It never ceases to amaze this observer that a bunch of guys making millions playing a children's game they always dreamed of playing can be so stinking grumpy and unhappy. Take the Cubs. Please. Sorry. Couldn't resist. The Cubs have lots of talent. Everyone predicted them to take the NL Central. But all year long, there has been one controversy after another.
Much of the controversy seems to swirl around Milton Bradley and Carlos Zambrano. Bradley has crabbed about the umpires and the fans and it hasn't helped that he had a terrible start and can't seem to get untracked. Zambrano had his famous meltdown. Soto tested positive for pot while playing in the World Baseball Classic. Oops. Got to give him a sly smile on that one. After all, nobody has ever smoked weed in the Caribbean before, right?
Tonight seems to be the apex of the grumpiness. It seems that Milton Bradley had a couple of bad at bats and decided to throw things and beat up on the water cooler. Lou Piniella had seen that act one too many times and told him to take off his uniform and go home. Lou said in the press conference that he'd seen it one too many times and was sick of it. Apparently Piniella never got mad after an at bat before. Cha. Right.
It's doubtful that this is too much of a big deal. Bradley will probably come back apologetic. Piniella doesn't have a memory for such things and is not a grudge holder. But the bottom line here is: Come on, Folks. This is the major leagues. Have a little fun, will ya? Piniella's been around a long time. He's had feisty players before. This will settle down and if the Cubs can settle down and have some fun, they still have a great shot at winning the division.