You down with OBP? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
“The biggest thing I talk to Freddie about is having a certain attitude,” Lansford said. “When you’re the No. 3 hitter, you’re our best hitter. I don’t care who’s on the mound. There’s a way you walk into the box and [maintain a] thought process, the whole way you handle yourself. I want him to start doing that now in Spring Training. He’s done it right away.”
OK, being a good hitter is all about attitude. Check. Let me get my shades, a leather jacket, and some brass knuckles. I’ll be right back.
The Giants expect Lewis to be more of a presence in the batter’s box while spending less time in it. Though the Giants did virtually nothing during the offseason to upgrade their offense, they believe that Lewis can be one of the power sources they sorely need — not a 40-homer slugger, but somebody who can hit at least half that.
Scene: It’s ST in Arizona. Giants starting left fielder, Fred Lewis, is shagging flyballs in the outfield on a sunny, breezy day. The Giants braintrust slowly approaches Fred in LF…
Giants: Fred, we want you to hit more home runs in a single season of pro-ball than you’ve ever done before. This is in no way unrealistic or crazy.
/doffs hat made of monkey hair
Freddie: You do realize my career seasonal high in homeruns is 12, right?
G’s: That’s not important. What you need is ‘tude. Swagger. Grit. Balls. Dingers. It’s all about the ‘tude. Now, where’s your leather jacket…
F: Um, OK. I’ll get a leather jacket, but my skill-set is more of a ‘Can do a little bit of everything’-type than a whatever you’re thinking a #3 hitter should be. I’ll hit some doubles, maybe 10-ish HRs, draw some walks, and play really good defense in LF.
G’s: Wait, did you just say walks?
/G’s squint eyes at FL
F: Yeah, the thing that happens when you don’t swin…
G’s: NO WALKS. NONE, I SAID NO!
F: But, walks are a big part of my game…
G’s: WHAT DID WE JUST SAY. NOW, PUT ON YOUR JACKET AND GO GET YOUR SWAGGER ON.
/puts on jacket
Final quote of absurdity.
“I think he realized that if he’s going to hit third, we need him to hit home runs,” Lansford said.
I like this new trend of player management. Taking a player’s strengths, and having them do the exact opposite? Brilliant! I just hope the Giants are also talking with Bengie Molina right now on stealing more bags.