As the Cleveland Cavaliers fight to take home their first NBA championship, they have a new cohort of tiny fans cheering them on. Tiny, tiny fans.
Babies born at five Cleveland Clinic Health System hospitals are being outfitted in special onesies with the slogan “Born to Be All In.” That echoes the Twitter hashtag adopted by the Cavs as they pursue the title, #ALLinCLE.
The system has ordered more than 900 of the onesies, and by June 11 about 400 new Cavs fans were sporting them. Participating hospitals are the main Cleveland Clinic campus and Fairview Hospital, Cleveland; Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights; Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital; and Medina (Ohio) Hospital.
Cleveland Clinic spokesman Maureen Nagg said the inspiration for the onesies came after the Cavalier Girls dance team and the Cavs entertainment team made an appearance at Fairview Hospital on May 29 and brought Cavaliers hats for the babies and rally towels. “They also worked with us on designing the onesies we are providing to patients,” Nagg said. “We thought it would be something fun to do for the patients during the NBA Finals.”
It's unclear if LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and other Cavs players will don onesies of their own. But if they bring a championship to the city—which hasn't won a major sports title since 1964—who knows? They might be all in then.