BDD: Title Does Dictate Behavior

At Baseball Digest Daily, I point out that, despite the screeching about Milton Bradley’s gaffes yesterday, we actually really like them.

This is the storyline that we as fans want, though. We would much rather see two teams of nine Milton Bradleys square off than two teams of David Ecksteins. Remember, besides the whole hunting-down-the-broadcaster thing, everything Bradley has done has been done before. Others have flipped the ball to the fans with less than three outs; others have engaged in heated arguments with umpires; others have dropped easy fly balls. None of them, however, did it with the flair of our temperamental Cubs outfielder.

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  1. ShooterB

    June 14, 2009 02:36 PM

    While the magnifying glass does seem to be on Bradley, I find it hard to excuse his behavior, antics, and inconsistent production. I think of him as a severely misguided individual, and that assessment would be the same if he were in any other profession.

    Forget being a professional athlete, he shouldn’t be a professional anything. It is only because of his rare talent and ability that he still has a job in baseball. And that is because as a society, we tend to heroize those with great physical talent vs. individuals that have to work for everything they get.

    Forgetting how many outs your team has? Well, it happens. But what struck me was the way he he posed just before throwing the ball into the stands, acting like he had just conquered Mt. Everest. Magnifying glass? Sure. But I haven’t seen many players, professional or otherwise, showboat like that after snagging a routine fly ball.

    Personally, I’d rather not watch a team of 9 Milton Bradleys. But that’s just me…

  2. Bill Baer

    June 14, 2009 03:29 PM

    Well put Shooter — I certainly can’t tell you you’re wrong for feeling that way.

    I don’t think of baseball as two teams of nine guys going to work; I think of it more as theater, where they are all trying to entertain us. That’s why I’m somewhat appreciative of Bradley’s bizarre behavior.

    By the way, I loved your recent article on Federer.

  3. Ernie

    June 14, 2009 04:12 PM

    Dude, I always forget how much of a bandbox Citizens Park is, until the sox play the phils in interleague. At least 2 of those HR’s would’ve been doubles in any other ballpark.

  4. ShooterB

    June 14, 2009 09:46 PM

    When you put it that way, watching 9 David Ecksteins does sound pretty boring.

    They should just put Milton Bradley, Jose Canseco, and Darren Daulton on the same softball team and sell the tickets for $100 a pop.

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