Milton Bradley's Games Are Played Out

S. Wentworth DuncansonContributor IIMarch 14, 2010

CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Right fielder Milton Bradley #21 of the Chicago Cubs jogs off of the field after scoring in the first inning against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on August 28, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Here's an article that I foresee being relatively short, speaking once again on a tired topic, on a tired player, Milton Bradley. Once again, crying how its somebody else's fault why once again the door knob hit him on the ass on the way out. Same old, same old.

One thing about black athletes that I have always have a problem with, is when they infer that race or racism is involved where it isn't. To the white fans and supporters, it looks like we are complaining crybabies who "cry wolf", shifting culpability and responsibility away from themselves. It takes the validity out of the arguments of players who were really wronged and discriminated against.

Milton Bradley, just like the company who manufactures board games, is played out. Here is in Chicago, claiming that Cubs fans were racist. Ironically, not too many players have said that. It pisses me off, because I'm sure there are players that really have had instances of racism. Imagine Bradley taking responsibility, and acknowledge the real reason so many fans gave him so much heartache.

Here's a guy who inked a 3 year $40 million dollar contract and put forth a stellar season with a .257AVG 12HR 40RBI. Not to mention playing 124 games, and mediocre defense. Not to mention his volatile attitude, and his shaky (at best) relationship with his fans and teammates. When he was young, we equated it to youth. When he was older, we equated it to him being an idiot, amongst other things.

Now, 10 years after he debuted, he is playing for his eighth team. He reminds me of Carl Everett. The difference being, that Everett actually produced. Any time he left a team, he did so on bad terms. Whether it was almost fighting with fans, or his locker room tantrums which quickly became tired and unacceptable. Also, his behavior hurt his teammates. Milton hasn't played on many winning teams. That alone speaks for itself.

The fans in Chicago booed him because he played like crap. Period. He need to man up and face the fact that his play was sub-par, and he deserved what he got. It had nothing to do with race, since so many players have been through that organization and haven't complained. Again he's looking to shift blame.

Lord knows, Cubs fans have had plenty to boo about recently. After dumping tons of money into Carlos Zambrano, Derrek Lee, and Alfonso Soriano, the fans got tired of tons of money getting wasted on underachievers. Milton was that, except unlike the other three, his personality was just as bad.

His last tour of duty ended with him getting injured arguing a call, his manager pushing him back trying to restrain him, and ultimately injuring him. For some reason he thinks all of his arguing and tantrums are cute. Ten years in the majors, and hasn't played with the same team for more than two seasons. Take the hint, Milton, its your fault and not everyone elses.

Hopefully on day this guy will stop playing games. One day hell accept blame for his own screw-ups.. The tantrums could be overlooked when you are winning. Milton has been a career loser and a ticking time bomb. Time to grow up. Game over.