The Giants started five players under the age of 30 in yesterday's ballgame in Denver. Fred Lewis (26), Kevin Frandsen (24), Dan Ortmeier (26), Eliezar Alfonzo (28) and Matt Cain (22) occupied five of the nine spots in the starting lineup. While I have no factual evidence to back up this claim, rumor has it that Brian Sabean went golfing, figuring that a team of such youngsters was sure to crap the bed.
Instead, the Giants shocked just about everybody with an offensive explosion the likes of which we have never seen (thank you, Bill Walton) Lewis' performance was not only spectacular statistically (5-6, cycle, 4 RBI, 3 runs), but impressive because he went to the opposite field for his double, triple AND homer. Bear in mind that Pedro Feliz hasn't hit a ball to the opposite field since 2003 and Todd Linden hasn't accomplished the feat in his life.
Frandsen had a huge day as well, going 4 for 5 with a walk. With Lewis hitting leadoff and Frandsen hitting eighth, the lineup received great energy from the top and the bottom. Not to be left out, Alfonzo and Ortmeier contributed too.
Frandsen and Lewis congratulating one another on being young pimps (at least for a day)
The four sub-Geritol players combined on Sunday for the following numbers -- 14 for 23, 8 runs, 9 RBI, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homer. Let me say that again: The four young players (or as Sabean likes to call them, "Crazy punk kids on their skateboards that cause nothing but trouble") combined to collect 14 hits. I know it's only a game, but that's pretty impressive.Oh yeah, the best young player of the bunch, Matt Cain, pitched pretty well too.
That being said, the day truly belonged to another rookie. Yup, my son got to experience his first ballgame in person. He was so excited about the young lineup that he crapped his pants, literally, in the top of the first inning. Crapped his pants again from excitement after Lewis' homer in the fourth. Passed out from sensory overload in the fifth. Woke up to congratulate Lewis with a standing ovation in the seventh. And finally pissed himself after Lewis got his fifth and final hit. In short, it was a day that I'm sure he will never remember, but one that I'll never forget.