Bradley one on one

Milton Bradley doesn’t want to discuss his past or his injuries. He wants to play, and this isn’t how he wanted to start his tenure with the Cubs. Bradley called me over after Thursday’s game to talk.

“It’s been frustrating,” Bradley said. “You come in here and all [the media] want to talk about is how often you get hurt and your attitude and everything. I’ve given them an example right off the bat. I just don’t feel like getting caught up in all the negativity.

“I’m a positive person, an upbeat person,” he said. “I’m trying to focus on what I’m trying to do here. My teammates are behind me and the more reporters get in my face, the more I talk, the more things get written the way I don’t say them or they’re taken out of context, and that’s when you lose teammates and you lose fans. The best strategy for me has always been to not say anything.

“I can sit here and think about the questions I’m going to get and the perfect answer to come up but when it comes to that time, and somebody throws a question at you, just the way they ask it or the question, might make me look perturbed at the question they’re asking. I just prefer not to talk. I told Peter [Chase, media relations director] and everybody, and they suggested I talk. But I just don’t want to do it.

“When I turn around and people are standing at my locker every time, I’m trying to figure out why because I’ve already told them I don’t want to talk. That’s the only thing — I never had a problem with the media until I started reading stuff that wasn’t what I said.

“I never had a problem in my life until I started playing baseball. All of a sudden, there are all these things. I just want to be me. I just want to be that guy who plays baseball and enjoys his teammates and has a good time. That’s what I do.”

– Carrie Muskat

12 Comments

Honestly I could care less if he talks to the media. If he doesn’t want to talk he doesn’t want to talk. I can get over his attitude on the field and all the other stuff. All I care about is that he is on the field and he puts up some numbers and so far he hasn’t. Hopefully this guy can find out how to handle playing on the Northside and get the Cubs on track. I would really like to see him get 100% this weekend and get the Cubs on a nice streak.

Carrie, Don’t know if you check what people write back, but since Milton seems to at least talk with you; let him know there are many of us fans out there that believe in him! I know he’s hurt and that has to suck for him as much as for us fans, but I know, alot of fans know, and I’m sure his teammates know that he’s going to be a GREAT CUB this year! Don’t sweat it, Milton, the press just wants dirty laundry. Give them RBIs, HRs, defense and WINS instead! Get healthy soon and kick the crap out of the Central Division! -Brian.

Well said Brian….I hope he comes out on fire.

He’s hurt again and shoving umpires again and complaining about being mis-quoted by the media again and claiming he just wants to “play ball” again and the Cubs are absolute suckers for signing him. He got his contract and will laugh at the idiots in the front office for the next 3 years. If you spend one second supporting or cheering this pathetic loser or forgiving this franchise for signing him, you have no right to call yourself a fan. They will release him and eat his contract before it expires I guarantee you. His stats are below average and he was able to play defense only 20 times last year and a NL team signs him. He’s a punk, you don’t sign a punk with below average skills. Before defending him or this franchise look at his career number and then comment. It’s karma, this was a desperation signing and the Cubs will pay for signing a punk instead of a good guy with another losing season.

Did Bradley steal your grilfriend or something…I hardly doubt he is the kind of guy who gets his money and quits. I doubt he likes being booed in his frist start at Wrigley. The guy has his problems but don’t sit there and say were not true fans if we cheer for him. I have seen more than enough Cubs come through that I hated but still cheered them on when they were on the field. So far ya im not impressed with him at all…but I’m not going to just hate him for the next two or three years just because he started off bad. Your right that he pry wasn’t the best choice the Cubs front office could have got but he’s what Lou and Jim wanted so he’s here. As much as you may or may not hate him if he helps the Cubs win who cares. He just needs to get on the field.

I’m giving you facts and ask you to look at his career stats and his history with umpires and his history with teammates and his history with the media and his supposed injury history. It’s fact when he ask Texas for a multi year deal and they said no his season was over he quit. Don’t throw out your doubts and “he just needs to get on the field”, he doesn’t play in the field. One hit for their big off season signing. He’s been an injured, arguing, complaining, below average punk his entire career, why do you give that $30 mil ?

I agree with you that he wasn’t the best choice and was overpaid(but who’s not on the Cubs). Every report i have read from a teammate or coach they all liked him. Umps will never give him a borderline call(because he doesn’t deserve it from past history), and the injurys are already here. I also know that last years numbers were huge because of where he hit and he was looking for a big deal. My point is he is here, like it or not, so why not support him and hope this guy has more upside than we give him credit for. I don’t know his carrer numbers off hand but i’m guessing they not horrible. He could be a nice addtion batting 6th in a porwerful lineup. I hope…

Don’t fall for this attempt to garner sympathy. Bradley is a jerk, and he isn’t performing on the field in the limited time he actually can get his overweight butt on the field. We are stuck with him for a long time, so we do need to deal with this, and hopefully Lou’s 10 minute meeting is a step in the right direction. But refusing to talk to anyone other than the Cubs’ mouthpiece is really weak. Personally, the only reason I care if he does talk to the media is when it starts to affect clubhouse chemistry, which a report on WSCR Friday morning suggests it has.

We all saw what a divided clubhouse can mean during Dusty Baker’s 2004 team, when some of the players took exception to the announcers. Chemistry has already taken a hit with the departure of Kerry Wood and Mark DeRosa; we don’t need Bradley to fan the flames any further.

Don’t fall for this attempt to garner sympathy. Bradley is a jerk, and he isn’t performing on the field in the limited time he actually can get his overweight butt on the field. We are stuck with him for a long time, so we do need to deal with this, and hopefully Lou’s 10 minute meeting is a step in the right direction. But refusing to talk to anyone other than the Cubs’ mouthpiece is really weak. Personally, the only reason I care if he does talk to the media is when it starts to affect clubhouse chemistry, which a report on WSCR Friday morning suggests it has.

We all saw what a divided clubhouse can mean during Dusty Baker’s 2004 team, when some of the players took exception to the announcers. Chemistry has already taken a hit with the departure of Kerry Wood and Mark DeRosa; we don’t need Bradley to fan the flames any further.

So, there is a claim that somebody is giving us facts. When exactly last year did Bradley “quit”? He was 9 for 21 in his last seven games with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored but more importantly a 117 OPS+. And how bad is he as a fielder? For his career he is worth 14.9 runs MORE THAN AVERAGE as a fielder and his range factor is 2.48 at the positions he’s played vs. 2.13 for the average. By those accounts, he has been a slightly above average outfielder. Those are facts.

I know he seems like a jerk but we don’t know him. I have thought that about a lot of people and then find out they do good things under the radar(not that Bradley does) and I also agree on the 2004 coment. If it screws the club house its a huge deal and needs to be adressed. I did hear WSCR this morning and that’s a little bit of a problem, but it sounds like Cubs are trying to get him to come around. There is one major diffrence between now and 2004. Lou. Hoesntly if he went to the DL and waited until it got nice and warm and he was 100% wouldnt be the worst thing. Then the Cubs could call up Fox and use his hot bat.

Bradley IS NOT THE PROBLEM. What should be addressed is Hendry bringing him on this team, nothing to do with his attitude, who cares. What Hendry should care about (as all
us Cubs fans do) is that the players he gets CAN PLAY SOME STINKING DEFENSE AND HIT THE BALL…IT’S CALLED THE NATIONAL LEAGUE JIM, NO DH!!! Not to mention stay healthy.
But again, he goes for the splash but not the substance.

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