The Reds lost their first game under new manager Dusty Baker, 4-2 to the Diamondbacks. Arizona used a strong pitching performance by ace Brandon Webb and three solo home runs to their advantage, but they also had a sekrit weapon: Corey Patterson leading off for the other team.
Former Oriole Corey Patterson went 0-for-4 and left three Reds on base in his debut as the Cincinnati center fielder. He's got a career .297 on-base percentage; this simply will not do as your leadoff hitter, Dusty!
On the other hand, perhaps I should be enjoying the schadenfreude that Dusty Baker brings to the Reds lineup. After all, I hate the Reds and I hate Dusty Baker. Did you know that in almost seven full seasons, Patterson has drawn only 150 bases-on-balls? Did you know that Barry Bonds drew 151 bases-on-balls in a single season? And that was 1996, before his alleged steroid use began.
Yes, I think I will enjoy following Patterson's suckitude as the leadoff hitter. Perhaps I will continue to update you on his pathetic showing on a semi-irregular basis until either (a) it gets boring or (b) he starts doing well. Full disclosure: Corey is an above-average defensive center fielder and he is one of the best base-stealers in the NL Central. Also full disclosure: I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to evaluating player talent and only listen to what others tell me.