08/26/09 1:02 AM ET
Bradley speaks after big night at plate
Despite 4-for-4 effort, Cubs slugger not comfortable
By Andrew Simon / MLB.com
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.