Cardinals grounds crew member Lucas Hackmann

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The Cardinals Officially Have The Unluckiest Groundskeeper In Baseball

July 02, 2018 - 9:42 am

When Lucas Hackmann took a job with the grounds crew at Busch Stadium he probably didn't realize the occupational hazards that came with it. 

Before Sunday's St. Louis Cardinals game, Hackmann was struck in the head by the ceremonial first pitch. 

He and a co-worker were finshing up painting a sign in the dirt behind home plate, when an airmailed pitch went over the head of John Brebbia who was catching and nailed Hackmann in the noggin. But a bump on his head isn't even the worst injury Hackmann has suffered in his grounds crew career. 

He was the famous grounds crew member who scooped up the Rally Cat during the 2017 Cardinals season. It was a game against the Kansas City Royals on August 9, when St. Louis was down 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth, with two out, the bases loaded and catcher Yadier Molina at the plate. After the first pitch of the at bat, a kitten ran onto the field and Hackmann was the unfortunate grounds crew member who had to go get it. 

A few scratches and a big bite later, Hackmann became an internet star. Unfortunately his pain didn't lead to a Cardinals win, St. Louis was swept by the Atlanta Braves this weekend. 

Looks like his misfortune is becoming a Cardinals tradition.