- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel spent a day away from football hanging out with little kids and major leaguers.

And after waiting through the rain, the rookie quarterback’s first pitch got sacked.

Manziel and Cleveland’s other first-year players attended two events Wednesday. The first was at a Berea elementary school, where they kicked off a community service program inside a packed gymnasium that filled with high-pitched screams the moment Manziel entered. He slapped as many hands as he could before taking a seat with his teammates.

After being handed the microphone, Manziel introduced himself to the crowd.

“I’m Johnny Manziel, and I’m from Texas,” he told the kids.

As if everyone didn’t know.

Later, while meeting some players inside Cleveland’s clubhouse before the Indians hosted the Red Sox, there was one youngster who wasn’t sure if he was looking at the man nicknamed Johnny Football.

Manziel had just met center fielder Michael Bourn, when Bourn’s 4-year-old son, Bryson, asked his dad a question.

“Is that him?” he said, pointing at Manziel, who laughed.

Manziel was scheduled to throw out one of two ceremonial first pitches - along with fellow first-round pick Justin Gilbert. But after a nearly two-hour delay, Manziel’s moment on the mound was canceled.

Indians manager Terry Francona had been looking forward to seeing the former Heisman Trophy winner’s arm.

“I hope he scrambles,” Francona said.

Instead, Manziel was introduced along with his teammates as the grounds crew began preparing the field for a 9:30 start. Manziel waved to the rain-soaked fans and treated them to his trademark, finger-rubbing “money” gesture. As he left the field, fans chanted, “Here we go Brownies, here we go.”

Earlier in the day, Manziel posted a photograph on Twitter of him as a kid wearing an Indians uniform.

“The Indians were always our team growing up, and when I moved to Kerrville in middle school that was our team again,” he said.

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