On bobblehead night in most MLB stadiums, the bobbleheads look like the players they're meant to represent. But for Max Scherzer Bobblehead Night at Nats Park Friday, the bobblehead was missing two key aspects of Scherzer's current appearance.
His black eye and broken nose.
On Tuesday during batting practice, Scherzer went to bunt and instead got a face full of baseball.
Max Scherzer broke his nose after taking a ball off the face during a bunting drill. pic.twitter.com/M9o4hYBj0J— ESPN (@espn) June 19, 2019
Scherzer broke his nose as a result, but was adamant that he would pitch in the Nationals' double header the next day against the Philadelphia Philles––the result of back-to-back rainouts on Monday and Tuesday.
The righty earned the win in Wednesday's nightcap, his sixth of the season, and threw 10 strikeouts in 7 scoreless innings.
But on Friday, the attention was on Scherzer's bobblehead, which commemorated Scherzer's 300-strikeout 2018 season, instead of Scherzer himself.
At Nats Park, many fans (including one father wearing an Atlanta shirt) strolled around the concourse carrying the bobbleheads.
One man mentioned it was his and his wife's first game at Nats Park this season, mentioning that they hadn't fully paid attention to the Nationals until Scherzer's injury. (Unfortunately, though, they didn't manage to get a bobblehead).
Another, who asked not to be named, joked that if he really wanted to he could draw the black eye onto the bobblehead himself.
"There was nothing [the Nationals] could really do about [the bobblehead not having a black eye]," he said.
Some fans actually did draw on the black eye, and took to Twitter to show how they "fixed" the bobblehead.
With the Nats, Scherzer has been the subject of four bobbleheads and seven total promotional items, since he signed as a free agent in 2015.
Two of those bobbleheads, given away in 2016, were to commemorate a pair of no-hitters Scherzer threw in his first season in Washington.
But even before he signed with the Nationals, Scherzer was no stranger to bobbleheads in his own image. In fact, when he was with Detroit in 2014, the Tigers constructed a lifesize Max Scherzer bobblehead outside of the stadium to celebrate Scherzer's 2013 AL Cy Young award. Fans described the bobblehead as "terrifying." (Don't worry, there was a smaller, less-scary Scherzer bobblehead giveaway later in the season too).
The life-sized bobblehead of Max Scherzer in Detroit isn't creepy at all. pic.twitter.com/EwUzLIvVBm— Curt Harding (@curtharding) April 2, 2014
Fortunately, fans are (so far) pleased with the Scherzer bobbleheads the Nats have created.
Some, including Samantha Ferris (whose first team is the Yankees), believe the Nationals will create some giveaway next season that plays off Scherzer's broken nose and black eye.
Others took to Twitter to muse that the Nationals should make a "Black-Eye Max Scherzer" bobblehead for the 2020 seaon.
They need to do a black eye, broken nose Scherzer bobble head night to get people to fully appreciate this outing.— Clark Packard (@clark_packard) June 20, 2019
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