09.24.07

Milton Bradley Puts 101% Effort Into Getting Tossed

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Colorado’s 7-3 win at Petco Sunday afternoon was the Rockies’ 8th consecutive, moving the visitors within 1.5 games of the NL Wild Card lead after a contest marked by a unique exchange — even by the unusual standards of the ticking time bomb that is San Diego outfielder Milton Bradley. From the AP’s Bernie Wilson :

Milton Bradley was ejected and then injured his right knee during a bizarre sequence in the eighth inning.

He reached on a two-out single, then said something to umpire Mike Winters. During Kevin Kouzmanoff’s at-bat, it escalated into an argument and manager Bud Black came running out.

Bradley went after Winters, was restrained by coach Bobby Meacham, then was ejected. Bradley continued to go after Winters. Black tried to restrain Bradley, grabbing him by the jersey and tackling him to the ground. Bradley grabbed his right knee and had to be helped off the field.

Milton’s side of the story, as quoted by CBS Sports.com :

Bradley, whose volatile temper has overshadowed his talent during his career, called it “the most unprofessional and most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.”

“It’s terrible. And now, because of him, my knee’s hurt,” said Bradley, a second-half catalyst for the Padres who was in his third game back from an injury that sidelined him for nearly two weeks. “If this costs me my season because of that, he needs to be reprimanded. I’m taking some action. I’m not going to stand pat and accept this because I didn’t do nothing wrong.”

Asked about his knee, Bradley said: “I’ve got to get an MRI. It’s killing me, though.”

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