Brad “Dolla Dolla Bill” Mills

brad By now every Oakland A’s fan has heard of the acquisition of Brad Mills from the Milwaukee Brewers for one dollar. Mills supposedly had a contract with the Brewers stating that he had to be called up from AAA Nashville (where he was doing great–Mills was 4-2 with a 1.56 ERA, lowest in the Pacific Coast League in 14 games including 12 starts for Triple-A Nashville.) by June 15th or be traded.  While the transaction is unusual, Mills isn’t even the first Brewer to be traded for a buck. Wil Nieves was shipped from Milwaukee to Atlanta for $1 in 2011. Third baseman Wes Helms was traded by the Marlins to the Phillies in 2008 for the same sum.

A one-dollar bill. Fluttering there on the sidewalk, yet miraculously motionless in the early-morning breeze; flapping just enough to attract his attention without flying away…..

His foot clamped down upon it, hard; he squatted down fast and dug it out with greedy fingers; crushed it into a ball and stuffed it deep in his pocket. depositphotos_1377137-Empty-cup-of-coffee-and-dollar

It was barely past dawn. Nothing was open. Brad wondered who had dropped it, who had been benign or foolish enough to toss away one whole dollar as if it were nothing, as if it meant nothing. Perhaps they just simply dropped it. It’s only one dollar. It’s not life or death. Brad didn’t think of himself as himself as a temporary collection of atoms with fractionary memory collective. He also didn’t think of himself as worth a dollar. Life is funny that way.

He smiled as he reached his local coffee shop. The curtains hadn’t been drawn yet, but the familiar sign still stood in the window. Coffee, one dollar. He sat down on the sidewalk, waiting. It smelled of stale vomit, the product of the golden hammer of gentrification that had not yet been brought down.
There was a click and the door opened behind him. He was glad to get out of the Oakland rain.

3 thoughts on “Brad “Dolla Dolla Bill” Mills

  1. steve

    apparently Pomeranz messed up his hand after punching a chair so that midwest niceness knows no bounds. I hope Mills does well and hope this is the beginning of a trading spree between the two teams with winning records for both stretching a while longer.

  2. steve

    i did a little look up with brewers getting shut out by nationals and i’m still confused, but it sounds like oakland didn’t have to pay anything for Mills. It’s some zero compensation deal put into his contract. If any team showed interest in Mills, the other team-Brewers couldn’t stash him in the minors. Maybe both teams designed it as an insult to Mills to motivate him. He didn’t look that bad in his first outing back on the MLB scene. There’s a funny yahoo article on this…about a Brewers A’s world Series and the one dollar pitcher shutting down the crew.


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