In light of yesterday's post about Milton Bradley going crazy and getting his ACL destroyed, it's only fair to point out that there was a series of incidents leading up to Bradley's ejection/injury that he wasn't at fault for. MJD has a more thorough breakdown in today's Debriefing, but the short of it is that first-base umpire Mike Winters said some not-very-nice things to Bradley. First-base coach Bobby Meacham:
"In 26 years of baseball, I couldn't believe my ears the way that he spoke to Milton. [It] was so disrespectful, so angry, so vindictive. The boiling point is when he called Milton a name. Milton did not saying anything to him to get him to do that."
Winters probably didn't need to trump everything Meacham's heard in the last 26 years to make Bradley go crazy. Milton Bradley — how do I put this? — he's not exactly Jackie Robinson. Bradley makes Joey Porter look stable and composed. Sucks for the Padres to lose one of the only guys on the team that can hit, though. But hey, at least they're winning the Wild Card race, though, right? Oh. Sorry.
Also see: The Dugout