CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Miller brothers, James II and Marc Jr., will spend their time running between two of the biggest sports events in Cleveland on Tuesday.
From the Cavaliers championship ceremony and to the Indians’ World Series game, the Millers will travel less than half a mile to travel from Q Arena and Progressive Field in Gateway Plaza.
Last season, the Cavaliers won the franchise’s first championship in 46 seasons ending a 52-year national championship drought in Cleveland. As for the Indians, the team is seeking the franchise’s third World Series title after 11 playoff appearances.
“The more you think about it and look ahead, I guess the more you start to appreciate it,” said James. “I’m extremely excited and I know Monday night it’s going to be hard for me to sleep in anticipation.”
The Millers may miss some of the festivities with the Cavs’ ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. and the Indians first pitch at 8:08 p.m., still that won’t deter them from missing a bit of Cleveland history. They will meet their father and brother, Marc Sr. and Jason Miller, at Progressive Field.
Check back to this story as the Millers share photo updates from their night at Gateway Plaza.
“Just snubbing them and forgoing the game just to go see the Indians in the World Series wouldn’t feel right,” James said. “I have to pay my respects to that team and see the ring ceremony because you never know when it will happen again, but then against we’re the mist of something extremely special with the Indians. I truly believe they are a team of destiny with everything that’s happened this year.”
Cavaliers players have been spotted during the postseason showing their support for the Indians on social media and at Progressive Field. It comes as no surprise the Cavs are on board for the World Series.
“We’re going to be very supportive,” Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said. “They deserve it and the city of Cleveland deserves it.” Lue said when it comes to fans deciding what event to attend he would not be offended if they went to Progressive Field. The last World Series appearance by the Indians was in a seven-game series loss to the Florida Marlins in 1997. NBA All-Star Campy Russell, who played seven seasons with the Cavs, said he’s not surprised Cleveland sports fans would consider attending both events. The rare moment is a first for many fans. “I think because we [the Cavaliers] are already champions and because the Indians have the opportunity people want to be a part of that as well,” Russell said. “A lot of good things are going on in Cleveland at this particular point, but definitely I’ll be at the Q. Like everyone else I’m sure I’ll have one eye on the game and another ear on what’s going on with the Indians. I think it’s just a great opportunity for everybody.” Cavs shooting guard J.R. Smith smiled when thinking about the night ahead. He’s receiving his first championship ring and sitting front row for the franchise’s first championship ceremony. Would he be offended if fans left after the ring ceremony, Smith simply said not at all. “I might go tip toe over there by halftime myself,” Smith said. “I might skip shoot around, layup line or something, but no not at all. This is going to be an unbelievable night for the city between us getting our rings and game one of the World Series, I can’t fault them at all.” While a Game 1 win against the Cubs would make for a perfect night to the two brothers, the brothers the time with the family is what they will treasure.
“Just knowing I can go to a World Series game with our dad that’s really special to James and I,” Marc said. “He took us to World Series games in the 1990s and we were able to go to the 1997 All-Star game when it was at the Jake. It’s just really special for us to extend a ticket out to him, say here’s your chance to get you to one of the best events and one of the greatest sports days in Cleveland history.”