Following Sunday afternoon’s suspension of the New York Mets and Miami Marlins baseball game due to rain, starting pitcher Marcus Stroman expressed his displeasure with the way the game had been handled by Major League Baseball on Twitter.
Stroman would only officially face two Marlins batters in a driving rain at Citi Field before the game was officially put on hold by the umpiring crew.
Stroman had tweeted following the contest, “This game should have never been started. Not smart at all. Those conditions put everyone at risk. Beyond happy no players on either side were injured. Hate that I have to wait another 5 days to pitch again. That’s a miserable feeling. However, #LFGM each and every day! @Mets”
For anybody who had eyes on this baseball game on Sunday afternoon, Stroman was one hundred percent correct in his stance, as it seemed Major League Baseball was trying to fit this game in by any means possible due to the Mets recent scheduling issues and avoid scheduling another doubleheader for the Amazins’. Not only was it unfair to Stroman to ramp himself up and prepare mentally and physically for a ballgame, but the other 51 players in both dugouts were also put at risk in conditions that were not favorable for a baseball game.
Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman’s postgame comments were taken out of context by the media and some fans following Sunday’s rain suspended game against the Marlins.
Unfortunately following Stroman’s comments, ESPN completely took Stroman’s tweet out of context with a push notification to its App users, and it would annoy not only Stroman but many Mets fans and Mets-related journalists who believed Stroman was in the right. ESPN’s push notification to its users would read, Stroman: “Not smart at all.” Marcus Stroman unhappy Mets let him start Sunday’s game in the rain.
Following the push notification going viral across Twitter, Stroman took the high road in his response, but you could tell that the 29-year old right-hander was clearly displeased with the way he was unfairly being portrayed. Stroman tweeted again, “Media is always misleading in order to gain clicks off controversy. That’s the devil working. My fault for being concerned about the safety of my teammates and I. Francisco Lindor was standing in a puddle. Aguilar couldn’t hold his bat. I want to see everyone healthy for a full season!”
When you look at the bigger picture, there was no way this game should’ve been played on Sunday afternoon. Not only did the Mets lose Stroman until his next turn in the rotation, as well as added to an already unconventional first week of baseball, but the Mets and the Marlins could’ve easily lost a player to a significant injury in what looked like a monsoon at Citi Field through Stroman’s nine pitches.
At the same time, I’m not letting Mets Manager Luis Rojas off the hook easily. Knowing the nasty conditions that were presented to both teams, Rojas should’ve rolled with a pitcher out of the bullpen as an opener for an inning or two to preserve Stroman for either Monday night’s game, or had the weather conditions improved later in the game he could’ve brought Stroman in to pitch after the opener.
With all of this being said, Stroman should not be vilified by fans, the media, or anybody around the game for speaking his mind in what many of us were thinking from the onset of Sunday afternoon’s game. It’s refreshing to see a personality such as Stroman’s speak his mind in a sport that has been lacking for decades in letting players be themselves.
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Stroman will play an important role in the Mets’ quest for a division title this year, and there was no valid reason that his health or anybody else’s on the diamond should’ve been put at risk Sunday afternoon. Sunday afternoon’s contest will now be made up on August 31st as part of a split doubleheader with hopefully better weather.