I Believe Milton BradleyPosted: March 11, 2010
What’s My Point?
I believe the fans at Wrigley gave Milton a hard time and maybe it was deserved, but at least 3 of those fans crossed the line.
Why Does it Matter?
I don’t hear one person coming to his defense and that tells me something isn’t right. I believe the Cubs tried as hard as they could to make him feel welcome. But I haven’t heard one quote saying it was possible that a fan crossed the line.
It has been well documented that Milton received treatment for anger management. But fans don’t care. They think, “Hey, he is a millionaire and a jerk. Watch this, I am going to yell at him until he snaps. It’ll be funny!” A fan at Wrigley tried to be funny with me also and he crossed the line.
I was in right field shagging balls during BP in 2007. I loved talking to the fans in the bleachers. In fact, I felt so comfortable with them that a guy asked to see my glove so I tossed it to him. He looked at it and threw it back down, no problem. Back to the story…
I was talking to a group of 7 and they started ragging me, but I got them to laugh and the conversation quickly turned into a Q & A session. After 15 min I told them I had to hit. When I turned my back I heard a guy spit and felt phlegm hit my left temple.
As I jogged into the dugout my eyes were watering up. I took 3 or 4 deep breaths and regained my composure. It took me over an hour to stop feeling humiliated. Someone just spit on me because he thought it would be funny and instead it burned a memory into my heart that I will never forget.
Spitting, literally, dribbles contempt, and it is the noxious, viscous disdain of the act that makes it such a powerful and intimate insult. The appeal of spitting is the effortless momentary disrespect it conveys, while the person on the receiving end must experience the full humiliation of the splash, the dribble and the ungainly wipe. Esther Addley The Guardian, Thursday 6 November 2003
So when Milton says that he was called a “derogatory comment”. I believe him. When he says his family was threatened, I believe him. Every fan isn’t a racist, just like every fan doesn’t spit on players. But based on my experience at Wrigley, I believe him.
Milton and I were teammates for 2 months with the Padres. He has a HUGE heart and was a great teammate. He just wants to have someone in his corner. I’ll be that guy Milton.