With Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer throwing his second no-hitter of the 2015 MLB season, Citi Field turned very strange Saturday.
By Robby Sabo
Once Curtis Granderson harmlessly popped out to third base to end the game, everybody in attendance and watching from the comfort of their living rooms knew how unique this was.
More than unique, perhaps.
Max Scherzer’s no-hitter against the NL East champion New York Mets Sunday night at Citi Field provided almost an eerie feeling. One which left onlookers scratching their heads.
As the Mets wind down the season in preparation of their eventual clash with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, the club who was crowned champs back in April danced and pranced on the actual champs turf.
For one night – at the very least – it was the Nats who felt like champs.
One fan understood how extreme this situation was (warning: video contains NSFW language):
In some respects it’s understandable to ask whether or not Washington felt the right to celebrate like that. Could they actually feel bad? Not deserving?
After all, this is the club who performed so poorly during the second-half of the season that it warranted walking papers for manager Matt Williams.
On the other hand, Scherzer polished off a feat that hasn’t been seen since Nolan Ryan in 1973. The man just pitched his second no-hitter of the season.
Carrying a perfect game into the ninth-inning, Scherzer plunked Dilson Herrera with only two outs remaining. From there though, he displayed the same rage and emotion he carried with him all game long.
His final line of 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, and 17 K was nothing in comparison to just how filthy he truly was over 80 strikes and 109 total pitches.
It truly created a scene that is almost impossible to duplicate. The underachievers celebrating a single man’s performance while in the building of the champs, the overachievers.
New York is now 1.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for home field in the looming NLDS. The Dodgers will look to cement that advantage tonight against the San Diego Padres.
How this effects the Mets moving forward is anybody’s best guess. If there’s one thing we know about the MLB Postseason, it’s that there is no such thing as momentum.
Any of the 10 teams are perfectly capable of fully moving through October.
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