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Milton Bradley knows how to greet old friends

Apr 10, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

UPDATE: Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu tells Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Milton Bradley will have to learn how to deal with distractions:

“It’s tough,” Wakamatsu said. “There have been players in the past who’ve had to deal with it. I played with Barry Bonds and Barry Bonds was as good as anybody in the game at dealing with that. It’s about the club. It’s not about things that aren’t about pertaining to baseball. And that’s what we’re going to try to focus on.”

11:58 AM: With a middle finger, of course. Milton Bradley flipped the bird to fans in Arlington during the fourth inning of Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Rangers. Lookout Landing has the uncensored photo, if you think you can handle it.

Bradley was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Friday. He struck out swinging in the top of the fourth, so it’s safe to say he was probably being heckled by the crowd. If you are surprised by this incident, you were probably also shocked to see the sun rise this morning.

By the way, Bradley is 1-for-17 (.059) with seven strikeouts to begin his tenure with Seattle. He’s probably not a very happy guy right now. But again, I’m not sure he ever is.

  1. Joey B - Apr 10, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    The gift that keeps on giving. Then him and his defenders will be shocked when he is fined or suspended.

  2. Marc Hulet - Apr 10, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    I was watching the game last night to see Colby Lewis’ return to the Majors… I couldn’t believe how bad Bradley looked at the plate. His body language and effort at the plate was below a 20 on the scouting scale. I’m surprised he showed that much passion walking back to the dugout.

  3. Old Gator - Apr 10, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Shades of Roger Maris. If I’m not mistaken it was the sedate well brought up hardy Nordic stock in the old Twins’ stadium who were the beneficiary of Maris’ gesture – I’m gonna guess 1962 or 1963. Well, at least there’s a precedent to guide that nincompoop of a commissioner in levying the appropriate fines and what have you.

  4. Nasty Boy - Apr 10, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Is there anything this psychopath does that surprises you ? I feel he ought to be fitter for a white jacket that ties in the back. Prison will be his eventual landing spot.

  5. dbal - Apr 10, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Yet another reason to dislike the M’s.

  6. adam - Apr 10, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    but it’s not your fault, right milton? the people of chicago made you do it? or was it the first base umpire? or maybe everyone is a racist. hmmm, hwat will milton blame this one on… we all know he is never wrong

  7. pandamonium - Apr 10, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Wakamatsu played with Barry Bonds at ASU, long before he had to “deal with that.”

  8. RG Earl - Apr 11, 2010 at 5:36 AM

    Two separate sentences Pandamonium.
    “There have been players in the past who’ve had to deal with it.”
    “I played with Barry Bonds and Barry Bonds was as good as anybody in the game at dealing with that.”
    Nowhere does it say that he was playing alongside Barry Bonds when Barry has to “deal with that”.

  9. Trevor - Apr 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    But that bird doesn’t have any wings. And it’s only got one leg.

  10. Monkey See - Apr 11, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    “I feel he ought to be fitter for a white jacket that ties in the back.”
    You can lend him yours.

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