Milton Bradley, Making Us Laugh Out Loud

By Keith Glab 8/23/05

Now that Milton Bradley is injured again, heís free to say silly things to reporters. Here are a few good ones made just minutes after Bradley described his feud between teammate Jeff Kent and himself a "dead issue."

The problem is, he doesn't know how to deal with African-American people. I think that's what's causing everything. It's a pattern of things that have been said -- things said off the cuff that I don't interpret as funny. It may be funny to him, but it's not funny to Milton Bradley. But I don't take offense to that because we all joke about race in here. Race is an issue with everything we do in here.

First of all, letís congratulate Milton for filling our Rickey Hendersonless lives with someone speaking about himself in the third person. Next, letís take a poll as to how many people read those comments as someone who isnít taking offense. He wouldnít have made this statement if he werenít offended, so why did he say that heís not offended?

What happened is that Kent said something to Bradley about not scoring from first base on a double during Saturdayís game.

At no time am I going to let somebody question my hustle, my injury or question my motivation for playing. I watch him on the field, and I follow in his footsteps and the things he does on the field. As far as off the field, he has no clue about leadership. If you're going to be the leader of the team, then the need to mingle with the team and associate with the team. I mean, you can't have your locker in the corner, put your headphones in and sit in the corner reading a motocross magazine. He's in his own world. Everybody else is in this world.

So does Bradley think that Kent is questioning his hustle because he is black? Or is Bradley just jealous that Kent is perceived as the leader of the team? Surely players besides the Team Leader should call out a teammate if heís not hustling, right? Was Indiansí manager Eric Wedge not enough of an authority figure to question Bradley not running out balls put in play?

I was told in spring training I was the team leader by Paul DePodesta. By Jim Tracy. By Frank McCourt. Growing up in LA, I know how to deal with all types of people, and I do it on an everyday basis. But some people don't deal with all different types of people every day, and therefore don't know how to handle situations when they arise.

Oh yes, Milton. Youíve proven yourself to be quite the people person. I particularly like the way that you "dealt with" that speeding ticket you received back in 2003. Driving away from the cops proved a shrewd tactic, as you only had to serve a 3-day jail sentence for that. Throwing your helmet at umpire Bruce Froemming illustrated your ability to "handle situations" quite admirably. Complaining when JD Drewís signing threatened to take your center field position from you was brilliant. Oh, and getting suspended during the Dodgersí playoff run last year for assaulting fans with beer bottles was a class act through and through. What a leader!

Me being an African-American is the most important thing to me -- more important than baseball. White people never want to see race -- with anything. But there's race involved in baseball. That's why there's less than 9 percent African-American representation in the game. I'm one of the few African-Americans that starts here.

Oh, good. Since making headlines and riling up your clubhouse is more important than playing baseball correctly, youíll be happy to know that these antics of yours are making you miss time due to suspensions, and will shorten your baseball career because they make you less marketable as a player. It wonít be long before thereís even less African-American representation in the majors, as no one is going to put up with your crap once your skills start to decline.

As long as Iím black, Iím OK.

I stand corrected.