News Item: White Sox backup catcher Ramon Castro is placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a bruised right heel and replaced on the Opening Day roster with catcher Donny Lucy.
I wouldn’t exactly say it’s love–frankly it’s just that I couldn’t resist the headline. It is true, though, that Lucy will forever hold a special place in my memory bank. He was the player designated by the Sox to have the chore of running out to home plate to catch my ceremonial first pitch at Camelback Ranch on March 15. To his credit, he was great, acting like it was something he really wanted to do.
So it was on that night that I became a fan of the 27-year-old Stanford product, who was a second round pick by the South Siders in the 2004 draft and has hit .251 in 402 minor league games in the Sox system. He also appeared in eight games with the major league club in 2007, collecting three base hits.
The truth is that Lucy’s major league stay will last as long as it takes Castro to get healthy, but in the meantime I’m hoping he makes the most of his opportunity. No less authority than Ozzie has said Lucy is both a good handler of pitchers and is loved by all in the organization for the person he is. And how about this? His teammates gave him a standing ovation in the clubhouse when it was announced he made the team.
When the Sox are introduced before tomorrow’s opener at The Cell, I’ll give an extra fist pump for Donny Lucy and I hope you do too. He’s paid his dues and now he’s able to say he was on a major league Opening Day roster.
Good for him.