Milton Bradley unknowingly may have coined a new slogan for the 2009 Cubs after his two-game suspension was cut in half Thursday:
Bradley was referring to his belief Major League Baseball holds him more accountable than other players because of his reputation as a prime-time instigator.
But he may as well have been referring to the unpredictable Cubs, who completed a sweep of the Padres with an 11-3 victory at Wrigley Field.
Just when it looked like the Cubs were going to fold -- after Aramis Ramirez's dislocated shoulder and a bullpen implosion in Milwaukee -- they run off victories in four straight games to improve to 20-14.
Rookie Bobby Scales continued his Disney-esque adventure with a pair of doubles and four RBIs, and Ryan Dempster pitched seven strong innings and drove in a pair of runs before 39,728 sun-kissed fans.
Near the end of the game, the Cubs learned MLB had decided to cut Bradley's suspension to one game. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry voiced his displeasure with the verdict then said it was time to move on.
But Bradley, who allegedly made contact with umpire Larry Vanover after arguing a called third strike on April 16, was not in the mood to let it slide.
"I never get treated fairly," he said. "It's just me. This is exactly what I expected."
Bradley said he would have been satisfied only if the suspension was tossed out completely.
"I didn't get kicked out of the game differently than anyone else," he said. "Had a five-second exchange with the guy. He himself testified I didn't curse at him. I didn't call him by his name. I didn't threaten him. All I told him was the ball was low, inside, repeatedly, and walked off. It's just unfortunate."
So why does Bradley believe MLB is picking on him?
"I'm Milton Bradley, know what I'm saying?" he said. "You expect me to get crazy and throw stuff and do whatever, but everything is thought out. I don't do anything spur of the moment, although it may seem like that. There's a reason for everything.
"Things happen, and you move on. I don't have any regrets in life. Everything I've done that has gotten me to this point is right where I'm supposed to be."
Bradley said he "loved" Hendry for defending him and said he doesn't expect to change his approach if he has another disagreement with umpires.
"No, I've been suspended before," he said. "Justifiably. I never appealed because I knew I did wrong and I was going to take responsibility for that. In this situation, I take responsibility for my actions. ... Unfortunately, he got me in a bad call and I reacted, and I have to deal with the consequences."
Bradley will serve his suspension Friday. Hendry was livid over the decision, saying there was "no intentional contact, as was stated by [Vanover]."
"You'd have to be playing a very non-significant sport if you didn't get upset by that [call]," Hendry said. "The history of the game always has shown that [arguing] is appropriate behavior. ... I'm disappointed in the decision."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times