Bradford terse about Manny's 500th
Sidearmer who allowed milestone disappointed with himself
BALTIMORE -- A day after serving up Manny Ramirez's historic 500th home run, Orioles right-hander Chad Bradford appeared indifferent about the fact that he is permanently linked to the dreadlocked slugger.
"You can't change it, can you?" Bradford asked Sunday. "I don't eat up giving up home runs. I don't eat that up at all."
Bradford left Camden Yards before talking to reporters Saturday night. Bradford replaced Jamie Walker after David Ortiz's sacrifice fly had broken a 3-3 tie, and Ramirez hit his first submarine offering into the right-center-field seats to become the 24th player in Major League history to reach the 500-homer plateau.
On Sunday morning, the veteran reliever didn't mince words about his place in baseball's annals.
"Bad pitch, [Ramirez] hit a home run," said Bradford, adding that he hadn't watched replays of the event.
A pitch that was intended to be down and away was waist-high and an elevated in the strike zone to the right-handed hitter. As soon as Ramirez hit it, Bradford knew it was destined to leave the ballpark.
"Gone, way gone," he said.
That Bradford was the victim of Ramirez's milestone shot was an oddity in itself. Entering this season, the sidewinder had surrendered only three home runs in the previous three seasons. Ramirez's was the second off Bradford in 17 1/3 innings in 2008.
"I'm just trying to get an out," he said. "I'm not thinking about what number [Ramirez is sitting on]. It just didn't work out."
Bradford becomes the third Orioles pitcher to to allow an opposing player's 500th home run, joining Stu Miller (who gave up Mickey Mantle's on May 14, 1967) and Mike Cuellar (who surrendered Harmon Killebrew's on Aug. 10, 1971).
Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.