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Monday, March 10, 2014

Nightengale: Ryan Braun leads the majors in confidence

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade. But there is no joy in Melville…

Playing in front of a Cactus League record crowd of 14,770 at Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Braun refuses to succumb, just as he has this spring from opposing fans at Brewers’ home games.

“Dude, say what you want about me, but I am strong,’’ Braun says in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY Sports. “Mentally, and emotionally, I am strong.

“This doesn’t bother me. People may have something new to yell now, but it’s really no different than anything I’ve gone though. I’ve never gone to Chicago and had them cheer for me. I’ve never gone to St. Louis and had them say, “I hope you do great.’ Nobody’s fans have ever cheered for the opposing team’s best player.

“I’m sure it will be a bit adventuresome at times this year, but if anything, it’s probably better now. Normally, you go to Philly and Chicago, and they’re talking about your mom, your sister, your girlfriend, whatever. So, now, it will be just about me.’‘

...All he can ask now is to be judged going forward.

“There’s just no reason to get into it and continue to bring this stuff up,’’ he says. “It’s bad for baseball. It’s bad for the team. It’s bad for me. It’s not good for anyone.

“Well, it’s probably good for (TV) ratings, or else people wouldn’t continue to do it.’‘

...“All this stuff, really, is indicative of a larger issue in our society,’’ Braun says. “People love negativity. There are so many great stories out there, so many wonderful things to focus on, but people focus on the negative because a lot of people aren’t happy in life.’‘

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   1. LionoftheSenate (Brewers v A's World Series) Posted: March 10, 2014 at 05:59 AM (#4668905)
One thing is for sure, he will be juicing more than ever to prove he never juiced all that much. But seriously, I don't care. The NFL has juicers from top to bottom, MLB has a fraction of this. Braun would be laughed off the practice field if he showed up looking like that.
   2. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 10, 2014 at 07:36 AM (#4668909)
Are you saying that he's not in the best shape of his life?
   3. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 10, 2014 at 08:09 AM (#4668913)
“There’s just no reason to get into it and continue to bring this stuff up,’’ he says. “It’s bad for baseball. It’s bad for the team. It’s bad for me. It’s not good for anyone.

“Well, it’s probably good for (TV) ratings, or else people wouldn’t continue to do it.’‘

...“All this stuff, really, is indicative of a larger issue in our society,’’ Braun says. “People love negativity. There are so many great stories out there, so many wonderful things to focus on, but people focus on the negative because a lot of people aren’t happy in life.’‘


I agree with this. I find it fascinating that people feel that Braun needs to explain himself or whatever. He did the crime, then he did the time, it's over. The need for him to talk about it is just so self-righteous people can feel more impressed with themselves.
   4. Delorians Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM (#4668936)
'Ryan Braun leads the Majors in confidence

That's only because of the extra illegal shots of confidence he's taking. Without those, he'd rank second in confidence behind Matt Kemp.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM (#4668964)
So wait, does he or does he not want to get into details?
   6. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: March 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM (#4668991)
'All this stuff, really, is indicative of a larger issue in our society,’ Braun says. “People love negativity. There are so many great stories out there, so many wonderful things to focus on, but people focus on the negative because a lot of people aren’t happy in life.

Oh yeah, that's it Braun. It's not that you chose to break the rules and got caught, it's "society". In other words, it's everyone else's fault except your own. Especially starting with that raging "anti-semite" who had the nerve to collect your tainted sample, no doubt.
   7. Booey Posted: March 10, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4668996)
Agree with #3. Once someone serves their punishment, let it go and leave them alone.
   8. valuearbitrageur Posted: March 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM (#4669019)
If Ryan wasn't such an ass, it would be an easier situation to handle. After all, this is a guy who was so competitive he used PEDs even though he had already signed his mega deal, and even after getting caught once. There is something admirable about giving everything to being your best and helping your team win, and he could tap into the same admiration fans have always had for rule breakers such as the Niekros.
   9. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM (#4669027)
   10. Mom makes botox doctors furious Posted: March 10, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4669081)
If he is the MVP, will they vote?

: )

I like Braun - might be a 'distance makes the heart grow fonder' kind of thing, because i haven't particularly followed him other than in headlines. and yeah, reprehensible some of the stuff he did it was. but he eventually crawled into that bed he made, took his punishment, faced the music, and has the rest of his days with this chapter of his life being perhaps the defining marker and never far from his public persona.

and his layman's philosophy is not so retched.

i like Braun.
   11. Lars6788 Posted: March 10, 2014 at 02:46 PM (#4669092)
If he has a typical Braun full season - how many stories of redemption will I have to read about?

He chose to make things an issue with the apparent cover up, denial, smearing of the tester's reputation and being caught in the Biogenesis mess a couple of years later.


   12. Mom makes botox doctors furious Posted: March 10, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4669102)
"
He chose to make things an issue with the apparent cover up, denial, smearing of the tester's reputation and being caught in the Biogenesis mess a couple of years later.
"

I guess your point with that is that you remain bitter over the episode, and think he hasn't fully had the punishment he deserves?



Well, ok.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: March 10, 2014 at 03:53 PM (#4669138)
I believe Braun did lead the league in days suspended last season. He might lead the NL again this year but he'll be hard-pressed to lead the majors.
   14. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 10, 2014 at 07:06 PM (#4669238)
If Roberto Alomar was forced to wait a year for HoF induction because of a 5-second spitting blowup in a 17-year career, I think Braun can stand some repetitive questions about four or more years of post-drug agreement violations and tactical scumbaggery.
   15. madvillain Posted: March 10, 2014 at 07:37 PM (#4669249)
I think Braun can stand some repetitive questions about four or more years of post-drug agreement violations and tactical scumbaggery.


Braun has such a wonderful persecution complex. It's evident when he keeps saying "everyone makes mistakes, but nobody has to admit to them in public". Well yea, Ryan, we all make mistakes, but yea, quite a bit of them are in public. It's the "public" of our office, or our home, or whatever, but it's public. If I screw up at work, make a mistake, you bet your ass I'm going to have to talk about it.

Ryan lives in a fantasy world, him and the other famous Ryan in Whisky should team up and live their in their fantasy world together.
   16. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 10, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4669256)
He chose to make things an issue with the apparent cover up, denial, smearing of the tester's reputation and being caught in the Biogenesis mess a couple of years later.


Actually, the positive test was for testosterone that he got from Biogenesis. The extra 15 games was for the denial and gloating after getting off on a technicality, the stupid comments about the testing protocol, and the attack on the sample collector's integrity. If there had been separate underlying PED offenses, there's no way MLB would have let him off with less than 100 games.

And I'm not sure what "apparent cover up" you're referring to. Melky Cabrera is the one who tried to cover up his positive test by creating fake web sites from which he pretended to have gotten a tainted supplement.
   17. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: March 10, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4669260)
I thought you didn't get suspended until the second positive test, and merely get a silent warning and increased testing for the first; is that no longer the case?
   18. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 10, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4669267)
That was never the case for steroids. You get a warning if you test positive for a banned stimulant.

EDIT: link page 22 (PDF)
   19. I Am Not a Number Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM (#4669291)
I think Braun can stand some repetitive questions about four or more years of post-drug agreement violations and tactical scumbaggery.

And it's that scumbaggery that has everyone all worked up. Had he just done the time for his crime without the rest of his shenanigans, I don't believe there'd be all this hostility (some, certainly, just not nearly as much as he is seeing).
   20. chisoxcollector Posted: March 11, 2014 at 07:52 AM (#4669369)
Nobody’s fans have ever cheered for the opposing team’s best player.


Why is he dragging Carlos Gomez into this?

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