08/20/09 10:40 PM ET
Bradley mum on exchange with Friars fan
Piniella shrugs off Cubs outfielder's run-in at PETCO Park
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
Whatever the context, Lou Piniella would prefer to have the players focus on the game."You can have a little fun once in a while," Piniella said on Thursday, "but you would prefer they concentrate on the game at hand." Did Piniella interact with a fan or fans who were razzing him? "On rare occasions, but I had fun with it," Piniella said. "[Bradley] was having fun with him, more than anything else." Bradley hit his ninth homer with one out in the sixth off San Diego's Luis Perdomo but before the hit, a fan had yelled a few things at the outfielder as he stood in the on-deck circle. After Bradley crossed home plate, he made a talking sign with his hand to the fan as the outfielder headed to the dugout. "He was having a 'Muppet' conversation with one of the fans," Piniella said. Bradley also bowed to the fans after he was called out on strikes to end the eighth.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.