Brewers' Lucroy frustrated with fans' skepticism
By: By Chris Jenkins, AP Sports Writer, Superior Telegram
MILWAUKEE — As if breaking his right hand wasn't bad enough, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy now is getting frustrated with fans second-guessing his explanation of how he got hurt — and even bothering his wife with negative comments on social media.
Lucroy broke the fifth metacarpal in his right hand, a freak injury that he said happened Sunday night in his hotel room when he was reaching under the bed for a sock while his wife, Sarah, shifted a suitcase that fell and struck his hand. He had surgery Thursday and is expected to miss approximately six weeks.
The freak nature of the injury has led to skepticism among some fans.
"I can't do anything about it," Lucroy said before Friday night's game against Pittsburgh. "What am I going to do? It's over with and done with and if they question it, that's fine. I guess that's their right. I really don't care. I have a broken hand. I'm the one that's suffering here. I'm the one that's having a hard time, besides the team."
In an interview with Milwaukee radio station WSSP 1250 earlier this week, Lucroy said his wife has been receiving negative comments from fans via Facebook. Lucroy said Friday that that's way out of bounds — or, at least, they should be.
"It doesn't make me very happy," Lucroy said. "If people were in my situation or in my shoes, I think they would be thinking a lot different about the whole situation. I think it's they would view it a lot different. And I think that's the hardest thing. Obviously, it's human nature to question it, I understand that. But you don't take it to the level of bashing someone's wife or entering their personal space. That's just off limits."
Lucroy said he fought the temptation to write back to them, saying he's not going to drop down to their level. He said his wife's feelings were hurt by the comments, but he told her she can't take it too seriously.
"I guess that's people's prerogative," Lucroy said. "If they want to do that, they can do that. That's fine if they feel better about themselves for doing that. Whatever. But me, I'm not worried about it, I'm just trying to heal up and get back on the field and help this team win."
The injury interrupted a stellar season for Lucroy, who is batting .345 with five home runs and 30 RBIs.
Lucroy said he was happy to see the Brewers complete a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, the team's longest winning streak this season.
"The guys, they rebounded and had a good series," Lucroy said. "That's the biggest thing I was worried about. Obviously that shows the character of this team."