Very odd sequence of events last night for Tigers starter Max Scherzer. He pitched the first two innings in a standard Tigers road jersey, as you can see in this shot from the bottom of the 2nd:
Then he pitched the next three innings in a different jersey — one that had the team’s Sparky Anderson memorial patch, which was worn in 2011:
Then in the 6th inning he was once again wearing a patch-free jersey:
We know for sure that Scherzer changed jerseys after the 2nd inning. At first it wasn’t clear whether he changed jerseys again after the 5th or if someone finally found a seam ripper and removed the patch, but that question was answered by Tigers beat writer Jason Beck, who posted this tweet:
Scherzer said he changed jerseys 3 times. The 2011 jersey with the Sparky patch had been put in his locker by mistake and he grabbed it.
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 12, 2013
This all seems very odd. It’s one thing to have a two-year-old jersey lying around in your home clubhouse, but the Tigers were on the road last night, which means someone had to go out of his way to bring that 2011 jersey along. Weird.
(My thanks to the many, many readers who sent Scherzer screen shots and info.)
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