8/28 Be yourself

Koyie Hill was surprised to hear Milton Bradley mention his name and a comment the catcher had made to him because the exchange took place in Spring Training.

When asked Thursday if he had any regrets, Bradley said no. “I’m not going to stop being me,” Bradley said. “Koyie Hill told me if I ever change, he’d kick my [backside], and I ain’t trying to get a foot in my behind.”

Hill remembers the conversation.

“I told him to ‘be yourself’ and not to feel like you can’t get aggravated, or you can’t get mad,” Hill said Friday. “If you throw a helmet every now and then or punch a cooler every now and then — basically my point was ‘Don’t lose your fire just because people are watching. Don’t change your intensity because people are watching.’ That can happen. First time you throw a tantrum, they put it on the front page of the paper and you back off and you’re not the same guy. That’s what I didn’t want.”

The message apparently resonated with Bradley.

“He’s mentioned it to me before during the season,” Hill said. “I know he remembers that.”

— Carrie Muskat

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