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.