It’s been a frustrating season for everyone associated with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hitting the MLB All-Star break with a 43-52 record, the Jays are already 14.5 games back of a playoff spot, and will be sellers at the trade deadline.
It’s been frustrating for pitcher Marcus Stroman too, given he’s 2-7 in 12 starts this year.
A day after losing on a walk-off grand slam in extra innings to the Boston Red Sox, the Blue Jays lost again on Sunday, this time with Stroman on the mound. Stroman had a decent outing, giving up just five hits in five innings, but took another loss as Boston prevailed 5-2.
Speaking with reporters following the game, Stroman was calm and collected… at least for what we saw on camera.
A question from Sportsnet’s Arash Madani got under his skin, and not for the typical reasons why athletes snap at reporters. Madani, apparently, had the audacity to ask Stroman about his time playing with the Vancouver Canadians.
Madani asked: “Just wondering for you, stepping on the field at Nat Bailey Stadium for the first time, what did that mean to you and your career?”
Stroman made his pro debut with the Vancouver Canadians, the Blue Jays’ short-season Single-A affiliate after he was drafted in 2012.
”We just lost to the Boston Red Sox,” Stroman answered, with the cameras still rolling. “I don’t think that’s relevant at all right now.”
After the scrum broke off, the real fun began.
Stroman, according to multiple reports, began yelling at Madani.
“Really? Nat f-king Bailey?”
Here is a snippet from today's post-game fireworks. Full story in the link below.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) July 15, 2018
The quote that drew headlines included Stroman saying “we’re f-king awful.”
Stroman, who felt like his words got twisted by the media on-hand, clarified his comments on social media on Sunday night. He also reiterated his love for the Blue Jays, Canada, and the City of Toronto.
“My passion for my team and the city of Toronto is authentic and real,” he wrote. “I love everything about being a Blue Jay. I truly have felt Canadian since I came to the city of Toronto. I love this team and this city to the death of me. That won’t ever change.
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) July 16, 2018