It might have been Bryce Harper MVP Bobblehead night at Nationals Park last night against the Detroit Tigers, but it was Max Scherzer who stole the show. Scherzer recorded 20 total strikeouts, tying the Major League Baseball record for most strikeouts in a 9-inning game.
Scherzer opened the game red hot, striking out 5 of the first 7 batters then slowly acquired the other 15 in a narrow 3-2 victory for the Nationals. Scherzer was not actually aware of his strikeout total for most of the game until hit reached about 18. That is when the crowd began to get excited about the prospect of reaching 20. Once Scherzer reached 19, the crowd was electric.
“The Best performance I’ve seen in person”
May 11th 2016 will certainly go down in Washington Nationals lore. Nats Manager Dusty Baker, who has been involved in thousands of baseball games, stated it was “the best performance I’ve seen in person.” That is a pretty big statement.
“Strikeouts are Sexy”
Scherzer had quite a bit to say about his epic night, but the one quote we absolutely loved: “tonight at the end of the night was a special night. Strikeouts are sexy. And to be able to punch out 20, it's sexy."
We could not agree more, that is why we have created two shirts to commemorate the evening. The first shirt is strikeouts are sexy.
For our second shirt celebrating Scherzer’s amazing night we’ve captured a photo that ESPN’s Eddie Matz described as “looks like the scoreboard operator fell asleep with his forehead on the K key” Here is our Scherzer 20K shirt.
- Officially licensed product of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
- White print on an ultra-soft Nats red tee.
- Athletic fit; made from a super-comfortable, vintage-inspired blend of 60% combed ringspun cotton and 40% polyester jersey.
- Screen printed in the good 'ol USA.
You can purchase Scherzer 20Ks here.
You purchase Strikeouts are Sexy here.
If you liked these you should also check out our other awesome Washington Nationals shirts including: In Dusty we Trusty, Bryce Harper’s Make baseball fun again, and Bryce Harper’s 100 career home runs.