CINCINNATI Drew Stubbs and his .220 batting average sat in the dugout during a game for the third game Friday night, but that doesn't mean he is doing nothing but ravaging pumpkin seeds.
His real work is before games, private lessons and sessions with hitting coach Brook Jacoby and manager Dusty Baker.
"As much as you hate to do it, like a parent, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom, then they are open to any kind of suggestions," said Baker.
And Stubbs is so rock-bottom that he has stone burns on his posterior. He is 5 for 40 (.125) with 18 strikeouts. With each strikeouts, his ears are assaulted ever harder by the seat occupants in Great American Ball Park.
Most fans cannot understand why Baker continues to play the 27-year-old center fielder and No. 1 draft pick in 2006 when he strikes out with alarming frequency 141 times in 436 at-bats. Last year he led the league in strikeouts with 205.
What makes the tutorial of Stubbs easier is that Chris Heisey, The ...