Marcus Stroman’s Dad Can Probably Beat Up Your Dad

The big news out of Blue Jays camp this week was that 23-year-old pitcher Marcus Stroman had started calling Mark Buehrle “dad.” It’s random, but definitely not the first time we’ve heard about a veteran taking a young stud under his wing.
Though, Marcus might be too into it:


But after doing some digging, I’m over Stroman’s fake dad and am officially obsessed with his real dad, Earl. Just take a gander at the main image and you can see why—dude is freakin’ jacked!!! And he’s a detective!
Can you imagine what it must be like to be interrogated by that guy? I’m guessing “imposing figure”— who could break your nose with a simple flick—would be an apt description.
Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet profiled Marcus in 2014, and provided some details on his upbringing:

When he was in the fifth grade in Medford, Long Island, Stroman’s parents separated and his father, Earl, a Suffolk County detective, moved to a house about a mile away. Stroman already had a strained relationship with his father, who made him run parachute sprints up hills and push weighted sleds from the time he was six years old. Stroman hated it. Earl would make his son read the newspaper regularly and gave him reading comprehension tests based on what was in the news. If Stroman got any answers wrong he’d have to start over again. Sometimes, Earl would convene full-on living-room sparring contests between Stroman and his older sister, Sabria, when they were both in karate.

Yeah … after reading that I’m not shocked that Marcus overcame the whole “short pitchers can’t start” narrative.
Bonus pics of Earl the bone-crushing detective:
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(The seat can barely contain him!)
[H/t to Reddit Baseball]

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