Max Scherzer May 18, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) looks out from the dugout in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer has been out for about a month with an oblique injury and he’s in the process of returning. Before he gets back to the Mets, Scherzer had a rehab start with the Mets’ Double-A affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Scherzer allowed two runs on three hits in just over three innings of pitching. It wasn’t exactly the best performance but the guy is coming off of injury and this is really more to get him ready for the Mets.

Being back with the Mets is something Scherzer wants to happen sooner rather than later and in a postgame interview, Scherzer remarked, “I want to get back out there so bad… I want to be in the big leagues, not be a Rumble Pony.”

It’s not surprising that a guy who has been in the Majors since 2008, and has watched his team climb to an NL best 45-25 record, wants to get back there as soon as possible. That being said, watching a pro athlete say with total sincerity that they don’t want to be a Rumble Pony, is amazing.

Many people had fun with Scherzer’s remark. And in case you’re wondering, a “rumble pony” is a horse that’s on a carousel. Binghamton is known for their carousels so that’s why the team is named the Rumble Ponies.


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