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Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:49 pm
PHOENIX -- A happy bunch of Brewers had two overwhelming reactions while reporting to work and awaiting newly cleared slugger Ryan Braun's arrival Friday morning.

"I'm thrilled," outfielder Nyjer Morgan said. "It's like another Christmas."

"He's the best player in the league," outfielder Corey Hart said. "That's a pretty good pickup we got."

But they were far less pleased that Braun's ordeal became public in the first place, and that Major League Baseball essentially declared him guilty of steroid use in a statement saying the league "vehemently disagrees" with the arbiter's decision overturning his 50-game suspension.

"I was actually disappointed that major league baseball didn't wait until Ryan spoke before they said something," Milwaukee player representative Chris Narveson said. "We're definitely in favor of drug testing. We just want it done right.

"All it takes is one administrative mess-up to cause a fault. There can be a glitch in the system."

"It's a problem when you're guilty until you're proven innocent," veteran pitcher Shaun Marcum said. "In a court of law it's the opposite.

"It's a crappy situation. Ryan is one of those guys who's not going to do anything like that. The guy rarely puts alcohol into his body. I don't see him putting steroids in there."

The fact that what was supposed to have been a private process leaked to ESPN in December bothered all of them.

"The things that happened with this can't happen again," Hart said. "Because of what happened, I assume things will change. You hurt the reputation of one of the best players in the league.

"He'll get it back, but fans are always going to wonder. And it's not fair to him.

"He's one of the hardest working guys I've ever seen. For his reputation to be messed with, it's discouraging."

Brewers catcher Jonthan Lucroy said he was "disappointed" in MLB being so quick and so aggressive to publicly dispute the verdict.

"It's almost like they're being a sore loser," Lucroy said. "It was a low blow. I don't think it's right to do that. This is the process, and it worked in the player's favor one time and they react like that?"

Bottom line, the Brewers have their MVP's back and say they believed in him the whole time.

"I think it shows that if you come out and do it the right thing and tell the truth and be honest, it means something," Lucroy said. "The process worked."

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:12 pm

Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

MacvTm19, if "Hart is as dumb as a box of rocks," then Andy Pettite is as dumb as that great big red stone in the middle of the Australian outback. When he was putting his friend Roger in Dutch, the newsies ran a lot of tape of this guy interacting and testifying. I have absolutely no doubt that it could have gone down precisely as Roger says that it did. Andy isn't smart enough to even remotely comprehend the difference between a hypothetical example and an admission even while he's hearing the former. Put a day or two behind him and forget about it.

Anyone who assumes that Pettite needs to be lying for him not to be telling the truth just doesn't know Andy. The only thing Roger was guilty of there is being dumb enough himself not to fully realize just how stupid his friend is and thus keep his clever comments to himself.

The reason why most people don't like sarcasm is because most people are just smart enough to know that it's mostly going over their heads. That's a lesson that all too many smart people learn altogether too late in life, if at all. "Cast not your pearls before swine."

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:57 pm

Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

The issue of exactly who leaked the Braun test results is an intriguing one. Who would have a motive to do so? (1) The player? Not likely. (2) His agent? Not if he values his cushy living; every client would drop him if they even suspected him. (3) The team? Maybe some high contract/low production guy, but not Ryan. (4) The league? Possible, but only because they've proven themselves to be a palace full of frustrated nobodys through the years. Bud Selig couldn't conceivably have invited this mess down upon himself INTENTIONALLY. (5) The MLBPA? Why would they, not that I'd put it past them if I could come up with a plausible reason for them to think it advantageous.

Which only leaves (6) the people who do the testing and (7) some unknown others with nefarious motives having nothing whatsoever to do with sports for its own sake. I favor a combination of the latter two possibilities. One way in which it might work is to distract or even pay off the tester to leave the sample in a vulnerable place for some period of time. (Maybe set him up with some young thing who just can't get enough of his balding paunchy self.) Now, as to the motive of the last group. Just guessing, but has anybody else noticed how loudly the dull-witted masses have been calling for their own chains? Somebody among our self-anointed "betters" may well be preparing the ground for their own version of the 'Final Solution'.

After all, the intersection of no civil liberties and environmentalist extremism is reflected in the plans of Reichsmarschall Goering for his promised half of a subdued Poland. He intended to completely depopulate it, using any means necessary, and convert it to his own personal game sanctuary and hunting preserve. (The Soviet leaders did the same thing for a time with the Russian half of the Bialowieza forest.)

Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:46 pm

Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

did anyone suspect braun did roids his rookie year when he knocked out so many tatters? i mean gosh that was al ot

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:03 pm

Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

Wow look at all these haters.

 (1)Matt Kemp blah blah, Drew Brees had MVP numbers and lost to Arron Rodgers because Rodgers played on a team with a better record. I do not here Saints fans crying or Pats fans for that matter looking at Brady's numbers. (Patriot fans will cry about anything)

 (2) Baseball wanted Braun to be cleared.  Yeah, the statement they released sure sounded like MLB is overjoyed by this.
 We were not supposed to even know he failed the test until today so I guess it gave everybody a way to talk all winter over nothing. I am glad to see this go through for Ryan not only cause I'm a Brewers fan but because it goes to show MLB that there are problems with their testing program and maybe they will go out and fix them.

I know there are many other cynical responses to Braun's guilt and whatever the case maybe he was found innocent, even though 80% percent of the comments from day one said he was guilty

 I am glad to live in America where you're guilty until proven innocent and even then you're still guilty once you're found innocent.

Can we all just get passed this now and actually enjoy the season?

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:00 am

Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

I'm a baseball fan and I really don't give a flying flip that Braun took PID's or not.  I like Braun.  Hes a good player, he works hard, he plays hard, and despite all the press he's a class act.  I guess I'm old fashioned, but does drugs allow you to hit a 100 mph fastball or a 85 mph slider on the black.  I think not.  All this BS about drugs making the player better is a bunch of bull crap.  In Football it will make you stronger and be able to substain more injuries, but baseball is different.  These drugs may make you stronger, but they dont give you the ability to hit fastball or curves nor does it give the pitcher to throw the baseball over the plate. Roger comes to mind, he may have well been drugged induced to throw 90 mile fastballs, but those drugs don't allow you to necessarily throw the pitch over the plate.  I guess my thought here is Bruan right or wrong hes still a hellava player so let bygones be bygones

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:31 pm

Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

I'm sure it was a Cardinal fan that leak all this to crappy ESPN. 

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:30 pm

Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

MVP awards do not ever go to players on bad teams.  Get over Kemp not not winning the MVP, 

Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:30 pm

Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

I did not know Hart's IQ was relevant to the conversation.  But I am sure your opinon of him as ignorant truly hurts his feeling and affects his ability as he deposits his checks for playing a professional sport that 95% of us cannot play.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:09 pm

Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

He's the best player in the league," outfielder said

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:07 pm

Thrilled Brewers back Braun, angry over leak

I've been told by many scouts that Hart is as dumb as a box of rocks  !!!!!!!!!

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