As soon as the second-year defender arrived on the Cleveland scene, he started getting out there, making friends, attending events and games of other teams (as is evidenced by the accompanying picture, taken at a Cavaliers' game against the Orlando Magic last season).
Here is just a short-list, courtesy of the column, of places that the 22-year old Haden has been seen:
• Attending Cavaliers games dressed as Anderson Varejao (with a springy-haired wig) and Baron Davis (with a painted-on beard);
• Making celebrity appearances at the Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon and Lee Evans Celebrity Flag Football Game;
• Buying lunch for several dozen of his closest Twitter friends at Sushi Rock;
• Shooting hoops with fans at Cedar Point;
• Attending several Indians games, one in which he dressed as reliever Tony Sipp;
• Agreeing to every autograph request and generally becoming the most visible athlete in town.
Josh Cribbs had better be careful, because someone who plays on the other side of the ball has him in his sights as far as perhaps becoming the most popular player in town, in any sport.
Said Sean Cabble, his college buddy and business manager: "If he's awake, he's doing something."
"What else would I be doing -- sitting at home by myself?" Haden said. "It's all about giving back, and at the same time, it's so much fun."