McLouth’s 24 a tribute to Bauer power

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – When Derek Lowe called the Braves offices recently to see about switching to No. 24, he was told it was too late. Nate McLouth had already taken it.

And would you care to guess why McLouth decided to go to No. 24 after agreeing to give up No. 13 to new closer Billy Wagner?

Hint: Jack Bauer.

“I took it because 24 is my favorite show,” McLouth said. “And Lost isn’t a number.”

He added that he hoped to “parlay it into an appearance on 24.”

Wagner wanted to keep No. 13, which he’s worn since his grandfather, a former mine worker, gave the left-hander his miner’s ID tag with that number on it.

Jordan Schafer, who wore No. 24 last season, switched to 2 after McLouth took 24.

Lowe laughed and said it’s the latest in a series of No. 24 denials he’s faced since wearing the number when he was young.

He couldn’t wear No. 24 as a Seattle rookie in 1997 because it belonged to Ken Griffey Jr. Couldn’t wear it with Boston because it belonged to Mike Stanley, then Manny Ramirez. Couldn’t wear it with the Dodgers since it was Walter Alston’s retired number.

18 comments Add your comment

L-Town Scrub

February 21st, 2010
5:57 pm

I wont do it…

AZ Braves Fan

February 21st, 2010
5:58 pm

DOB, Thanks for all the updates; keep ‘em coming….

zerogeek

February 21st, 2010
7:26 pm

but then, he could have opted for one of the lost numbers – 4 8 15 16 23 42

Goldenglove002

February 21st, 2010
8:31 pm

Mclouth is awesome. Is there a reason that Lowe wants 24?

Ghost of Moose Granger

February 21st, 2010
11:06 pm

How is the Turner Field organist going to make fun of that?

Ghost of Moose Granger

February 21st, 2010
11:08 pm

Y’know, zerogeek…”That’s why the Sox will never win the Series”

scottbravesfan

February 22nd, 2010
12:41 am

I want to know what number Heyward is going to get. He’s worn 34 and 24 in the minors. I was kind of hoping he would get 24 to wear.

ian roberts

February 22nd, 2010
2:44 am

I would love to see Heyward wear number 23. As a kid I loved Dave Justice and that 23 just looks so classic to me now. I always notice when someone is 23 because it just looks so classic. Diaz wears 23 now, and Tim Spooneybarger used to wear it. Spooneybarger looked awesome in those tall socks. Also, 23 is one of the LOST numbers.

Speaking of LOST, a few years back I watched a game where JoJo REYES pitched against Eric HURLEY or the Texas Rangers. Unfortunately neither had a number significant to the LOST universe, but they did both wear the same number, 18 I believe.

Also, 24 sucks.

DMBJAMS

February 22nd, 2010
6:30 am

I miss The Shield.

Deion Sanders

February 22nd, 2010
7:15 am

Yo peeps ! #24 was my number ! All Atlanta Braves know that !

Rod

February 22nd, 2010
7:41 am

@Goldenglove002 – did you even read the article? Your answer is in there!

RuPaul

February 22nd, 2010
7:41 am

I wanna meet the guy that wants to wear #69

Bird Man

February 22nd, 2010
8:10 am

Thanks for the great reporting. Keep it up.

Macon Braves (RIP)

February 22nd, 2010
8:29 am

Not it either…. :roll:

DirtyDawg

February 22nd, 2010
12:07 pm

If I had known McClouth was a wingnut, I wouldn’t have been pushing him for leadoff. Then again, I suspect there are plenty WNs in baseball…at least among owners and coaches.

All American Dude

February 22nd, 2010
7:50 pm

Would rather watch 24 seven days a week than some of this other bs on tv………

Chopper

February 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

So why didn’t Lowe ask for 24 when he signed with the Braves last year. Nobody was wearing it when he signed. 24 had been Mark Texiera until he was traded the summer before. And Schafer ended up with it, so apparently no other veterans were asking for it. Could have been his already.

24 was my number when I played baseball. Cause 24 is all day long baby.

TBW

February 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

McClouth couldn’t take 42. And the fact that he watches 24 doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a wingnut

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