In some ways, I admire the restraint of John Farrell. He held off an entire 20 games before the irresistible lure of Corey Patteron's Speed at The Top of The Order suckered him in.
Needless to say, the mythical hit and run opportunities with Patterson and Yunel Escobar come after Patterson - who reached base three times in the last 5 games, rocking a healthy .245 on base for the young season - steals first.
As dear friends Rob and Kris said lo those many years ago "we have nothing against him, just don't hit him leadoff." The man has skills, none of which are best suited at the top of the lineup.