How the hot-hitting backstop fractured his throwing hand is one of the more bizarre injury stories you’ll hear. It didn’t happen on the diamond, but it did involve a missing sock.
Lucroy said the injury occurred when he was reaching under his hotel room bed to find a lost sock. His wife moved a suitcase on the bed, which fell onto Lucroy’s hand, fracturing his fifth metacarpal.
Now Lucroy’s wife, Sarah, is on the receiving end of fan frustration for her role in the freak accident.
“It’s tough for me, because this is already a freak thing as it is,” Lucroy told Milwaukee radio station WSSP-AM 1250 on Wednesday, as reported by ESPN. “My wife has been getting hate mail on her Facebook, like, messages and stuff. It’s really sad that these kinds of things happen from a freak thing. I mean, she didn’t do it on purpose. It was an accident. Stranger things have happened.”
They have indeed.
In 1990, former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Glenallen Hill — an admitted arachnophobe, cut his toes and elbows while trying to escape spiders... in a nightmare.
In 2004, Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa missed time with back spasms triggered by two violent sneezes.
The list goes on and on.
But for a team currently ranked 13th in the National League in batting average (.242), Lucroy’s .345 average was as valuable as his play behind the plate.
When he returns to the lineup, the Brewers would be wise to supply him with a few extra pairs of socks.