Re: Reds Sign Corey Patterson, Jerry Hairston
One of my biggest problems with Dusty Baker is his arrogant insistence on Patterson at the top of the order, especially with Patterson himself stating on a number of occasions how uncomfortable he was in a leadoff role.
I spent the 2005 season as a Cub fan fantasizing about replacing Corey Patterson with Ryan Freel. I had to settle for the "poor man's Freel"(!) -- Jerry Hairston Jr.
And it actually was an improvement. That's how bad Patterson is. And he will make the team, and bat leadoff, probably platooning with Hopper. That's how bad Dusty Baker is. Those who are saying wait and see? No, you wait and see. I've already seen.
FIRE DUSTY Never mind. The man is clearly a genius.