#77: Darren “and Stimpy” Lewis

If I were ever granted an interview with Darren Lewis, and I was only allowed one question, my question would be, “What was the whole thing with the lips?” While at bat, Darren Lewis looked like someone had just smeared peanut butter all over his gums. Maybe it was a ploy to distract us from the fact that he wasn’t going to make any attempt to actually hit the ball.


Seriously, does that smell like feta cheese to you?

Darren Lewis was a bad player on an atrocious 2002 Cubs team. If you can stomach it, click here and just take a slack-jawed gander at that roster. Wow. Not a lot to like there.

Lewis was a year ahead of his time. If anyone was a “Dusty Baker guy,” it was Lewis, with his lack of baseball talent, his reputation as a “speedy” guy, and his ability to play in day games. Unfortunately for Lewis, he joined the Cubs a year before Baker did. Unfortunately for Cubs fans, Lewis joined the Cubs at all.

Low Point: The last at-bat of a Major League player’s career has always fascinated me. Everyone hopes to go out on a walk-off, World Series-winning home run. What would be the exact opposite of that fairy tale ending? That would be the Darren Lewis ending. In his last at-bat in the Major Leagues, Lewis popped out on a bunt attempt. Lewis was traded the next day to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Chad Hermansen. Instead of going to the Pirates, Lewis retired. Yes, Pirates, playing for your team is a fate worse than baseball death. Not with a bang, but a whimper, eh, Darren?

Did You Know? Dusty Baker is such a fan of Lewis, that he named his son after him. His son Darren. But then, Dusty Baker is an idiot.


2 Responses to “#77: Darren “and Stimpy” Lewis”

  1. 1 JD, Too March 8, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Some dude told me that Darren Lewis was good because he made a lot of money and married a white woman.

  2. 2 Robert Vargas August 5, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Ripping on Darren Lewis the way you did was in bad taste and an unclassy move. True, Darren Lewis was not a premier name in the game of baseball however, Darren Lewis did set the major league record for most innings played without an error. Darren Lewis may never get into the hall-of-fame but his glove is. You may not like Darren Lewis for whatever reason but everyone I know that has ever met Darren Lewis, including Willie Mcgee, and several baseball players from Little League through highschool, college, the farm systems and the Majors and even myself find him to be a class act of a man and a fine baseball player. Your blog ripping on Darren Lewis shows you do not know the man nor have you any concept of how to play baseball. You seem to be a disgruntled fan with somekind of psychological disorder. Your complaint of Darren Lewis was childish and diotic to say the least. The truth is, Darren Lewis is 100 times the ball player you are and just because he didnt stand up to the likes of some of the games greatest is no reason to speak negatively of him. Darren Lewis played Major League Baseball for several teams, Where did you play? Your blog on Darren Lewis leads me to think you didnt even graduate highschool let alone play highschool baseball.

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