He was the Cubs' number one pick in the draft back in 2000. He was a shortstop, and was supposed to be the next big thing, except he never panned out. After several seasons at shortstop, never advancing through the system, he was converted to the outfield, but the Cubs finally gave up on him after the 2006 season. Baltimore signed him, and he's been with their Double A team, Bowie, the last two years. This year he's been leading the league in hitting with a .335 average.
Well, tonight, after nine years in the minors, Luis Montanez finally made his major league debut with the Orioles against the Angels here in Anaheim. He was called up because Adam Jones broke his foot. He was a ninth inning defensive replacement in left field and caught one ball. His debut was overshadowed though by a once in a lifetime debut by another career nine year minor leaguer for the Orioles, a left hander named Chris Waters, who threw a one hit shutout against the Angels for eight innings. George Sherrill saved it in the ninth.
But Waters' great job aside, Luis Montanez finally made it to the bigs. Most of us thought it would never happen.