It took him 308 career plate appearances to do it, but Max Scherzer finally connected on his first major league home run last week in Miami... and it was a three-run blast.
The celebration didn’t last long, since the 32-year-old Washington Nationals’ ace had spasms in his neck which led to a quick exit from the game in Marlins Park before he retook the mound after the home run.
When he talked after the game, however, Scherzer wasn’t too concerned about his neck, though he was happy to talk about the home run.
“The thing with having a tight neck, not being able to look left actually helped on my baseball swing,” Scherzer said.
“I couldn’t pull my head out, I had to just stay locked in, and that actually gave me a better swing, so sure enough, that’s the reason why I hit a home run.”
“I was hoping to bunt,” Scherzer joked. He also noted that it didn’t help matters when his teammates enthusiastically high-fived him after the blast.
“Giving everybody high-fives, I’m like, ‘Guys, it hurts right now,’ but it all went away for just a second when I got into the dugout and everybody wanted to give a high-five.”
Scherzer was still glowing when he talked about it after the game, a loss to the Fish, and in spite of the neck issues, he was still basking in the glow of his first big league blast.
“I put a one-in-a-million swing on it and sure enough I hit it out,” Scherzer said.
“I’ll make sure the rest of the teammates on all my teams they’ll know that I hit a home run for a while now, they’re going to hear it for a while.”
His last home run? “High school. A long time ago,” Scherzer said. “They’re not going to hear the end of it. I’ll probably have shirts made and everything...