Due to a playoff battle, the Nationals exchanged him for defending World Series champion Dodgers before the closing date on July 30th. Scherzer, also a top player union representative, has an ERA of 0.88 with his new team and has 72 strikeouts, including 9 on Sunday. They won all of his eight starts.
Kassel, a 41-year-old California Nasdaq executive, has been watching Scherzer’s major league career evolve from afar since his first strikeout. So there are also his two sons who have Scherzer’s baseball cards. One has a Scherzer jersey.
“It’s great to see his career progress,” said Kassel, who played in 15 Padres and Astros games between 2007 and 2008. It’s a game, so it’s always fun to see what makes it. That was a cool part, especially for Scherzer. As he continues to compete and grow older, he only sees his skills continue to improve. “
Not long ago, Kassel said he received a text message from a friend informing him that an old video of Kassel’s pitching was on MLB Network. Kassel was also on television, wondering which game he could give his short career to, watching the channel airing Scherzer’s Major League Baseball debut.
“I’m nobody, here’s the Hall of Fame,” he said. “I take it as a compliment to have a relationship with him and be in the same field as him. I’m a fan of him and a fan of what he did for his career and games. . “
Kassel said he recorded the game and showed it to children, especially teaching them lessons to learn from failure in a sport full of it. He is still laughing about strikeouts vs. Scherzer. He is clearly not alone.