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Max Scherzer Tells Dusty Baker, 'I Got 'Em. I Fucking Got 'Em' Before Being Left In The Game To Face Manny Machado

Obviously you’ve gotta give the first tip of the cap to Max Scherzer for A.) being a pitcher with balls who actually wants the ball in his hand with the game on the line, despite running on fumes, against one of the best hitters in the game today, and B.) actually getting the out. But I’m also gonna give major props to Dusty Baker for being a manager that actually has a feel for the game.

There are too many managers out there these days who just look at the numbers and say, “Oh, he’s at 100 pitches and this guy is hitting X, Y and Z over the last few games, so he’s coming out.” That was just a having a feel for it type moment for Baker. And yeah, it’s pretty easy to get talked out of taking your pitcher out of the game when said pitcher is the reigning Cy Young award winner. But even if he wasn’t, are you saying no to a guy who’s staring into your soul with eyes like these and telling you that he’s fucking got this guy?

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You’re not. Nobody’s taking a guy with those eyes and that intensity out of that game in that situation. He’s so intense out there that it looked like Scherzer was trying to convince his gang leader that he was about to shank someone for his initiation kill instead of a pitcher trying to convince his manager to let him face Manny Machado in a baseball game.

By the way, Enny Romero took over for Scherzer in the ninth inning and blew the two-run lead. As I write this, the Nats and O’s are currently tied at four in the bottom of the tenth. Sucks they couldn’t get Scherzer the win after a ballsy performance.