Marcus Stroman Foreshadowed His Playoff Future Back in March

When Marcus Stroman sets his mind to something, he accomplishes it.

In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find an individual who is more motivated than Marcus Stroman. After tearing his ACL in Spring Training, he overcame all odds and returned to action just six months later. We can only marvel at the power of his positive thinking.

But not only has Stroman returned, he’s been dominant on the mound. Marcus picked up right where he left off in late 2014; now he’s set to pitch one of the most crucial games of the entire 2015 season for the Toronto Blue Jays.


But before we look ahead to today’s contest with Marcus Stroman on the hill, let’s take a trip back to March of earlier this year; the month in which it was announced that Stroman was likely done for the season.

Any ordinary individual would be completely devastated by the news, but ever the optimist, Marcus Stroman only used it as fuel to fire his motivation to become better, faster and stronger.

I’ll always remember this off-the-cuff remark Stroman made in March when the press asked whether there was any remote chance he could come back to pitch later in the season;

“Playoffs, out of the pen … you never know.”

At the time, that may have been wishful thinking on Marcus’ part, but all these months later, I think he truly believed he would not only return to the mound this year, but that he would do so in the postseason.

Marcus Stroman really may have been onto something. In mid-June, he rapped about coming back to pitch for the Blue Jays in the playoffs. It wasn’t very long after that when the Blue Jays caught fire and had an August for the ages and a September to remember.

Lo and behold, look what Marcus Stroman will be doing today; pitching for the Blue Jays in the playoffs in a crucial Game 2 against the Texas Rangers. Just as he said he would back in June; just as he said he would back in Spring Training.

Let this serve as a lesson to anyone who doubts the capability of Marcus Stroman’s will and determination … don’t. Just don’t doubt him in the first place.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.