Author: Ben Axelrod
Published: 4:08 PM EDT April 15, 2019
Updated: 5:38 PM EDT April 15, 2019
CLEVELAND -- For the last 10 years, 'A Prom to Remember' has partnered with Northeast Ohio hospitals to provide a memorable prom experience for local teens battling cancer.
This year's event, however, managed to be even more memorable than usual.
While his teammates were in Kansas City in what would turn out to be a three-game sweep at the hands of the Royals, Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger remained in Cleveland, recovering from the back strain that his put the remainder of his 2019 in question. With some unexpected free time on his hands, the 28-year-old right-hander made his way to the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland, where he served as a special guest at the annual charity event.
Footage from the night -- including Clevinger taking traditional prom-style photos -- was captured by Watch Momentum, the sports media platform run by teammates Trevor Bauer.
"Easily the grooviest prom I've ever been [to]," Clevinger wrote on Twitter, along with his signature peace sign and sunshine emojis.
“Prom is a memory everyone deserves to cherish and A Prom To Remember more than did that,” he wrote in a separate post. “Special thanks to the cops, firefighters, and doctors and all volunteers that made this so special and to every kid who is fighting through this, stay strong we are all on your side #KeepSmilin.”
Entering his third year as a mainstay of the Cleveland rotation, Clevinger got off to a strong start in his first two starts of the 2019 season, allowing just two total hits, zero runs and recording 22 combined strikeouts in a no-decision vs. the Chicago White Sox and win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Clevinger, however, will be sidelined due to a “right upper back/Teres major muscle strain” suffered in the latter of his two starts.