Ed Lucas will be the answer to a very difficult sports bar trivia question some day.
The Dartmouth College alum and current Miami Marlin will be remembered as the very final out Roy Halladay every recorded — and he’s damn-proud of it. The 31-year-old Lucas played 94 games this year in Miami and when he popped out in foul territory in the first inning of the Marlins-Philles game on Sept. 23 this past fall, he became Halladay’s final MLB victim. He wasn’t Halladay’s final batter faced, however, as the tall righty walked Christian Yelich after Lucas’ pop-up before being lifted.
Lucas, who spent 10 seasons in the minors after being drafted by the Royals in the eighth round of the 2004 draft, also notes that there were over 8,000 victims before him, as seen in his tweet below.
Halladay officially retired on Monday after 16 years with the Blue Jays and Phillies. As for Halladay’s first MLB out? Randy Winn, who struck out swinging when the Jays beat the Devil Rays 7-5 on Sept. 20, 1998. For those interested in some more sports bar trivia, Winn was the first of 2,117 regular-season Ks for the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
I'm honored to be the very last out Roy Halladay got-- 8,247 went down before me. Congrats to him on such an outstanding career. #doc—
Ed Lucas (@ELuke21) December 09, 2013