I’m not going to say that Chicago, collectively, hates Milton Bradley. But as we’ve all seen, the city does have trouble getting past the Bradley experience – you can scarcely pick up a local paper without seeing a story about him. Bradley, of course, brings most of it on himself, but he’s never discussed without mention of the troubles he brought with him.
Carlos Silva was also a troubled guy in Seattle, and he was also a massive underachiever – dramatically worse in that latter regard than was Bradley in Chicago. So you’d think that, when the Seattle media discusses Silva, they’d mention something about his two years in Seattle.
Carlos Silva is telling everyone – including his mother – that he is back to being an effective major-league pitcher.
“I talk to my mother before and after (every) game, and the message I sent to her said: ‘The way that I feel today, I don’t feel for a long, long time. Today, I feel like it was me,’ ” said Silva, whose four shutout innings Tuesday led the Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.
When the Cubs wanted to send Milton Bradley to Seattle, Silva was the high-priced underachiever the Mariners insisted Chicago take in the deal.
The Cubs hoped he’d pitch as he did during his four seasons in Minnesota and not his two years in Seattle – where at 5-18 with a 7.01 ERA, Silva was one of the worst starters in baseball.
After getting pounded in his first spring outing, he has pitched seven straight scoreless innings. Silva, who has two years and $25 million left on his contract, was especially strong Tuesday, limiting Texas to two hits and striking out three.
“You can’t throw the ball better than he did today,” manager Lou Piniella said. “Boy, he made it look relatively easy.”
Now Silva is closing in on a spot in the Cubs’ rotation.
“I’m very competitive. I want to make the rotation. But the only thing I want to do is help this team,” Silva said. “Deep inside, I want to say I feel good about the way I pitch.” Seattle Times.
That’s actually just a nice article. Sure, they mention that he was an “high-priced underachiever,” but the overall tone is not one of oh-God-these-Chicag0-people-think-Silva-might-not-suck-just-watch-out, which you might expect based on how the Chicago media speaks of Bradley.
And that includes Bleacher Nation.
So, is Seattle just a better place? Are they just nicer there? Shrug. I’m inclined to think the Chicago experience with Bradley was worse than the Seattle experience with Silva, but maybe that’s just self-absorption (an ironic, self-loathing kind of self-absorption). One thing is for sure: if Bradley finds success in Seattle, the stream of articles inserting pokes about his reign of terror in Chicago will be unending.
If Silva finds success in Chicago? I guess those articles will be harder to find.