There comes a point in long stories where the story almost becomes a parody of itself. You’ll remember it from the Brett Favre will-he-won’t-he saga. At some point, it’s true, but it’s also a joke.
That’s where we are with Milton Bradley. I would be utterly floored by his most recent comments if not for the fact that I’ve been laying on the floor with respect to Bradley for months.
When approached, Bradley said he didn’t want to talk about his knee.
When asked if he was disappointed in his own performance, he didn’t want to answer that, either.
“I’m not talking about that,” he said. What do you think I did?”
Bradley claimed to have no opinion on where he bats – “In the lineup,” he said of his preferred spot – and the only time he became expansive at all was when he was asked if he had 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. Everything is just bashing you. You got out there and you 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. It’s what it is.”
Asked whether he was talking about the fans, the media or even the Cubs organization, he replied: “It’s everything. It’s everybody.”
However, he would not go so far as to say he regretted coming to Chicago.
“No, I made the decision,” he said. It is what it is.” Daily Herald.
There are not words for how unbelievable some of these comments are. But we’ll try our best, using the brand new Milton Bradley Insanity Scale:
- Refusing to talk about his injury and his performance. Insanity scale: A little screwy.
- Stating that you need a stable, healthy environment when you’re in your fifth environment in five years. Insanity scale: Bonkers.
- Stating that you play harder than any of your teammates. Insanity scale: Batshit crazy.
- Referring to your team as “they” – and not “we” – as you rub “their” noses in the fact that they haven’t won for a very long time. Insanity scale: Chad Ochocinco.