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.