Max Scherzer arrived in D.C. in 2015 as a $214 million man, with lofty expectations and the 36-year old was as advertised and more. By today’s market standards he’s underpaid.
During his six and a half years in D.C., Scherzer raked up the accolades, most notably winning two NL Cy Youngs and a World Series title, while cementing his place in the Hall of Fame.
When on the mound, Scherzer plays with an edge that allows for him to elevate his game. He can always be seen muttering curse words into his glove directed at himself whenever he throws a bad pitch. Mad Max is one of the fiercest competitors of his generation.
In 2019, he broke his nose attempting to bunt during batting practice. Despite the immense pain and black eye that came as a result, Scherzer pitched the next day and struck out ten across seven shutout innings.
If that’s not enough, he was scratched from starting Game Five of the 2019 World Series due to neck spasms. The righty couldn’t even raise his arm to put on his shirt because he was in so much pain. But one cortizone shot later and Scherzer was on the mound for the decisive Game Seven. In a gutsy performance, the ace allowed two runs across five innings, but kept his team in the game long enough for them to pull out a victory.
Scherzer’s drive to compete needs to be on full display. On the course, expect a flurry of fist pumps whenever he makes an impressive shot. Also, look forward to plenty of expletives in order to get under Brady and Mickelson’s skin.