Disgraced Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun’s apology tour continued yesterday with him calling up season ticket holders, seeking forgiveness for his use of performance enhancing drugs, reports WDJT-TV in the Brew City.
Naturally, some fans that received calls thought it was a joke, according to the station:
“Hey there’s a guy on the phone claiming to be Ryan Braun, it’s probably one of your buddies messing with you.”
That’s exactly what Kelly’s Bleachers owner Pat Guenther thought Thursday afternoon.
He picked up the phone thinking it’d be a joke.
“Hey Pat this is Ryan Braun,” Guenther recalls. “Right then and there I knew it was his voice based on interviews I’ve seen on TV.”
As far as whether or not Guenther is willing to forgive?
“Who hasn’t made a mistake? People move forward. I think that’s what Ryan is trying to do. He’s moving forward. He has no other option. Be better, help his ballclub win games and win the hearts of Brewers fans like he has for many, many years.”
That’s all well and good, but we have a feeling that many others won’t be as quick to forgive the slugger, who is sitting out the rest of the season for his use of banned substances. It’s hard to call willfully and brazenly deceiving the public a “mistake”, especially when one does it repeatedly. It’s even harder to classify smearing a drug tester to clear one’s own name a “mistake” as well.
But, if Brewers fans are willing to forgive, so be it. We’ll see the response of fans in ballparks across the country come next April.