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Max Scherzer gave pricey gifts to catchers who caught no-hitter, one-hitter


Max Scherzer has enjoyed a pretty successful season in his first year with the Washington Nationals, a campaign highlighted by incredible back-to-back starts in June that saw the ace pitch a one-hitter and then a no-hitter.

Scherzer went out of his way recently to express gratitude to the guys who sat behind the plate and played a significant part in his consecutive, dominant pitching performances by giving catchers Jose Lobaton and Wilson Ramos identical Hublot watches.

Given watches of that particular, pricey brand can range in cost anywhere from $2,000 to $80,000 (if not more … $300,000?!?!), it’s a pretty classy move.

Scherzer, who pitched his first career no-hitter June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates with Ramos behind the plate, indicated the decision to buy Hublot watches was a no-brainer.

“You always take care of your catchers,” Scherzer said, via The Washington Post’s James Wagner. “They’re out there working hard. We’re both thinking about how to outsmart the hitter. I have to have a lot of trust in what they do. They put in hard work, too, to make sure we as a team succeed and help me as an individual as well. If I pitch well, it helps the team. They’re a part of it.”

Lobaton, who caught Scherzer’s one-hitter on June 14 against the Milwaukee Brewers, was especially appreciative of the thoughtful gesture.

“I told him he didn’t need to get me anything,” he said. “But he did and it’s great.”

The notion of an athlete rewarding the unfairly unheralded teammates who played a key part in a personal success certainly is nothing new. But that does not mean Scherzer doesn’t deserve kudos for showing his appreciation to the guys who strap on the “tools of ignorance” and contribute to his successes.

[H/T Hardball Talk, image via Boston Globe]