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The Gamer's Nirvana?

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There isn't much that needs to be written after reading this Sacramento Bee story about Milton Bradley.

Although remember that I joked that Ken Macha should wear a Jeff Kent mask in the dugout to get Bradley to perform at optimum levels?

Well, apparently someone already thought of that:

PHOENIX - Milton Bradley finally may have found his happy place.
He had heard all about the reputation of the A's clubhouse and how raucous yet welcoming it was, but he had to see for himself. All it took to put him at ease was one prank.

"They did this," Bradley said before letting loose with something between a giggle and a throaty laugh while pointing to his locker at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Tuesday morning.

Someone had taped up Jeff Kent's trading card in Bradley's stall and written a thought bubble next to it that reads, "You're not running hard enough, boy."

Of course it was a reference to Bradley's stormy feud with Kent with the Los Angeles Dodgers that came to a head in Florida last August when teammates had to separate the two in the postgame clubhouse. This after Kent called out Bradley for not hustling and not scoring from first base on his double.

Yes, the A's and Bradley are still in their honeymoon period, but it says a lot about Arthur Rhodes and Mark Redman that they couldn't seem to blend into the A's clubhouse.

Let's hope all this love and happiness translates into Bradley's best season ever.

Oh, and one other thing about the article.

"Huston (Street) came up to me and told me, 'Hey, you're going to be successful, you're going to do well. We want you here. Forget all the other nonsense, just welcome to the A's. And if you need anything, I'm here for you,' " Bradley said.

"I mean, for a young guy (to say) that ... it's nice. I feel like I've wasted five years when all along I should have been here."

It'll be interesting to see what happens with Bradley at the end of the year. If he has the kind of year I think he's going to, I don't think the A's can afford him and he'll be gone. But with a guy like Bradley, perhaps this nirvana is what he's been looking for and he'd be willing to take a lot less to stay. Then again, that type of professional athlete is r-a-r-e.