Milton Bradley, signed by the Chicago Cubs to a three-year $30 million deal during the offseason, is not having a good year.
It got worse Friday against the Twins.
He did have a two-run double. But he also ran into an out (trying to advance to third on a grounder to third); lost a fly ball in the sun (which resulted in a run for the Twins) and, most embarassingly, lost track of the outs and threw the ball into the seats after Joe Mauer's sac fly.
That brain cramp cost the Cubs a couple of base but no runs. And it got Bradley — hitting all of .224 on the year — roundly booed by the Wrigley Field crowd.
From Cubs manager Lou Piniella: "Do we have to go over the math? One, two, three. I don't know what else to say."
The headline from the Chicago Sun-Times: "Lost and dumbfound"
From the blog "Bleed Cubbie Blue" : "Baseball 101: Milton Bradley needs to go back to class." (And Al Yellon, a guy I happen to know from years in a now-defunct historical simulation game together, is quite fair to Bradley in dissecting him.)
As bad as Bradley's game was, it pales next to the disaster that befell former Twin Luis Castillo, now with the Mets. He dropped a popup with two outs in the ninth inning, allowing the tying and winning runs to score.