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Too much ``negativity'' for Cubs' Bradley

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Not surprisingly, given his reaction to adversity and even to basic media questions this season, Milton Bradley appears to want out of Chicago as much as many in the organization seem to want him gone.

The Daily Herald's Bruce Miles got Bradley aside in the clubhouse this weekend and asked, among other things, if he had enjoyed his first season in Chicago.

``Not really,'' Bradley told him. ``It's just not a positive environment. I need a stable, healthy, enjoyable environment. There's too many people everywhere in your face with a microphone asking the same questions repeatedly. Everything is just bashing you. You go out there and you play harder than anybody on the field and never get credit for it. It's just negativity.


``And you understand why they haven't won in 100 years here, because it's negative. It's what it is.''

Asked by Miles whether he was referring to fans, media or the organization, Bradley said, ``It's everything. It's everybody.''

Everybody except Bradley, apparently.

Never mind the fact that Bradley has only 40 RBIs in 124 games this season after signing that three-year, $30 million deal to be a left-handed middle-of-the-order run producer. Or the fact that the switch-hitter slumped most of the season, until doing most of his hitting after the Cubs began fading from the race in August.

And he's still hitting just .234 left handed and just .205 overall with runners in scoring position.

But he told Miles he doesn't regret signing with the Cubs. ``I made the decision,'' he said.

Yet with the Cubs certain to try to trade him over the winter, even he knows he may not be back. ``Who knows?'' he said.

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GOOD BYE!

milton bradley sucks big ones and it sucks that what we get for him is going to be nothing cause he is nothing

I feel bad for Lou. I feel bad for Cubs fans. I feel less bad for the team management. It doesn't take much work to discover why Bradley has played for so many different teams while having as much natural talent as he has.

He is incorrigible. He cannot and will not change. Until he has been out of baseball for a decade and begins to realize he ruined his own chance at greatness, he will always blame others for his failure, both to perform and to behave.

The cubs should have let this one get away, let Hoffpaur develop more fully. There's a guy with a future.

What a pathetic loser ........Good riddance.

It's about time he requested to play in the City of Chicago for the CUBS then the fans give him a hard time for not producing. Something any athlete will receive in what ever city and team he plays for. Shows what a cry baby Bradley really is. He should never have been promoted (so to speak) to the pros because he has the attitude of a 5th grader. Or just a flat out immature child.

Milton Bradley should realize that it is negative toward him because he has sucked out loud this season. I am a life long cubs fan, I think Sweet Lou has done a super job with what he has to work with. The team is missing just one or two players to jell the team. I feel bad for the rest of the team for having to play with someone that has no intentions of winning. Oh well, next year will be different. GO CUBS!

THE CUBS SHOULD MAKE SURE HE DOESN'T COMMIT HARM TO HIMSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE, I KNOW WHAT HE HAS DONE LOOKS VERY BAD, BUT IT IS OBVIOUS THE MAN IS REACHING OUT FOR HELP, I DON'T THINK HE SHOULD RETURN TO THE CUBS, BUT I DON'T THINK ANYONE WANTS TO SEE THE GUY HURT HIMSELF OR ANOTHER, THERE IS SOMETHING BOTHERING HIM, IT ISN'T MONEY, IT IS PEACE OF MIND!
YOU CAN CALL HIM ALL THE NAMES YOU WANT, THE MAN NEEDS MENTAL HELP, AND THE CUBS SHOULD INTERVENE, SINCE HE STILL IS A CUB ON PAPER, EVERYONE CANNOT PLAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, HE SHOULD BE HAPPY NOT SAD ALL THE TIME, HE IS A TIMEBOMB READY TO GO OFF!
IT REMINDS YOU OF THE TO SITUATION WITH DALLAS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN HIS PUBLICIST SAID HE HAD SO MANY MILLIONS OF REASONS TO BE HAPPY TO BE A COWBOY, WELL MILTON BRADLEY HAS 20 MILLION REASONS TO BE HAPPY TO BE A CUB!
HIS DAYS AS A BIG LEAGUE BALLPLAYER MAY BE OVER!

Accoring to Milton, he "played harder than anybody on the field?" Last Thursday, I watched him turn Prince Fielder's single into a triple. He jogged to the ball, missed it, and KEPT JOGGING! Fukodome, had to hussle to back him up, and prevent Fielder from getting an inside-the-park homerun.

Goodbye Milton, you even offended a White Sox fan!

This guy is garbage. He not only sucks, but has the balls to complain. Kevin Gregg was equally as pathetic but at least he kept his mouth shut. Same for Soriano.

Milton is truly one-of-a-kind. And it is hard to believe Hendry made this choice. Having Bobby Abreu, Raul Ibanez, Adam Dunn, or even MARK DEROSA could have changed this season, not only because they could actually drive in runs, but by mere virture of Milton-child's absence. (16-9 without him, .640 winning percentage.) If the Cubs were 5 games ahead of the Cardinals on July 31, instead of TIED, Cardinals don't even make those moves for Holliday and DeRosa.

Plus Hendry had inside information (or should) that we don't even have (as if he needed any more stories about Bradley.) Hendry gets 90% of this blame to Milton's 10%.

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