Nationals’ Juan Soto Attended NL Wild Card Game To Support Max Scherzer, Trea Turner
Juan Soto, 2021 National League Wild Card Game
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It isn’t uncommon to spot celebrities and other professional athletes at Dodger Stadium over the course of a season, and that was no different Wednesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers took on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card Game.

Among those in attendance included Washington Nationals All-Star outfielder Juan Soto, who had a seat behind home plate to cheer on former teammates Max Scherzer and Trea Turner.

Soto initially was booed by fans when shown on the video board, but received cheers after he turned around and pointed to his Turner jersey. The 22-year-old was accompanied by agent Scott Boras and Nationals hitting coach Kevin Long, who wore a Scherzer jersey.

When Scherzer and Turner were traded to the Dodgers this past July, it marked an end of an era for the Nationals. The pair of All-Stars, along with Soto, were instrumental in helping the organization capture its first World Series title just two years ago.

Despite Scherzer not being at his sharpest and turning in the second-shortest postseason start of his career, he still held the Cardinals to only one run over 4.1 innings pitched.

Turner, meanwhile, continued swinging a hot bat as he collected two of the Dodgers’ seven hits and extended his overall hitting streak to 20 games when including the regular season.

Soto remained in his seat for the entire game and photos showed him celebrating when Chris Taylor hit the walk-off home run.

Scherzer appreciated Soto’s support

Although they are no longer teammates, the bond still shared between Scherzer, Turner and Soto is evident. “This is how I’ll describe it. When you win a World Series you develop a friendship and bond that’s going to last a lifetime,” Scherzer said after the Dodgers’ 3-1 win.

“So for those two guys, Kevin Long and Soto to be there, it just shows you the type of love it takes to be able to win a World Series, and that’s going to last forever.

“They enjoyed being here and watching us and cheering us on. They’re connected to this because of Trea and I. That’s just a cool feeling. In baseball circles, you get real close knit, and to have their support and their presence here just adds to the experience.”

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