First, Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley was a late scratch from the Chicago lineup on Saturday, then he spoke to the Daily Herald of Illinois and now he’s suspended by the team for the rest of the season (and they’re looking to trade him).
Was Milton Bradley serious when he said he hadn’t really enjoyed his first season in Chicago, before remarking, “You understand why they haven’t won in 100 years,” or was he just toying around?
I’m going to say no, he wasn’t, and the Cubs took it pretty seriously!
According to the Daily Herald, Chicago GM Jim Hendry suspended Bradley for the remainder of the season for conduct “detrimental to the team.”
Geez, whatever happened to freedom of speech?
Since when are you not allowed to talk smack about the people that are paying you $10-million per season to a large-scale publication, in an article that’ll no doubt be picked up a ton of other media outlets? What has this world come to?
When Bradley was approached by the Daily Herald, he didn’t want to talk injuries, he said he doesn’t care where he bats (“In the lineup” is apparently his preference) and he said “Who knows?” when asked if he thought he’d be back with the Cubbies for next season. How do you feel about the city of Chicago? Now THERE’S a question!
"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 go out there and you play harder than anybody on the field and never get credit for it. It's just negativity.”
Is it the fans, the media, the organization…? “It’s everything. It’s everybody.” Ouch!
Earlier this season he said he was uncomfortable at Wrigley Field because of the “adversity and hatred” he faces – adding "I just pray the game is nine innings so I can be out there the least amount of time as possible and go home."
ESPN says Bradley hasn’t yet been told if he’ll be paid during the suspension or what the specific reason for the suspension is. Of course, there’s always the chance he could fight the ban (though, that would mean playing in Chicago again!).
One thing is for sure; if Milton Bradley thought the fans at Wrigley Field were bad when he played for the Cubs, just wait until he’s in right field as a visitor with some other team!