Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mt. Milton Erupts Again

From "Bradley starts drama before Soto's 3-run shot puts Cubs back on track" (AP/

[Milton] Bradley attacked the cooler in the dugout after he flied out in the top of the sixth, leading to an angry exchange in the tunnel with [Lou] Piniella, who told him to get dressed and go home. Ryan Freel replaced him in right field in the bottom half.

"This has been a common occurrence and I've looked the other way a lot and I'm tired," said Piniella, who was planning to start Bradley on Saturday. "I'm not into discipline, I'm really not. I'm going to put his name in the lineup tomorrow and that's it."

And from

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said he would talk to the outfielder, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the team this offseason.

"It's something I promise won't be happening again," Hendry said of Bradley's tantrum.

Yeah, good luck with that. Bradley's behavior is hardly excusable, but on a club with so many...what's the euphemism...volatile personalities — Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Piniella himself — why does this particular incident merit special attention? Attacking coolers is practically a Cubs tradition; if Piniella is weary of it two weeks before the All-Star break, it's going to be a looooong season.

UPDATE: Piniella apologizes to Bradley after confrontation (AP/

Earlier at SoSG: Oh, Milton


Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Ethier hits three jacks, and Milton attacks a Gatorade cooler. Still think that trade was worth it, Oakland?

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Some people just have that kind of personality.