With A Name Like Milton Bradley, Don’t You EXPECT Something Childish?!
Earlier today (Friday), the Twins got a great start from starting pitcher Kevin Slowey, the bullpen did its level best to blow the lead, and the bats got just enough clutch hitting to push enough runners across the plate.
However, were Milton Bradley not playing right field at Wrigley, the game may have gone completely different for a number of different reasons…all related to Bradley. Through seven innings, Bradley had made a baserunning blunder, lost a ball in the sun, and was unable to catch a bloop double that went for an RBI for Michael Cuddyer.
In the eighth inning, though, Milton pulled a stunt that will be remembered by the 41,000 paid attendance at the game for a long time. With Joe Mauer up and runners at the corners, Jo-Mo hit a deep fly ball to right field…right into the sun. Bradley finally located the ball and, once it was nestled safely in his glove, proceeded to strike a dandy pose. Never once looking in towards the infield, Bradley remained in that statue-like position for a few moments before casually flipping the ball over the fence. Unbeknownst to him, of course, was that he had only caught the SECOND out of the inning, and thus Brendan Harris continued circling the bases to third. He didn’t end up scoring in the inning, but the Cubs fans really got on Bradley (booing) as he trotted off the field.
So thanks Milt, for providing some entertainment in the afternoon. Hope to see you again (roughly same time, hopefully same place!) tomorrow!
Preview (31-32, 2nd, 4.0 GB DET): Anthony Swarzak (1-2, 5.23) vs. Rich Harden (4-2, 4.74). Harden is making his first start since early May in coming off the DL, while Swarzak is basically pitching for his major league roster spot (what with Glen Perkins due back next week).