Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley picked up a phone, dialed a number and told an Arizona schoolteacher her dream was coming true. It wouldn’t be entirely accurate to say Bradley took time out from watching the World Series to participate in a Fiesta Bowl charity event, but that’s only because he says he’s been avoiding baseball’s postseason. archie bradley personal injury
“I’m always going to be that little kid who is upset he’s not playing,” Bradley said outside Fiesta Bowl headquarters on Thursday afternoon. “I don’t want to see other guys win. Not in a bad way; I’m happy for them. But I just want to win. Not being there, especially the way it ended, it’s tough.”
Bradley is part of a core of Diamondbacks players who not only are disappointed about the way their season fell apart last month, but who are watching from afar as the organization ponders a variety of outcomes for the offseason. General Manager Mike Hazen said earlier this month the club is willing to listen to trade offers on his veteran players.
Bradley, of course, doesn’t like the idea of stripping away parts of the roster, but he said he has no choice but to let the offseason play out.
“The one thing I’ve learned is you’ve just got to let things happen,” he said. “I want to win. I think they (the front office) want to win. I don’t control all those things and I don’t even think they control all those things. They’re going to be told (by ownership) what they’re allowed to do. We just deal with it.
“Right now, looking at the guys we know are coming back, they’re good players. You’re looking at (Jake) Lamb, you’re looking at (Steven) Souza (Jr.), guys who are looking to have bounce-back years after being injured most of the year. (Paul Goldschmidt) is here. Robbie (Ray). Taijuan (Walker) is going to be coming back. On paper, it’s still really big names, guys that were a part of 2017 and most of 2018. You rely on that. And you go back to controlling what you can and you let the pieces fall as they may.”
Bradley was one of a handful of local celebrities participating in the Fiesta Bowl-run Wishes For Teachers event in which 200 teachers were granted $5,000 each to fulfill classroom wishes.
Bradley randomly selected two teachers’ names, then moved behind a desk to call them and deliver the good news. One will use the money to build a fitness area that includes a sand volleyball court. The other will purchase iPads for the classroom.
“My mom was my principal for most of schooling career and before that she was an English teacher,” Bradley said. “Overall, she was an educator for over 40-plus years. After learning about the Fiesta Bowl and what they do to give back to teachers here, it was a no-brainer.
“It’s really cool to get to hear (the teachers’) genuine excitement and letting them know their wish is going to be granted and that they’re going to have some money and help them out and really help their kids.”
Credit – AZCentral