The Cubs paid Milton Bradley $10 million for 40 runs batted in this season.
Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the water...
These waters could still be infested with the shark known as Milton Bradley. And you better believe that when there's a shark, I'm not swimming.
OK, enough "Jaws" references.
I thought this thing was a done deal.
No chance for Bradley to come back as a Cub in 2010, correct? The general manager suspended him for the last half of September, his manager constantly fought with him and once called Bradley a piece of [garbage], fans booed him, and not one teammate stuck up for him.
Ryan Theriot told us on the Waddle and Silvy show that the only time Milton was happy as a Cub was when he won a card game on the team flight. Even when Bradley hit a home run, Theriot added, Bradley wasn't happy.
Oh yes, he also massively underachieved. No, driving in 40 runs isn't a criteria for the 40/40 club!
Eat most of his salary in a trade, take on another bad contract, or just release him. Those were the only options.
Not so fast. Here comes Rod Marinelli in baseball cleats. It's hitting "guru" Rudy Jaramillo.
Good track record. I guess it can't hurt. Don't know how much it will help, but it can't hurt.
I'd like to hear your feedback ... is there any more overrated position in pro sports than a hitting coach?
Meantime, Alfonso Soriano actually said he likes Jaramillo because he speaks Spanish.
Hey Sori, you were "muy malo" in '09.
But back to Milton. I guess Jaramillo has a good relationship with Bradley. And some actually believe that the Cubs could try to mend this fence.
Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you Jim Hendry!
Please tell me you're not dumb enough to bring Milton back. Just say game over.
If it's not, it will be over for me.
As a lifelong suffering Cubs fan who has enjoyed Wrigley Field hundreds of times starting with my first game in 1975 against the San Francisco Giants, I hereby announce that I will NOT attend a game in 2010 as long as Bradley is on this team. I will not pay for tickets, will not accept comps, will not sit on the rooftops, won't give them my seven bucks for a beer -- or many beers.
What difference will this make? Who knows? The only other boycott I've taken on was in 2006. Others joined me and seats were empty. Enough for the Tribune to notice. They dismissed the team's president Andy McPhail and spent a ton of money. Division titles followed in '07 and '08.
I know the economy is bad now, Tom Ricketts, but it's time to cash out of the Milton Bradley investment or you lose me.
Some may call me a bad fan, so be it.
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Marc Silverman is a co-host of "Waddle & Silvy," mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1000. Send comments, questions and feedback by clicking here.