Teammate of the Year

Max Scherzer invited to the whole team to play mini-golf and watch the Final Four on the Mets’ day off this weekend

It’s not exactly a great time to be a New York Mets fan. Stop us if you’ve heard that one before. After a spring of immense optimism, buoyed by the promise of the best rotation in baseball and the presence of veteran manager Buck Showalter, the Mets appeared ready to make a pennant run. Then Jacob deGrom’s shoulder flared up. Then Max Scherzer’s hammy twinged. Suddenly the entire season was hanging in the balance and the Mets had yet to play a meaningful game. Life comes at you fast, baseball comes at you faster.

While the fanbase may have lept headlong into doom and gloom, however, the good news for them is that the players didn't. On Saturday, Showalter gave most of the team the day off and Scherzer, being the proven winner that he is, stepped to the plate and rented out an entire mini-golf course and invited everybody over to his place to watch the Final Four. What a guy.

Nothing heals the heart’s wounds like smoking the fellas in 36 holes of putt-putt followed by watching Coach K lose his final game against dreaded rival North Carolina in the Final Four. Even if you hate golf and Krzyzewski (not necessarily in that order), who in their right mind would pass up the chance to watch Mad Max play mini golf? It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Mostly though, this bodes well for the Mets’ overall chemistry and chances this season. After a disaster week, their response wasn't to panic, but to kick back and reset. In fact, the only thing that could have made it any better is if deGrom himself brought the pizza … though somebody might want to help him carry those boxes.