2. Favorite moment from the first half?
Tom– That’s easy: Max Scherzer’s June 19 “broken nose game” against the Phillies. As I tweeted that night, clips of that game will be shown the day Scherzer is inducted into the Hall of Fame. It was one of the gutsiest regular season performances you will ever see from a big league pitcher. Nats fans — and all baseball fans — are lucky to watch Max take the mound every five days.
Ross– Max Scherzer dominating the Phillies with a black eye and a broken nose. Highlights of that game will be on his Cooperstown induction video.
Danny– The Max Scherzer broken nose game. I mean, we go from a dooms day scenario where he broke his nose and we’re wondering how long he’s going to miss to seeing him out there, with a black eye the very next day tossing 7 shutout innings and fanning 10 Phillies. This guy is headed to Cooperstown and we need to take a step back and realize how lucky we are that we get to see him pitch in a Nationals uniform once every 5 days.
Monty– Max Scherzer’s black eye game. On June 19th against the Philadelphia Phillies, Max Scherzer took the mound the day after a foul ball off his bat during batting practice broke his nose. With a swollen nose and cheek bruised dark purple below his right eye, Mad Max battled through 117 pitches over 7 shut-out innings while striking out 10 Phillies. The Nationals would go on to win that game 2-0 and sweep the series against a division rival. It was a moment that will long be remembered in DC as well as a legendary moment in the future Hall of Famer’s career.
Corey– My favorite moment of the season came on April 9th in Philadelphia when Juan Soto hit a go-ahead 3-run HR to RF as former Nationals phenom Bryce Harper watched. The HR put the Nationals up 9-6 and they would go on to beat the Phillies 10-6 in 10 innings. I’d also have to say Strasburg’s 14k game against the Marlins on July 3 was also a beautiful moment. I believe a lot of people truly forget how amazing of a pitcher he is. In his 10th season is currently 18th among active pitchers in Strikeouts (1582) and is currently 9th with Jacob DeGrom in Strikeouts (138) this season. I think because of Max Scherzer’s dominance since his arrival people tend to forget just how truly special of a talent Strasburg is.
Matt– This one is pretty easy, the Max Scherzer broken nose performance against the Phillies. What an atmosphere there was at the stadium that night, and Max just continued to grow his legacy.