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Ryan Braun Makes a Good Recovery, Now It's Time To Move On and Play Ball

MILWAUKEE - MAY 14: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers swings at the ball against the Florida Marlins on May 14, 2009 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Marlins 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Boris YovchevCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2009

Just this morning I published an article on Braun stating that he owes an apology to the Brewers.

And Ryan was quick to recover from his previous slip-up by addressing the media earlier today.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlighted the following statement given by Braun before batting practice on Tuesday.

"Doug and I met this afternoon as soon as I got to the ballpark. We had a good discussion. I think both of us now have a clear understanding of where each other's coming from. It's derived from being competitive. Everybody wants to win. That's the reality of it.

"It's not going to jeopardize my relationship with him. It's not going to jeopardize my relationship with the organization. I know they're trying their best to do their job. They always have, they always will. It's basically a misunderstanding. I feel like my comments were kind of taken out of context a little bit, blown out of proportion. I was a little bit surprised that it became the story that it has. But with that being said, I take full responsibility for everything that I say, for all of my actions. At times I'm emotional, I'm passionate. It's derived from just wanting to win, but I definitely take full responsibility for that.

"With that being said, me and Doug are cool. Everything's good. I have no issues with anybody. I apologized if I offended anybody in the organization. That clearly wasn't my intent. I wasn't trying to disrespect anybody, wasn't trying to call anybody out. It wasn't a conversation that I initiated. I was just basically responding to a question. I try when I'm dealing with the media to be honest and sometimes I'm honest to a fault. It gets me in trouble. I recognize that. It's a strength and a weakness. It's something that I need to be more aware of at times.

We'll move forward. Hopefully it's something I'll learn from. It's definitely something I'll learn from, and we'll move on."

Yes, it is time to move on, and I think Braun really did learn something from what he went through over the past few days.

And it is likely that fans learned something about him as well.

It is that he will always tell you the truth, whether it is a pleasant truth or not.  But he now also understands that telling the truth is not the same as telling the truth to the whole wide world.

A leader of a team has to pick his battles and sometimes keep the media away from the fumes.  A leader sometimes could be the player that appears to have the least words for the media.

And Braun now knows that.

At the age of 25, Ryan, like all young people, would like to have everything now.  His dreams are comparable to those of young people coming out of school and wanting to get to the top immediately.  

But that takes time, it takes making mistakes and, most importantly, it takes admitting those mistakes and learning from them.  

After today's official statement, we should be ready to forgive the young star for what he said previously.  His teammates should be willing to accept that a young player will sometimes say things that will not appeal to everyone.

But telling it like it is is the primary sign for being invested in a cause.  And the cause for both Ryan Braun and Doug Melvin is to win.

Now that they have cleared that up it is time to focus on making that cause a reality.

It's time to play ball and it's time for Braun to once again show us that he is the best player the Brewers have.  

Thank you, Ryan!

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