A counterintelligence started between Marcus Stroman and the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night continued until Wednesday, with the Blue Jays starter who turned to social media to respond to comments from opposing manager Alex Cora.
The problem started on the fourth Tuesday, when the unknown Boston Stroman, Michael Chavis, after the novice second baseman, left the batter's box late, trying to mess up Stroman's times. The move almost made Stroman insinuate on the mound.
Chavis and left-handed Red Sox Chris Sale both had words for Stroman in his quick tone, even though Toronto's right did not want to go into details of what was said after the game.
"I don't know (what Salt said), it could be of less interest," Stroman said. "It was between me and (Chavis). That's all. I don't care what anybody else says."
Cora was also screaming since last Tuesday, and then told visiting journalists he was trying to bring home the referee Alan Porter in an attempt to defuse the situation.
"I was telling Alan, if he plans to take our kids, go ahead (Stroman)," Cora said. "He is competing in a certain way and people don't like him. It seems that every time a team enters, someone yells at him. I don't know, that's how he acts. He is a good pitcher. He becomes motivated in several ways. To some people like it, some people don't, so whatever. It's what it is. "
Stroman, who got his second win of the season in the game and saw his ERA improve to 2.81, has long defended the fiery and passionate way he plays. He was also known to adjust his delivery so as to mess up a batsman's times.
The 28-year-old made an exception to Cora's post-game evaluation the next day, posting a link to a story about the Boston manager's comments with the caption: "I'm competing. That's all. I didn't know I had to satisfy the opposing teams to please me. "
"Everyone messes with the timing, delivery and launch mechanics of these times," Stroman continued in his post. "All. Make it right. I will always keep that dawg mentality. Pops has raised me and approves everything!"
In a separate tweet, linked to the same story, Stroman suggested that Cora was still angry about choosing to play in the United States on Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Stroman's mother is a Puerto Rican native; Cora ran the then Puerto Rican team. The Americans finally beat Puerto Rico 8-0 to win the title.
Cora told reporters last Wednesday that he is not angry with Stroman's decision three years ago, saying he thanked Stroman for considering Puerto Rico at the time and calling the tournament "one of the highlights of his career".
The manager has repeatedly stated that he has nothing against the Toronto pitcher, challenging the ongoing debate until the social media era: "I don't know … it's what it is".
Laura Armstrong is a sports journalist based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy
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