Milton Bradley, Take a Look in the Mirror

Ryne E. HancockCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2009

On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs' career of the most disappointing guy to hit Chicago, ever since Kevin Orie, ended.

No, it wasn't Alfonso Soriano (who I'm sure isn't going anywhere, anytime soon), but your favorite moody right fielder, Milton Bradley.

Bradley was suspended by the Cubs prior to the Cubs-Cardinals game in St. Louis, which was won by the Cubs 6-3 in 11 innings, after a three-run home run by Jake Fox.

The reason for the suspension was due to the fact that Bradley, who was signed by the team to a $30 million deal before the start of the 2009 season, has constantly ripped the team and its fans for a variety of reasons and in the process, overstayed his welcome in the Windy City.

I wrote about this back in August, concerning the fact that Bradley, who has something that a lot of people would wantto have, a talent to share with the world, but instead of channeling that talent, he becomes a world-class a**hole with his team. The result being a one-way ticket out of town.

According to Bradley, he said that he felt isolated in the clubhouse by his teammates.

Not true.

You're only isolated because you sir, choose to be isolated from your teammates.

Judging from what Ryan Dempster said and this is from one of the funniest guys in baseball, if you don't have a desire to play every day and have fun, then the biggest problem isn't the team.

But you.

If I don't reach out to people on the campus of Christian Brothers University, where I am a senior, and isolate myself to the point where I'm locked in my room all the time instead of enjoying life, it's not CBU's fault, but my own.

Bradley claims that it was a racist environment at Wrigley Field, which was the same thing that LaTroy Hawkins said five years ago.

As I said in August, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Fergie Jenkins were black superstars who loved playing in Wrigley Field and white fans embraced them with open arms, despite the fact that Chicago has always been a city with terrible race relations.

What happened was that Bradley, unlike Banks or Williams before him, as well as Derrek Lee and Soriano now, didn't perform to the best of his abilities.

Trust me, I'm sure there were a small minority that said racist things in the bleachers, but when you don't perform to the best of your abilities, whether it's school, your job, or even on the diamond, don't expect appreciation for your work.

That's life.

You brush your shoulders off, move on, and be a team player.

Obviously, Mr. Bradley didn't get the message and now he's paying for it.


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