Marcus Stroman shares more about what he dealt with in New York, and it deserves attention

When a talented free agent leaves his team for a new destination, there is often a little (benign) animosity from the fans, or the organization itself, even if the separation was “mutual”. To some degree, it’s all part of professional sports and can even be a healthy display of fandom. Sometimes there’s just a little playful reinforcement.

But at this point, I think it’s safe to say that new Cubs pitcher — and former Mets starter — Marcus Stroman has received a disproportionate amount of hate since leaving New York for Chicago. And even worse, the motivation for much of it often goes beyond what happened on the diamond, where Stroman was excellent last year.

Stroman has always been more willing than most professional athletes to speak out about the kinds of issues that can trigger a defensive and emotional response from fans or non-fans or the media, and that’s really unfortunate because he often has a lot to say. deserves to be heard – for example, on the continued presence of racism in the sport of baseball.

I highly doubt the majority of Mets fans, MLB fans, or New Yorkers in general spew hate online or at the stadium, but ignoring the issue under these guises isn’t a particularly kind or constructive approach. . Very few athletes are interested in addressing these issues publicly, and since I want Marcus Stroman to feel welcome and happy in Chicago, I thought we could take a moment to listen to him and do our best to understand. which so many of us often are too. quick to return.

In response to a Tweet suggesting that Stroman’s bad public breakup with the Mets might have more nefarious origins than your typical free agent departure, Marcus Stroman shared some of his experiences as a black professional athlete. At New York.

It’s hard for some of us to imagine the above, but that’s also the point of raising the question. It is impossible for communities to grow if they are never confronted with these realities and perspectives, and I commend Stroman for bringing this to our attention. Even in 2022, this takes immense courage and, unfortunately, often breeds even more negative attention and hate. For example, the kind of attention this last page seems destined to get:

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To try to introspect in this space, let’s all admit that we are not perfect. I know we’d all like to believe that our city ​​– or our favorite organization – would do more to support a black player against that kind of hate, but Chicago’s history is not free of racist concerns.

There is still a lot of work to be done by all of us, no doubt. But for today, I just wanted to help amplify Stroman’s message, remind some of us that racism persists even among the things we cherish most, and hopefully help the new Chicago Cub to feel a little more at ease in the city he will now call home.

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