Braun is channeling his anger these days
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun said he did not think the pitch from Cubs starter Ryan Dempster that buzzed Braun’s helmet on Saturday was fired with intent. That didn’t make Braun any less angry about it.
“If somebody throws at your face, that’s your livelihood,” Braun said. “I really don’t think that he did it intentionally, but if you throw at my face, you throw at my face. From everything I’ve heard, Dempster is a great guy and I highly doubt he did it intentionally. Regardless, it’s not fun.”
That’s about all Braun had to say about the incident, which came in the fifth inning of what at the time was a 3-2 game. His silence was a markedly different approach than the one Braun took earlier this month, when Braun had plenty of choice words for Pittsburgh’s Jeff Karstens after a Karstens pitch split Braun’s shoulder blades.
Karstens wasn’t ejected from the game, but he later was fined $1,000 by Major League Baseball for the wayward pitch. Braun postgame comments that hinted at retaliation might have warranted a fine as well, and perhaps that was why he had little to say about Dempster on Sunday morning before the Brewers and Cubs finished a three-game series.
“I’m not even going to get into it at all. Not yet,” Braun said. “Once my house gets furnished, I’ll go kick it on the beach in Malibu for a while and be cool. Until then, I’ve got nothing to say.”
He’ll let his bat do the talking.
UPDATE — Fixed the headline. Thanks petelee, for the heads up.