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Can't We All Just Get Along?

By Jay Garneau

As everyone has heard by now, there was a confrontation between Piniella and Bradley during yesterday's game. Bradley supposedly threw his helmet and water from a Gatorade cooler was spilled. Piniella chased him to the clubhouse, where he was forced to take off his Cubby pinstripes and was sent home for the day.

Personally, I feel Bradley has been unfairly made the scapegoat of this team. While he hasn't been great by any means, he has been one of the Cubs' more solid players lately. In June, he has a .264 average and .381 OBP. He's hitting over .300 at Wrigley. The power numbers haven't been there, but hopefully as he gets more comfortable they'll come back.

A big reason I'm on his side is that he's been different than most of the team in one particular aspect. No matter whether he's struggling, hot, or anywhere in between, Bradley gives his all. If all the Cubs played with the intensity Bradley does *coughSorianocough*, this team would be in a whole lot better shape right now. While his tantrums are clearly in excess of what they should be, they are because he expects so much of himself. I find this similar to Zambrano, whose tantrums are written off as "Z being Z, just trying to win", etc etc.

Somebody needs to take Bradley under his wing. He is a professional, but it simply sounds like he doesn't have a "buddy" on the team. He just seems like the type of guy who needs someone to like him. What do we have now? Fans boo him, Lou yells at him, and teammates say they don't necessarily need him. He has nobody to lean back on, and this only causes the pressure to build up even more. Hopefully, for the sake of his psyche as well as the success of the team, everyone warms up to him, and 2009 is successful for both Bradley and the Cubs.

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