Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman had a near perfect night on the mound Tuesday night, but was served a curveball when he was denied a post-game bite in an incident local restaurant Cactus Club Cafe said it was investigating.
“Shout to the security guards at @cactusclubcafe for denying me entry for a post-game meal. Off to @SohoHouse with the family,” Stroman tweeted hours after the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in the series opener, a night that saw the 25-year-old right-hander reach a career-high 12 wins and edge closer to besting 200 innings for a second straight season.
The Cactus Club, near the corner of Bay St. and Adelaide Street East, is a decades old chain out of the West Coast that landed in Toronto in 2015, a multi-story restaurant that seats 500 people, according to blogTO.
Stroman didn’t elaborate on why he was refused service. The restaurant was quick to respond with an apology on social media: a direct response to Stroman’s post from the Cactus Club’s verified Twitter account said it was deeply sorry, working on fixing the issue and that he was “always welcome at Cactus.”
Reached by the Star on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the chain reiterated that message.
“This was clearly a mistake, and we are genuinely sorry it happened,” said Christy Murphy, vice-president communications of the Cactus Club.
Murphy said the staff will look into why the security guard did not grant Stroman access. The restaurant has reached out to the pitcher both on Twitter and privately, but had not received a response at the time.
“We value his business. He’s been a great customer,” she said.
Fans had mixed opinions on Stroman expressing his frustrations with the eatery. Some chalked up the pitcher’s reaction to entitlement from a professional athlete, while others swore off the Cactus Club in solidarity with the player.
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