Lewis finds power source: Griffey
SEATTLE — Fred Lewis politely said that he didn’t want to delve too deeply into his home run surge, which consists of two in two days.
But another Giant helpfully pointed out that Lewis tends to flex his muscles whenever he’s playing in front of his baseball hero, Ken Griffey Jr.
There’s definitely something to this theory.
The first time Lewis played against Griffey, during a 2007 Giants-Reds series in Cincinnati, Lewis hit a grand slam on July 4 at Great American Ball Park.
Last year, Lewis homered on April 26, the middle game of a Giants-Reds three-game series at AT&T Park.
Now this, with Griffey in the Seattle Mariners dugout. Maybe the Giants should leave a life-sized cardboard image of Griffey in Lewis’ locker.
As you might guess, getting to Seattle from Des Moines, Iowa, was quite an adventure for Eli Whiteside.
Summoned to the Giants to provide catching depth, Whiteside learned of the move Saturday night after Triple-A Fresno’s game at Iowa, too late to go anywhere. So he caught a 6:30 a.m. flight from Des Moines, changed planes in Minneapolis and headed for Seattle, where he arrived at 11 a.m. He reached Safeco Field at about 45 minutes later, not knowing he was in the lineup against the Seattle Mariners.
“That was the best thing about all of it,” Whiteside said, not minding at that he was thrust so quickly into a Major League game. “I didn’t have time to think about anything, pretty much. Just get in there and play.”
That’s something Whiteside hadn’t done in the Majors since the end of the 2005 season with Baltimore. Many players would have given up beating their head against the wall, but not Whiteside.
“It’s something I’ve been waiting for for four or five years now, since the last time I was up here,” he said.
— Chris Haft