From my perspective, Milton Bradley has not been the target of Cub fan ire for months. He turned his season around, but more importantly, so many other Cubs have turned to shit that Bradley’s horrible start to the year is almost an afterthought.

He says he still gets booed, though. Regularly. And hated. And he can’t seem to get over it, because he keeps talking about it.

Milton Bradley said after Tuesday’s loss he’s “never” comfortable playing at Wrigley Field.

“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. But I’ll be alright. I always have.”

“I have no doubt in the guys we’ve got in here,” he said. “It’s solid, good nucleus… If everyone can just keep all the distractions and everything that comes with playing here and being a Cub out, and just focus on what you can do and what you can control, we’ll be fine.” Hardball.

Look, buddy. A lot of players would be thrilled to be a Chicago Cub despite all the “distractions and everything that comes with” it. I’m not really sure what that is supposed to mean, but it really rubs me the wrong way. Hatred? You face hatred? Give me a break. You’re a freaking ballplayer making $10 million. You’re not being shot at by insurgents. Deal with it.

You’re the one who chose to sign with the Cubs. You’re the one who wanted a multi-year deal. And you’re the one who said having a multi-year deal would allow you to be focused on the field and not be bothered with your normal insanity.

  • Scarey

    So… should he not answer the question when Sullivan asks it? I guess he could and have that little bastard make up whatever he wants afterward.

    He’s frustrated like everyone else on the team, he’s not a robot. At least he’s not showing his frustration by throwing a plastic bottle on the ground while while yelling at a fan or yelling at umpires and getting tackled by his manager.

    • Ace

      Scarey, name ONE other major league player who would have said something like that. I can’t think of a single one who would continue to wallow – publicly – in self pity. It’s pathetic.

  • AndCounting

    Wow. Not reading his entire quote, even though you posted it, seems a little silly. He basically said that he IS dealing with it, and you respond by telling him to deal with it.

    There are few pursuits less worthwhile than overanalyzing what athletes say to the press. If that’s how you deal with the Cubs stinking so bad (it hasn’t been fun, I know) then so be it. To some extent, I blame the press for giving more attention to the “hatred” line than Milton Bradley did. They turn one offhand remark from Milton into the subject of his thesis. So he doesn’t feel comfortable at Wrigley but is trying to make the most of it. Ooooh, how DARE he?!?

    And, come on, are you really that incredulous with doubt over the hatred? Are you saying there aren’t Cub fans who hate Milton Bradley? Is that the statement you’re trying to make: no one here hates Milton Bradley?

    I just don’t understand the anger, here. Some Cub fans, who probably are even more vocal about it when they’ve had a few beers and Milton Bradley is 20 feet away, hate Milton Bradley. He feels uncomfortable at Wrigley. Some reporter probably asks him if he feels more comfortable now after his 4-hit game in a blowout loss. He says he doesn’t feel comfortable, but he just has to deal with it, and he believes he and his teammates can. I don’t get why that makes you or the Chicago columnists mad.

    And people wonder why athletes give canned answers. Maybe it’s because even the benign genuine answers get skewered and roasted.

    • Ace

      The point is he is a paid, professional, adult ballplayer. And he sure as shit never acts like it when he’s speaking to the media. To the extent that you’re right and he is “dealing with it,” the guy needs to shut his mouth and deal with it internally. The fans pay his salary. Does that excuse those who are assholes to him? Of course not. But throwing us ALL under the bus like this is ridiculous.

      Almost as ridiculous as the crocodile tears I can see streaming down his face as he pleads for fans to like him. Act like a professional.

  • rex

    Milton would be better served keeping his mouth shut. He can’t win with the media, and that is a monster he has created.

    I won’t take too seriously this quote from him, or use it against him, but he seems to have a “me against the world complex” that drives him on a daily basis. Who knows where this stems from, and I really don’t care, as long as he uses it for success on the field.