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Bradley bitter about 'badmouthing' from Cubs fans
By Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 8/26/2009 8:54 PM | Updated: 8/26/2009 8:54 PM

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Get in and get out.

That's all Milton Bradley says he wants to do at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs right fielder responded forcefully but calmly Wednesday to follow-up questions about his comments from Tuesday night, when he talked of facing "hatred."

Although he said he has no regrets about signing with the Cubs, he said he hopes the games at Wrigley Field are over as quickly as possible.

Bradley was asked by writers Wednesday about saying it was hard for him to feel comfortable because of "all the adversity and the hatred you face on a daily basis."

Told that some in the media and public were construing his comments to mean he has been the victim of racial abuse, Bradley said, ironically: "America doesn't believe in racism."

Bradley, a black man, was asked if he was talking about "hatred" in terms of baseball performance or "hatred" of a personal kind.

"I'm talking about hatred, period," he said. "I'm talking about when I go to eat at a restaurant, I've got to listen to the waiters badmouthing me at another table, sitting in a restaurant, that's what I'm talking about. Everything.

"All I'm saying is I just pray the game is nine innings so I can be out there the least amount of time as possible and go home."

It's yet another chapter in a controversial season for the 31-year-old Bradley, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Cubs last season.

Bradley was kicked out of his first Wrigley Field game this year and subsequently suspended for allegedly bumping an umpire. He heard boos at Wrigley Field in June for posing after catching a flyball and throwing the ball into the stands before there were three outs.

Asked if he regretted coming here, Bradley responded: "I don't regret anything. I regret that there are idiots in the world. That's what I regret."

Other people with the Cubs, from management to players, said they would urge Bradley to block out what he hears from the stands. General manager Jim Hendry said he had not yet talked to Bradley about his remarks.

Field manager Lou Piniella said a player should "block yourself away from the stands as much as possible," and he praised Cubs fans in general.

"We have good fans here," Piniella said. "I've been here three years. The fans support you as well as anywhere I've been. You're going to hear some boos sometime. There's no question about it. But you've got to be able to not pay attention to those things. If you can do that, I think your life is a lot easier."

Left fielder Alfonso Soriano has heard his share of boos from the left-field crowd. He said it's best not to pay attention to it.

"You cannot listen to those fans because they pay their money, they can say whatever they want," Soriano said. "If you listen, they want to do it more. If you ignore, it, they're going to get tired."