More from Scherzer on Detroit, free agency and dogs with dichromatic eyes
Max Scherzer caught up with Detroit area writers for about 10 minutes today. A lot of it was a reiteration of previous interviews, though his advice for Price (see previous post for Wednesday’s lineup) was new. Also, he and his wife Erica also adopted a couple of shepherd dogs. One of them, like Scherzer, has dichromatic eyes. He has photographic proof. Also like Scherzer, both are capable climbers, having climbed Camelback Mountain with him.
Scherzer did slightly amend what he said to Matt Shepard on WDFN after his signing, about knowing the breakup was coming for the Tigers rotation. He said he meant it would be impossible to keep the entire team together.
“But guess what? It’s like that in every club,” he said. “You start looking at guys and their service time and when their free agency is coming, and you realize that not everybody gets to stay together. What I was alluding to was that a couple years ago in Detroit, you could see it coming. The way everybody’s service time [coincided], the whole team wasn’t going to stick together that we had in 2012 and 2013. Pieces were going to be moved, guys were going to get signed back and some guys weren’t. That’s just the reality of baseball — and really the reality of professional sports.”
Did that mean Scherzer knew his days in Detroit were numbered when Justin Verlander signed his extension a couple years ago?
“No, not at that point,” he said. “I knew there was still a chance to be there. I never thought the door was officially closed until it was, just because I know the Tigers with [owner Mike Ilitch] there, there’s always a chance. Mr. I does a great job of providing for the city of Detroit, so it was just one of those things where you knew the whole team couldn’t stay together.”
More baseball-related quotes from Scherzer …
On his Tiger tenure: “My time in Detroit was awesome. That’s what happens in this game. Sometimes these things have to happen. It’s unfortunate, but the way the team was constructed, I wasn’t able to stay around. But at the end of the day, my time in Detroit, I enjoyed it, enjoyed everything about it. Some of the best moments of my career were there. I’ll always think of it very highly.”
On fan reaction in Detroit: “I don’t know. I can only worry about himself. I can’t worry about what other people think. If I get caught up on that type of train of thought, I’ll run myself crazy.”
On free agency: “Players before me fought really hard to get the game where it’s at now. The reason I was able to sign the contract that I did was because everybody before me fought to put players in the future that position. I respect that. A lot of guys have had to do a lot of sacrifices to allow players to be fortunate to get really big contracts in free agency, and I’m very thankful for what they’ve done. For giving that, I wanted to continue to be one of those players who continue to fight for the rest of the players in the league.”