Fresh off a 65-game suspension to end his 2013 campaign, Ryan Braun faced the media on Sunday and vowed that he would be “better than I’ve ever been.” Check out his interview (via MLB.com), the media asked some pointed questions in a relatively uncontrolled environment (not team rep, no agent):
On being asked if fans have been tough on him:
He had only one “challenging conversation” with a fan while calling around to apologize to season seatholders last year. “Aside from that, literally everybody else has been extremely supportive,” Braun said.
On his plan for handling the scrutiny.
“There’s no blueprint,” Braun said. “There’s no specific, ‘This is how you deal with a situation like this.’ Not a lot of people have been through something like this, so, certainly, [this is] a unique and challenging set of circumstances. But I’ve never been afraid of a challenge. I’m looking forward to everything the future holds.”
On what he owes the fans
“I don’t know if I could ever apologize enough for what occurred”
Here’s hoping that he learned from his mistakes and relies on his God-given ability to perform, instead of seeking help in a pill or bottle.
– David Whitlock
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