Marjama the Man
March 27, 2018
New catcher Mike Marjama is the subject of the latest mini-documentary from LeBron James' UNINTERRUPTED. In the eight-minute film, Marjama details his struggle with body image and masculinity, which manifested as an eating disorder in his teen years. "I was going to be a man," he says.
Professional sports has long been a domain rife with machismo, and whether that's a good thing or not I'll leave to your own sensibilities. But one thing is certain: It takes courage and guts—or, if you prefer the coarse macho language of the locker room, balls—to confront a personal demon like this, persevere, and succeed.
Mike Marjama is a big-leaguer, an honest examiner of his own psyche, and empathetic to others in his type of shoes. And he isn't concerned about whether or not that's considered "manly."