Milton Bradley argues balls and strikes with umpire Larry Vanover in the sixth inning Thursday during a pinch-hitting appearance, his first as a Cub in the Friendly Confines. - Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times
Milton Bradley pulled his gimpy groin off the bench for a pinch-hitting appearance in the Cubs/Cardinals tilt Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field. And, of course, he didn't disappoint.
He didn't smack a homer. Not a basehit. Not even a walk. Nope, he got ejected for arguing a called third strike - and is facing possible fine or suspension for apparentcontact with umpire Larry Vanover in the process. Of course it was only a matter of time till the hot-headed Bradley acted out and got tossed for his efforts, but what was the hurry?
So not only could he not help the team out by getting on base - he would have been lifted for a pinch runner because, of course, he's injured - but he now could potentially be lost for a few games if Major League Baseball deems the head case went too far and made contact with Vanover. Oh, and he's 1-for-the-season so far in 2009.
So it got us to wondering: is this the worst first home plate appearance in baseball history? The Cubs, of course, had the tragic Adam Greenberg at-bat against the Marlins in 2005 when he was beaned in the head his first plate appearance and basically never played again. But, of course, that was in Miami.
But you tell us - what's the most infamous, tragic or stupid first plate appearance you've seen or heard about. If nothing else, maybe you can make Bradley feel a little better about his nonsense.
Chicago Cubs rookie Adam Greenberg is helped off the field by Cubs trainers after being hit in the helmet by the first pitch he faced in the major leagues, from Florida Marlins relief pitcher Valerio Do Los Santos during the ninth inning July 9, 2005, in Miami. Steve Mitchell/AP