Marcus Stroman made no secret of wanting to play in New York. It seems that this does not apply to the Mets.
After the Blue Jays' victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday, the reporters heard a commotion as they stood in front of the clubhouse awaiting post-match interviews. The Blue Jays have violated long-standing norms and have not opened their clubhouse to the media. As they pushed the issue, they told reporters, "There's a reason why it's closed," according to Yahoo's Nick Ashbourne.
The reason seems to be Stroman. A source told Mike Puma of The Post that Stroman reacted with disappointment that he had not been sold to a competitor. Stroman thought he was going to the Yankees, Red Sox or Astros. This fits with reports by Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun, who said the pitcher's reaction to the trade was "not pretty".
Stroman's father confirmed that his son hoped he would hit the Bronx, not Queens, in an interview with Newsday.
"He hoped it was a bit of the Yankees," Earl Stroman told the newspaper. "He was kind of excited and hoped maybe to go there. I will not tell you that it was not him. If he should ever leave Toronto. Remember, Marcus loved Toronto, his heart was there. The brass [management] did not value him as much as the fans. The whole country has to him and they have taken to me. "
Stroman had almost openly campaigned for the Yankees, liked social media posts related to the team and made it clear that he wanted to have the chance to promote them without them coming out and saying it.
"I'm built for that," said Stroman, a Long Island-born guy, in June ahead of a Blue Jays Yankees series. "Anyone can say whatever, but I'm built for the bright lights, I'm not afraid of it, I never was, I'm always putting the ball under pressure, I love it."
"… New York is I love the excitement, I love the bright lights, I love competitions, I love pressure, so I've always loved to throw here, even though I did not necessarily do well here, it always has I love the limelight, the bigger the moment, the more I've always wanted to be. "
Stroman will have the limelight, competition, and pressure of New York, but if he does not see a massive turnaround or a startling second trade he will be sitting at home in October.
"Marcus is happy to be home and hopefully push himself into the playoffs."