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Apologetic, Brewers' Braun tries to move forward

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm •  Published: January 26, 2014
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — While Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun doesn't think he can ever stop apologizing, he's also ready for a new chapter in his baseball career.

It's been a unique offseason for Braun, the 2011 NL MVP trying to make amends with fans and teammates following his 65-game suspension last year for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug agreement.

"I don't ever know if I could apologize enough for what's occurred, you know? I just continue to move forward and obviously I'll be apologetic," Braun said Sunday morning before an appearance at Brewers On Deck, the team's annual offseason fan event.

Save for one heckler, Braun received a relatively warm welcome. At one point, he got a standing ovation when introduced on stage for a "Hollywood Squares" type game show.

"I wish I could go back and do things differently, but I can't. All I can do is move forward and make the best of the opportunities presented to me," Braun told reporters.

The event at a downtown Milwaukee convention center was Braun's first major public appearance since his admission last year that he took performance-enhancing drugs and accepted his suspension in late July, abandoning claims he was innocent.

Since then, Braun has kept in touch with management and teammates. He's made at least one low-key appearance for a charity, and spoke to the media the day before Thanksgiving at a food drive at Miller Park.

"I've been hanging out with him. It's all good. I think he's just ready to move on like we all are," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said.

Braun said he thinks he's called every suite holder and many season ticket holders, and he said it he had one "really challenging conversation."

It matters what people think, he said.

"I've always taken tremendous pride in being a role model. I made a huge mistake. I've paid a great price for that mistake," he said. "I deeply regret it. I wish I could change it."

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