Milton Bradley is making headlines once again…this time with a few humorous personal comparisons. After being ejected from two spring training games last week, Bradley feels like people are out to get him. Earlier this week, he compared his feelings to those of a few other well-known American celebrities.
“If I was a musician, I’d be Kanye West,” Bradley said. “If I was in the NBA, I’d be Ron Artest. In baseball, they’ve got Milton Bradley. I’m that guy. You need people like me, so you can point your finger and go, ‘There goes the bad guy.”
Milton is partially right. At this point in his career, the media and fans all around baseball jump at the opportunity to criticize him. Whether it is a strikeout looking or a gaffe in the outfield, he is an easy target. But the fact is that Milton brings it on himself. A lot of it may be him paying for things he did earlier in his career. One thing is for sure, though, he can’t continue to blow up, whether it’s at the plate with umpires or in the locker room with media personnel. Each time he does, he gives more and more ammunition to his haters.
Kanye West? Ron Artest? Hmm, maybe. But I don’t really see it.
The kicker with Bradley’s comparisons is one word, success. Kanye and Artest are both quirky and sometimes irrational, but they’re successful. Kanye continues to produce popular music, whether it is behind the scenes or behind the mic. Artest is widely regarded as one of the NBA’s top defensive players, not to mention the fact that he starts on the best team in the league, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Sure, Kanye had a major “moment of stupidity” at the MTV Video Music Awards when he embarrassed the innocent Taylor Swift on stage. And yes, he has done a few other things that may have rubbed people the wrong way. Overall, though, he manages to steer clear of controversy for the most part.
Years ago, Artest was known as the psycho of the NBA…the brawl at the Palace, the confrontations with coaches, and the technical fouls. But now, he seems to be able to successfully keep his emotions in check. As a matter of fact, last year in the playoffs Artest was the one trying to avoid confrontation when he and Kobe Bryant got tangled up.
So not only are the two celebrities in question successful, they seem to have cooled off over the years. Bradley? Not so much.
No offense, Milton, but after some thought, I don’t quite agree with your comparison. You see, the media is only going to criticize you if you actually do something worthy of criticism.
And if you’re going to be MLB’s wild child, you might want to try putting up some halfway-decent numbers. Until then, you are the bad guy.