Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Now Batting, Number 14, Fred Lewis

Frederick Deshaun Lewis. Born December 9, 1980, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The same birth place as former Giants, Charlie Hayes and Dustan Mohr.

Although he came up from the minor leagues last year, he shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the major leagues or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on an active major league roster, excluding the military service.

Last year he played in 13-games. In those 13 games he had: 11-AB 5-R 5-H, for a .455 batting average.

Since he has returned to the San Francisco Giants he has hit for the cycle (single,double,triple and homer in one game...doesn't have to be in that order) and belted two (2) grand slams.(He tied a rookie record previously set by Daryl Spencer for the New York Giants in 1953. Which makes him the first San Francisco Giant to hit 2 bases-loaded homers in his rookie year.)

He's fleet-of-foot and has shown a discipline at the plate that makes one think he CAN be a good hitter in this league. But more importantly, he's providing Giants' fans with some hope for the future.

The Giants have had a rough first 81 games this season. So any bright spot is very much appreciated.
The next time you're at AT&T Park and you hear the public address announcer say: Now batting, #14, Fred Lewis, you might want to wait before you get the refreshments and or bite to eat.

kevin marquez