Milton Bradley may be 32 and a veteran of big-league baseball, but he's never forgotten his roots - for better and worse.
Born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., Bradley's neighborhood had little to do with the ocean and a lot to do with gangs and gunfire - and how you reacted might mean the difference between life and death.
So this afternoon at U.S. Celluar Field, the Mariners were stretching and the White Sox were finishing batting practice. One of the Chicago players lit a 'cherry bomb' near the left field fence and ran.
It went off and most everyone in the park jumped. Bradley?
"He went down," J.J. Putz said. "I mean, he went down flat."
"I grew up in Long Beach," Bradley said. "You hear that sound, you get down."
Bradley's strained left calf continues to be an issue, and he's almost certain to miss this three-game series. Manager Don Wakamatsu said he expected Bradley to rejoin the lineup in Kansas City, perhaps Monday.