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Max Scherzer sticky-stuff defense turns into Mets’ T-shirt slogan

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A subject some might avoid the Mets are wearing on their sleeve — literally.

The Mets arrived back at Citi Field on Tuesday after a long road trip and found at their lockers blue shirts that read, “Sweat and Rosin,” across the front.

The same few words that Max Scherzer repeatedly yelled before getting ejected from Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium the Mets are turning into a joke.

“It’s just funny,” reliever Drew Smith said before a 5-0 loss to the Nationals.

“I don’t think anyone on the team had them made. I think someone just sent them in.”

A few around the clubhouse agreed, and no one appeared to want credit for the shirts.

Manager Buck Showalter said he wasn’t sure who brought them in because he’s not in the “T-shirt policing business.”

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Scherzer was tossed and then suspended 10 games for hands that umpire Phil Cuzzi believed were too sticky. Scherzer insisted that his hands were tacky because of a combination of sweat and rosin, which is legal when not overused.

Scherzer has been adamant that he did not use a foreign substance but is not appealing because the case would have been handled by an MLB official, leading him to believe he could not win.

Smith said he thinks Scherzer, while not thrilled, can now laugh about the scene.

“I can’t speak for him, but just the vibes I’ve gotten from him, I think he’s past the initial anger about it,” Smith said.

The Mets had fun with the shirts in the clubhouse, though none appeared to wear them on the field before the game.

“I don’t want to say [Scherzer is] not taking this serious, but it’s one of those things where, what can you do about it?” Luis Guillorme said, who added they “might as well” turn it into a joke.

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