Luke Carlin is a catcher from near-by Silver Springs, Maryland and boy will he have
a story to tell his grandchildren. The 27 year old from Northeastern University made his major league debut Saturday night in San Diego. Carlin struggled at the plate against the Rockies (0-3, 3 K's) but shined behind the dish as the rookie started the night calling pitches for future hall-of-famer Greg Maddux (350 victories).
Maddux scattered three singles over six innings before turning the ball over to the Padres bullpen.Clay Meredith and Heath Bell covered the seventh and eighth before the all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman (530 saves) came in to close the 3-2 win out for the home team.
Carlin was at a loss for words to describe catching two of the greatest pitchers of all time on his first night in the bigs.
"I don't know what to say.It's kind of like all my dreams came true at once, I guess," Carlin said. "It was a privilege,an honor.I'm pretty much speechless."
Twenty years from now Carlin will have a story to tell and then some!