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Survivor: Milton Bradley

Posted on: September 20, 2009 10:27 pm
 

The next baseball team that takes a chance with Milton Bradley is, unquestionably, the stupidest team in the game.

There comes a day when a guy has to look in the mirror.

For Bradley, that day should have been, oh, like sometime back in 2002 or 2003.

The list of teams that now has chased him away numbers five: Cleveland, the Dodgers, Oakland, San Diego and the Cubs.

Five down, 25 to go.

He got into it with manager Eric Wedge in Cleveland. Engaged in a bitter public spat with Jeff Kent in Los Angeles. Turned on Oakland general manager Billy Beane. Ripped up his knee when Padres manager Bud Black tried to keep him away from an umpire (in that one, the umpire, Mike Winters, crossed the line in baiting him).

He behaved so badly in Chicago that manager Lou Piniella chased him into the clubhouse and called him a "piece of s---" earlier this summer. Then Cubs general manager Jim Hendry suspended him for the season on Sunday after his me-against-the-world comments to a suburban Chicago newspaper.

"You understand why they haven't won in 100 years here," Bradley told the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights in what should be his farewell comments to the game. "It's just not a positive environment. I need a stable, healthy, enjoyable environment ... It's just negativity."

The next time anybody attaches the words "stable" and "healthy" to Bradley will be a first.

He is an intelligent, articulate man.

But on good days he needs professional help, and on bad days he is a reprehensible human being.

He's out of excuses. Those chips on his shoulder? At times in the past he's expressed bitterness that he's always having to prove himself.

Well, the Cubs took that last excuse away when they signed him to the three-year, $30 million deal. It was his first multi-year contract. No more proving himself. He was valued and loved. What he owed them was hard work and gratitude.

But he couldn't even do that. And now another team is burned.

No way the Cubs can bring him back now. He's embarrassed the organization, made enemies in the clubhouse, backstabbed teammates who had his back for far too long and essentially flipped Chicago fans the middle finger.

Worst free agent contract of the year.

Now the Cubs are going to have to eat all or part of the $23 million remaining ($9 million in 2010, $13 million in 2011).

Part of it if they can find another team stupid enough to welcome a toxic player into their clubhouse.

All of it if they can't.

Good luck with that.

Likes: Playoffs starting, two weeks from Tuesday.

Dislikes: Looks like the last part of Tiger Stadium is going to be torn down on Monday. Man, that and Ernie Harwell's illness is almost too much to bear.


Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"You see the world through your cynical eyes
"You're a troubled young man I can tell
"You've got it all in the palm of your hand
"But your hand's wet with sweat and your head needs a rest
"You're foolin' yourself if you don't believe it
"You're kidding yourself if you don't believe"

-- Styx, Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)

Comments

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 8:46 am
 

Survivor: Milton Bradley

UK razy.....  The majority of Cub fans understand what happened this year as well as the previous years under the current management.  People realize that Bradley isn't the sole problem but he IS a huge distraction.......kind of like your former coach and his drinking......RIP UK Basketball.......once storied... now just sorry every year.......kind of like the Cubs!!!  You actually have alot in common with the Cub fan!!!  How's the water down there in them hills!!!




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 8:39 am
 

Survivor: Milton Bradley

That guy...you are a douchebag!!!  Maybe MB is your long lost twin!! The guy is no victim and sure as hell no scapegoat!!



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 8:21 am
 

Survivor: Milton Bradley

The funny thing is, the majority of Cubs fans on here talking $hit about Bradley are the same ones proclaiming this was "their year" in the spring, and saying Bradley was a big piece of the puzzle that had been missing, and bad-mouthing Fukodome.  What will it be next year, Cubbies?  Z's temper?  Aramis can't stay healthy?  Soto puffing the J so much he keeps the munchies and his already fat a$$ grows to proportions that won't allow him up the dugout steps??  With the Cubs it is always something, and with Cubs fans there are always "reasons" why its wait til next year.  No, it isn't wait til next year; it is wait til you die because the Cubs will still not have won d!ck.



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 3:51 am
 

Survivor: Milton Bradley

you sir, are a complete idiot. and i am a cardinals fan, not cubs....i wouldnt wish that moron on anyone



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 3:49 am
 

Survivor: Milton Bradley

That guy.....your an idiot



Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 3:25 am
 

Survivor: Milton Bradley

Dude, if you think that this is the only instance where Milton Bradley has dropped the ball this year (no pun intended), then you obviously are either just biased against the Cubs or you no nothing of baseball.
- backstabbed teammates
- caught and threw the baseball when 1 more out was needed
- wined about how he couldnt handle big media, Chicago
- no respect for his manager
- no respect for umpires
- tells reporters that he just wants to play his 9 innings and go home

... Yea, the only one that has brought negativity to this team is himself. The Cubs did not lose this year just because of him. But if you are going to say that this guy is not a cancer to the team, or any team, then you take him on your team... Nobody wants him because he is garbage.



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 3:22 am
 

Survivor: Milton Bradley

MILTON BRADLEY is nothing more than a typical loser.  Dude thinks the world owes him something even if he doesnt deserve it. He is nothing but a punk with money, which says alot about our society, The idiots are the teams that sign the moron...thats what you get when you think winning is more important than character...In 10 years he will proably be in jail or dead, or playing for the brewers, a team thats loaded with scumbags



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2009 3:01 am
 

Survivor: Milton Bradley

I love it when people make statements like that. Why don't you tell us the FACTS upon which you drew that conclusion. Did you see the game tonight? I haven't seen the dugout that loose, that many smile since when... oh, yea, since before MB showed.



Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2009 1:31 am
 

Survivor: Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley is the perfect scapegoat for a terrible Cubs season. His comments were out of line, but they were dead on, perhaps that's why the Cubs were so offended: The truth hurts.


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