ANAHEIM, CALIF. – Marcus Stroman has lost some love in the Los Angeles Angels dugout and he’s getting more hate from Sportsnet analyst Gregg Zaun.
But one thing you can expect from the fiery Blue Jays pitcher is an emotional show every day he’s on the mound.
Stroman took some heat after his brilliant complete-game victory over the Angels on Sunday, most notably from Angels slugger Albert Pujols.
The Halos, like Zaun, took exception to Stroman’s fist-punch celebration, even though such reaction is more common in the game these days.
“All I know is he’s an animated guy, always has been and that probably ain’t gonna change,” Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He’s better when he does it. If you’re that guy, you live with the repercussions of how people view you.
“I’m telling you, that makes him tick. I do know we needed that win yesterday and he went all nine.”
While his Blue Jays teammates know Stroman plays with emotion, they recognize the need for him to be careful not to cross the line. Catcher Russell Martin admitted he spoke to his pitcher following the game.
“He’s a super intense pitcher,” Martin said.
“He seems like an emotional guy, especially when he’s on the mound. The key is you just want to stay as professional as you can.
“I talked to Stro about it. As long as we’re celebrating ourselves, it’s fine.”
Stroman let it be known how he felt about Zaun’s comments on social media, retweeting followers who made negative mention of the colourful Sportsnet studio analyst.
“Don’t waste energy on non-credible sources,” was one of Stroman’s responses.
When approached prior to Monday’s game at Angel Stadium, Pujols said he had moved on.
“He came out there and pitched a good game,” Pujols said. “That’s all you need to talk about.”
Angels infielder Ben Revere, a former teammate of Stroman’s when he was with the Jays, said he could see things from both perspectives.
“It was a little over the top … no one liked what he did, but it was more of him just being fired up,” Revere said. “Some guys were upset, they were real upset for his antics after the game A bunch of people asked me about it.”