Earl Stroman plans to be one of the first people lined up to enter Toronto’s Rogers Centre for Sunday’s game between the Blue Jays and Astros.
It’s Marcus Stroman bobblehead day, and the father of the Blue Jays righthander wants to be sure of getting one of the 20,000 little statues.
Though Stroman has spent the 2015 season rehabbing after anterior cruciate ligament surgery, the former Patchogue-Medford High School star remains a fan favorite in Toronto. He has 57.9 thousand followers on Twitter.
“I’m overwhelmed with the love and support of the fans and the organization in Toronto,” Marcus Stroman said. “I still can’t believe I have my own bobblehead day. Everyone dreams of days like this when you’re recognized for your hard work and perseverance. It’d be better if I were on the field for this day, but I’ll be back soon. The rehab is going great.”
His dad said that as of now, going to the game is his only assurance of getting one of the bobbleheads.
“If I could sleep at the stadium and wait at the gate, I would do it,” said the elder Stroman, a Medford resident who arrived in Toronto on Friday with a large group of friends and family. “I’ll be one of the first people through the gate for sure. We’ve seen pictures of it and it’s extremely humbling to see a bobblehead of your son — it’s incredible.”
The statue depicts Stroman with a blue glove — blowing a bubble.
Marcus Stroman said he flew to Toronto on Thursday and has been kept busy by the Jays’ marketing and promotions people.
“He’s made some guest appearances to promote the bobblehead,” Earl Stroman said. “He’s having fun. It’s good to see him smile. He’s super-happy and it’s a good-looking bobblehead.”
While rehabbing, the 24-year-old pitcher has enrolled at Duke University, working to complete his bachelor’s degree studies.
“I’ve kept myself busy and the therapy has been demanding,” he said, “but I’m ahead of schedule.”