If you are a season ticket holder with the Milwaukee Brewers do not go too far away from your phone. There is a good chance slugger Ryan Braun is going to give you a call with a personal apology regarding his use of performance-enhancing drugs and 65-game suspension.
“Right then and there, I knew it was his voice, based on interviews I’ve seen on TV,” Kelly’s Bleachers sports bar owner Pat Guenther said, according to Brewers.com. “I knew damn well it was his voice. … I said, ‘What can I do for you?’ He said, ‘I messed up; in a nutshell, I messed up. I just want to reach out and say I’m sorry.’”
Obviously, it would be awesome to have a five-minute phone conversation with Braun, despite everything that has happened. The most amazing part about it is not the fact that an average Joe can talk to one of the most popular Major League Baseball players, but rather, Brewers fans can personally ask Braun why he did what he did. And that is exactly what Wes Aldridge did.
“I asked him point-blank, I said, ‘Why a guy like you, that has all the talent in the world, why would you do something like this?’” Aldridge told 620 WTMJ-AM. “And he said it was a mistake a friend of his had talked him into, and that he was really sorry for his actions.
“I thought it took a lot on his part to call, because that’s got to be a very hard thing to do. Did I necessarily believe him? No.”
Even though Braun will not be able to call each and every fan in Milwaukee to give a personal apology, it is clear that he is heading down the right path of redemption. It will take more than a phone call to fix the mess he created, but at least he is trying to do the right thing.