Marcus Stroman Lifts Team USA To First WBC Championship Over Puerto Rico

Marcus Stroman is just one of six pitchers to take the mound in an MLB setting under 5’10” in the 21st century. The 5′ 8″ rising star made more history on the mound Wednesday night (March 22), leading Team USA to their first World Baseball Classic championship 8-0 over Puerto Rico. Stroman was brilliant in the final, bringing a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The Toronto Blue Jay took home MVP honors for the clincher.

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It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the 25-year-old, who was roughed up earlier in the second round of the tournament by Puerto Rico, which made for a sweet revenge story for Stroman, whose mother is from Puerto Rico, as he’s received backlash on social media for changing his mind in December, electing to play for the USA over PR.

After starting Team USA’s second round 6-5 loss to Puerto Rico, Adlin Auffant (Stroman’s mother) tweeted about the vulgar messages she received from Puerto Rico fans regarding her son’s uniform choice. Stro showered his mother with love and support on Twitter.

The Duke University graduate responded to his critics after the 2-1 semi-final win over Japan Tuesday (March 21) telling Fox Sports, “I know a lot of people have been saying bad things to her, going through the process, on social media. That’s my mother. I stand by her always. She supports me through everything. I don’t respect some of the comments that were made toward my mother.”

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You couldn’t script a better storybook ending for the Medford, NY native, who affirmed his decision to suit up for the United States of Puerto Rico by leading them to their first ever WBC title. Congrats Stro!