"I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggonit, people like me."
That was not a quote from Milton Bradley, formerly of the Chicago Cubs, and about a fourth of the teams in baseball.
He's probably not good enough. He certainly wasn't in Chicago.
I don't know how smart he is, but does a guy that acts like him have anything upstairs?
As for people liking him—well you know the answer to that one.
People can't stand him—from his teammates, coaches, managers, GM's, and the fans.
Have I left anyone out?
If they knew him, they wouldn't like him either.
He doesn't even like himself.
After departing Chicago and the debacle that was his time on the north side, Bradley vowed a few weeks ago that he was done talking about Chicago and that he was a Seattle Mariner now.
That was then, this is now.
Last week he came out in the New York Times and complained to them about his time spent in Chicago. Now he has come out to ESPN and reporter Colleen Dominguez about how poorly he was treated in the "windy city."
Bradley said he "felt like a prisoner in his own home" when he played for the Cubs last year.
"It was pretty bad," he told Dominguez. "I would have rather tore my knee up and gone through rehab all over again then have to deal with that."
Think of the torture the man went through for the first year of his $30 million contract.
I would have rather been a prisoner in the Cook County Jail then being subjected to his play on the field and his crying off of it.
Shut up already!
I thought you were done with Chicago and that was in the past.
He then plays the race card saying he received racist mail, and that even his 3-year-old child was called a derogatory name at pre-school.
I'm not saying it's impossible that he did receive racist mail, but come on, using the "N" word on his child by kids, parents, and teachers at the school. That's what he said last year when he was still with the team. His mother also alluded to that.
I'm not buying that one.
Bradley was kind enough not to blame the whole city of Chicago.
"I don't think the entire city of Chicago is racist or anything like that. If you weren't booing me, I'm not talking to you."
So now booing is racist.
How many racists were booing Todd Hundley, who was booed out of town despite his father having been a fan favorite in the '60's?
How about Kyle Farnsworth and numerous other white players that did not perform up to standards or show the type of attitude and work ethic that the fans deserved?
This is his 8th team in 11 seasons.
There is a reason for that.
I'm sure his current team, the Seattle Mariners, are questioning their decision to trade for him, wondering if he's going to ruin the chemistry in their locker room like he did with the Cubs last year.
Here's a guy who has had incidents wherever he has played, be it with the fans, teammates, umpires, broadcasters, and even his own managers.
As usual, he blames everyone except for himself.
"People don't want to see a guy that's brash and cocky and a little arrogant making a lot of money. When you get paid a lot to play this game, they expect miracles. And when you don't go out there and perform like that, then people don't like it."
Translation: I'm an ass who thinks I'm a lot better than I really am, and people shouldn't expect me to play hard or play well just because I'm making a lot of money.
The only comment Bradley made that made any sense was when he commented on Lou Piniella last year calling him a " piece of s___ " after another incident.
Piniella apologized personally to him, (I don't know why) but not in front of the team like Bradley wanted.
He said, "I accepted his apology nonetheless, because I've got enough stuff I've got to deal with."
A truer statement was never echoed, because he sure does have a lot of stuff to deal with.
Is Bradley just unlucky that all of these things keep happening to him?
Is he not to blame?
Maybe I'm one of those people expecting too much from the poor guy because he's making a lot of money. After all, it's not his fault that Jim Hendry gave him that contract.
Is Milton Bradley sane, and everybody else crazy?