DENVER — Eduardo Escobar is saving the bottle of champagne that was presented to him recently in the Mets clubhouse for a championship celebration after the season.
That bottle was handed to him by Max Scherzer in commemoration of Escobar reaching 10 years of MLB service time. Escobar was only the 10th Venezuelan player to reach that milestone. A video of Scherzer’s presentation went viral.
As Scherzer noted in his presentation, only about eight percent of players ever reach 10 years of MLB service time. Scherzer also noted Escobar’s career statistics, All-Star selection and the fact he has played all nine positions.
“I feel really happy because this is a dream that every player wants to reach,” Escobar said Saturday before the Mets split a doubleheader against the Rockies at Coors Field. “But once you do things the right way and you are humble and you treat the game right, you are able to get what you want out of it.
“I’m going to save [the champagne]. I will drink it once we become champions.”