Milton Bradley: Look In The Mirror, Just Look In The Mirror

Ryne E. HancockCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2010

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 25:  Milton Bradley of the Seattle Mariners poses during photo media day at the Mariners spring training complex on February 25, 2010 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As an African-American, I know that racism is still alive.

I know this.

But while I could go on and on about the injustices of this world from my point of view as an African-American, I will say this: Regardless of what color you are, if you play like horse manure, you deserve to get booed.


On Wednesday morning at my office, I watched the ESPN interview with Milton Bradley, which was more like watching college softball with the really gorgeous-looking players.

According to Bradley, he said that Chicago is a tough place to play in if you're African-American.

That's the same crap that Latroy Hawkins said six years ago, despite the fact that Hawkins that year in Chicago had nine blown saves and with that, came the booing from the Wrigley faithful as the Cubs missed the playoffs.

But Ryan Dempster faced the same type of booing that Hawkins did when he underperformed.

The only difference was race, but it was the same scenario.

Regardless of color, if you don't perform, you're going to get booed if you're an athlete.


When Todd Hundley flipped the bird in 2002, Cubs fans everywhere began to hate him.

And he's white.

I've said this same spiel so much, that if I had a dime for every time I heard last season how the fans hated Bradley and how he didn't feel he belonged in the clubhouse, I'd be upper middle-class.


If Bradley was hitting .280, 20 homers, and drove in 70-80 runs as well as being a team player in Chicago, maybe the Cub fans would have embraced him.

But that didn't happen.

As Ryan Dempster and Jim Hendry said, Bradley needs to look in the mirror at the main problem.

It's staring right back at him.