Bradley speaks after big night at plate
Despite 4-for-4 effort, Cubs slugger not comfortable
CHICAGO -- Milton Bradley, who's declined to speak to reporters intermittently this season, opened up after one his best games of the season Tuesday, saying, among other things, he still isn't entirely comfortable in a Cubs uniform.
Bradley went 4-for-4 with a walk and a home run in the 15-6 loss to the Nationals, but his numbers remain relatively disappointing. He is hitting .259 with 10 home runs and an OPS of less than .800 in the first year of a three-year, $30 million contract.
Cubs fans have let Bradley hear about his lack of production.
"It's hard to be comfortable when you don't get a hit, you get booed every time," Bradley said. "When I go home and look in the mirror, I like what I see. My family's there, and I have people I can talk to who are supportive in spite of everything and all the adversity and hatred you face on a daily basis. I'll be all right. I always have."
Bradley struggled through much of the first half but posted an .878 OPS in July. He had slumped recently, however, and was on an 0-for-13 slide entering play Tuesday.
Bradley also was hitting .221 left-handed, but batted from that side in all five plate appearances and managed three singles and a home run to center field. It was his second four-hit performance of the season and the month.
For Bradley, the four hits provided little solace, coming in the course of a crushing loss that dropped the Cubs nine games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central.
"If I give it everything I had, did everything I could possibly do and go 0-for-4 with four [strikeouts], I still feel the same way," Bradley said. "When you get beat, it's a loss. There's no gratitude in there."
Andrew Simon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.