We already knew New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer was the best kind of maniac on the mound. Now The Athletic’s Rustin Dodd and Jayson Jenks have revealed how much fun he was having in an amazing play about Scherzer.
The article mostly gave a behind-the-scenes look, via Scherzer’s former receivers, into Scherzer’s legend and provided some insights into his personality.
Interesting tidbits that popped up were the stories told about Scherzer’s competitive spirit towards betting and fantasy sports – things we can all relate to.
Gerald Laird described Scherzer as “a finagler” before Rick Porcello, Alex Avila and Bryan Holaday recalled the time Scherzer stripped a league member of a fantasy football draft pick in a complete power play and useless as league commissioner.
But it was Shawn Kelley who opened up about how he paid off a gambling debt to Scherzer in the middle of a regular season game that really shows just how much fun the pitcher likes to have fun on his days off.
“So I owed a debt to Max because of some bad bets I made on NBA basketball and hockey playoffs. He felt bad for my poor little reliever with his big money Cy Young, so he said, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’ll wipe out $1,000 of your debt if you go out and just throw a warm-up pitch and just say, ‘[Expletive] that, I’m ready to go. “I took a bunch of extra warm-up pitches in the bullpen and went over there and threw a warm-up pitch and said, ‘Hey, I’m ready.’ The ref was like, “What?” And I was like, “No, I’m ready, let’s go.” It didn’t go so well, but I got some of my money back. Sure , I look in the canoe and Max smiles from ear to ear.
Kudos to Kelley for getting through this and even more kudos to Scherzer for putting entertainment on profits.
The big takeaway here is that Max Scherzer is a national treasure – one whose affection for fantasy sports and betting isn’t all that different from mine and yours.
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