Wild Max Scherzer sticky substance check ends in Joe Girardi ejection

Max Scherzer brought the heat and some attitude to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.

Day Two of MLB’s crackdown on pitchers using sticky substances went to another level.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer was inspected by umpires twice at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia — the second time at the behest of Phillies manager Joe Girardi.

Max Scherzer is checked for illegal substances after the first inning.
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Scherzer, who was visibly disgruntled by both checks, engaged in a staredown with Girardi after the fourth inning. The Philly skipper responded by hopping out of the dugout and inviting Scherzer to engage him directly.

That earned Girardi an ejection.

Scherzer waved goodbye to Girardi, holding his hat and glove in the air to taunt him.

Max Scherzer was visibly upset at being checked for a second time.
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It wasn’t the first snarky display from the Washington hurler, who slumped his shoulders while being given a once-over after the first inning. In the bottom of the fourth, after recording his seventh strikeout of the evening with a 3-1 lead, Scherzer threw his hat and glove to the ground and offered to take off his pants when Girardi requested another check.

Umpires declined to take Scherzer’s hat or glove.

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was the first to be checked under MLB’s new protocols, getting inspected by umpire during Monday’s start against the Braves.

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Michael Blinn

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