Willie Mays makes Giants’ players feel at home during spring training:
When Willie Mays sits down at his customary card table in the Giants’ spring clubhouse, he immediately lets out a high-pitched yell and demands to know [Fred] Lewis’ whereabouts. The “Say Hey Kid” has found himself a surrogate godson. They go back and forth on every subject from hitting left-handers to money management to butchering hogs. And Saturday, Lewis received the dinner invitation of his life . . .
. . . Mays invited Lewis, Emmanuel Burriss and Travis Ishikawa for a feast: chicken, steak, red beans and rice, greens and cornbread.
“And pies, oh man, the pies,” Lewis said. “Every kind you can think of. Ice cream too. I said, ‘Willie, I’m about to go to sleep up on your couch.’ “
I can’t think of many things I’d rather do than go have dinner at Willie Mays’ house. In other news Fred Lewis is delusional:
Not only did the foot injury prematurely end Lewis’ first full season, but it also robbed him of a milestone: He finished with 11 triples, one short of the San Francisco-era record shared by Mays and Steve Finley. Lewis plans to break that record and keep on running. He wants to match Mays’ career high of 20 triples, set in 1957, the club’s last season at New York’s Polo Grounds.
Who’s going to show Lewis a picture of the Polo Grounds’ outfield?