Today I was on ESPN.com just browsing around seeing what was going on in the sports world where I saw the headline "Bradley: umps calling more strikes in retaliation." Knowing Milton Bradley and his antics, I decided to read the article to see what he possibly meant by this.
I feel dumber now, for knowing Milton's reasoning for saying this. "Unfortunately, I just think it's a lot of 'Oh, you did this to my colleague,' or 'We're going to get him any time we can." ARE YOU KIDDING ME? People get thrown out every single day in the major leagues arguing balls and strikes, out or safe with umpires.
For one player to believe that all the umpires are scheming to make the great Milton Bradley struggle is one of the most arrogant statements that I have ever heard. Just because Milton Bradley has been known to argue with umpires doesn't mean that all of the umpires have decided to say, screw you to Bradley.
If this was true and umpires held grudges, Lou Piniella coached teams would never win any games. His pitchers would have to throw the ball belt high directly over the plate or else it wouldn't be a strike.
I am not the smartest man in the world, but maybe just maybe if Bradley wasn't batting oh lets just say .188 with only 4 home runs and 9 RBI and the fact that if his OBP (.310) or Slugging percentage (.333) was his batting average than you could say he's earning his $7 million that he's being paid this year.
The fact of the matter is, is that some players can't accept the fact that they are struggling and have to place the blame somewhere else. Maybe if Bradley hadn't torn his ACL arguing an out or safe call he wouldn't be hitting like the man who shares his name and makes great board games such as monopoly. But he did, and I'm pretty sure the other Milton Bradley could put up similar statistics.
If I were an umpire and Milton Bradley stepped up, I would call every single pitch a strike. I don't care where it was, 45 footer, two feet outside, hits em or whatever. And when he was walking away I would say this "now you have something to complain about."
Maybe than Milton Bradley could see that the whole world doesn't revolve around him and he needs to shut up and just play better.
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