Max Scherzer: Making friends everywhere he goes

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How did Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer build a soft spot into the hearts of two die-hard Mets fans last week? With a simple game of catch, of course.

Joe La Rocca and his son, Joe, were taking in what seemed like a routine round of batting practice at Citi Field on May 18 when Scherzer turned it into a lifelong memory. After seeing a ball hit Scherzer’s way in the outfield, the younger Joe shouted down from the stands and complimented the righty on his performance the night before.

As Joe found out, Scherzer was pretty grateful.

“Want to have a catch?” Scherzer asked.

The answer was easy.

And luckily, thanks to the elder Joe La Rocca, this great moment was captured on video for the rest of us to enjoy. 

“You know, seeing what Bryce Harper did (giving away a bat to fans in the stands during the same series in New York) and what Scherzer did, it’s hard,” La Rocca told The Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. “It’s hard to hate them. But I have to be a Met fan. My dad was a Brooklyn Dodger fan; I’m a Met fan. But we are definitely Scherzer fans. And I have to get him a Scherzer jersey, for sure.”

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