Milton's Really, Really Sorry

"I chose Chicago as a free agent," Bradley said in the statement,
"because I wanted to be part of finally bringing a championship to Cubs
fans. I expected to have a great season and I am deeply disappointed by
my performance and the team's struggles. I played every game with
everything that I had and wanted to desperately win.

"My frustration and disappointment boiled over and I said and did
certain things that I regret," he said. "In hindsight, I wish that I
had handled certain things differently and I apologize for those things
that did not work out for the better.

"The air has been cleared," he said, "and we all want to move on and look forward to better days."

The union will not file a grievance and Milton will be paid for the rest of the year, but not rejoining the team.


I believe him!!!
What's there to doubt!!?!?!?

Tell it walking.

I always love the transparently ghost-written quality of these apologies, though Milton's has a juco quality to it with the misplaced "desperately" modifier. Imagine him shaking hands with Jimbo and saying, "The air has been cleared."

Maybe I've finally found my way into a baseball job. I'm off to see if has been registered yet.

I envision that the apology was co-written on a napkin during a dinner meeting between MB and Jimbo.

..."and wanted to desperately win"

Jim: yeah, like favorite Eagles album

MB: Eagles? Never heard of em. I listen to Rage Against the Machine

..."The air has been cleared"

Jim: sniff, sniff (looks around)

MB: who cut the cheese?

"and look forward to better days".

MB: What else ya got?

Jim: That's all we got (to write).

more Muskat...

cubs players didn't know about Milton Bradley's apology until shown the statement handed out to media Wednesday

cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly on life w/out Bradley: "The last 3 days have been better than any of the days he was here"

Speaking of missing and the grass-is-greener, what is the Cubs record 2009 w/o Sorry-ano.

He should apologize too!!!

Interesting that Bruce Miles (Miles mannered reporter for...) article in the herald has a Hendry quote to follow the Bradley statement. Also Hendry hasn't talked to Bradley, just his agent Seth Levinson.

"It's done," Hendry said. "There's nothing. It's over. There's no story."
Poof. No story? Unless that quote was in the recovery room after JH's frontal lobotomy.

"The air has been cleared."

So there. Nuff said then. That fixes everything. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming, which is already in progress (Cut to Andy Griffith Show, in medias res, which, by coincidence, is one of the episodes with Howard Morris playing Ernest T. Bass).

Here's the sun-times/Wittenmeyer take:

The Cubs have filed the required written notice of the suspension, and they expect no grievance from the players' union.
Hendry said speculation of a grievance was a non-story. When asked about Bradley's future with the team, Hendry said: "We'll worry about next season when this one is over."

By all accounts, next season will not include Bradley in a Cubs uniform. Or, for that matter, ever.

Shark takes a bite of a Narveson pitch...

BB says, Samardzija goes oppo!

Alright, that's a respectful enough apology. In other news, has he been traded yet? What's the hold up?

In all seriousness, this is a rather boilerplate apology from a PR point of view. Take ownership of the bad behavior, apologize for it, look forward to better days ahead... And I can understand why he wouldn't want to do this in person in front of the Chicago sports media.

I guess for me the news isn't so much his apology, but the fact that he's working with someone from the Cubs to improve his image for the trading block this off season.

I saw MB's last game (9/17) as a member of the Cubs in person. As the only game we got into this year, it's an interesting distinction. I'll remember that and Jody Gerut's slam. Typical. Oh, and I had Wells in my fantasy lineup. Maybe I should have kept the stub.

Before the game, I was dumbfounded to find myself trying to defend MB in conversation (in the "it's not all his fault" kind of way). I still feel that way to an extent, but his season has really been a comedy of errors. When I think of the game where he threw the ball into the RF bleachers with two outs, I truly believe he was told to do it and had it in his head so much that it led to the timing faux pas. "Toss a ball to them the next time you get a chance." Doh!

Has it been said that MB has a persecution complex? There is something called that, right? If not, we coin it after him. But there seems to be some bad luck in there, too. Oh well.

I realize it's petty to look back now, but how did we not sign Abreu? That one still puzzles me.

The feeling is mutual, Milton. We are also sorry. Sorry you ever darkened our door.

Some would say That has racist overtones.

Did you boo him? As much as white players?

Would you say a crazy, under-achieving, over-paid, white player "whitened our door", then?

Cotts was boo'ed. I can't speak for everyone, but in general Cub fans dislike anyone who sucks at the game of baseball. That's your cue to go on about OBP...

But I don't really care about his OBP, he's not clutch, he's barely a tier B player.


This is going to be a long off season.

You are all racist rocks not living in the real world.

My apologies, poor choice of words perhaps, but that is a pretty familiar phrase, and not a racist one.

But I'm sorry we signed him. His teammates clearly hated him, and his on-field performance was very poor.

Cards lose, clinch tie with Cubs loss though.

It's alright. We're still in this thing. All we need is 9 Cardinal losses and 10 Cub wins. Nothing that either team has done at any point this season, but there's a first time for everything, right guys?!? Right?!?!

/slitting wrists

It's WAYY too early to panic.

....I can't wait to see the looks on their faces....

Was it over when Esteban German bombed Pearl Harbor?

I thought Shark looked OK, and was the victim of some bad luck -- Prince hit a high, harmless foul pop-up that the lumbering Jake Fox couldn't get to, then Prince whacked the next pitch for a 2-run HR to LF.

Nice consistent 95+ fastball, but he still needs other pitches.

