Re: If Corey Patterson is the OD starting centerfielder-It will be a crying shame!
Not really sure which games gedre69 saw, but I was down in Sarasota for over a week and saw Patterson play around a half a dozen games in center. He was a little shaky in the first one, but that was his first game in months. I can assure you that he never was "dogging it". I saw him make many plays and get to many balls that no other Reds outfielder could get to. On the days that Freel or Hopper were in center, you could tell the difference. With Dunn in left, Patterson's range will be a real benefit.
I also saw Patterson really show a new approach to hitting for him. He was bunting the ball, hitting it the other way, and taking a lot of pitches. One game I was sitting next to two Cubs fans who couldn't stop talking about how they wished Patterson had the approach he was showing now, back when he was with the Cubs.
I was not too happy to hear the Reds sign him, but after seeing him play, I think he could surprise a lot of fans.