All giddy over the coming Ryan Braun apology tour?
Didn’t think so. It’s hard listening to guys who vehemently defended themselves when accused of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs become so repentant after they’ve been caught.
Outside of accepting his suspension, thus far Braun has only kind of admitted his PED use. In a statement he said he had “made some mistakes” without mentioning exactly what they were.
Now comes word Braun is preparing to actually apologize. Like in person and stuff. Serious damage control will be underway, or at least he hopes.
But if Braun really wants to reach out to all those he disappointed and lied to, he could start by returning his 2011 MVP trophy and ask it be given to Matt Kemp.
That gesture would largely be symbolic -- the Baseball Writers Assn. of America would determine if it would go to the runner-up -- but it’s a good one.
Though I remain of the opinion that if Braun were clean, he deserved to edge out Kemp that season, there would have been no mention of him on my ballot had his PED scandal already come to light.
The news that Braun was caught has proved a tipping point in the way many players are reacting to PED users. For the first time, really, those outraged are the ones speaking up, demanding an even playing field and taking control of the narrative. They’re the ones feeling cheated.
Braun is under contract with the Brewers for five more years and $84 million, so he’s not going anywhere. That’s a lot baseball to play, a lot of image rebuilding to undergo.
If he wants to appear sincere, he could start by returning his MVP trophy.