OK, perhaps you've seen the clip on ESPN or another network - you had to look fast - but it appears Seattle outfielder Milton Bradley pointed a middle finger skyward during the Friday night game.
"He was just signaling 'one more out,'" deadpanned Ken Griffey Jr.
Other teammates were quick to Bradley's defense, suggesting whatever issues he might have with anger on the field, he had none in the clubhouse. And one pitcher had a few thoughts to share - anonymously, since the theory is the powers of baseball are going to do something here.
"The truth is that kids are fans, and most adults are great in a ball park," the Mariner said. "If someone in their section drinks too much and gets loud and obnoxious, they call an usher.
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"In areas close to the players, there are people who drink more than they'd be allowed to drink in a bar - they'll bring two beers to their seat, drink them and get two more."
"In fan-friendly stadiums, they're right on top of you, and the guys who drink will say things they wouldn't say in a bar," he said. "If they did, they'd get tossed or someone would knock them on their ass.
"Players can't do much. If you're in the field, you can't stop a game and point out a drunk."
In the perfect world, of course, you'd ignore him, tune him out, focus on the game at hand. It's not a perfect world. Some players hear things from the stands that others don't.
And some react.
On Friday, Mr. Bradley apparently signaled 'one more out' in a quick motion as he trotted away from the stands. A television camera following him caught it, and sent it along to other networks.
Fair? No, but then Bradly should be used to that. Anything he does is likely to be captured on camera, because he's an emotional player with a history - and TV loves adding to that history.
Now, the question is whether baseball in its conserative glory will act. Who was hurt by Bradley's finger? In the park, few people saw it. No one in the press box saw it.
Let it go, guys. Will baseball do that? Probably not. Perhaps Milton should h ave signaled two more outs ...
And now, your lineup:
- Ichiro, RF
- Chone Figgins, 2B
- Franklin Gutierrez, CF
- Jose Lopez, 3B
- Milton Bradley, LF
- Mike Sweeney, DH
- Casey Kotchman, 1B
- Rob Johnson, C
- Jack Wilson, SS
- Felix Hernandez, P