As he has done so often this year, center fielder Willy Taveras broke poorly on the ball, running laterally to his left before realizing the ball was over his head. It fell for a double.
Taveras doesn™t get on base. When he does he doesn™t steal when it is needed. He was brought in to be a leadoff hitter and couldn™t do it and is now batting second. And he is below average in the field. What can Taveras do? He has a nice stereo set in the clubhouse that plays loud, headache-inducing salsa music.
And holy cahooties. Taveras just hit a ground ball to the mound and trotted toward first base. Didn™t run. Jogged. Stopped before he got to the bag. Manager Dusty Baker immediately yanked him from the lineup, replacing him with Laynce Nix.
The Reds later announced that Taveras has a strained right quadriceps muscle. I don™t question the injury, but it was awfully convenient.
As far as I™m concerned, and many other fans are concerned, Taveras can rot on the bench the rest of the season. I™ve seen nothing to merit the millions the Reds have flushed down the toilet when they brought this guy in.