How about Edgar F***king Renteria.
The Phils battled back from a two nothing defecit to take a late lead in todays opener. Brett Myers was looking good, he struck out eight and had only given up a couple hits when he took the mound in the eighth with a 3-2 lead... that is until Edgar Renteria stepped to the plate with two outs and ripped a solo shot to knot the game at three. Myers made a mistake, he left a fastball out over the plate on an 0-2 count, and Edgar made him pay.
In the tenth inning with Ryan Madson on the hill, Renteria again stepped to the plate. There was a man on and Renteria flubbed a sacrifice, not once but twice before smashing a two run homer that would ultimately give the Braves the win.
This isn't the first time that Renteria has beaten the Phillies with his bat, and it's also not the first time he pounded one into the seats after he was unable to get down a sacrifice bunt. Hey Charlie, when you play on Wednesday if the game is on the line and Edgar is at the plate, do me a favor and walk him.
I can't blame the loss entirley on Renteria, the Phils bats missed a golden opportunity to put this game out of reach in the seventh when Brett Myers was walked on four pitches, then Jimmy Rollins followed that with a double putting runners on second and third with no outs. The big bats came to the plate and disappointed the sell-out crowd: Victorino struck out, Howard struck out and Utley was retired on a weak ground ball to short.
It's alright it's just the first game, as long as the boys learn from their mistakes and don't make a habit of leaving too many in scoring position and leaving fastballs out over the plate then everything will be fine, for now I'll just chalk up my first disappointment of the season to a little bit of missed opportunity and a lot of Edgar f***king Renteria.