Ryan Braun calls season ticket holders to apologize

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by Chris Patterson
by Matt Doyle

MILWAUKEE -- CBS 58 has confirmed suspended Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Ryan Braun is calling Brewers season ticket holders to apologize.

"Hey there's a guy on the phone claiming to be Ryan Braun, it's probably one of your buddies messing with you."

That's exactly what Kelly's Bleachers owner Pat Guenther thought Thursday afternoon.  

He picked up the phone thinking it'd be a joke.

"Hey Pat this is Ryan Braun," Guenther recalls.  "Right then and there I knew it was his voice based on interviews I've seen on TV. I knew damn well it was his voice."

So he did what anyone in the service industry would do.

"I said what can I do for you? He said, I messed up, in a nutshell, I messed up. I just want to reach out and say I'm sorry. I cut him off right there. I said you know Ryan, I think you're an amazing athlete and this speaks volumes to your character to reach out to a small business owner like myself and let us know that you are going to do better."

Guenther's bar  is a popular hangout for Brewers fans.  He's also  been a season ticket holder for more than 20 years.

"Who hasn't made a mistake? People move forward. I think that's what Ryan is trying to do. He's moving forward. He has no other option. Be better, help his ballclub win games and win the hearts of Brewers fans like he has for many, many years."

The Brewers confirmed the team provided Braun with contact information for some season ticket holders at his request.

"He was very humble on the phone. He wanted to reach out and for him to do this is an act of kindness.  He wants the people of Wisconsin to support the Brewers and him."

Guenther said he wants to meet Braun now that they've spoke on the phone.
 

Braun was suspended 65 games by Major League Baseball earlier this year for using performance enhancing drugs.

A couple weeks ago, Braun issued a lengthy public written apology, but has yet to step back in front of cameras to answer questions from the media.

 

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