Jays' Marcus Stroman thrilled about New York debut

Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman will make his New York City debut on Tuesday night against his...

Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman will make his New York City debut on Tuesday night against his hometown Yankees. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

TORONTO - He’s a kid from the ’burbs, experiencing a whole raft of firsts in his rookie season in the big leagues. First game, first start, first win, first everything.

So far, none of those moments has been too big for Marcus Stroman. On Tuesday night, he faces another special first: Taking the mound for the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, a place where his big league dreams started to take shape as a youngster.

For those in the Blue Jays entourage who have observed him up close all season, there is a sense that Stroman will handle this daunting assignment no differently than he has any of the previous challenges he has already met.

“He’s always shown the poise,” commented Jose Bautista. “He’s never looked out of place or overmatched or stressed out or scared. He’s always had the poise. That’s been there since day one.”

Stroman grew up on Long Island, in Medford, a dormitory town of about 25,000, an hour from Manhattan either on the Long Island Railroad or the Long Island Expressway. As a youngster, he went to Mets games and Yankee games and professes to be a specific fan of neither team.


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