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Alek Manoah dazzles media, fans with his All Star dialogue

Alek Manoah dazzles media, fans with his All Star dialogue

Whether you are a baseball fan or not, you will enjoy the banter that took place at the All Star Game this week with Blue Jay’s ace pitcher Alek Manoah. They had the 24-year-old right hander mic’d up for his second inning appearance, and what viewers saw and heard was an engaging two-way with colour man and Hall-of-Famer, John Smoltz, a former star pitcher for Atlanta, Boston and St Louis. At one point the confident Manoah invited Smoltz to request a pitch—a back-foot slider that ended up clipping the batter, but that was the only misstep Manoah encountered  en route to striking out the side.

Media on both sides of the border were abuzz about the chit-chat session, that displayed Manoah’s confidence and amiability in a high-pressure situation. The New York Post wrote, “Manoah being mic’d up by Fox while on the Dodger Stadium mound on Tuesday led to plenty of good sound bites. It was a revealing and entertaining viewing experience to see the humorous and personality-filled pitcher for the American League talking while on the hill, sometimes even in the middle of a pitch.

Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi wrote, “The spectrum of possibility is what makes the 24-year-old one of the game’s most compelling young all-stars, part of a new generation with the swag and drip needed for a game long trapped by its traditional mores to become transcendent again.”

Manoah will be on the mound today as the Blue Jays take on Boston at 4PM, after Friday’s 28-5 beat down of the Red Sox, that set a number of records.

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