On a night that saw rookie second baseman Gavin Lux go 3-for-4 and be a triple shy of the cycle, the Dodgers ceremoniously clinched their seventh division title in a row. Quite the feat for both the Dodgers and the 21-year-old.
Following the clinch, Lux was featured on MLB Network Radio to discuss the wild ride of his big league journey thus far.
From Triple-A, to the big leagues, to a division-clinching celebration, it's been a good 10 days for Gavin Lux.@Dodgers | #Dodgers | #LABleedsBlue pic.twitter.com/j85iJTemI1
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) September 11, 2019
Lux’s Wild Ride
MLB Network Radio asked Gavin Lux about the wild ride so far that has been his MLB tenure. He responded with this:
“It’s been kind of a complete whirlwind. I still haven’t really wrapped by head around it too much. I think if you would have told me three or four months ago that I would be able to be here for this, I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s been a lot of fun and I have been enjoying it.”
At just 21 years of age, it appears Lux is okay with the spotlight. From being a first-round pick in 2016 to a top prospect this season, the lights tend to follow him. It’s fantastic that he shows the poise of a veteran. Lux has been off to a decent seven-game stretch to start off his career, slashing .250/.333/.458 with 0.2 WAR in just seven games.
While players who have more tenure with the Dodgers have experienced this for quite some time — namely Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, and Justin Turner — this was the first Clinchmas for the 21-year-old Lux. He discussed the amount of fun he had on the journey:
“[Clayton] Kershaw said a pre-game speech and he said it never gets old. A lot of these guys have done this six or seven years in a row now. It’s still the first time for a lot of them there is what it seemed like. It was so much fun. I didn’t even care about my first home run. I was so pumped up to be able to clinch and pop the champagne bottles. It was a lot of fun.”
A night so good, you don’t even care about your first career home run!