Marcus Stroman of the Chicago Cubs is known for being a braggart in every aspect of his life. He struts off the mound after a strikeout with epic levels of swagger, consistently brags on his talent, and frequently uses his Twitter to voice his strong opinions of…pretty much everything.
Stroman posted yesterday that the New York Mets were his ex-team and that they had a history of ignoring black players who were treated badly (where else have we heard this before?). Stroman, who is well-known for creating trouble, seems determined to cause more.
Endless death threats, being called a nigger often, hearing black lives don’t matter, and playing for a front office who didn’t care about any of that. At some point, I’ll speak on the topic in my spare time as well as on my podcast. Still balancing all that. 🗣🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/TA4jr41dGB
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) February 23, 2022
Now to be fair to Stroman, he may have been racially slandered by Mets fans, and maybe the Mets were not as sensitive to player’s thoughts on the BLM movement as he would have liked (which is a subjective measurement at best). Stroman should understand, however that no matter his location there will be racist people who speak at black people. It’s not right and it should not happen, but for Stroman to be surprised about is a little immature.
Why is he making the Mets suffer because they have not done anything? It is impossible for the Mets or anyone else to eliminate racism. Mets are responsible for producing entertainment products (baseball), at an affordable price, and allowing anyone to enjoy the game. It is ridiculous to believe that every person will be able to adhere to the Mets code of conduct.
Outkick reporter Gary Sheffield, Jr. (son of the MLB legend) perhaps said it best in summarizing why Stroman’s assessment of the situation is somewhat ridiculous:
“His tweet makes it sound like random fans blurted out racist or condescending remarks regarding the movement and that Stroman was upset the team didn’t do more to protect those that thought the way he did. Was he expecting this? To have security listening in on everything he says? No offense to him, but the organization has other stuff going on.”
Although it would be nice for everyone to stop making racist comments it would also be helpful for people to learn how to forgive and move on.
But maybe that’s too much to expect.