A little help from his friends
Milton Bradley credited Hall of Famer Billy Williams with getting him back on track at the plate, and teammate Reed Johnson for helping him get his head straight.
Bradley went 2-for-5 Monday in the Cubs’ 10-8 loss to the Pirates, hitting a two-run double in the third and a two-run homer in the fourth. It’s the first time he’s had four RBIs in a game since setting a career-high of six on Aug. 24, 2007, at Philadelphia.
The Cubs outfielder, now batting .198, was quoted in a Chicago Tribune story as saying he felt umpires were expanding his strike zone after his argument in April with umpire Larry Vanover that resulted in Bradley’s ejection and subsequent suspension. Lou Piniella was not happy reading Bradley’s comments and said Monday nothing good could come from that.
“Reed put his foot in my [butt] today — figuratively, not literally,” Bradley said after Monday’s game. “He got me back to where I needed to be. I talked to Billy and he told me a few mechanical things he saw and it was a good night. It’s a long way to go.”
Johnson wasn’t available for comment and Bradley said the advice was “between teammates.” As for hitting, Williams apparently looked at some of Bradley’s swings on the video and talked to the outfielder about making a few adjustments.
Getting Bradley on track is one step to getting the Cubs back on track. The losing streak is now eight games.
“We just have to bear down and be professional and make it happen,” Bradley said. “Nobody’s going to hold your hand. It’s a man’s game.”
— Carrie Muskat