Even if the Red Sox were going to be home over the Labor Day weekend, we’re guessing Deutsche Bank Championship contestant Keegan Bradley would not be tossing out any ceremonial first pitches over at Fenway Park. Because though the clueless suits on Yawkey Way may be unwilling to admit what Sox fans have known since last September -- that the current edition of the Olde Towne Team is a maggoty melange of misanthropic egomaniacs -- you know things have sunk to an all-time low when Bradley, a diehard Boston homer who sports a BoSox jersey and cap in his Twitter photo, won’t even talk about his former heroes.
"I have a lot of ‘Go, Yankees’ yelled at me this week," Bradley, a graduate of New York’s St. Johns University, told reporters during a Wednesday briefing at Bethpage Black, the Empire State site of this week’s The Barclays tournament. "But they can have their fun this year because the Red Sox are a little bit embarrassing at the moment."
Hmmm. Wonder what tipped Bradley, who has gushed for almost 12 months about his stint on the mound prior to last year’s FedEx Cup playoff tournament at TPC Boston, over the edge? Was it the bleats of spoiled, overpaid crybabies whining about how they don’t wanna play for that mean ol’ Bobby Valentine? The cowardly, texting-based attempt to overthrow the unpopular manager? The ownership’s fraudulent "sellout" streak?
Perhaps Bradley took issue with Josh Beckett’s fairway forays in between regular stints on the DL after straining his back fat. Or rehabbing John Lackey’s two-fisted beer-guzzling in the visitors’ clubhouse following yet another lackluster loss by the chicken-and-beer-brigade leader's bumbling bench mates.
Maybe Bradley just had to look away from the chaotic, dysfunctional dystopia into which the entire Red Sox organization -- its 2004 and 2007 World Series victories but a fading memory -- has devolved.
Last year’s PGA Tour Rookie of the Year may be disillusioned by Boston’s baseball nine, but the New England native continues to hold the Patriots, in particular the team’s all-star quarterback, in high regard. While he has yet to hit the links with Tom Brady, who reached out last August to congratulate Bradley on his 2011 PGA Championship triumph, the three-time tour winner believes he’ll eventually tee it up with TB12.
"I haven't had a chance to play with him, but I'm watching [the Pats exhibition games] as much as I can. Someday we'll get out there," Bradley said. "He doesn't play during the season, so we're kind of in a tough spot because ... my offseason [is] his season. But we'll get out there."
With Brady reportedly playing to a 10-handicap, Bradley recognized he would have to front the two-time MVP a few strokes.
"I think he's pretty good from what I hear," Bradley said. "I think he can break 80."
Too bad Bradley’s formerly beloved Red Sox won’t break 80 -- wins, that is.