Blue Jays Pitcher Kevin Gausman Defends Toronto After Ohtani Signing: 'I Hate Seeing People Talk S*** About Toronto'

The pitcher commented on Blue Jays fans disparaging the city after Shohei Ohtani spurned the city for a 700M contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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After Shohei Ohtani announced he was headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers, many people saw it as an opportunity to disparage Toronto and Kevin Gausman of the Blue Jays wasn't having any of it.

Earlier today, Gausman took to X, formerly Twitter, to call out everyone who had been insulting the city after the Ohtani sweepstakes ended.

"I hate seeing people talk shit about Toronto like they know it," Gausman wrote. "If you live in Toronto you know how special of a place it is and how passionate the people are."

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According to the Toronto Sun, Gausman's comments come from a place of love for the city. Prior to signing a five-year deal worth $110 million, he and his wife had conducted thorough research on the city to ensure they'd be headed to a place they'd feel comfortable living in for the duration of the contract.

Since his signing, he has reportedly gone on to voice his love for Toronto's food scene, his neighbourhood, and the overall vibe of the city.

Although Gausman may not have gotten an offer remotely close to what Ohtani had been given, he's still clearly very enamoured by Toronto and would welcome any player who would want to join the Blue Jays.

Gausman completed the 2023 season with a 3.12 ERA, 237 strikeouts in 185 innings, and a WHIP of 1.178.

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