Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson Sounds Off on Ryan Braun
Outspoken Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has made his feelings about disgraced Major League Baseball star Ryan Braun very clear, recently blasting the suspended Milwaukee Brewers star, according to USA Today's Nick Piecoro.
Braun, who was suspended for 65 games last month after violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, has been one of the most consistently productive players in the majors over the past few seasons, earning National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2007 and claiming award after award ever since in reviving the Brewers franchise.
But Gibson believes that it's unfair that one of the biggest names in the sport hasn't had to face the media and address his suspension despite already having had a significant amount of time to prepare for the firestorm of questioning that will soon come his way, per Piecoro:
I said this a long time ago: I think that people should have an opportunity to ask him some questions and have him answer them unrehearsed. Something tells me he's getting really prepared for just about anything that they could throw at him.
I'm not surprised he hasn't addressed people. He probably doesn't give a (expletive) about me. He's got it really good. I was one of the guys who went through many things – work stoppages, etc. – so that he could do that. I would hope that he respects me and everybody who stood up for him before he played the game. Everybody looks at it differently, but if he thinks he's giving back to the game, he has a different idea of how to give back than I do.
A five-time All-Star, Braun won the National League MVP in 2011, the year the Brewers knocked out Gibson's Diamondbacks in five games in the NLDS. Braun went 9-for-18 at the plate in that series, recording a home run in Milwaukee's Game 2 win.
Gibson spoke about the gut-wrenching Game 5 loss to the Brewers in 2011, managing to land another shot at Braun in the process:
Everybody listened to his line of (expletive), so you take him at face value. All things considered, we should have won the game. All things considered, the last game, we tied it up and we had a chance to win it. There were other times in my career when I did overcome cheaters. We had our chance.
The Brewers would win 3-2 in 10 innings, advancing to the NLCS where they would lose to the St. Louis Cardinals. Meanwhile, Gibson would earn National League Manager of the Year honors at season's end.
Gibson, 56, is best known for his legendary home run with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series against the Oakland A's.
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