It is hard to believe, but this series marks the first time Max Scherzer visits his old stomping grounds since agreeing to terms with Washington in January 2015.
After arriving in Detroit, Scherzer spoke with media about how "weird but awesome" it is to be back as a visitor.
The six-time All-Star pitcher still remembers all the great memories and friends he made during his five seasons with the Tigers. Yet, he can't help but think of the failures he had.
"We failed," Scherzer said. "We had great teams and we did a lot of great things but we didn't win the whole thing. You have to see it as a failure because that's what keeps you motivated."
The Tigers were swept in the 2012 World Series by the Giants despite an impressive run. The team came back strong during the 2013 and 2014 season but could not bring a pennant to Motown.
Scherzer says that even to this day "you play the 'What If' game."
- What if the team won a World Series?
- What if the Tigers continued negotiations with Scherzer 2015?
- What if Mad Max never came to Washington?
Nationals fans may not like the 'What If' game since Scherzer is in the peak and prime of his career.
Scherzer will face his old team on Sunday as he starts opposite former Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.
Can someone remind us what happened the last time Scherzer faced Zimmermann?
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