Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports wrote a great article about Donald Lutz. An excerpt:
The former hockey player from Friedberg, Germany, sits in the visiting dugout at Wrigley Field and looks out onto one of the most famous lawns in America.
Donald Lutz, his chin burrowed in a grey Cincinnati Reds hoodie to ward off the damp cold one recent afternoon, is asked what it means that he’s here, steps away from where Babe Ruth called his shot.
“I think,” Lutz says, “I still haven’t realized where I’m at right now.”
It’s starting to settle in: Lutz, a 24-year-old outfielder who debuted with the Reds last week, is believed to be the first German-developed player in Major League Baseball history.
For proof that he’s made it as a sports hero in Germany, look no further than his ongoing Twitter conversation with Dirk Nowitzki. After Lutz singled off Chicago Cubs reliever Shawn Camp for his first hit Sunday afternoon, the NBA star tweeted, “first hit in the big leagues? Stark mein junge. Congrats”
Translation: Strong, my boy.