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You have got to be kidding me!!!!!

I read this out of the Chicago Sun-Times and just couldn't believe the arrogance of Milton Bradley, blaming Chicago and not taking any responsibility for his actions. Totally unbelievable!!!

Milton Bradley: 'It was something with Chicago, not me'

March 4, 2010
MESA, Ariz. – Already occupying a dubious place in Cubs history, Milton Bradley's now trying to rewrite it.

The one-time, $30-million Cub outfielder broke his self-imposed media silence on the subject of Chicago and the Cubs with a shot at the Cubs during an interview with the New York Times.

"Two years ago, I played, and I was good," he told the Times. "I go to Chicago, not good. I've been good my whole career. So, obviously, it was something with Chicago, not me."

Bradley, now with the Seattle Mariners, also said:

"Just no communication. I never hit more than 22 homers in my career, and all of a sudden I get to Chicago and they expect me to hit 30. It doesn't make sense. History tells you I'm not going to hit that many. Just a lot of things that try to make me a player I'm not."

Nobody in the organization ever publicly (or privately, according to more than one team official) said they expected 30 homers out of Bradley – or even particularly stressed his power.

"I don't think that was the case. We never put any expectations on Milton," manager Lou Piniella said, "I don't really have anything else to add, but we never put any expectations on 30 homers or anything else. I think getting off to a struggling start didn't help him. I think he tried to make up for it with one swing of the bat. And it snowballed.

"We were hoping he'd come in and hit fifth in our lineup and be productive, but that was it."

Bradley also seemed to be pointing the finger at others in Chicago when he told the Times: "Any time I've had a problem anywhere, it's because I've been disrespected. And I will not be disrespected by anyone."

Bradley, who clashed with media and umpires last season, also publicly criticized fans and the organization.

In September, he called the environment around the team "negative," said he understood why the team hadn't won in 100 years, and the same day yelled at hitting coach Von Joshua after being asked to pinch-hit.

He was suspended the next day for the final 15 games of the season, further spoiling an already shaky market for him.

The Cubs eventually got the Mariners to take him, and to include $9 million in the deal, in exchange for underachieving pitcher Carlos Silva ($25 million left on the final two years of his contract).

"Look, that was last year," Piniella said. "I wish him well and at the same time we want Silva to come in and do well here."

I was amazed that Lou Piniella was so gracious as to wish him well, but at least he's not Lou's headache anymore!



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