Thursday, June 12, 2008
Milton Bradley stormed out of the Texas Rangers clubhouse after an 11-5 victory Wednesday night over Kansas City and bounded up four flights of stairs looking for Royals television announcer Ryan Lefebvre.So there was no incident but you wonder what Lefebvre said to set Milton off. Well I just saw the clip on Sports Center (I'll try to get the video), and it doesn't seem like all that much. Here is Lefebvre's description and it matches with what I just saw on ESPN....
Bradley, who was the designated hitter, heard what he considered derogative remarks made by Lefebvre on a TV in the Rangers clubhouse. General manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington were close behind and intercepted Bradley before he reached Lefebvre.
Upon returning to the clubhouse, Bradley screamed at teammates and broke down in tears.
"I'm tired of people bringing me down," Bradley said. "It wears on you. I love you guys, all you guys. I'm strong, but I'm not that strong. All I want to do is play baseball and make a better life for my kid than I had."
"It was a conversation about how Josh Hamilton has turned his life around and has been accountable for his mistakes," Lefebvre told The Associated Press. "Right now, it seems like the baseball world and fans are rooting for him. ... It doesn't seem like Milton Bradley has done the same thing in his life."I would love to know how Bradley even found out that he was being talked about and who explained what was said to him. The comments weren't necessarily great but much much worse has been said about Bradley over the years. I feel bad for the guy because of his anger issues and he needs some regular help because he obviously struggles at times with it.
It'll be interesting to see if the Royals ask for an apology from Ryan Lefebvre.
Update: TSB has the video I was referring to....
Bradley upset with comments by Royals announcer (AP)