Photoshop Phriday: Max Scherzer
Last baseball offseason saw two mammoth contacts signed in the NL East. Giancarlo Stanton signed for 13 years and $325 million with the Marlins and the Nationals won the Max Scherzer sweepstakes with a 7 year, $210 million deal. For this Nats fan, Scherzer so far has been worth every penny. On June 14th Scherzer pitched a 1 hit complete game shutout of the Brewers that was arguably the best pitched game in Nationals history, even stronger than Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter last season. On Saturday Scherzer outdid himself. He took a perfect game into the ninth inning and with two outs hit Jose Tabata (who may have leaned into the pitch a bit). He retired the next batter to earn the no-hitter and finish tantalizingly close to the 24th perfect game in MLB history. Having been on the Tigers in 2010, Scherzer had already witnessed someone lose a perfect game on the last batter.
In the immediate aftermath of the game I was incredibly deflated. I was so upset about Scherzer losing the perfect game I wasn’t even thinking about the no hitter. But now a few days later I am starting to let it go, taking the lead from Scherzer himself. In his last two starts he has more hits (2) than he has given up (1)! I love that he has taken hitting so seriously this year. He has been a great addition to the Nationals this year, is hitting .242, and has been seeking out hitting and base running advice from other players on the team. In addition to his heterochromatic eyes and pitching prowess, Scherzer has also created one of the stranger post-game celebrations by dousing teammates in chocolate syrup. In the aftermath of Saturday’s game Scherzer was covered with 6 (!!) bottles of Hershey’s syrup by teammates and looked more like a bronze statue than human. I found out yesterday on Twitter that MLB authenticated some of them! In this photo above by Pat Benic, Scherzer celebrates with the Nationals and a fresh loaf of double chocolate sourdough.