Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 6/25/12
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Photo of Max Scherzer pitching two days after his brother Alex committed suicide. June 23, 2012.

Just two days after his younger brother Alex committed suicide, Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer took the pill to the bump against the Pirates Saturday afternoon.

Alex Scherzer was 24 years old and Max’s only sibling.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia — Max’s alma mater, too — and was hired in March by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Following Max’s outing Saturday in which he went six innings and took the loss in a 4-1 Pirates win, he politely declined to speak with reporters.  He sat down with Tigers radio play-by-play man Dan Dickerson before the Tigers’ t

“Usually when you get on field, (other thoughts) seem to go away. That didn’t happen for me. It was constantly on my mind every pitch,” Scherzer told Dickerson. “It was tough, at times, to keep focused.  But in the back of my mind, I was thinking, ‘I love life, I love competing. This is what I do.’”

“This is what I love to do. That is what allowed me to get through it,” he told Dickerson. “I know it put a lot of smiles on faces of my friends and family, in such a somber time. … It was worth it.”

It’s a shame Max and his family have had to deal with such a terrible loss.  But kudos to him for finding a way to cope.

 

[Photo and quotes courtesy of Detroit News]

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