Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson wants to go back in time and get his 2011 season back.
Gibson and the D’Backs won 94 games that season, their highest total since 2002. They also happened to take on the Milwaukee Brewers and Ryan Braun, who defeated the Snakes in a gritty 3-2 series victory with Game 5 being separated by a lone run in the 10th inning.
It’s a series that Gibson believes is tainted thanks to Braun’s performance enhancing drug use, something he told the Arizona Republic today, ripping the All-Star slugger in the process:
“I said this a long time ago: I think that people should have an opportunity to ask him some questions and have him answer them unrehearsed. Something tells me he’s getting really prepared for just about anything that they could throw at him.
“I’m not surprised he hasn’t addressed people. He probably doesn’t give a (expletive) about me. He’s got it really good. I was one of the guys who went through many things – work stoppages, etc. – so that he could do that. I would hope that he respects me and everybody who stood up for him before he played the game. Everybody looks at it differently, but if he thinks he’s giving back to the game, he has a different idea of how to give back than I do.”
“Everybody listened to his line of (expletive), so you take him at face value,” Gibson said, referring to Braun’s press conference in spring training of 2012. “All things considered, we should have won [Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS]. All things considered, the last game, we tied it up and we had a chance to win it. There were other times in my career when I did overcome cheaters. We had our chance.”