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MIlton B. isn't pissing me off. I'm the only one

Posted on: August 28, 2009 10:10 am
 
Here I go again with my finger firmly on the pulse -- I said pulse -- of America.

Rick Pitino does his thing with the media the other day and everyone hates him for it ... except for me. Michael Beasley seeks treatment for depression, and everyone loves him for it ... except for me.

Now, Milton Bradley.

Everyone thinks he's a ginormous a--hole. The Chicago Sun-Times blasts him on Thursday. The Chicago Tribune says he should be released on Friday. Mike Freeman is writing today on Milton Bradley and will rip him a new earhole. I said earhole.

But me? I'm wondering what everyone's problem is.

I mean, I get the general problem with Milton Bradley. He has been a buffoon for years, angry and inappropriate and all of that. But his latest transgression was, basically, this quote:

"It's hard to be comfortable when you don't get a hit and get booed every time," he said. "When I go home and look in the mirror, I like what I see. My family is there. I have people I can talk to who are very supportive, in spite of everything and all the adversity and the hatred you face on a daily basis."

Does he come across as sensitive? Sure he does. But I've never understood why the home crowd would boo a player for anything less than maximum effort. If a guy isn't hustling, by all means hammer him. But if a guy isn't hitting well enough? Leave him alone. Support him. You do want him to succeed, right? Don't made it harder by jumping on his back, home crowd.

Bradley was basically saying he doesn't feel supported at home, and I understand his frustration. What I don't understand is everyone else's fury.


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Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2009 11:49 pm
 

MIlton B. isn't pissing me off. I'm the only one

I've sat in both the left and right field bleachers and there is constant verbal abuse towards Soriano and Bradley (not to mention the opponents), including racial comments.  To say that there has been no verbal abuse coming from the right field bleachers is ludicrous.
It would be ludicrous. That's why I didn't say that. Verbal abuse, yes. Racial abuse, no. Work on your reading comprehension.



Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2009 6:21 pm
 

MIlton B. isn't pissing me off. I'm the only one

The Cubs being dysfunctional is hardly news anyway.

     Hell, the Cubs have been disfunctional since...what, 1908???Laughing
     Sorry, couldn't resist.



Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2009 6:18 pm
 

MIlton B. isn't pissing me off. I'm the only one

     Gee. All of this, simply because he made the last out Thursday that guaranteed the Nationals would win the series??Surprised
     I mean, the Trib hates his a*s*s; the Sun-Times hates his a*s*s, ALL of Chicago hates his a*s*s...but Gregg Doyel doesn't??? Man, that's too effing rich!!!
     Then again, I live 2 hours from D.C.--where we just have open contempt for Dan Snyder. Que sera, sera...Yell




Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2009 5:13 pm
 

MIlton B. isn't pissing me off. I'm the only one

Bravo sir.  These angry people you have stirred don't see it, but I see it and applaud you.  This man deserves adoration, fore he has mastered the "douche-bag journalist who wants to increase readership through aggitation and the ire he receives for having complete ignorance regarding his subject material" technique. 
*golf clap*
I refuse to believe someone is this stupid, and this has to be on purpose and is an act.



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2009 2:31 pm
 

MIlton B. isn't pissing me off. I'm the only one

Ramirez is not overpaid. He has single-handedly carried the cubs when others were in slumps for at least the last 3 years. Dont even try and say he is over paid. He is worth every penny spent. Also, Derrek Lee would not have some of the awesome at bats he has gotten with out Ramirez batting behind him. One of the greatest trades in Cubs history. We got Ramirez and Lofton for Jose Hernandez, Matt Brubeck, and Bobby Hill. Hmmm...what are those three doing right now?




Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2009 2:09 pm
 

MIlton B. isn't pissing me off. I'm the only one

2 things- First, the guy who really needs to go is Jim Hendry.  It's not Bradley's fault he's overpaid (or Soriano's, Zambrano's, Ramirez's etc), who's going to say "actually Jim, I think I'm only worth 2 years/15 mil"?  Hendry has outbid himself for mismatched pieces for years, & back-loaded contracts for the sake of trying to win it all in 07/08.  He's mostly gotten a free pass from fans & the media because people assume that if the Cubs are above .500, then the guy in charge must be doing something right.  But he's completely gutted a farm system that was absolutely loaded a couple years ago & tied the team's hands in terms of payroll.  His tenure has turned into an utter failure, and he needs to be held accountable.

Second, it's interesting that Cubs fans only seem to be 'racist' when the player/manager in question is underperforming.  Chicago fans treated Dusty Baker like Caesar returning to Rome when he came to town.  Plenty of them drank the Kool-Aid about Bradley being the missing piece in the lineup at the start of the year.  When Bradley/Baker/LaTroy Hawkins made the racism accusations, they were deflecting accountability, in essence saying 'it's not MY fault I'm getting booed', when clearly the booing was strictly performance related.

Do I think Cubs fans SHOULD be booing these guys?  Not particularly, but if I didn't pay for the ticket I'm not going to tell someone what to do in their seat.  But to claim it's racially motivated is disengenuous and lazy.  The reasons behind the booing are clear & all about performance and effort.  Obviously, it's too much to expect an ego the size of Milton Bradley's to be able to admit that to himself.



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2009 12:02 pm
 

Maxium effort? I don't think so

"maximum effort"??? Since when is throwing the ball into the stands with 2 outs maximum effort? Sounds like someone is just trying to have a little fun in the sun on Chicago's dime. I feel us Cubs fans are getting on him because we don't feel he is giving maximum effort. I mean when someone complains the umps are out to get him that is not maximum effort. Just shut it and work harder. I mean Soto had a huge slump this year but didn't complain everytime he was called out on strikes. He just kept working hard and was not booed.

Just Watch the Little League World Series today and tomorrow and tell me how many of those kids forget how many outs there are. Now that is what I call maximum effort.




Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2009 8:58 am
 

MIlton B. isn't pissing me off. I'm the only one

Anybody saying there are people screaming racial slurs from the bleachers at Wrigley is flat out lying.  Guaranteed, the imbeciles posting that nonsense couldn't find Clark and Addison with a GPS.

That being said, are the fans giving Bradley a hard time?  Damn right they are, and deservedly so. 

It's really a shame that Jim Hendry doesn't spend time on the field cuz you would probably hear some profanity laced tirades.  Hendry is the genious that gave the best fans in sports this wreck of a human being.  Blame Bradley for acting the fool, but blame Hendry more for bringing the biggest loser since Albert Belle to Chicago.



Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2009 8:43 am
 

MIlton B. isn't pissing me off. I'm the only one

Do you honestly believe anything you wrote in your first paragraph?  Specifically:

"Wrigley Field management has said that anyone who would yell anything racially offensive would be ejected from the park. Immediately. Permanently. They also stated that there have been no incidents of verbal abuse coming from the right field bleachers. Statements from Wrigley regulars confirm that if such a thing were to occur, the perp would be ratted out in short order."

First, of course Wrigley Field management are going to say they will eject the offenders.  Why would they say anything else?  I've sat in both the left and right field bleachers and there is constant verbal abuse towards Soriano and Bradley (not to mention the opponents), including racial comments.  To say that there has been no verbal abuse coming from the right field bleachers is ludicrous.

With all that said, Bradleys reaction and overall attitude are terrible.  The biggest problem was that people were expecting a left handed power hitter and run producer.  That's not Bradley - never has been.  He is a guy who gets on-base (even this year, believe it or not).  He is not a middle of the order hitter...he is better suited to bat second or seventh.  He was marketed wrong.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2009 12:42 am
 

MIlton B. isn't pissing me off. I'm the only one

right on again, Mr. Doyel


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