“Clowns”: Marcus Stroman Slams Mike Francesca for Writing Off Shohei Ohtani

Published 11/22/2021, 7:45 AM EST
Sep 25, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) sits in the dugout before being introduced during a pregame awards ceremony at Angel Stadium. Ohtani was given the team MVP and Nick Adenhart Awards before a game against the Seattle Mariners. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


AL MVP 2021, Shohei Ohtani has been a victim of criticism throughout his career, ever since he faced performance setbacks due to his injuries. However, in 2021, he turned the tables around and now proved his doubters wrong.

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Baseball pitcher Marcus Stroman slammed an American TV host who initially had questioned Shohei’s abilities. Interestingly, Ohtani has surpassed the likes of Babe Ruth with his incredible outing as a two-way player.

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Marcus Stroman backs up Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani took a while to embrace himself as the best two-way player in the history of baseball, as he struggled with injuries initially.

Hence, American Radio host, Mike Francesa, had said some strong words to say against Ohtani once. Mike said, “They are talking up this guy like crazy. And he hasn’t produced anything yet. Yankees are lucky they didn’t get him.”

Interestingly, after Ohtani’s stellar run in 2021, every franchise might have wished about having him on their side.

Former New York Mets star, Marcus Stroman, backed up Ohtani, as the old interview with Mike resurfaced online once again. Marcus tweeted, “Athletes…never listen to these types of clowns. Chase your dreams and stay true to self always. You can’t calculate work ethic or future production. I know some athletes allow negative energy to deter their career. Small talk always comes from small minds. BElieve in YOUrself!”

Marcus, who is known for expressing himself unabashedly always, also wrote aggressively, “Lmao look at these poo-poo takes from a couple of clowns. Society won’t continue to listen to media members who have zero clue about the game and what it takes to succeed at this level. These guys wake up blabbering random thoughts daily! 😂”

Clearly, Shohei Ohtani has proved he deserves to be on the top as he clinched the AL MVP 2021 award. But as for Mike, he has always been in a feud with baseball players for his unsettling comments.

Noah Syndergaard ripped Mike on twitter

Some time ago, Mike attacked ex-Mets star, Noah Syndergaard on Twitter, saying, “I competed every day for 35 years (and won) in my chosen profession in the greatest city in the world. Noah whined and ran away.”

Naturally, Noah chose to hit back in the most Noah Syndergaard way. He said, “Only thing you’ve ever won is being a gas-bag Mets hating opportunist. All you’ve done is talk sh*t and spread toxic cr*p for a career. Congrats again sweetie, you’re doing great.”

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Marcus applauded Noah’s epic reply to Mike, saying, “I wish the media could report with accuracy like this. For real. Nothing but facts from my dawg @Noahsyndergaard.”

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Being an athlete makes the stars prone to harsh criticism; however, it often encourages players to stand up for each other. Displaying the true spirit of the game, Marcus kept his rivalry aside and defended his counterpart, making an example for many to follow.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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