MILWAUKEE It was May 21, 2010 a little over two years ago now that Jonathan Lucroy crouched behind the plate at Target Field in Minneapolis, completely and utterly overwhelmed.
The young Brewers catcher wasn't supposed to be in the major leagues already. He had played just 21 games at the Triple-A level, but injuries and departures had blazed the path for his extraordinarily early arrival.
For Lucroy, then just 23, this had all happened a bit too fast. He didn't know how to do scouting reports. He didn't know how to do many of the things expected of a big league catcher.
"When I first got called up to the big leagues, it was really hard the most difficult time I've ever had in my life with this game," Lucroy said. "I don't think I was quite ready for it. I was force-fed, a trial-by-fire thing. but those type of trials, those helped me out. You have to learn from those. It was definitely a life lesson in how to handle failure."
Lucroy had never experienced much failure when...