Max Scherzer had a close call with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the first inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
The Toronto Blue Jays slugger ripped a 111.1 mph line drive right back at the Nationals ace, nearly taking his head off before the right-hander was able to duck out of the way.
The ball actually one-hopped second baseman Adam Frazier, who threw Guerrero out at first. But not before Guerrero jogged over to Scherzer to give him a hug knowing that he avoided disaster.
It made for a nice moment in the first inning of the All-Star Game and a huge sigh of relief for Scherzer.
When Scherzer was asked about it after the game, he joked he was lucky to be alive.
“I’m alive and I didn’t get hit by a ball,” he said. “That’s my success story. I’m just grateful I still have a blue eye and a brown eye.”
Scherzer actually threw a clean 1-2-3 inning and even struck out Xander Bogaerts in his eighth All-Star Game.
But the Guerrero line drive he said is a “pitcher’s worst nightmare” and he is certainly thankful to have dodged that ball.