When Max Scherzer signed with the Nationals on January 21, 2015, an ESPN poll of MLB executives deemed it the worst free-agent signing of the offseason.
Five years later, it’s clear the findings of that poll couldn’t have been further from the truth.
Scherzer has built up the bulk of his Hall of Fame resume while in Washington, securing two Cy Youngs, three top-10 MVP finishes and more strikeouts than any other pitcher in baseball. He made the jump from star to legend and no one has stood to benefit more than the Nationals.
On the five-year anniversary of him agreeing to come to D.C., here are Scherzer’s five best moments while donning the Curly W.
5. The black eye game (June 19, 2019)
It’s one thing to blank your division rival with 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. It’s another thing entirely to do it one day after fouling a ball off your face and breaking your nose.
But that’s exactly what Scherzer did. As if the man who literally grunts when he throws and stalks around the mound couldn’t be any more of an animal, he pitched through the pain and mowed down a Philadelphia Phillies team that entered the game with the third-best record in the…