Since this seems to be a reoccuring argument, and capnobvious took Dave and I to task, let’s outline my love for Milton flavored Kool Aid.

April 1999: While playing for Montreal’s Double-A affiliate at Harrisburg, Pa., he was suspended for seven games for spitting gum at an umpire after being ejected. The ejection came for charging the mound after being hit by a pitch.

  • OK, here’s one I can’t defend. Except he was young, and stupid. It happens.
  • April 2002: As a member of the Cleveland Indians, Bradley was removed from a Cleveland restaurant after he refused to leave. According to the EMS report, he was “severely intoxicated.”

  • Yeah, you’re using an off the field issue to support your argument. Anyone of us could be removed from a restaurant for “intoxification.” I’m betting a few have too.
  • April 1, 2004: Indians manager Eric Wedge determined Bradley failed to run out a pop-up that fell for a single during an exhibition game and removed Bradley from the game. Four days later, Bradley was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • OK, so we’ll use this argument, while at the same time A-Ram and Soriano do the same thing. I wonder what would happen if Lou pulled them?
  • June 1, 2004: Bradley dumped a bag of baseballs near third base, delaying the game, soon after being ejected.

  • Hasn’t this happened hundreds of times, with hundreds of other players? What’s the difference?
  • Sept. 28, 2004: Bradley, playing right field at Dodger Stadium, responded to a fan who threw a bottle in his direction by walking over the stands and slam-dunking the bottle back. He was ejected and removed his jersey on his way off the field.

  • By happenchance, I was actually at this game. I can’t defend his over the top antics, but didn’t we just see a manager pull his entire team off the field when the crowd started throwing things?I’m not saying his actions afterwards were acceptable, but when you’ve got things being thrown at you while trying to do your job, I’d get a bit pissed off too.
  • Oct. 6, 2004: Bradley called Los Angeles Times writer Jason Reid, who is a black, an “Uncle Tom” after Game 1 of the Dodgers-St. Louis Cardinals Division Series in St. Louis.

  • Carl Everett says dinosaurs didn’t exist. People say and do dumb things all the time. Browse these posts. You’ll see.
  • December 2004: Bradley served three days in an Ohio jail for what his agent said was the resolution of two traffic-related incidents. In one, Bradley was charged with refusing to sign a speeding ticket and then driving away. In the other, he pleaded guilty to yelling at a police officer.

  • Again, off the field stuff. I don’t get why everyone makes a big deal out of it. Let’s concentrate on his performance on the field.
  • June 28-July 30, 2005: According to municipal records in Redondo Beach, Calif., police were called to Bradley’s home three times to respond to complaints of domestic violence. He wasn’t arrested.

  • No arrests. Which means no probable cause. Which means no evidence such things were occuring. Next please.
  • Aug. 20, 2005: Bradley and Dodgers teammate Jeff Kent got into heated exchange during a game after Kent accused Bradley of not hustling. Bradley said Kent, who had issues with Barry Bonds when both played for the San Francisco Giants, has difficulty dealing with black players.

  • It’s well know Jeff Kent was an hot head himself, who did have issues with black players. What’s the point?
  • Sept. 23, 2007: As a member of the San Diego Padres, Bradley was lost for the last week of the season when he suffered a knee injury following a confrontation with first base umpire Mike Winters that resulted in Bradley being ejected. Bradley was hurt when Padres manager Bud Black wrestled him to the ground during Bradley’s argument with Winters. Major League Baseball later confirmed Winters used profane language during the argument and suspended him for the rest of the regular season and the post-season.

  • So he’s called out, and the ump uses profane language, which is confirmed by the MLB. There happens to be a freak accident that blows his knee out. How does this matter?
  • AND booted from his first Wrigley Field appearance in a Cub uniform AND suspended for THAT temper tantrum.

  • After that call, I’d have done the same. It was terrible. Sometimes, like a Technical Foul in basketball, something needs to be said or done to get the team motivated. I don’t see D-Lee, Soraino, or A-Ram, doing it. It might as well be someone. This team needs a little fire. Unless, you consider beating a water pipe to death after you’re eliminated “fiery.”
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