When Max Scherzer is in the zone on the mound, his stare into the batter's box is like none other. The intensity and fire in his eyes send a message to the hitter that he is about to get everything the ace has left in the tank.
A closer look will show something else about his glare that's even more unique: Scherzer's eyes are two different colors. His left is brown, while his right is blue.
Though it is an uncommon condition, Scherzer is not alone. Known as Heterochromia Iridis, 1 in about every 500 people have two different colored eyes. That includes celebrities such as Christopher Walken and Jane Seymour.
For the Nationals right-hander it is something that has been a part of him from a young age. Growing up, he would draw pictures of animals that had the same type of eyes as him, seeing no shame but rather pride in his condition. That mentality is something Scherzer has carried throughout his journey in baseball.
“I've always celebrated it. Whether you like it or not, that’s who I am," Scherzer said. “I got one blue and one brown, there’s nothing I can do about it.”
As he's risen to the top of Major League Baseball, Scherzer isn't the only one celebrating his unique eyes. The brown and blue colors have become part of Mad Max's brand. They're prominently featured in his bobbleheads and are displayed throughout the scoreboards of Nationals Park following each of his many strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner has also adopted dogs with Heterochromia Iridis.
There are a lot of special things about Washington's ace, and his eyes are part of it. Yet when he locks in on another strikeout victim on the mound, the mixed colors make no difference in how he carries himself. He's thrived all his life with Heterochromia Iridis and will continue to do so in the future.
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