While his teammates were involved in bench-clearing brouhahas at Texas, Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman had another matter to attend to: graduating from Duke University.
Stroman was part of the school's ceremonies on Sunday after finishing the work required for his sociology degree last year while rehabbing from the ACL tear that sidelined him for much of the regular season. An injury that the 25-year-old told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm he was "thankful" for:
According to the Toronto Star, teammate and close friend Aaron Sanchez was in awe of Stro's work ethic:
Here's video of Stroman picking up his diploma, courtesy of Sportsnet:
All that hard work paid off, as he documented his graduation activities and cap and gown on his Twitter and Snapchat pages throughout the day.
First up was the pre-graduation kitchen Snapchat selfie:
Followed by the fully-outfitted look at the campus:
To group photos with the family:
As well as striking a few celebratory poses:
And the perfect visual representation of the "baseball player goes back to school" story, a pitching pose in front of a campus landmark:
Determination, thy name is Marcus -- now both a distinguished Blue Jay and a Blue Devil alum.
Post-graduation, Stroman also showed support for his teammates during their eighth-inning fracas:
Zero respect for Odor. Never had respect for him, never will.- Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) May 15, 2016