Infamous Midges Invade Cleveland Browns' FirstEnergy Stadium | Athletic Business

Infamous Midges Invade Cleveland Browns' FirstEnergy Stadium

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Mosquito-like midges coming off Lake Erie swarmed Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday ahead of a game between the Browns and the Los Angeles Chargers. 

According to ESPN, players from both the Browns and Chargers could be seen swatting away the midges while they were warming up. Fans were doing the same in the stands. While the midges don't bite, they can be incredibly annoying. 

Midges emerge from nearby Lake Erie and mate when the water cools in the fall. 


The last time the midges emerged was during the 2007 ALDS. Opposing New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain was affected by the midges as they swarmed around his face. Due to the distraction, he threw two wild pitches and walked a batter, allowing Cleveland to tie the game and win it, ultimately taking the series. 

The Cleveland Guardians and the Yankees meet in the ALDS again this week. 


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