WASHINGTON — A curious image surfaced during the first inning of a game between the Indians and Nationals in Cleveland Tuesday.
On the bases, where the logos of each team are usually displayed, Progressive Field was instead said to be hosting an “Indians vs. Senators” matchup.
MASN’s F.P. Santangelo called attention to it almost immediately on the Nationals’ television broadcast.
“I noticed something early in the game was wrong with a base,” he said. “Did you see this when we came on today? Is that a tribute? No. I think they just… messed it up. Indians, Senators, next.”
“It’s only been 11 years, guys,” Carpenter stated the age of the Nationals. “12 years, now. 11 and a half.”
“That’s… bad,” Santangelo added.
“How about that?” Carpenter said. “I’m glad they didn’t put ‘Washington Generals,’ who NEVER won a game.”
It’s been 45 years since the Senators last played in Washington, and since they have been playing in Arlington, Texas (as the Rangers).
Fans speculated on Twitter about the culprit of the mistaken identity, some trying to decipher some sort of deeper meaning. Others, simply, felt embarrassed.
Cleveland’s broadcasters made note of the bases being swapped out at some point during the game for alternatives which simply said “Indians,” lending credence to the mistaken-base theory.
The Indians’ Twitter account stoked the conspiracy narrative, suggesting to one fan the Senators logo placement may have been purposeful.
The answer: It was a simple mistake, an Indians official confirmed to 106.7 The Fan. But what a great mistake it was!