Ryan Braun. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The suspended slugger for the Milwaukee Brewers, Ryan Braun, is taking his time to make calls to season ticket holders of the team.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Doug Russell says he's apologizing for his actions including PED use which led to a 65-game suspension.
"This was all Ryan's thing." said Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."
"He said, 'I'd like to call fans, but with an emphasis on ticket buyers, mini plan holders, reach out, apologize, listen.' We said, 'Great!' It was all his initiative. He didn't want publicity about it."
Schlesinger said part of Braun's message was, "I hope my mistakes don't sour you on attending the games, being a fan."
He said that usually fans are skeptical as to whether it's really him, but "once they get over that, they're receptive." "They give him credit for calling."
When it came to when Braun may talk publicly, Schlesinger said, "I know that's a question a lot of people have asked. I honestly don't have an answer. That's a decision Ryan is going to make. He has not communicated his thoughts on that."
Schlesinger also said Braun is working out in California during his suspension and spending time with family.
Wes Aldridge is certified Brew Crew fan. So when his phone rang and the guy on the other end said it was Ryan Braun, he figured his friends were having a little fun with him.
"At first, I was just waiting for somebody to say ‘We're pulling your leg’ here," Aldridge said.
But something kept him on the line.
"After about two minutes or so, I started to believe this could be Ryan Braun that I'm actually talking to."
And was. The Brewers confirm the former face of the franchise is now calling season ticket holders, apologizing for what he did. Wes didn't waste any time getting to the question on every fan's mind.
"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 said. "And he said it was a mistake a friend of his had talked him into and that he was really sorry for his actions."
The two talked for about five minutes, though it wasn't long enough to win Wes over.
"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."
Believe him or not, you could soon get a ‘sorry’ from Braun...if you keep the phone close by.
"If you get a call, it could be true," he said.