Max Scherzer Started Chucking His Gear After Being Asked to Do Multiple Sticky Stuff Screenings

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Max Scherzer Started Chucking His Gear After Being Asked to Do Multiple Sticky Stuff Screenings

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Max Scherzer, back on the mound for the first time in 11 days, appeared very unhappy to return to the new, TSA-style screening process for pitchers in a quest to rid the game of sticky stuff.

And it only got worse.

First, here’s Scherzer getting his initial check – all pitchers do – and seeming none too thrilled about it:

But then, a couple innings later, the opposing manager, Joe Girardi, who is permitted to request additional checks if he believes there is something going on, apparently asked for another check. Scherzer HAD it:

I got nothing. I got nothing. You can see Scherzer saying it. He is pissed. I would be, too, if I was clean and was getting bugged like that. And just so you know, yes, manager’s can be subject to discipline if they use moments like that just to try to disrupt a pitcher:

Note, by the way: Scherzer’s night opened with spin rates massively down, but they have improved slightly as the night has gone on. For what it’s worth.

UPDATE: It got more ridiculous, with Girardi getting himself ejected. That, and the discussion after the game here.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.