Thursday, September 11, 2008


Freddy-Loo, We'll Miss Yooooou!

Freddy Lewis, one of the 2008 Giants' saving graces, is done for the rest of the season, as he's having surgery to remove a bunion from his foot that has been bothering him for a while. Lewis had a terrific first full season in the major leagues and was just a fun guy to watch. It's also great to see him find some success in the big leagues after recovering from a horrible tragedy that almost derailed his pro sports dreams forever.

Lewis' 2008 line finishes up at .282/.351/.440, with nine homers, 11 triples, and 21 stolen bases. In a lineup full of hackers who would seemingly rather wear a bonnet of bumblebees than take a walk, his patient approach at the plate was a breath of fresh air. Even though the Giants did everything they could to keep him from getting everyday playing time the past few years, Lewis did what he has always done in his career when he finally got that chance...hit.

Lewis should enter 2009 as the Giants' regular left fielder once again, provided the Giants don't continue their tradition of playing crappy, expensive players like Dave Roberts in front of him. He's not likely to improve much beyond this season's numbers (he'll be 28 already next year), but he's a nice cog to have in a lineup that just maybe, maybe, is showing signs that it could start producing runs somewhere in the not-too-far-off future.

So here's to Freddy-Lew and let's hope for a speedy recovery. Can't wait to see you out there next season, buddy!


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