Re: The importance of a lead-off hitter
Well, clearly there is a special wing at Valhalla or Mt. Olympus or wherever your god(s) of choice reside... and in that little room, the fates of Spinal Tap drummers and Cincinnati Reds shortstops are decided.
This entire thread may have just been rendered pointless: they're saying "strained hamstring" for Hairston. But that's the same thing they said about Freel, who's going to end up being on the shelf for 8 full weeks once all is said and done.
If Hairston's in the same boat, that's essentially the season for him. If so, it may also be his Reds career. I vote that we err on the side of caution, and make sure to honor his tenure here by making the run he created (but which was technically scored by Jay Bruce) stand up against the hated Brewers today.