Native New Yorker and Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman is utilizing his HDMH (Height Doesn't Measure Heart) Foundation to help with the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
New York City has been hit harder than anywhere in the country, with 10,764 known positive cases and 99 deaths as of Monday morning.
Millions of New Yorkers rely on food banks each year. As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to unfold, that number will grow, especially as millions of at risk children across the nation lose the healthy meals they depend on due to schools closing nationwide, reads the call-to-action on the HDMH website.
"Any way I can give back," Stroman told Newsday on Sunday night about the efforts, adding that he always looked up to players such as former-Met Curtis Granderson and what they did to help local communities. "Obviously, this opportunity is something that arose from a pandemic that nobody expected. So any way that I can help and give back, especially at a time like this, is always something that I'm looking to do."
As far as baseball, Stroman -- who tweeted last Monday that he wouldn't be taking time off with the season delayed -- detailed what he's been doing to stay ready.
"I'm training daily," he told Newsday. "I'm keeping on top of my throwing. I'm still going to continue to throw bullpens whenever I can. We have a pretty strict throwing program from the Mets just to stay on top and make sure our arms are ready to go whenever we do come back. I'm home, man. I'm bunkered down. I had the ability to build a gym this offseason. I kind of moved into my dream house that I've been thinking about my whole life. I'm finally in that house. I have everything I need so I don't have to leave."
On a lighter note, Stroman is also preparing to play in a virtual beer pong tournament. His partner? Mets teammate Dominic Smith.