SAN DIEGO, CA – Luke Carlin could not have asked for a better Major League debut. The Ottawa, ON native, who was recently called up from Triple-A Portland made his Major League debut on May 10th with the San Diego Padres against the Colorado Rockies.
But not only did Carlin get to start in his first Major League game, but he was in charge of catching the 350th career win of future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.
However, Carlin says he wasn’t nervous catching the legendary pitcher, but he admitted that he was impressed with Maddux’s outing and that he was proud to be a part of a small moment in history.
“There's nothing else like it. It's like all my dreams came true at once,” says Carlin in an interview with MLB.com. "It's a privilege, an honor.”
Although the rookie catcher would go 0-for-3 in his debut, Carlin was able to fulfill a life-long dream and be part of something special.
“How can anyone envision this?”
Carlin got the news of his promotion on May 9th while in Omaha with the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. Serving mostly as a backup in Triple-A, the 27-year-old says the news took him by surprise.
“It was one of the last things on my mind," remembers Carlin. "Obviously, I've always wanted to get here. But I didn't even think I was in the mix. I wanted to play well and go about my business the right way. I was shocked.”
Carlin was having a phenomenal start to the season. Beyond his usual solid defence, he was hitting .387 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 11 games before the call up.