Ryan Braun went from the MLB MVP in 2011 to one of the most hated athletes in all of professional sports. Right now, the consensus opinion around the big leagues is that Braun’s public image will never be repaired as this “cheater” degraded everyone in his path, but more importantly made a mockery of the game we all love — baseball.
While that might sound good in theory; baseball fans tend to have rather short memories. Steroid users in the past have always endured a rough barrage in the beginning, just for those stout “haters” to lay down their armor and root for guys like Jason Giambi, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Tejada.
Moreover, Braun made his first public appearance since being handed his 65-game suspension on Friday and came across as someone who was legitimately sorry for his actions. This is the first step of No. 8 repairing his image. Next, Braun will win over the Milwaukee Brewers‘ fans that have scratched out his name (see photo) with his electric play. Braun should have no problem with this step considering 2013 was the first time in the outfielder’s six-year MLB career that he didn’t place in NL MVP voting.
So as Braun’s “apology tour” continues, keep an eye on this Milwaukee star because I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if we look up in 10-15 years and see this left fielder in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.