Cesar is sneaking in under the radar, as all the fuss in Reading right now is over Alex Rodriguez.
Do we love him? Hate him? Just want to be near him? Who knows, it’s all very confusing, as the guy is widely considered the most despised current player in the game (You’re off the hook, A.J. Pierzynski… for now) yet still is a reason that a crowd is drawn.
It’s really weird, but hey, just take my ticket, all right? I don’t buy you to stand next to the FirstEnergy Stadium turnstiles and judge me for “causing a disturbance” or whatever.
Go ahead, call security. They’re all too busy keeping people from smothering A-Rod to death, I assume.
Anyway, Cesar started in center last night, just like the plan dictated. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. No big thing there. But he did commit a FIELDING ERROR, which Michael Young will tell you is grounds for termination, especially if you’re playing a position you haven’t played in years or ever.
That there was merely a single error committed is uplifting, as changing a guy’s position like this will most likely lead to a few more. He’d handled himself nicely until the fifth inning, when his bumble allowed Trenton’s Andrew Clark to reach second base. The next guy grounded out to short, ending the inning, and making Cesar’s first mistake in center a forgotten blunder, buried by the box scores of time.
He’s got nine more games to live it up in center.