9/19 Bradley: Chicago "not positive"
Milton Bradley says Chicago is “not a positive environment” and he can understand why the Cubs haven’t won in 100 years. In a one on one interview with the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Bradley was asked if he enjoyed his first season in Chicago.
“Not really,” he said. “It’s just not a positive environment. I need a stable, healthy, enjoyable environment. There’s too many people everywhere in your face with a microphone asking the same questions repeatedly. Everyone is just bashing you. You go out there and play harder than anybody on the field and never get credit for it. It’s just negativity.
“And you understand why they haven’t won in 100 years here, because it’s negative,” he said. “It’s what it is.”
Asked who he was talking about, Bradley said: “It’s everything. It’s everybody.”
The switch-hitter was added because the Cubs wanted another left-handed bat, yet he was hitting .231 this season from the left side, and .257 overall, a significant drop from his .321 average last year with Texas.
This is the first year of a three-year, $30 million deal with the Cubs. Bradley had pursued the team, telling GM Jim Hendry after a dinner this past offseason, ”I want to be a Chicago Cub if you want me.” However, it’s been a tumultuous season for the outfielder, who missed Saturday’s game because of inflammation in his left knee.
“No, I made the decision,” Bradley told the Daily Herald. “It is what it is.”
– Carrie Muskat