Filed:April 18th, 2009
The final game of this weekend's Cubs—Cardinals series has been postponed, and rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 12th. With the Cubs having a regularly scheduled off day Monday, it's two days without baseball on the North Side. Sorry guys. We're just going to have to wait.
Same for Milton Bradley, who for reasons that I can't comprehend, will be appealing his two-game suspension. He calls it a matter of principle. I call it Milton being a nutcase.
Here's how Lou tells it:
"He's going to appeal it, and we're going to support him on that. Outside of that, there's not much more to say. It's kind of harsh -- two days -- and he feels that he wants to get his side heard. We'll go with that."
Now, this would be all well and fine if, one, this was the stretch run, and not April, or two, he wasn't already in the middle of a period when he's physically unavailable anyway. Couple this with the fact that we're reaching the point where the Cubs should be thinking about putting him on the DL, and you have to ask what's wrong with this picture?
The Reds are coming in this week. Take the suspension, rest the groin, and get back on the field by the weekend. It's not that complicated. You did bump the guy, and the consensus at the park was that the "C" word might have been dropped. I'd be thinking less about a meeting with Bob Watson, and more about an apology phone call to Larry Vanover.
And congratulations to Angel Guzman, who waits no more for his first major leage win. This guy has gone from Zambrano Jr. to lucky to make a ball club, inside of five years. So watching the most star-crossed pitcher this side of Rick Ankiel pick up his first is one of those special baseball moments, the kind that keep me watching.