Marcus Stroman isn't letting the Boston Red Sox have the last word.
The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher apparently ruffled Boston's feathers Tuesday night by quick-pitching Michael Chavis after the Red Sox rookie tried to disrupt his timing.
Marcus Stroman, Quick Pitch (after Chavis calls time, to try to mess with Stroman's rhythm). pic.twitter.com/mTipRxogSA— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 22, 2019
Stroman claimed Chavis and Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale both had words for him about his quick pitch, and Sox manager Alex Cora also took a jab at the Blue Jays pitcher after Boston's 10-3 loss.
"It’s the same thing with him every day. He competes a certain way and people don’t like it," Cora said of Stroman, via Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto. "It seems like whenever a team comes in, somebody screams at him. I don’t know, that’s the way he acts."
Stroman caught wind of Cora's comments Wednesday on Twitter and apparently was not pleased.
I compete. That’s it. Didn’t know I had to cater to opposing teams to like me. Everyone messes with timing, deliveries and pitching mechanics these days. Everyone. Get over it. I’m going to keep that dawg mentality always. Pops raised me right and approves of it all! 🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/y5xvA6dGhm— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 22, 2019
But Stroman didn't stop there, referencing his decision to play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic instead of Cora's Puerto Rico squad. (Stroman has a Puerto Rican mother but was born in the U.S., making him eligible to play for both teams.)
The veteran pitcher (and very active tweeter) then offered a few more words in his defense.
I’m the bad guy though. Lmao 😂 https://t.co/v9OYOBoD4l— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 22, 2019
Mucho mas tempos and variations coming too. 😤— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 22, 2019
The Red Sox reportedly also were bothered by Stroman's celebration after he worked out of a bases-loaded jam. But the Blue Jays pitcher has a history of playing (and tweeting) with plenty of passion, and he's not about to change it.
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