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Ryan Braun calls Brewers season-ticket holders to apologize

Sep 6, 2013, 2:22 AM EDT

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Sure, it’s PR through and through, but it’s also kind of neat.

Ryan Braun, currently serving a 65-game suspension from MLB for his performance-enhancing drug usage, is calling Brewers season-ticket holders to apologize for his transgressions.

CBS 58 in Milwaukee reached out to one of the ticket holders, Pat Guenther, and got some quotes from the bar owner.

“I said what can I do for you? He said, I messed up, in a nutshell, I messed up,” Guenther told CBS 58. “I just want to reach out and say I’m sorry. I cut him off right there. I said you know Ryan, I think you’re an amazing athlete and this speaks volumes to your character to reach out to a small business owner like myself and let us know that you are going to do better.”

Considering that the Brewers didn’t reach out and let the ticket owners know this was happening, one can’t help but wonder how many times Braun got hung up on by some fan figuring it was some sort of prank. Guenther said he knew it was really Braun based on his TV interviews.

This all seems like a better step forward for Braun than the statement he released last month. He hasn’t held any news conferences or done any interviews since his suspension was announced. He apologized in his release, but he needs to put himself out there if he intends to win back his fans.

  1. buddypuddy - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Braun does not have a sincere molecule in his entire roid-ravaged body. I’m sure those are robo calls he is making. There is something pathologically wrong with the guy.

  2. Anoesis - Sep 6, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I’m a little disturbed by the Braun defenders on here. Comparing what he did, which was nothing less than multi-million dollar fraud committed on a very large stage, with the common errors regular folks make is taking the term “rose-colored glasses” to a new atmospheric high.

    How many of you played sports as a kid? Not necessarily organized sports, just pick-up games with friends? The worst transgression in those games, at least when I was a kid, was cheating. Even worse, the epitome of an insult, was denying having cheated when every other kid knew the truth. Yet here we are, willing to give Braun a pass after he basically shoved his finger in our collective faces and told us all to fuck off.

    I’m glad Braun’s at least trying to make amends with those who count. He doesn’t owe me anything because 1) I’ve never given him a dime; 2) I knew he was full of shit last year. But pretending that what Braun did is in any way comparable to the everyday foibles of regular people rather conveniently, and completely, misses the point. And that point is that Braun needs to be vilified and ostracized in order to get the message across to the rest of MLB that there will be consequences above and beyond the relatively tame penalties the league applies to those willing to lie and cheat for an unfair advantage.

    If he’s fortunate, his future performance won’t suffer too much from not being able to rely on PEDs. If it does tail off many will claim, right or wrong, that PEDs is why he ended up with a multi-million dollar contract. He was a very good player before he was caught. How long had he been using?

    If I were a Brewers season-ticket holder I’d be upset about this for two reasons: Braun basically cheated me out of money by getting caught using PEDs, thus removing himself from the team He then had the gall to call me on the phone (the team gave him season ticket holder’s phone numbers? That seems pretty shady in itself) to apologize for ripping me off. It wouldn’t put me in the mood to forgive him, as it isn’t like he cut me off in traffic or inadvertently bumped into me in the store. It doesn’t seem like something that will assuage many, and I don’t blame those who don’t accept his apology.

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