Milwaukee Brewers fans aren't ready to see Jonathan Lucroy go.
That much was clear Sunday afternoon at Miller Park, as the more than 30,000 in attendance gave the All-Star catcher a raucous standing ovation when he came to the plate to pinch-hit in the 8th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
-@JLucroy20 gets standing ovation in what will likely be his final @Brewers at-bat. #Brewers #MILvsPIT @620wtmj pic.twitter.com/VGhofkoPCF
— Matt Pauley (@MattPauleyRadio) July 31, 2016
Saturday night, it was reported that the Brewers had come to an agreement to send Lucroy to the Cleveland Indians. Sunday morning, Lucroy exercised the no-trade clause in his contract and vetoed that agreement. Though he wasn't in the starting lineup, that meant he was available to hit in the series finale against Pittsburgh Sunday.
Fans came to their feet and applauded as hearty chants of "Luuuuuuc" echoed through the stadium. Though the longtime fan favorite eventually flied out to end the inning, you wouldn't know it based on the reaction - another ovation.
Lucroy took a moment to acknowledge the fans before his at-bat began - tipping his tap to the adoring crowd. The Brewers catcher could still be traded before the 3:00 p.m. deadline Monday.