So you had a bad day….
It has been a rocky start for Cubs rightfielder Milton Bradley. Between a groin and calf injury as well as struggling at the plate, Bradley has certainly not begun his Cubs career the way he envisioned it.
On Friday, his struggles came to a head after he lost a ball in the sun in the seventh, then later in the eighth, after catching a fly ball, he threw it into the bleachers thinking there were three outs instead of two. He immediately knew what he had done, and put his hands on his head in remorse.
Obviously the batter was out, and a run scored on the sacrifice fly, but there was a runner on first who was awarded two bases when the ball went into the stands. However, there was no damage, as the runner was stranded on third at the end of the inning.
“I hadn’t seen that one before,” manager Lou PIniella said. “Do we need to go over math? One, two, three,” Piniella said. “I don’t know what else to say. I’m sure he’s somewhat embarrassed by it. I’ve never seen it before. The only thing we can do is go over how many outs there are. You’ve got to keep your head in the game. Outside of that, look, it didn’t cost us a run but it’s embarrassing to the person it happened to.”
To Bradley’s credit, he nearly made an outstanding diving catch earlier in the game and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
And afterward in the clubhouse, he faced the media and owned up.
“I caught it. I exhaled, and I was still seeing purple and green spots because I was looking into the sun,” Bradley said. “I sensed that something wasn’t right. My heart was in the right place, I tried to give a souvenir. It was messed up.”
And to the credit of Cubs fans, they tried to pick Bradley up. His very next at-bat, fans cheered him on as he worked a 3-2 count before lining out with a hard hit ball to left.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” –Mahatma Gandhi
It was a nice gesture on the part of the fans.