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Guardians turn home opener pregame into 2024 solar eclipse viewing party

In Sports
April 09, 2024
CLEVELAND, OHIO - APRIL 08: Brayan Rocchio #4, José Ramírez #11 and J.T. Maguire #84 of the Cleveland Guardians look up at the total solar eclipse before the home opener against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on April 08, 2024 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland is in the

Cleveland Guardians players Brayan Rocchio, José Ramírez and J.T. Maguire look up at the total solar eclipse before their home opener against the Chicago White Sox on Monday in Cleveland. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Baseball is typically the main attraction at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. But on Monday, with a total solar eclipse moving across North America — including 15 U.S. states, parts of Mexico and eastern Canada — the moon blocking the sun provided the main event for millions of people.

The Cleveland Guardians moved the start of their home game versus the Chicago White Sox on Monday to allow fans to watch the eclipse and not let the natural phenomenon interfere with the play on the field. Besides, the players were just as excited to watch the eclipse as fans and media, which was demonstrated by some excellent photos and videos from the scene.

Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers players were also seen checking out the eclipse during pregame warmups.

Baseball wasn’t the only sport doing its business that briefly stepped aside. Players, caddies, fans and reporters at Augusta National Golf Club stopped to look up at the sky Monday afternoon during a practice round for the Masters.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 08: Patrons use glasses the view the eclipse prior to the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Patrons use glasses the view the eclipse prior to the the Masters on Monday Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Athletes who weren’t on hand at sporting events showed their interest in the phenomenon, as well. Joining millions of other spectators across the path of the eclipse were Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes with his family and members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.

The spectacle of moon blocking the sun and casting a shadow across the United States made everyone a fan and spectator on Monday afternoon. That created a rare circumstance with professional athletes and regular people alike sharing a major experience, and made for some memorable images to enjoy.

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