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Game day? Find a ‘different gear’

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Max Scherzer’s intense focus helped make the pitcher an All-Star this year in the National League.

Halfway through the season, the relentless right-hander had pitched three complete games, tied for the league lead in innings pitched and chased back-to-back perfect games.

How is this possible? He obsesses about baseball all the time, but when he pitches every fifth day, his obsession grows intense.

“He truly is the guy on game day who’s in a different gear,” says teammate and closer Drew Storen. “From the second he shows up, he’s on a mission. It’s pretty impressive. It wears me out watching him.”

Scherzer can’t get locked in more than three hours before a game, though, or he says he’d be “mentally gassed” by game time. Something you should keep in mind when you’re stalking your own high-stakes performance.

— Adapted from “Focus on the game,” Rick Maese, The Washington Post.

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