This weekend was another one filled with more Cubbie blues. Not only did the Chicago White Sox take the second and third games of the three-game Windy City weekend set, but Milton Bradley proved that he is just as loose a cannon as ever.
Lou Piniella told Milton Bradley to go home after Bradley threw his helmet and went after the cooler. Bradley was mad that he flew out in the sixth inning in the first game against the White Sox. Piniella told him to take off his uniform, and the two had an exchange of words in the tunnel leading to the clubhouse.
There was no sign of Bradley getting taken out of the lineup or having to deal with any consequences. Jim Hendry promised that it would never happen again. Bradley has already been suspended once this year for arguing with umpire Larry Vanover over a called strike.
Piniella has apologized for calling Bradley a “piece of expletive.” Bradley accepted the apology, and is glad that the incident is over with. Piniella told him the team can’t deal with his antics, and one day Bradley will hurt someone or himself.
Bradley is not new to getting in scuffs with mangers, umpires, and players. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in 2007 after manger Bud Black spun him to keep him away from umpire Mike Winters.
Bradley was suspended twice in the 2004 season. He got a four-game suspension for throwing balls onto the field after he got ejected.
He was also suspended five games the same year for slamming water bottles at the feet of a fan after someone in the stands threw it on the field. He also criticized Jeff Kent, saying that Kent was not able to play with black players.
Bradley has been a big flop this year after the Cubs signed him in the offseason for $30 million dollars. Bradley has had one decent year in his career, and his trouble with umpires, mangers, and players always gets in the way of his playing.
He has only been a nuisance to teams. It shows when you see that he has been with seven different teams in nine years. Teams have shown that they will not deal with him.
So why did the Cubs sign him? Who knows, but let me say it was a bad choice. Bradley is hitting .236 with 5 home runs and 16 RBIs. His lack of defense has also shown.
He sometimes can’t remember how many outs there are, as shown when he threw the ball into the crowd after he caught a fly ball. He thought that catch ended the inning, but it was only the second out.
The Cubs don’t need stuff like this happening when they are already two games under .500, and 3.5 games out of first place. The Cubs need to get back on track if they want any chance to make it to the playoffs.