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Scherzer the day after his no-hitter: ‘I can’t believe it happened’

Jun 21, 2015, 12:16 PM EST

Jun 20, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) reacts after recording the final out of a no hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 6 - 0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Max Scherzer walked into the Nationals clubhouse on Sunday morning just hours removed from his first no-hitter shaking hands with teammates and coaches. A team official brought the scorecard from Saturday’s game over and he signed it. Then, he met with reporters to share his thoughts now that his historic day had settled in.

“I didn’t get much sleep, but that’s from a good reason,” he said.

Scherzer got over 120 text messages from friends and family Saturday night and also got some from other players around the league.

“There were a lot of people that reached out. But it’s really cool when the other players from other teams reach out. Those are the ones that kind of almost mean the most, because it’s a sign of respect. And I really do appreciate all of the support from the rest of the league,” he said.

Scherzer spent Saturday night with his parents, Brad and Jan, who had the good fortune of flying in this weekend to watch him pitch. They had only seen one of his other starts this season and were originally planning to come to Washington for July 4. But a scheduling conflict convinced them to come for the Pirates series.

“This was the weekend that worked best and so they were able to come here. So it was great to be able to share last night with them as well,” Scherzer said.

It also just happened to be Father’s Day weekend.

“That’s what my dad wanted. He doesn’t want a tie. I gave him a no-hitter, so he was pretty happy,” he said.

Scherzer had a baseball from Saturday’s game in his locker with the word ‘no-hitter’ written in the middle. He said he will get the jersey he was wearing framed, as well.

It was a great day for Scherzer and it may still take a while for him to fully process what he was able to accomplish.

“It’s just something that you can’t describe,” he said. “I mean, I can’t believe it happened.”

  1. laddieblahblah - Jun 21, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    The Nats go into today’s game knowing they have the best all-around player in baseball as well as the best starting pitcher, and one of the best closers. No other team can say that, or pretend they are even close to honestly claiming that.

    Their bench has been productive beyond any reasonable expectation this year, and has out-produced Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond, combined, by a wide margin. Rookie arm Joe Ross is the actual no. 2 starter, never mind the formal pecking order of the rotation. Who would have thought any of that at the beginning of the season?

    Things could not have gone much worse over the past month, but the Nats still find themselves in first place. About time that the breaks started to go their way. There are numerous catalysts that could make that happen, starting today.

    “Let’s go!”

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2015 at 1:13 PM

      I really like Joe Cool but let’s not annoint him after 3 starts. That’s too much pressure and while I said I’d trade Gio to get Joe in there, I doubt it happens.

      You’re spot on in regard to the stars and the slackers. Esco has been a star and when Denard plays he’s been a star. Other than that is a lot of mediocrity.

      Rendon and JZim must step up as they are keys to this whole team concept as they were last year’s stars.

      • laddieblahblah - Jun 21, 2015 at 7:35 PM

        Ghost, I haven’t “annointed” anyone. These matters are settled on the field of play. The only pitcher who has done better than Joe, over their past 3 starts, has been Scherzer. If the other pitchers are to be regarded as superior to Ross, then let’s see them demonstrate that they are, where it matters.

        Joe doesn’t mind the pressure – he thrives on it. Where did you get the impression that he feels “pressure?” If you want to conjure up visions of pitchers feeling pressure, I can give you a list of other Nats starters who conform to that image, and Joe is not one of them.

        “Rendon and JZim must step up as they are keys to this whole team concept as they were last year’s stars.”

        I had Rendon particularly in mind. JZ, Fister, SS, Gio and Roark have all been inconsistent. Gio stepped up today. Lets’ see how SS does tomorrow.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2015 at 7:52 PM

        I love what I’ve seen from Joe Cool. He set the bar high and threw a gem. This Pirates team is legit!

        I just don’t like less than 8 games for a rookie pitcher to evaluate and I believe you move Roark back to the bullpen when Strasburg comes back and stick with Ross for another start or 2 and work on trading Gio in the meantime.

        JZim will thrive and needs defense behind him to do that. All weekend the defense acted like they gave a sh!t and were laying out for balls and never made a mistake.

        While some would say I’m advocating a 6 man rotation, I’m not. I’m just saying keep Joe Cool around for some more starts to make some decisions on Strasburg and Gio and see if you can make a trade.

        More thoughts to follow.

    • Section 222 - Jun 21, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      Well, the Togers have

  2. Nats Fan Zee - Jun 21, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Wonderful performance and much congratulations Max!

    BTW – no love here for Wilson? Seems there was a whole lot of chatter when Lobaton caught the 1 hitter …. Ramos is almost perfect and not a mention.

    Wonderful performance and much congratulations Wilson!

  3. wmlsays - Jun 22, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Great job Mr. Scherzer, who examplifies hard work and work enjoyment at the same time. And thank you, Bryce Harper, for finally becoming older than twenty-one, both off the field and on it. What a difference it makes.

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