Walked into the Mariners clubhouse a few minutes after 7 a.m. and found OF-DH Milton Bradley unpacking a bag into his locker, so I said 'hello.'
Milton said 'hello' back, and we left the conversation at that.
Bradley has hinted in e-mails that he's fed up with the media and won't be talking this spring, and in his first few minutes in camp - he's here a day ahead of the reporting date for regulars - I saw no reason to push it. We'll know soon enough if he doesn't want to talk.
If not dealing with the press frees his mind a bit and helps him focus on a game he loves playing, I'm all for it. I have seen Bradley snap at media members without much cause a few times, but I've seen him baited again and again.
In every city the team visits, there's someone with a microphone or a notebook looking for the easiest story imaginable - getting a volatile player to go off. Fair? Not at all. And when it happens time after time, it's not hard to understand why a player would say 'enough.'
On the other hand, it wouldn't hurt to pick and choose who you talk to. How could anyone not want to talk to a sweetheart of a guy like ... well ... me?