Alek Manoah made his MLB debut last week under one of the most high-pressure environments; on the road against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium, one of the most inhospitable environments for a visiting player.
That didn’t seem to faze the 23-year-old as he pitched six innings of shutout baseball against the Yankees, making the second best starting pitching debut by a Blue Jays pitcher in franchise history.
This week, Manoah’s personal cheering section made the trek to nearby Buffalo as Susana and the Manoahs witnessed his second big league start against the Miami Marlins.
Alek Manoah's mom has returned! pic.twitter.com/kI8lbzSPPN
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) June 2, 2021
Following his first game in a Blue Jays uniform, Manoah headed praise upon the matriarch of his family.
“She’s my inspiration. She teaches me how to work hard every day. She teaches me how to keep going. She teaches me how to compete,” Manoah said in a post-game interview with Sportsnet.
"I couldn't be more thankful. It's all for them."
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 27, 2021