Mark posted yesterday that the Cubs finalized the deal with Rudy Jamarillo to be their hitting coach. In the ESPN Chicago article on the signing, it mentioned “The 59-year-old Texas native coached both Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley during their time with the Rangers. Bradley had his best major league season in 2008 under Jaramillo’s tutelage when he lead the AL in OPS.” – (Source)
You don’t think Hendry would be dumb enough to think this signing might be the missing piece to making Bradley work in Chicago, do you?
Marc Silverman of ESPN 1000 went as far as to say that if Hendry makes that decision, he’s not going to any of the games this year.
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.
Many others will follow me. If you’d like to be one of them, please join my Facebook group. (Source)
I don’t think we’ll see Bradley back in 2010, but I’m not 100% certain. There were rumors at one point that the Padres were possibly interested, but the GM at the time, Kevin Towers, is gone. There are rumors that the Padres are close to signing Jed Joyer as their new GM. Hoyer was an asst. GM in Boston, where they have said they value players who don’t make outs and play hard. Milton fits that bill. Perhaps Hoyer will want to take a chance.