Dejan says that, contrary to his reputation, Lastings is being a model citizen:
On the field early yesterday afternoon, I saw him run in the Coors Field outfield to ask strength coach Frank Velasquez what he could do extra. I saw him participate with enthusiasm in all team activities on the field, mostly serious but with the occasional laugh and smile. I saw him step into the batter’s box and tap catcher Chris Iannetta’s shin guards before the first at-bat.
Little stuff, but it all adds up.
Oh, and he had a double and a really nice catch in the game, too, after which he and Andrew McCutchen shared a visibly happy moment sprinting off the field.
Despite all the talk about him, I’m still not entirely clear why he got the bad reputation to begin with. Is it because of the dreds? Is it because he was miscast as a centerfielder? Because he broke his hand? I just feel like there’s no there there when it comes to the “Milledge has a ‘tude” thing.