April 16, 2016 – Couple Getting Frisky in Upper Deck Goes Viral
On a perfect 54° and sunny Saturday afternoon for early-season baseball, one couple temporarily stole the show from the big-leaguers.
In an odd April interleague matchup, the New York Mets came to Cleveland for a weekend series. The announced crowd of 20,165 was solid for an early Spring weekend, but several outfield upper-deck sections were closed.
Josh Tomlin gave up a home run on the third pitch of the game to Curtis Granderson, but then gained his composure. For the Mets, ace Matt Harvey struck out the side in the bottom of the first. Both offenses struggled through the fifth inning.
Around the middle of the 4th inning, Twitter user @savannah3marie posted a photo of a couple in the very top row of a closed seating section in right field with the caption “S/O [shoutout] to the people having sex at the Indians game!”
While the amorous event went largely un-noticed in the ballpark (except for the lone security guard in the photo), it lit up the internet.
Headlines making the most of middle-school metaphors appeared across the web such as “Couple Photographed Scoring Home Run in Nosebleed Seats”, “Couple Covered All the Bases in the Middle of an Indians Game”, and “Fans Ignore Game, Have Sex in Stands Instead” appeared across the web.
In the bottom of the 5th, the Indians took the lead on a double by Jose Ramirez and a single by Juan Uribe, followed by another three runs in the bottom of the 6th and two runs in the bottom of the 7th.
Brian Shaw pitched the top of the 8th and allowed the Mets back into the game, giving up a three-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes and a solo home run to Neil Walker.
Shaw was pulled in favor or closer Cody Allen who recorded the last four outs of the game and sealed the Indians victory.
News Channel 5 later followed up with Cleveland Police. No one was cited in relation to the incident, so it is unclear whether Granderson, Cespides, and Walker had the only home runs in the ballpark that day or not.
Honorable Mention: April 8, 2018 – coldest game in Indians history, Yan Gomes walkoff HR