirst by shotgunning a beer from a suite while taking in Saturday’s Indians game against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Progressive Field scoreboard flashed a shot of Mayfield, seated in a luxury box with his wife Emily, sipping a beer as he watched the action. Mayfield saluted, and then somebody off camera tossed him a full can which the second-year QB cracked open with his teeth and chugged to the delight of the crowd.
Mayfield then turned around to show he was wearing a Francisco Lindor jersey and frantically waved his arms while imploring the crowd to “get up” and show their enthusiasm.
The Indians, who had been held hitless to that point in the game, immediately got on the scoreboard behind a double by newcomer Franmil Reyes and a two-run homer by Jason Kipnis.
And perhaps inspired by Mayfield’s jersey choice, Lindor blasted a three-run homer of his own a few batters later to give the Tribe a 5-0 lead.
The scene was reminiscent of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and teammate David Bakhtiari staging a beer-chugging contest during Game 5 of this year’s NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals in Milwaukee. Bakhtiari famously downed three beers before Rodgers could finish a single brew as Bucks fans cheered the lineman on.
Bakhtiari tweeted his approval once word of Mayfield’s exploits began to spread on social media.
Indians fans will also remember LeBron James and the 2016 NBA champion Cavaliers pumping the home crowd up before Game 2 of the American League Division Series against Boston that year. The moment appeared to take the air out of the sails for the Red Sox, who were swept by the Tribe two days later.