July 20, 2019 will go into the Major League Baseball record books as a uneventful lazy, hot Saturday schedule of games. Sure, history will note the 50th Anniversary of man landing on the moon and the eve of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame 2019 class of inductions, but Saturday was also a special day for 25-year old Andrew Walker Lockett.
Lockett, who was picked up by the New York Mets last winter from the Cleveland Indians in a trade fro Kevin Plawecki and signed to a minor league deal, was clinging to a hope and a dream. Once a highly touted prospect in the San Diego Padres system, Lockett had quickly tumbled off the organization prospect list after struggling through four appearances (including three starts) last season with San Diego.
He made his major league debut last June and last just three-and-two-thirds innings, allowing four runs in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds. After a few more appearances, a shoulder injury, a recurring blister problem on his pitching finger and several shuttles between San Diego and El Paso, the Padres turned the page, shipping Lockett to the Indians.
On Saturday Lockett recorded his first major league win. The Mets held a private celebration in the clubhouse, stuffing him in a laundry cart and into the shower, where he was covered with beer, shaving cream, mayonnaise, ketchup and baby powder. Doesn’t sound like a celebration, but it is.
“It’s like a rite of passage, almost — it’s real fun,” Alonso said. “Getting your first ‘W’ as a pitcher, that is huge. He threw the ball real well today, so it was awesome, well-deserved.”
Walker Lockett earned his first Major League win today and was…rewarded?… with one of the Mets’ “Special Showers” pic.twitter.com/eVqZVaJmKd
— SNY (@SNYtv) July 20, 2019