Milton Bradley is back in town, and the former Cubs pariah made it quite clear he's much happier in his new uniform.
Traded to the Mariners in the off-season after one disastrous season on the North Side, Bradley spoke with reporters before Seattle played the White Sox on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
"God bless Seattle," said Bradley, who didn't play in the game due to a calf injury.
The controversial outfielder was asked about the difference playing in Seattle and Chicago, and Bradley managed to take another shot at the Cubs.
"The people and the media, because I've never had 10 people with a camera in my face in Seattle," he said. "This is about baseball. That's what we're trying to do. It's not about everything else. You know everywhere else, it's about everything else, a story.
"In Seattle, they care about winning baseball."
Bradley, who is batting .167 with 2 home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games with the Mariners, was later interviewed by Comcast SportsNet's Chuck Garfien.
"As a black man playing this game, I just don't feel like ... you know, the majority of the media is middle-aged white guys, so I don't think you can accurately construe what I have to say, or portray me as who I am, because you don't know," Bradley said. "You don't know where I come from, nobody has ever asked those questions. They just see what they see. I never carried a gun, I never hurt anybody, but I am made out to be something I'm not.
"I'm a nerd. I graduated with a 3.7 (grade point average) from high school. I got 1,120 on my SAT. I play Scrabble on my phone with (Seattle pitcher) Shawn Kelly in the bullpen. This is stuff people don't know. I'm as non-violent, non-threatening as they come."
Peavy breaks it down: Jake Peavy found plenty of positives even after allowing 7 runs on 7 hits and a career-high 7 walks over 41/3 innings in Thursday night's loss to Tampa Bay.
A day later, Peavy said he's made two major mechanical adjustments - dropping his arm slot way down and using more of his lower body.
"We looked at more video today and we are excited where we are headed and the possibility of things to come," said Peavy, who watched film with pitching coach Don Cooper. "I promise you there are better days ahead and I'm really excited about that. I can take the stuff I had last night and harness it. Absolutely."
Peavy has only one good start in four trips to the mound this season, and that came against the Indians at Cleveland last Saturday.
But even after allowing 2 runs in 71/3 innings against the Tribe, Peavy wasn't happy with his 90-mph fastball.
Against the Rays, he touched 95 mph and was consistently at 93-94.
"I'm excited about that," Peavy said. "(Thursday) night was the first time I felt like I had the stuff to take over the ballgame with, to have some of the games I've had in the past, the high strikeouts, low hits.
"It's what I'm used to being able to do. It's the first time in a while I've really felt like I've had that stuff and capability. When you don't have it, you try to figure out if it's health related. I can't say it was a small mechanical difference. The mechanics were quite a bit different than they have been earlier in the year."
Peavy said he's going to throw two bullpen sessions before his next start, Wednesday night at Texas, to get more comfortable with the mechanical changes.