For the next several weeks we’ll be rolling out our list of the best The Moment’s of 2013. The list is the product of winnowing down 173 moments from April to October into the best twenty. They vary in their importance but all captivated us in an important way. A few are silly, a few are excellent plays, and a few will travel down in Tigers lore. I hope you enjoy it.
#7 – Scherzer strikes out Chris Davis
This single GIF betrays the drama of the moment. It’s hard to describe it, because looking back it was just some game with the Tigers leading by two runs. They were nine games over .500 and stuff, but I can’t circle back to what made it so awesome. Chris Davis was CHRIS DAVIS at the time and Max was MAX, but the rest of it was just another game. It was a fine battle I suppose; a seven pitch at bat. Max went away with heat, got a called strike on a changeup away, and then got a swinging strike down the middle. He was ahead 1-2, went away twice to bring it to 3-2 and then Davis fouled off a changeup. Then this happened, the crowd went crazy, and the Tigers cruised. Maybe this was Scherzer’s national coming out party because it was “win” number 10. Maybe it was the eyes of the country on our star while facing the mighty Davis in a big spot. Whatever it was, it was something.