The Curse Of The Scapegoat: Chicago Media’s Need For a Fall Guy

September 9, 2009 by  

Milton Bradley and Sammy Sosa have more in common than their uniform number.

Bradley, who this winter signed a three-year, 30 million-dollar deal to patrol what was once Sosa's domain in right field at Wrigley Field, came to the Windy City amidst persistent murmurs about his incendiary past, as well as his fragility over the past three seasons or so. He immediately had to answer questions about how he thought his presence would affect team chemistry, and about what had prompted so many of his past explosions.

During Spring Training, however, as Bradley proceeded to win over the clubhouse and hit over .400 in Cactus League play, the whispers began to quiet down. The concerns about his injury history continued to fo...

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