Mets’ Max Scherzer says he only had sweat and rosin on his hands: ‘I swear on my kids’ lives’
New York Mets star Max Scherzer explained his side of the story after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a sticky substance on his hand.
Scherzer was given a substance test between innings. The umpires took a close look at the three-time Cy Young Award winner’s fingers. After an animated discussion, the umpires decided to toss Scherzer and take his gloves.
The right-handed pitcher addressed the incident with reporters after the game.
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“After the second inning, my hand was a little bit numb from the rose. So it was awkward. Phil (Cuzzy) told me to wash it. So, I washed it. Came back after the third. I Washed it off with alcohol and when I went back in there, there might be a little bit of alcohol stuck to the rose. It can happen. So it’s so sticky that you need to go back in there and wash it off again and reapply. Rose.
“And so I did that and at the same time he thought I had too much rose on my glove. And I was like, ‘Well, if that’s a problem, nothing’s going on.’ He’s like you need a new glove. OK, so I came back, pitched third and knew I was going to check in the fourth, so whatever when I’m coming up. I have to be an idiot to try to get back out there in the fourth.
“After that third inning, I’m in front of the MLB official who’s down here. I wash my hands with alcohol in front of the official. I then apply rosin and then sweat. When I go back there and Phil . Cuzzy says my hand is so sticky. Yes, when you use sweat and rose, your hand is sticky. But I don’t understand why I do that when I’m in front of an MLB official. You want and I’m being perceived as having a very sticky hand when I’m using a legal substance. I just don’t get it.”
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When asked about the conversation between him and Cuzzy, Scherzer said the umpire told him his hand was too sticky.
“I swear on my children’s lives, I’m not using anything else. It’s sweat and rosin. Sweat and rosin,” Scherzer added.
According to MLB.com, umpire Dan Bellino addressed the situation to a pool reporter.
Scherzer’s hand was “so sticky that when we touched his hand, our fingers were stuck to his hand. And whatever was there stayed on our fingers for a couple of innings afterward,” he said.
It is unclear at this time if Scherzer will be punished for the incident.
Scherzer was the subject of a substance abuse investigation in 2021 while he was with the Washington Nationals. He underwent several tests in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Scherzer played for the Dodgers in 2021.
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