Cartoonist foresaw faceoff between protester, Indians fan

This encounter between a Native American and a Cleveland Indians fan was imagined more than a decade earlier.

@ClevelandFrowns / Copyright 2002 Lalo Alcaraz and Universal Uclick syndicate

The image of a Cleveland Indians fan coming face to face with an actual Native American went viral across the Internet when it was tweeted out last Friday. 

But a near-exact-same encounter had already been imagined years before, by cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz back in 2002. 

The artist was alerted to the photo, taken right before the Indians’ home opener, over the weekend.

"At first I thought it was just a hilarious comparison," Alcaraz wrote on the news and satire website Pocho. "When I noticed the nearly identical pose of the Native protester in the photo and in my cartoon, I started tripping out." 

Alcaraz, creator of the politically themed Latino daily comic strip "La Cucaracha," waxed a little about a bending time-space continuum to explain the striking similarities between the two pictures.

"The more likely scenario is that the Native American sportsball team mascot issue is not going away overnight, and has only moved a little since I drew that toon in ’02," he concluded.

H/t Deadspin