Game & Series Recap: Brewers 3, Cubs 2 -- so close! (2 games to 1)
The Milton Bradley saga continues! After Jim Hendry suspended him for the remainder of the '09 campaign, there was some talk that the union would contest it. But then - then! - the Cubs decided not to withhold the $400,000 Bradley would have been set to lose, and so Milton and the union have accepted it without complaint.
At the same time, M.B. issued an apology to the team and fans. I think that if he was sincere in his sorrow, then he would indeed admit he does not deserve the $400k still owed to him. I and a lot of Cub fans would have respect for the man if he actually ask Jim to keep the money that he has not earned. Or better yet -- if he was a smart worker, he would take that remaining cash and donate it to a couple of major charities (perhaps even Cubs Care) as a way of winning over the fans.
No matter what, Bradley needs to start the healing if he means to play in Chicago next year, and cheap words will not get it done. A gesture like a $400k donation, and perhaps seeking psychiatric help, would go a very long way.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand -- the Cubs failed to sweep Milwaukee, although it wasn't due to the better effort of Jeff Samardzija. The Shark shocked me by pitching 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, striking out 3, and allowing 3 runs off of 2 homers. He also hit a homer himself, although his offensive stroke was about all the Cubs had tonight.
Thus, the Cubs failed to sweep. Still, they're only 4 wins away from finishing at .500. It's gonna hai!