Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez considers himself to be very lucky.
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Last Thursday, Vasquez was working on some drills in preparation for the upcoming 2021 MLB season, when Red Sox pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura threw a baseball in his direction. Vasquez, of course, wasn’t paying attention and it struck him so hard that it opened up a huge gash underneath his left eye that required several stitches.
During a press conference on Monday, Vasquez said that wearing sunglasses may have saved his vision in his eye.
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“You like my scar,” Vasquez said to reporters on Monday in a joking manner. “I’m doing good… My eye is good. I can see perfect.”
Vasquez discussed the incident with the reporters saying that he “saw the ball right here in my face and it knocked me down to the floor.”
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“The sunglasses saved my eye,” Vasquez added. “If I don’t have the sunglasses, it was a different story.”
The Red Sox are set to open up the 2021 MLB season against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. Vasquez said that he’s “99% sure” he’ll be ready to play in that game.