By Dave Bruning
Ryan Braun is a fraud. He is a flat-out liar and nobody is buying the flat beer he is trying to sell. His reward for his efforts: an extended summer vacation and $114 million dollars. I feel like puking.
Braun has been suspended for the rest of the 2013 MLB season for violating baseball’s drug policy. This is on the heels of successfully appealing an initial suspension in 2012. He won that appeal on a technicality regarding the chain of custody of his urine sample.
Braun and Alex Rodriguez are at the heart of baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis clinic that supplied players with performance enhancing drugs (PED’s). Braun has arrogantly proclaimed his innocence while sullying the reputation of honest people, most notably Dino Laurenzi Jr., the man who collected the sample that led to Braun’s first positive drug test. There is surely a civil lawsuit pending against Braun.
It is galling to watch Braun’s stupidity. One would think after watching the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire have their careers and reputations torn down via their association with PED’s that Braun would actually have learned a little. Braun’s actions remind me of the classic George Costanza line, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”
The suspension amounts to little more than a slap on the wrist to Braun. He has been bothered by a hand injury and spent time on disabled list. The suspension will allow his injury to heal. His team, the Milwaukee Brewers, is going nowhere fast and his teammates are left to twist in the wind as they are peppered with questions regarding his suspension. Braun promises to talk when MLB wraps up the ongoing investigation. Sounds like another empty lie to me.
Braun will return in 2014 and pick up on the $105 million contract extension that will carry him through 2020. Who said cheaters never prosper? MLB should grow some baseballs and void the contract. Let Braun try to renegotiate a new deal and see how baseball treats him.
PED’s have been hanging over baseball like a rain delay. Just when it looks like the sun is going to come out and baseball will resume, it starts to rain again. Ryan Braun is just another rain delay and I am left drinking flat beer.