In the New York Times, Alan Schwarz profiles Texas Rangers outfielder Milton Bradley, who has apparently given up on the idea of changing his image.
“ ‘Say Hello to the Bad Guy,’ ” said Bradley, now with the Texas Rangers. “That’s going to be my song — Jay-Z, on the ‘American Gangster’ soundtrack. I’m the angry guy. I’m the bad guy. I’m through fighting it.”
¶On the bottle incident in Los Angeles: “In Oakland I was telling guys about it, and it’s like they were afraid to ask. I was describing everything — everything about the fans, what they were wearing, the sounds I heard. They were like: ‘How do you remember? You were totally out of control.’ I said: ‘I’m always in control. I’m always paying attention. I was just angry.’ ”
¶On his temper off the field: “My everyday life? I’ve never had a fight in my life. Because I can take them down with words just as easy, and that’s how I’ve always fought my battles. But people don’t fight no more. They shoot.”