CINCINNATI When Drew Stubbs walks to home plate in Great American Ball Park, he should wear a lightning rod on top of his Cincinnati Reds batting helmet.
Nobody with the Reds draws more negative volts than Stubbs -- a 27-year old center fielder who runs as if his feet are roller boards.
Fans want to see that speed utilized, and if speed kills, they want Stubbs to execute a few opposing teams by wreaking mayhem on the basepaths.
And when he is on the basepaths, he does just that. When he hits ground balls, infielders react as if they've had too much coffee and the caffeine has kicked in, making them jittery.
It happened twice in Chicago when Stubbs hit routine slow rollers to the infield. The infielder, knowing he had a nanosecond to throw out Stubbs, juggled the ball just enough that it was mission impossible to throw out Stubbs.
That's what fans want to see put the ball on the ground and flee toward first base like a greyhound breaking out of the starting box.
What they don...