As expected, Jonathan Lucroy’s days as a Milwaukee Brewer came to an end just before the trade deadline. It seems like only yesterday Lucroy was pressed into service to fill the hefty shoes of Gregg Zaun and struggling to get on the same page with Randy Wolf. Six years, an NL Central title, and a Packers Super Bowl championship later, Lucroy is on to greener pastures. Although Brewers fans are surely happy to receive two well-ranked prospects with some version of the name “Louis” from Texas, it’s also sad to see a beloved player go.
When reflecting on Lucroy’s seven-season, Wall of Honor-worthy Milwaukee career, it’s probably difficult for many fans to say unequivocally there was one moment that stands out as his finest. Was it his 2-for-2, 2 RBI performance in the 2014 All-Star Game? Was it one of his two 7 RBI games in 2012 against the Twins and Cubs?
Was it Mother’s Day this year when Lucroy caught Billy Hamilton stealing to end the game?
Was it his walk-off homer against Aroldis Chapman?
Those are nice moments, but for some fans, Lucroy’s single finest moment as a Brewer jumps to mind immediately: June 14, 2014 at Arizona.
The NL Central-leading Brewers were 14 games over .500…and on their way to heartbreaking September collapse, but in June the world was their oyster. The Diamondbacks and their fans were feeling pretty resentful about the recently-suspended Ryan Braun, whose PED-fueled performance in 2011 contributed to knocking Arizona out of the playoffs. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson decided sending a vengeful message was more important than winning the game.
Two years later, the Must C video still tells a gripping story.
If there were a Museum of Poetic Justice, Lucroy’s grand slam would surely be on display.
Goodbye, Jonathan, and good luck.
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