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Milton Bradley talks … Milton Bradley

May 23, 2010, 11:34 AM EST

bradley headshot.JPGMariners outfielder Milton Bradley spoke Saturday with ESPN.com’s Elizabeth Merrill on the strides he’s made as a person since running into trouble in early May with Seattle management.  He’s grateful for the help that the M’s have given him this season and was hoping for similar assistance last year in Chicago, but failed to ever ask.

“I wanted to take some time out, get my thoughts together, and just
speak to someone and get an understanding from somebody unbiased,”
Bradley said. “But you can’t really do that in Chicago. There’s just
too much going on.”

Sounding calm and collected in a 45-minute interview with ESPN.com, he attempted to explain why he acts foolishly at times.  He claims it’s because he cares, sometimes too much.

“Because I’m a big guy, a 210-pound, 6-foot baseball player, I’m strong
and can hit a baseball a long way,” Bradley said. “But I’m still human.
My heart still pumps the same blood as everyone else. I have feelings
and emotions, and my feelings are deep and strong.”

Bradley, 32, is 5-for-16 with three runs scored since being activated from the restricted list last week.  The Mariners, as a team, are 2-2 over that span.

  1. FunkyD - May 23, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    You act like an idiot because you are big overrated egotistical racist blowhard, try a dose of humility and you might find out that life is easier for you and those around you.
    A little self-restraint would go a long way, too.

  2. LG - May 23, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Milton – what makes you so special? You have the whole off season to get help, why should fans suffer by seeing you throw a tantrum because you are so egotistical? You know what – grow up. People all around you have issues and deal with them. Do you realize how lucky you are to be a pro baseball player? It will be sad when that hits you and its too late to do anything about it.

  3. jeff jefferson - May 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    He claims it’s because he cares, sometimes too much.
    Wow! Caring about yourself and your paycheck now qualifies as an excuse for poor behavior. You go Milton. Keep stealing that money from the Mariners.

  4. The Watcher - May 23, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    try a dose of humility… A little self-restraint would go a long way, too.

    Pot, meet kettle.

  5. Sunny - May 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    How exactly do fans “suffer” LG? I’ve heard of suffering in Haiti.
    I’ve heard of suffering in Thailand. I’ve heard of suffering in Africa. But I don’t think I’ve quite heard how baseball fans “suffer” because of a ball player. Geez, if Milton Bradley is causing (or has caused) you or any other person to suffer because of baseball maybe it’s you that needs to GROW UP. Ask yourself this question LG: do you realize how lucky you are to be alive?

  6. Buckwheat - May 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Fools, fools, fools…..where are this people coming from? They should be out trying to help in their community instead of trying to analyze somebody based on what sportwriters and reporters put out on the media.

  7. Dennis Peters - May 23, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Another joke for the Seattle Mariners. This guy is irrelevant. Not knocking the fact that he’s rich, he was lucky enough to be a MLB player. Give him credit. But Milton…clip coupons, put the car payment on hold so you can eat, look at the gas prices.You are an angry, angry man…and you have more than 99% of most humans. Shhhhhh.

  8. beezo - May 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    While i respect MB for somewhat accepting responsibility for his actions, as a dodger fan, I have to say the ethier for bradley trade was a good idea. Do you guys remember when milton bradley got injured arguing a call? That was awesome.

  9. JFK - May 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Just goes to show that no matter how much one is over-paid, you can’t by maturity!! Being a Chicago Cubs fan, I wanted him to succeed in Chicago – but he couldn’t get out of his *own* warped, twisted, emotional wreck way. FunkyD is exactly right – *no humility.* Here’s a news flash Moron Bradley – you aren’t that good, admit it and just grow up! Care too much – only about yourself and your selfish goals. Opinion not from the media but from watching with my own two eyes.

  10. Jack Meoffer - May 23, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Boo friggin’ hoo. He’s a clubhouse trouble maker and now he is emotional like all of us. You know what he really is, and not like the rest of us, LOONEY TUNES. He’ll be babbling to himself, broke and on some street in about 10 years. I don’t believe him for one second.

  11. Luvheat - May 23, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    There’s no doubt that Bradley is so full of himself that he needs to nationally admit he uses the same blood we do. He, without a doubt, is still headcase!!

  12. Luvheat - May 23, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    learn to spell before complaining about others

  13. Luvheat - May 23, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Well that is WAAAAY overstated. The Dodgers got a Player and got rid of a HUGE mistake

  14. Luvheat - May 23, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Wow…why do you even read sports?

  15. Chris W - May 23, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Well, I’m glad the high-and-mighty brigade came out to rain a torrent of smug judgment on a guy upon the appearance of an interview in which he admits his own weaknesses. It’s definitely not obnoxious at all. Good on ya, pricks!!! :)

  16. Heather - May 23, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Yay for you Milton! It takes a lot to ask fer help regarding personal issues regardless of race, age, sex, money or whatever…and then to put that in the headlines and have to deal with it publicly. Shame on those who judge…you don’t know what it’s like to live his life. Or what he deals with. Gooooooooo Mariners! Classy organization that helps it’s people…gotta love em =]

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  19. ILikeIke - May 23, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    What does race, age or sex have to do with anything? He wanted the same “help” from Chicago but “failed to ask”? Hell with Milton Bradley. Terribly overrated, terribly bad for the clubhouse and, from all appearances, just a terrible all around person.
    Nice of the Mariners to look after their investment but that investment has a brain of his own and the money to seek professional help. Don’t complain because your boss didn’t help you get your crap together at your old job.

  20. Dan - May 24, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Thats all fine and good Milton. Good luck as you better prove you can still hit if you want teams to put up with your crap.

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