Nightmare at Dodger Stadium
Every fear I had going into Friday night’s Dodger game against the Washington Nationals came true.
As I was making the trek down the parking lot, Dodger PA announcer Eric Smith was announcing the starting line ups. And that vomit stain in Lot 3 was my reaction to the words, “Batting leadoff for the Dodgers, Juan Pierre!”
It’s tiring hearing people’s justification of Juan Pierre as a leadoff hitter. Let me reiterate: the job of the leadoff hitter is to get on base.
Juan Pierre has an on-base percentage of .326. Matt Kemp has an on-base percentage of .345.
While that doesn’t seem like a huge improvement, it has to be noted the Kemp is only 24. And with the way he’s been hitting as of late, those numbers should only go up.
With Pierre, what you see is what you get. When he’s on base, he will terrify the opposition with his speed. But more often than not, he will weakly slap at a ball directly to a fielder or pop it up. He’s not known as Slappy McPopup without reason.
So I get in the stadium armed with my Brad Penny bobblehead which, to my astonishment, has a right arm intact. Aside: not once during the game was Brad Penny mentioned. I’m getting over the whole Juan Pierre thing because the Dodgers have bigger issues to deal with.