Following a bases-loaded strikeout in the sixth inning on Tuesday night, Milton Bradley was pulled from the game, prompting him to pack up and go home. Literally go home from the stadium. This rather predictably caused a whole to-do among the media, and on Wednesday morning, Bradley met with manager Don Wakamatsu and GM Jack Zduriencik and asked for their and the organization's help in dealing with some personal and emotional issues that've been eating at him for a little while.â†µ
Bradley then participated in a previously scheduled speaking engagement at a local elementary school, where he and other Mariners spoke to kids about motivation and attitude.
Sure enough, it didn't take long for the Mariners to face their first real Bradley incident, and though both Wakamatsu and Zduriencik are encouraged that he came to them for assistance, this wouldn't be the first time that Bradley's taken apparent steps towards personal growth, only to continue to get into trouble. So all eyes are on the M's as they look to work their way through unwanted but perhaps inevitable adversity.â†µ
Of course, it isn't just about Bradley. The Mariners brought back Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney in large part to serve as positives in the clubhouse. The two have combined to hit .200 with one extra-base hit, so they're not producing. Safeco's already seen some of its smallest crowds ever, so they're not drawing. If they can't keep Bradley and the clubhouse content, then, one has to wonder just what purpose they serve.