Company pitches Francisco Lindor as replacement for LeBron banner
The massive LeBron James banner in downtown Cleveland was taken down this week and a sneaker company has pitched Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor as a potential replacement athlete should another banner take its place.
New Balance, which has an endorsement deal with Lindor, tweeted out the concept of having a banner featuring the Indians star erected on the eastern face of Landmark Office Tower, which houses Sherwin-Williams Co. headquarters.
We have an idea for open banner space in Cleveland @Lindor12BC pic.twitter.com/zpGCBdYCxI
— New Balance Baseball (@NB_Baseball) July 4, 2018
The James banner — which measured 10 stories tall, came in at 1.3-tons and spanned roughly 25,000 square feet — was sponsored by Nike and has been a downtown Cleveland presence since James returned to Cleveland in 2014. The former Cavaliers superstar of course will be joining the Los Angeles Lakers next season on a four-year, $154 million deal.
It remains unknown at this time whether another display, if any — whether it be sports-related or otherwise — will replace James’ iconic banner. Sherwin-Williams reportedly is in the process of considering its options.
Lindor without question would be a suitable candidate for a new banner. The Indians star is enjoying another standout season, batting .297 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI. He currently sits in third place in American League All-Star voting at the shortstop position behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado and the Astros’ Carlos Correa.