This week Rich Harden told the Cubs that he doesn’t want to pitch any more this year. I don’t believe any reason was given, meaning it’s not an injury issue. I guess he just doesn’t want to waste the energy for a team not going to the playoffs and go out there and earn the money the team is paying him. When Harden made his request, the Cubs just said, “O.K.” While Milton Bradley made some idiotic comments recently, he was right when he said that there are reasons why this team hasn’t won in so long. What a joke. Being a teacher I can only imagine what would happen if I went into my principal’s office in May and said “I don’t want to teach for the rest of the month, the school years just about over anyway. Oh, and by the way, keep my job for me in September.” I’m sure someone else would be in my classroom come September. I wonder if Rich Harden is giving back his salary for the last two starts or so that he will miss. Somehow I doubt it. If the Cubs wanted to grant his request, fine, but they should have also told him where the door was, take Milton with you, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. If he’s back next year, it will be 102 years and counting for the Cubs.
So, the Cubs have suspended Milton Bradley for the season. That’s about three months too late. Eat his salary and get him out of here.
The wager will be collected sometime in October. I don’t know what Cardinal gear I will be wearing, yet. I’ll have to have something blue under it so that the St. Louis stuff doesn’t touch my skin, right Dad? By the way, congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals for winning the NL Central last night. They’re my pick to go to the World Series, but watch out for the Rockies. I’ve been watching a lot of Rockies games this month, and let me tell you, that is a TEAM.
I’m very happy that my son is really starting to get into baseball. Of course, there’s the fear that he will become brainwashed into being a Cardinals fan, but if that’s the case, then so be it. Joshua has been throwing everyone through the loop be his identification with the Boston Red Sox. As I’ve mentioned before, we have the MLB baseball package on DirecTV, so we spend evenings with baseball on TV. We’ve pretty much been watching the Red Sox games on NESN and the Rockies games after 9:00. We switch back and forth to the Cubs game, but it’s been painful. Without being prompted, Josh correctly identified the Red Sox when I asked him who was playing. Did he hear it on TV, did he notice the bright red Sox logo on the sleeves of their road jerseys? Whatever the reason, if Josh is asked if he wants to watch baseball, he always says the Red Sox. I was at Target recently and bought him a Red Sox hat, which he loves. He now knows who Big Papi is. I even gave him my old Starting Lineups of Roger Clemens and Wade Boggs to play with. Hey, he likes baseball. On my iTunes, I did have the song “Dirty Water”, by the Standells. I played it for Josh and told him they play this song when the Red Sox win. He went nuts. Yesterday, I filmed him listening to this song.