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.

Um, nope.

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.

  • N

    From watching from afar, it seemed like the Seattle beat reporters personally liked Carlos Silva, while the Chicago beat guys were twittering about their party plans when Bradley got suspended. How the media remembers you seems to be a lot more dependent about how often you filled up their notebooks rather than how good you are at baseball.

    • Ace

      That might be true, N. Though I would note, with respect to Bradley, there were plenty of reasons to dislike him that had nothing to do with his interactions with the media.

  • Brian

    One facet of the riddle which is an enigma which is the mystery of Milton bradley and his issues in Chi-town is the fact that Silva’s just a more likeable guy. Though I confess to not following him in Seattle, through all of his two years of suckitude up there not once did Silva decide it was anyone or anything else’s fault but his. A little humble pie goes a long way in the feeding frenzy of life in the sports press. Maybe that’s why they went a little easier on him up there. And from the looks of it, Silva had a least three or four helpings of that pie plus some chicken nuggets, a six pack of tacos, and a bucket sized milk shake.

    • Ace

      I recall reading that Silva has had a bit a checkered past, though. Some issues with teammates/managers. Nowhere near the scale of Bradley, but I’ve definitely read some things.

  • jstraw

    The city has trouble getting past Bradley? Nah. Bradley and the media may keep picking at it…and we’ll talk about it when they do, but the city doesn’t give him a second thought on days there’s no news story about him, does it?

    • Cardfan

      As someone looking in from the outside, I would respectfully disagree. Chicago will be getting past Bradley most of the season. Plus, it’s still kind of fun to watch from over here in the cheap seats.

      As for Silva – I’m not comfortable with this recent performance. I will take solace, however, in the fact that he talks to his mother before and after every game – you have to admit it is somewhat bradley-esque!

      • Ace

        I call my mom before and after every post.

        • Ace’s Mom

          I wuv u 2 snugglemuffin!

  • Kevin G

    I dont thin Silva really didnt anything wrong in Seattle, he never blamed anyone else for his bad play or made excuses. I think the Seattle Fans blamed the GM for giving him the money. It was how Bradley handled his bad play, was what got him in trouble. By lashing out at everyone and the team. Hendry played his role too, he was never really what the Cubs needed. He never was a true left handed power or RBI bat.