MESA, Ariz. -- Accustomed to being on stage, renowned pop music star Huey Lewis passed on an opportunity to coach first base for the San Francisco Giants in their Cactus League game Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.Lewis, dressed in a full Giants uniform, slipped out of Sloan Park in the
MESA, Ariz. -- Accustomed to being on stage, renowned pop music star Huey Lewis passed on an opportunity to coach first base for the San Francisco Giants in their Cactus League game Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.
Lewis, dressed in a full Giants uniform, slipped out of Sloan Park in the eighth inning of San Francisco's 5-2 victory. Word had spread that Lewis was going to take a turn in the coaching box. Instead, after bringing San Francisco's lineup card to the umpires, Lewis watched the game alternately from the Giants' dugout and while sitting alongside manager Bruce Bochy in a folding chair against the backstop adjacent to the dugout.
Did Huey Lewis' album 'Sports' tell us anything about how he managed the Giants?
Said Bochy, "We let him relax."
It had been an active day for Lewis. A longtime Giants fan, he adjusted to his surroundings by donning Cubs colors before the game. Lewis was a guest of former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe during the team's morning workout, and wore a complete Cubs uniform when he took batting practice with the team. The Cubs even played hit songs from Huey Lewis and the News over the public-address system during warmups, beginning with "I Want a New Drug" and followed by "The Heart of Rock and Roll," "The Power of Love," and "Working for a Livin'."
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he respectfully called Lewis "Mr. News."
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