All is well in Cubs Land. Milton Bradley has apologized. Wednesday, Bradley issued a statement of apology:
"I chose Chicago as a free agent because I wanted to be part of finally bringing a championship to the Cubs' fans. I expected to have a great season and I am deeply disappointed by my performance and the team's struggles. I played every game with everything that I had and wanted to desperately win. My frustration and disappointment boiled over and I said and did certain things that I regret. In hindsight, I wish that I handled certain things differently and I apologize for those things that did not work out for the better.
"The air has been cleared and we all want to move on and look forward to better days."
Unfortunately, Bradley's statements and actions this season have crossed a line. After struggling offensively to open the season, Bradley pouted and refused to talk to the media. After having a confrontation with his manager, Lou Piniella, during a game he was sent home. Later, he accused Cubs fans of being overtly racist.
Then, to top off all his built in frustration from mean old bitter Cubs fans he accused the entire Cubs fandom, organization, and city of Chicago of "negativity." No wonder people would be negative when the star free agent had less runs driven in (40) than a back up infielder (Mike Fontentot, 41, at start of suspension).
After Bradley's paid suspension began, his mother joined his crybaby boat, which I am surprised is still afloat. On Monday to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune, Bradley's mother, Charlena Rector, said, "There is more behind the scenes that bothered Milton and made him uncomfortable in Chicago." When pressed about her claims by Haugh, she only said that it involved Bradley's son who is three years old. On WLUP-FM, Rector told Jonathan Brandmeier, ''When racism hit his 3-year-old baby in school, he couldn't take that. Parents, teachers and their kids called him the n-word. He didn't even know it was a bad word until his mom told him.'' I have a hard time believing three year olds, their parents, and their teachers all called Bradley's son the n-word. I find this hard to believe even as biracial person.
What Milton's apology says, even after his mom's media tour, is that he isn't really sorry for what he did. He may have come to Chicago to win a championship, but there were also thirty million dollars sitting on the table that also had to be pretty convincing. And if he played every game with everything he had, why did he pray that games ended after nine innings, or pull himself out of the game after getting a base hit without a pinch runner ready and without informing the team he was hurting?
I too wish that Bradley had handled things differently. Unfortunately, his apology is more the same. Something half-baked, half-hearted, and offering nothing convincing. If this new apologetic, changed Milton Bradley had showed up on day one in Chicago, I wouldn't think this was more of the same. Unfortunately, it is more of the same Milton, except this time with an apology, one that is day a late and a dollar short for me. By the way Milton, to quote the President, you are a "jackass."