There is no love lost between Alek Manoah and Gerrit Cole.
The Toronto Blue Jays ace joined NBA star Serge Ibaka in the latest episode of Sportsnet’s “You How Hungry?” Mini close-up and chat with former Raptors Questions related to baseball spilled the tea.
Before the two enjoy cricket tea and a dish consisting of fish essence, Ibaka asks him what he thinks is the worst liar in baseball’s Manoa. The 24-year-old was quick to answer questions from New York Yankees star pitcher Kerr, who has come under scrutiny for allegedly using spider spikes in previous seasons.
“Gerrit Cole,” Manoa said. “He used a lot of sticky stuff to make his pitch better, he kind of got called.”
The relationship between Manoah and Cole reached a boiling point in August, The game between the two All-Star pitchers began after outfielder Aaron Judge was hit by an inside fastball. However, apart from some yelling back and forth, nothing materialized.
Responding to Kerr’s reaction after the game, Manoa said, “I think if Gerrit wants to do something, he can walk past the Audi sign next time,” referring to It’s an advertisement in front of a bomb shelter.
Baseball fans shouldn’t wait too long for the right-hander’s next matchup with the New York Yankees as the Blue Jays visit the Bronx April 21-23 . So hopefully everyone gets to see the Manoah-Cole matchup.
Manoa, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound pitcher, also told Ibaka that if he actually plays, he wants teammate Frau Jr. Kimir Guerrero — 6-foot-2, 250 pounds — was at his side. There’s a good chance this duo will do well.
As for which of Manoah’s teammates will run away and avoid combat? Chances are you’ll see Ross Stripling avoid any wreckage, at least according to the 2022 American League Cy Young finalists.
The 2022 All-Star quickly became a star across the sports world — both on and off the court. It also helps that he’s not afraid to speak his mind when the opportunity arises.
Last season, Manoa hit 196.2 innings in 31 games with a 2.24 ERA and 3.35 FIP in his second major league season. He’s also worth a career-best 4.1 fWAR.
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