Lou has had enough with the tantrums

In the second installment of this season’s Cubs vs White Sox Crosstown Classic, tempers boiled within the Cubs family once again. Lou Piniella has apparently had enough of that, and frankly I think it is about time he took more control of this club.

After two strikeouts and a routine fly out, Milton Bradley threw his helmet and smashed yet another Cubs water cooler upon his return to the dugout. Lou had had enough of the tantrums and sent Bradley to the showers for the day. In fact, he followed him up into the clubhouse and apparently gave Bradley an earful.  I think when Lou has a point to make, he does the talking and the player does the listening.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reported reaction from Bradley’s teammates that seems to fill in some of the story. Check out this quote from Alfonso Soriano:

“It’s the first time I’ve seen a manager fight with a player, get mad with the player,” Soriano said. “Sometimes you can get mad, but not like that.

“I hope [Bradley] comes back and he can help the team to win. If he’s not that way, we don’t need him. We have 25 players, we have to be on the same page. If he’s not 100 percent to help the team to win, we don’t need him. If he’s 100 percent and he comes and wants to play, he’s more than welcome.”

 Reading this leads me to believe the rumors are true that those in the Cub clubhouse view Milton Bradley as a selfish, team-second player. I can’t recall ever seeing one star player refer to another in this manner – to question someone’s efforts or intentions is simply unheard of in Major League Baseball. Perhaps Lou sensed this seemingly growing sentiment and decided today is the day to address it. So apparently Lou tore into Bradley in no uncertain terms. He didn’t show him up, Lou followed Bradley into the clubhouse during the game to unload! I admire that. Lou handled it well. He says he’s “done” with those antics and I believe him.

Cubs GM Jim Hendry actually went as far as to reportedly have “promised” that wouldn’t happen again. Wow, I have no idea how he is going to prevent that from happening. Guys throw their helmets all the time. So clearly the Cubs brass is trying to regain control of the clubhouse, and I’m all for it.  Let’s get back to baseball.

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    June 27, 2009  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: game recap, Jim Hendry, Lou Piniella, observations, oldschool, players

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