Still seems to have bullpen stuff, to me. Come in for an inning, air out at 97-98 mph, have a seat.

Per Bob Brenley: The league has figured Jake Fox out.

Slider that starts in the middle of the plate and breaks low and away is "kryponite" to Fox. Jake is hitting .234 in Aug/Sept.

Lol...a slider like that is kryptonite to a lot of hitters...

Let's see if he can adjust to what they are doing to him?

Samardzija is still not a guy you want to depend on in the rotation or bullpen right now, but he has a future in the rotation and no better time to give him some MLB experience than when your team is out of it anyways.

Loved the homer.

And I agree on Jake Fox, too. Now is when you find out what a guy is made of... It's not uncommon to see a guy come up and have some success right away. The question is how does he handle a struggle? Can he rediscover success? I'd like to see Lou play Jake Fox the rest of the year just for this reason. Sure he's seen some difficult sliders, but that's not an excuse it's part of the game.

I think we talked about this in parachat last night, Ryno, and it does happen a lot. A lot of times guys run into the kryponite but then they figure it out. Or they don't. If I'm Lou I make SURE he's in there when a guy with a nasty slider is in there.

Was that before or after we determined this team is one Jew short of success?

LOL, gotta love parachat and its righteous, PC banter.

I think the league has figured out Soriano too.

You can purchase The Milton Bradley Apology if you order NOW, but SSS (Sincerity Sold Seperately).

Fuld and Grabow are Jewish...8 more and the Cubs will have enough for the first mlb team minyon.

Too bad we traded Marquis

Do i get a free Sham-Wow with a purchase within 30 minutes?

Per wscr...

Ricketts purchase of the Cubs approved by backruptcy court. On to the mlb owners.

"Ricketts purchase of the Cubs approved by backruptcy court. On to the mlb owners."

I don't know how this sale can go through now. Is the cost of Milton's apology already built in or something?

As awful as the Bradley signing looks in hindsight, I wonder if things would have been different if the Cubs had gotten off to a good start and Bradley had played well out of the gate.

I suspect that Bradley's psyche can only function in either very positive or very low-pressure situations. But once the Cubs and Bradely both got off to a slow start and the fan frustration began to boil over, Bradley began to crumble and Hendry's gamble was cooked.

I wonder if things would have been different if the Cubs had gotten off to a good start and Bradley had played well out of the gate.

I dont think that there is any question. It absolutely would have been different.

I wonder if my life would have been different if I was 6'10" tall and good at basketball...

Coulda, shoulda, woulda...

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  • Good work!

    John Beasley 44 min 7 sec ago view
  • crunch 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • My guy Addy

    jacos 7 hours 22 min ago view
  • oh, another a.russell HR...whatever.

    crunch 7 hours 36 min ago view
  • Dylan Cease throwing gas tonight for the Emeralds. In first three innings, has hit 100 mph six times, averaging 98 mph

    Eric S 7 hours 55 min ago view
  • Can I get a gif of Joe West's jowls waving as he chews gum?

    /Asking for a friend

    jacos 8 hours 18 min ago view
  • my gawd...that castillo-to-bryant pickoff was a thing of beauty. the knock on him in the minors being slow out of the crouch is looking less like a thing.

    crunch 8 hours 30 min ago view
  • bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*

    crunch 13 hours 27 min ago view
  • real shame I missed this week's episode of The Crunch Reporter.

    It's highly unusual.

    It does matter a little.

    It matters much less than you think.



    Rob G. 13 hours 29 min ago view
  • four winds field is awesome. it's crazy how minor league parks have "grown up" since the 80s/90s and that park was one of the late-80s models that showed a low-capacity ballpark could look like you're at something other than a highschool baseball game.

    crunch 14 hours 35 min ago view
  • On another topic....I returned to South Bend last night for the 2nd time this season (still haven't tried either the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich nor "The Porknado", as the drive home is over an hour and that could get ugly), and was pleasantly surprised to find D. Underwood pitching in a rehab start. He looked good -- although, to be fair, these are low-A hitters -- fastball consistently at 94-95 (if the SB scoreboard is to be believed -- several pitches were clocked in the 30s...) and with good location.

    billybucks 15 hours 43 min ago view
  • he gains nothing, no advantage, no saving of resources, nothing...there is not a cost/benefit tradeoff...him letting the running game go on around him for others to control isn't gaining him an advantage elsewhere. it's putting him at a disadvantage even if it's not cashed in with a run.

    crunch 18 hours 23 min ago view
  • And out of respect for the rest of TCR, I'm done on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the other camp, but time to let it go. (Until the next Lester start. I kid.)


    Tito 18 hours 27 min ago view
  • He is putting himself at a disadvanage. But how much of one relative to the rest of his game? He's not Justin Germano -- he's inarguably one of the best SPs in baseball, issue or not. It would be more of thing to discuss ad nauseum if it constantly caused him to give up runs and lose games. But it doesn't.


    Tito 18 hours 36 min ago view
  • shouting down my points about lester with "well, it didn't hurt" is like saying it doesn't matter if a guy starts out walking 3 guys every inning as long it's followed by a K and a double play.

    it's like elevating ERA and wins to a high level while ignoring what it took to get there.

    crunch 18 hours 42 min ago view
  • I'm asking how much it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this year. Do you have that answer?

    I legitimately don't recall you answering that quesion, apart from the condescending silliness you just posted. So if you did answer specifically about the impact of Lester's issue, I'd like to re-read it. Thanks.


    Tito 18 hours 55 min ago view