Milton Bradley Pulls Race Card, Gives it to Lou Piniella
August 27, 2009
(Chicago, IL) – As the Chicago Cubs continue to fade down the stretch, fans continue to voice their displeasure with the team’s poor performance. Boos rain down like so many hurtful rain drops.
But one Cub says he’s been feeling the wrath of fans more than anyone else.
Outfielder Milton Bradley has struggled to adjust to Wrigley Field, and has recently suggested that his difficult stems, in part, from the treatment he receives from the bleacher bums in right field. In fact, this week Bradley took his concerns to a whole new level: he pulled the race card.
And he promptly gave it to manager Lou Piniella.“Yeah, I’m not really sure what to do with this,” Piniella said as he turned a small greeting card over in his hands. “I mean, I know he claimed there were some racist taunts out there, but I never thought it was this bad.”
“I also never thought Hallmark would make a card for this occasion.”
Bradley says he got the race card back in his Los Angeles days after a particularly strong confrontation with teammate Jeff Kent. The card features a message of brotherhood and camaraderie on the front, but when opened, a pop-out version of the Reverend Al Sharpton admonishes the reader that, “Snap! You racist!”
“Sometimes, you need a little card to say what you can’t say,” Bradley explained. “And this here race card, it does the trick.”
Though Bradley cautioned that the race card is only to be offered in the most serious situations, he conceded that he’s given it to a grocer who refused to honor an expired coupon, to a woman who bumped him on the street, and twice to his own mother.
“She claims she forgot my birthday. How many times should I have to deal with that kind of prejudice?”