On the eve of Father’s Day, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer was one strike away from throwing a perfect game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. While he hit Jose Tabata (or Tabata leaned in) and lost perfection, he still finished with a no-hitter.
Scherzer’s father will still gladly take the no-no.
“It was great to be able to share last night with them as well,” Scherzer told ESPN. “That’s what my dad wanted [for Father’s Day]. He doesn’t want a tie. I gave him a no-hitter, so he’s pretty happy.”
Brad and Jan Scherzer were in attendance for the game.
“I didn’t get much sleep, but that’s for a good reason, just on a high from the game,” Scherzer said.
As far as the Tabata controversy goes, Scherzer has not gone out of his way to address it. However, Tabata says he was just trying to do his job.
“I wanted to get a hit,” Tabata told the Washington Post. “People don’t understand that those were the instincts people have. I wasn’t looking to get hit. I wanted to get a hit. I wanted to get on base.”
While a perfect game is surely a rare feat, a no-hitter is still quite special and something Scherzer, and his dad, will always remember.