Steve Luebber, Wilmington Blue Rocks
I always get a kick out of seeing Steve Luebber, who has been the pitching coach for Wilmington Blue Rocks the past two seasons.
This season I got to see him three times when Fast A Carolina League Wilmington played at Frederick and Potomac.
The former Twins RHP was the first to teach me how to squat right behind a catcher in the bullpen and have a pitcher of my choice throw the ball at me and the catcher to capture the great shot of the ball floating right in front of my eyes and camera lens..
At first, I wasn’t too keen on the approach, but after I stepped behind catcher Doug Robbins at Hagertown that hot July day in 1991 to face the pitches of the fire baller, Arthur Rhodes, and later saw the shots, I thought it was a great technique and tried it many more times afterward through the years.
Now every time I see Steve, he is still laughing about that day back in Hagerstown when he showed me how to get the “great shot.”