Milton Bradley is a good pick up for the Cubs, because he's a damn good ball player with great plate discipline, but more importanly, he's got the attitude that a team of loveable losers needs in order to grind it out in the playoffs.
With the exception of Carlos Zambrano and Lou Pinella, there is no one on the current Cubs' team that I would take to a street fight. There's no Randy Johnsons, or Kevin Youkilis's or Manny Ramirez's on this team. There's no meanness. Aramis - nice guy; Soriano - such a nice guy; Soto - what a sweet guy; Theriot - what an angel. Fukudome - won't rock the boat. D. Lee......you get the idea. Who on the current Cubs roster comes to the plate with that Manny-esque attitude? Noone. Who instills fear in the oppostion? No one. I'm tired of having all these nice, good-guys. Even our poster boys for the franchise fall into this category....Sandberg, Williams, Banks, Santo--what a bunch of nice guys.
Milton Bradley has a fighting spirit, and that is more than I can say about the Cubs team as a whole and their past playoff performances. When you get to the playoffs, its about who wants it more, who is going to scap it out to win, and who has the psychological advantage to pummel the opposition one at bat at a time. When Bradley comes to the plate, he brings a certain toughness and meanness that is missing in this team, and he backs it up with a good stick. If some of this attitude can rub off on some of the other players maybe we'll actually put up a fight next season in the playoffs, and get mad. We need to get mad.
Make no mistake. The signing is a risk. It's a risk because he's injury prone, and the idea of him going on the DL in April scares the hell out of me. But, based on all accounts from former teammates, Milton Bradley is no Terrell Owens. He's a great team mate, and an old school ball player who happens to care and fight with a spirit that I haven't seen from the Cubs in my lifetime. Who doesn't want that?! That's exactly what this team needs !! In old, WWF parlance, we need more Junkyard Dog, and less Leaping Lenny Poppa. Or, in NBA terms, less pretty-boy LA Laker and more bad-boy Detroit Piston.
Let's not forget - these are "The Cubs"....the loveable, huggable, cuddley baby bears. IF we're going to overcome 100 years of losing and 100 years of being labeled wimps (which is certainly the long-established perception around the league), then we need to get some attitude and some fight. Milton Bradley brings that to this team, and as someone who wants to see the Cubs get mad, and fight and win, I like it.