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Max Scherzer of the LA Dodgers pitches against the San Diego Padres, Sept 12, 2021.
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The quote every Dodgers fan is gripping to their heart right now as a hard little talisman? “He’s going to be a psychopath either way,” said Trea Turner of Max Scherzer getting ready for the Wild Card Game. But yes, Scherzer is our psychopath, and for that we are grateful. Grateful we’ve quickly gotten to know his start day rituals, his rules on not being touched during the game, and we hope — his intensity.

Juan Toribo has more on Max Scherzer’s “winning mentality” at MLB.com.

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