Mariners debut short YouTube documentary featuring Kyle Lewis’ journey
The Mariners have unveiled a half-hour Kyle Lewis documentary profiling his life, from high school to his injury struggles in the minors, to his amazing rookie season. Read our breakdown below and then watch the documentary for yourself.
The Mariners unveiled a short half-hour interview-style documentary profiling the life of their new superstar Kyle Lewis. It starts with his upbringing in Snellville, GA where we meet his family.
He gets called up to the varsity team as a freshman in high school and his coach said that once he was in the lineup he was never taken out. At the end of his freshman year, he went to Lima, OH for summer ball to learn the centerfield position. He won MVP of that summer league.
He also went to Cape Cod where Lewis says he did terribly, but he played against the University of Georgia while at Mercer University and did so well that a scout said he had to be at the Cape Cod league the next summer. He ended up being invited back and did really well.
My favorite part of the documentary is after Lewis gets drafted he goes to Safeco Field and takes BP before a game but he didn’t have any equipment, so Robinson Cano let him borrow his gloves, cleats, and bat. He had never used a wooden bat without tape and was scared because the pin tar was slippery but he still had a good BP and hit one out.
“I jump a lot because I used to know that I couldn’t” -Lewis
Then Lewis talks about his knee injuries. The documentary features the footage of Lewis’ tearing multiple ligaments in his right knee that kept him out of baseball for a year and led to a two-year recovery.
After Lewis talks about his major league debut and the excitement for 2020, he describes what he did after he heard that the season was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He went back to his high school and worked with his trainer, getting stronger while working on his defense.
Now you can watch the documentary on the Mariners YouTube channel for yourself. My personal favorite thing that any Mariner fan is sure to notice is that Lewis has always had the big leg kick and the same swing, all the way back to his high school highlights. Yet, he did not use his leg kick on one of the biggest swings of his life.