Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun and his fiancée, Larisa Fraser, graciously accepted to have dinner with Dino Laurenzi Jr. and his family. If Laurenzi’s name sounds familiar, that’s probably because it should.
Laurenzi is the man that Braun accused of cheating him in the performance-enhancing drug incident that the slugger found himself in last year. Braun won an appeal of his 50-game suspension after he was able to prove that Laurenzi had tampered with the specimen. In reality, Laurenzi didn’t tamper with anything and simply had a slip up in the process of delivering the specimen. Unfortunately, he lost his job because of the ordeal.
Even if Braun didn’t feel bad at first he certainly does now, which is why he’s trying to make amends to the Laurenzi family.
“I have not made any payments to him,” Braun said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’ve had some really productive and positive conversations with him. The Laurenzi family was actually gracious and kind enough to have my fiancée Larisa and I over to their house for dinner last night, and we had some really good conversation.
“We’ve made amends, and I think we’re both excited to be able to move forward and put this behind us.”
Putting the incident behind him is exactly what Braun plans to do after dodging several questions regarding his use of performance-enhancing drugs and his shady news conference during last year’s Spring Training. Braun blatantly lied in the news conference in Maryvale and put complete blame on Laurenzi.
“I’m not really, again, going to get into too many specifics,” Braun said. “I wish that I hadn’t done the press conference. It was a big mistake. I deeply regret having done it, and a lot of the things that I said that day. But again, all I can do is move forward, and in an effort to do that I’m not going to get into too many specifics.
“I really don’t think that it does anything too positive or productive for me, the team, the game of baseball or anybody else. And in an effort to move forward, I’m not going to discuss that subject.”
Whether Braun believes it’s better for him and the team to move on is one thing. However, the Brewers’ fans are owed an explanation since they are the ones who stood up for him when everyone else had their doubts.
The good news is Braun appears to be taking a step in the right direction on his long path to winning back the fans prior to the start of next season.