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Getting to Know Washington Nationals Ace Max Scherzer

Born: July 27, 1984 (age 35 years)

in Chesterfield, MO

Nick name: Mad Max

Salary: $15 million

What drives you?

A: To be better. That drive to get better for me is my No. 1 goal. To find deficiencies within my game that I believe I can get better at.

Q: Is there a player out there that you would pay yourself to watch? A: Miguel Cabrera

Q: Is there a player you learned the most from? A: I’ve learned a lot from many different

players. I’ve learned from many pitchers and hitters. I’ve learned from Kirk Gibson, from

Tony Clark and my teammate in Detroit

Victor Martinez.

Q: Who are other pitchers growing up you liked to watch? A: Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Roger Clemens. Those guys just absolutely dominated the game and took pitching to a new level.

Q: Who is your favorite manager to play for? A: Jim Leyland

Q: What do you like to do on an off day?

A: Sleep

Q: Who is the biggest influence in your life? A: My parents

Q: Whats the best advice anyone has ever given you? A: Everyday of your life do something to get a little better. Even its just a little do something to improve yourself as a person and as a player.

Q: How many pitches do you throw?

A: Four. A four seam fastball, the curveball, slider and changeup.

Q: Favorite ball player growing up?

A: Ozzie Smith

Q: Favorite baseball team growing up?

A: St. Louis Cardinals

What is your best single baseball moment? A: Digging out of Game 4 against Oakland in the ALDS with bases loaded, no out, up one run.

Q: Favorite non baseball professional sports team A: Baltimore Ravens

Q:Toughest Hitter ever faced?

A: Shin-Soo Choo

Q: First Job?

A: Abercrombie and Fitch

Q:Most embarrasing moment?

A: Wearing the wrong jersey color and showing up to a game.

Q: Is there something about you that most people do not know?

A: I love to scuba dive and I love my dogs.

Q: How many dogs do you have?

A:Four- 40-pound Shepherds named Bo, Rafi, Rocco and Gigi. I grew up with dogs. My wife really loves dogs.

Q:What is heterochromiairidum? A: It’s something that I was born with. It means that one iris in my eye is a different color from the other. In my case my right eye is blue and my left eye is brown. Q: With a name Max Scherzer people must ask you all the time if you are Jewish. To set the record straight are you? A: No