Monday, July 29, 2019

Marcus Stroman Once Won $100 on Nickelodeon's 'Figure It Out'

Nickelodeon's hit '90s game show Figure It Out always had at least one world-class athlete on the show thanks to host and Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders, but one episode was also graced with another Major League talent, although he was more of a little leaguer at the time.


Former Toronto Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman was chosen out of the audience at age 6 for a chance to win $100 worth of Geoffrey Dollars from Toys "R" Us.

The popular show originally ran between 1997-1999, was one of the network’s most popular shows, having a panel of network stars try and guess hidden talents of its young contestants.


During breaks between rounds the show would give away prizes to members of the audience, sometimes from random selections. The hilarious unearthed video, unearthed by the Mets Twitter fan account @Metsthrowbacks just hours after it was announced that the Long Island native and baseball ace would be returning to New York, features Stroman as a child being announced as the winner of a $100 Toys "R" Us gift card.


Stroman won the big prize, thanks to Amanda Bynes (All That, The Amanda Show) and Weinerville’s Marc Weiner (Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Dora and Friends: Into the City) both performing the “secret slime action.” The starter pulled in over $500,000 last year, but none of that money was anywhere near as exciting as those sweet, slime-covered Geoffrey Dollars.

In the video, Stroman, who would be around 6 years old at the time of recording, can be seen next to next dad, Swole Poppa Stroman, grinning, standing up and clapping, doing a couple fist pumps in the same animated way he has notoriously replicated on the field as an MLB player.

The 28-year-old from Medford, NY was one of the biggest names on the Major League Baseball trading block, linked to contenders the likes of the Yankees, Astros, and Red Sox, but no one had predicted the floundering Mets, five games under. 500 and six games out of the second Wild Card spot, to make a power move for the 2019 All-Star.

Marcus Stroman isn't the only child who made it big after appearing on Figure It Out: Country singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes also appeared as a contestant on the show in 1998!


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