Manoah's mom discusses Alek's emotional debut, reveals he's addicted to sushi

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Alek Manoah lived up to the hype in his Toronto Blue Jays debut against the New York Yankees on Thursday, but his mother stole some of his thunder by going viral herself.

Loudly cheering from the stands at Yankee Stadium alongside a full Manoah entourage, Susana Lluch delightfully wore her heart on her sleeve while she watched her son compete at the highest level on one of baseball's biggest stages.

With a hoarse voice, Lluch appeared on Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Friday morning to share what it was like seeing Alek dominate the Yankees and make some of MLB's best hitters look foolish.

“The experience has been something I’ve never felt before," Lluch said. "This is not something that comes every day. It really is a dream come true. This is every kid’s dream come true."

Lluch admitted she didn't have any sort of extravagant celebration after the game, instead keeping it low-key with Alek's grandmother. With the Blue Jays playing the second game of a doubleheader immediately following Manoah's victory, then flying to Cleveland later that night, the true partying will instead wait for the offseason when the family can celebrate "all his wins."

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All mothers embarrass their children from time to time, and Lluch was no different on national radio as she shed some light on her 260-pound son's eating habits. And no, Manoah doesn't seem to have an insatiable sweet tooth or a passion for McDonald's. His palette is far more refined than that.

“If I had to tell you one thing about him that maybe people wouldn’t know it’s that he’s literally addicted to sushi," Lluch said. "We go back and forth on the mercury levels. Every time you say ‘What are we eating?’ he’ll say ‘I could have some sushi.’

"He’ll order and you’ll ask ‘Is that for everyone?’ and he’ll be like ‘No, that’s for me.’"

The 23-year-old has already sampled some of Toronto's fine sushi establishments, but it sounds like the city could be in for a fish shortage once the Blue Jays are able to play north of the border.

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