Brewers great Jeff Cirillo on Ryan Braun: 'I don’t think it’s going to go away'
Jeff Cirillo (right) is congratulated by Luis Castillo after his two-run home run. Image by Joe Koshollek
MILWAUKEE - The Ryan Braun scandal is overshadowing the Brewers this year, and former Brewers player Jeff Cirillo knows it’s not a temporary issue.
“I think that there are a lot of upset people. I don’t think it’s going to go away,” he told Jeff Falconio and Greg Matzek. “I don’t think you can just make a blanket statement and when you turn the page next spring it will all be forgiven.”
Cirillo is making no excuses for Braun, and said the one thing that upsets him the most is that Dino Laurenzi Jr. was used as the fall guy in the PED scandal.
“I think that’s the one thing that sits in peoples’ craw. That he got away with it,” he explained. “That he diminished someone else’s character.”
Jeff Cirillo played for the Brewers for five years in the mid-'90s, and still has an important connection with Wisconsin. He will be jumping out of an airplane at the Milwaukee Air and Water Show, which takes place Aug. 3 and 4.
“I always try to get back to Wisconsin at least once, twice... this is the third time I’ve been there this summer,” he said. “I just love going back there. I’ve always loved the people. Anytime I get a chance to get back there I try to get back there.”
Cirillo currently lives in Bellevue, Wash. and is working as a Major League scout for the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim (“We’re having a disappointing season,” he said).
He also spoke about steroids in the game and when he first startled to see players using PEDs more and more. Listen to the audio for the full interview.