There's a very real chance that Max Scherzer will eventually have a plaque in Cooperstown, so it's pretty rare that the three-time Cy Young Award winner is starstruck by something.
But when Scherzer -- who attended Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, Missouri -- got a chance to take a picture with Albert Pujols at Busch Stadium, he didn't pass on the opportunity:
Scherzer was actually drafted by the Cardinals in the 43rd round of the 2003 MLB Draft, meaning he could have ended up as a teammate of Pujols had he signed. Instead, though, he elected to attend the University of Missouri, which turned out to be a great career move, as he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft following his collegiate career.
How long Scherzer and Pujols will be teammates for in Los Angeles is unclear. Neither started the season with the Dodgers, and both can become free agents this winter.
Scherzer, 37, has a 1.05 ERA in seven starts since joining the Dodgers, which means he's likely to receive interest from multiple teams this winter, with Jon Heyman of Audacy Sports already saying that the Angels are expected to be a suitor.
Meanwhile, Pujols caught on with the Dodgers in May after being released by the Angels. The three-time National League MVP is hitting .260 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs in 169 at-bats, which may embolden him in his quest to reach 700 career home runs, a mark that he's 21 away from currently. It's unclear if the Dodgers or another team will have interest in employing Pujols next season, when he'll be 42.
In the meantime, though, Scherzer has a chance to win his second World Series title while playing alongside someone that he almost certainly grew up idolizing.