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.