"You understand how things work halfway through your career," said Patterson, now 30. "It's good to come in here and start and contribute to some wins. It's going good so far, playing defense and hitting a home run. I'm just trying to prepare myself."
Patterson, the third overall pick of the Cubs in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, hasn't lived up to expectations with a .252 career batting average with five teams. But the only thing that matters now is impressing manager Dave Trembley and his teammates with his work ethic and approach to the game.
"He came up with a big hit," Trembley said of Patterson's home run. "Corey's doing some things that maybe in retrospect, he could have been doing earlier in his career. He's become a lot more, in a short period of time, he's become more patient. He's bunting for hits. At least he's showing it. And then he's still got enough sock where he can hit one. Goodness, he's been a real nice addition for us."