It happened! The bullpen cart was finally used in a regular season game
Well, it finally happened. The bullpen cart made its presence known for the first time in the regular season compliments of Astros pitcher Collin McHugh.
In the bottom of the sixth during Saturday night's Astros-D-backs game, McHugh replaced Charlie Morton on the mound and we witnessed greatness:
According to MLB.com's Jack Magruder, McHugh knew the ballpark cart was there to use and wanted to try it out.
"That's what it's there for," McHugh told MLB.com. "Technically Brent Strom was the first one to use it coming back from warmups and back to the dugout. I just followed our fearless leader's lead. They provide it for us, so I figured I would give it a shot."
We were reminded of the bullpen cart back in February, when we took a trip down memory lane to sponge up all the history of these carts that took over the 1970s and beyond. Not too long after our excitement rose, the D-backs announced they were bringing them back to Chase Field. And we waited ...
Thank you McHugh for bringing the piece of baseball lore back to us.