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Repeat after me, Milton: One... Two... THREE

Former Cubs favorite (at least for Cardinals fans) Mllton Bradley was ejected from a game for the first time as a Mariner Wednesday.

He was called out on strikes and proceeded to drop his bat at the plate and then take off his helmet and gloves and drop them at the plate. It wouldn't have been a big deal if there were three outs, as Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu told the press after the game Bradley supposed there were. But, alas, his out was only the second one. And that made all the difference.

The home plate umpire thought Bradley was trying to show him up -- although no one can imagine why he would have thought that -- and he promply ejected the former Athletic, Padre, Cub, Dodger, Ranger, Indian and I forget whom else from the game.


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Bradley subtly expresses his displeasure after being ejected from a game when he was with the Dodgers.

Of course, Bradley made a lot of friends in the Wrigley Field bleachers last summer when he caught a ball in right field with runners on base and one out. Thinking the catch made the third out, Bradley posed dramatically before tossing the ball to an adoring fan in the stands.

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Bradley reacts after tossing a ball into the Wrigley Field bleachers with only two outs.

Oddly, the trade for Bradely was still probably a good one for both the Mariners and the Cubs. The Mariners got rid of an even worse contract they doled out to useless pitcher Carlos Silva while the Cubs got rid of a guy who single handedly put an end to their most recent push to make it to baseball's promised land.

Silva gave the Mariners nothing in terms of production. So, anything Bradley does is gravy. And if he proves to be too much of a pain in the posterior, they can release him and be no worse off than they were with Silva on the roster.

That being said, Seattle is something of a baseball backwoods. And, without the media spotlight he faced in the large markets, Bradley has his best chance of baseball success... Like how he played in Texas where the Rangers are a distant fourth in popularity to the Cowboys, Mavericks and Stars.