Jerry Hairston, who ranks third among NL leadoff men with a .394 on-base percentage, was out of the starting lineup despite going 4-for-7 with two walks in his previous two games leading off. Hairston came in to play second base when Derrek Lee went down with left shoulder irritation, forcing Todd Walker to move to first.
Hairston occasionally has missed signs, a sore point with the Cubs coaching staff. He conceded the season has been a "disappointing" experience for him.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed, because I want to play," Hairston said. "... I really thought I would fit here. But it hasn't worked out, I guess."
Overhearing the interview at an adjoining locker, Aramis Ramirez offered his third base job to Hairston. Hairston laughed, although he did say he was willing to play left field if Baker was interested.
Baker is not interested, saying it was the most difficult outfield position to learn. Hairston said he played it last year in Baltimore and had no problem.
"Just because something is tough doesn't mean you run away from it," he said.
sounds full of frustration to me, and he'd be right to be. this team has an solution, albeit an imperfect one, to their leadoff problem in hairston. but our ignoramous so-called manager, The Great and Powerful Dusty, for reasons that are inconceivable to me, isn't going to exercize it -- instead continuing with the imploding, useless neifi perez in the leadoff spot.
and that's followed by an even more incredible joke.
The Cubs aren't shopping Patterson, nor is any team inquiring about his availability. The Cubs continue to believe Patterson will snap out of his long-running funk.
"Nobody ever expected him to be hitting in the .230s, he'd be the first to tell you that," general manager Jim Hendry said. "But he still has a lot of upside, and I'm sure he's perfectly willing to do whatever it takes to get out of it."
you have got to be f*cking with me. i sincerely hope this little soliloquy of hendry's simply means the cubs can't find anyone dumb enough to be a buyer. if the klown isn't in iowa or tendered his outright release by the end of july, this team is officially a broken, unaccountable, bleeding, hideous failure beyond redemption at every level, from macFail on down. if this lot scrapes themselves together to make .500 at year's end, it will be in spite of the best destructive efforts of nearly everyone involved in the management of the entire sordid affair.