CHICAGO - Milton Bradley said he’s experienced plenty of hatred during his rough first season with the Chicago Cubs after signing a three-year, $30 million contract.
Bradley has been booed at times by the impatient fans at Wrigley Field during Chicago’s disappointing season.
Bradley went 4 for 4 on Tuesday night with a homer but talked after the game about how difficult it has been to be comfortable “when you don’t get a hit and get booed every time.
“When I go home and look in the mirror, I like what I see. My family is there I have people I can talk to who are very supportive, in spite of everything and all the adversity and the hatred you face on a daily basis. But I’ll be all right. I always have.”
Asked Wednesday to elaborate on his comments from the previous night after a 15-6 Cubs loss, Bradley said:
“I’m talking about hatred, period. I’m talking about when I go to eat at a restaurant. I’ve got to listen to the waiters badmouthing me at another table, sitting in a restaurant. That’s what I’m talking about. Everything.”
Bradley took a .259 average with 10 homers and only 32 RBIs into Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Nationals, hugely disappointing numbers for a player brought into help the Cubs reach the next level after back-to-back division titles. Instead, they began play Wednesday nine games out of first.
Cubs fans have let Bradley hear it. There were a few scattered boos Wednesday night after he struck out in the first inning.
Left fielder Alfonso Soriano, who’s also struggled this season, said ignoring the fans who boo is the best way to shut them up and off.
“You cannot listen to those fans because they pay their money, they can do whatever they want. But if you listen, they want to do it more,” Soriano said. “But if you ignore them like ‘I don’t care,’ they want to get tired.”
Bradley, known for emotional outbursts throughout his career, said what he’s gone through is not new and is not surprising.
“It’s nothing that just started when Milton Bradley came here,” he said.
So does he regret signing with the Cubs, who are his seventh major league team?
“I don’t regret anything,” he said. “I regret that there are idiots in the world, that’s what I regret.”
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