Latest Bradley Meltdown Pushes Pinella Past Limit

Perhaps Lou Pinella could have used some of that pot he admitted to having smoked after watching yet another meltdown by one of his players last night. Not surprisingly, it was Milton Bradley who was the instigator this time, flinging his batting helmet in disgust and tossing a Gatorade cooler around the dugout after a bad at-bat in the team’s game versus the Chicago White Sox. (And what do baseball players have against Gatorade? If Tiger Woods ever walked into a MLB dugout, he’d probably be clubbed to death on sight.)

Milton Bradley throwing baseballs

(Lou Pinella was shocked that this guy lost his temper.)

But while Bradley’s meltdown was tame compared to his previous antics (no announcers were screamed at) or that of teammates such as Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly earlier this season, Pinella had apparently reached his limit. So MLB.COM says he had words with Bradley in the tunnel, ending with him telling Bradley to “take his uniform off and go home.” So do you think the Cubs are regretting signing Bradley to that three year, $30 million contract in the off-season?

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Pinella Calls Sleep Doc To Cure Sleepwalking Cubs

If you’re a Chicago Cubs fan, you probably had trouble getting to sleep last night: lots of nightmares about an infinite number of baseballs bouncing off an infinite number of gloves, while a herd of goats chased Lou Pinella around Wrigley Field before he was snatched up by the Wrigley Field ivy and sucked into oblivion. Or maybe that’s just me.

Cubs Bed

Whatever the case, while the Cubs’ 0-2 hole might be enough to keep their fans from getting any sleep, Pinella is going to extreme lengths to make sure that his team is nice and rested for when they play Game 3 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that he’s hired a “sleep doctor” to advise him on when the team should take the 4 1/2 hour flight out to L.A.

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Consider Your Mind Blown: Playoff-Bound Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays clinched their first-ever playoff berth with a 7-2 win over the Twins, one year removed from having the worst record in baseballs. It’s either one of the most remarkable turnarounds in baseball history, or proof of some deal with the Devil made by Rays manager Joe Maddon.

Tampa Bay Rays

(I mean, I have to admit I was a little surprised to see this guy lurking around the Rays’ locker room after the game, but that doesn’t mean much, right? Maybe he’s just a fan?)

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Newsmaker Erin Andrews Does Not Want Attention

In a pretty in-depth piece over at RANDBALL, Michael Rand explores the latest explosion & controversy regarding Erin Andrews‘ recent conversion from news reporter to actual news story herself, and gets a nice quote from Andrews herself in the process. In short: Erin Andrews doesn’t want your attention.

Erin Andrews big cutout

Rand begins with a brief summary of the outrage, starting with the recent print hit job by Mike Nadel for the GATEHOUSE NEWS SERVICE and the ensuing explosion on the blogosphere.

Andrews’ reaction to the Nadel piece, and our own exploration of the phenomenon, after the jump.

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Ozzie, Pinella Tape Spot For Used Car Dealership

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and Cubs manager Lou Pinella have been making headlines on their own for some time.

Ozzie Guillen Lou Pinella

Now rumor has it that both of them will be appearing together–in a car commercial. Read more…