Braun: 'Doug and I are cool'
Brewers All-Star Ryan Braun addressed his spat with general manager Doug Melvin on Tuesday afternoon after the two met in Melvin’s office at Miller Park. For those who missed it, Braun sparked the “discussion” on Sunday when he questioned the strength of the Brewers’ pitching staff and Melvin responded on Monday by calling Braun’s comments “inappriopriate.”
Braun didn’t take questions from reporters, but here’s what he had to say:
“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 is coming from, and it’s derived from being competitive. Everybody wants to win. It’s not going to jeopardize my relationship with him and it’s not going to jeopardize my relationship with the organization. I know they are trying their best to do their jobs. They always have, and always will. This is 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. 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, and it’s derived from wanting to win. I definitely take full responsibility for everything.
“That being said, Doug and I are cool. Everything is good. I have no issues with anybody. I apologize if I offended anybody in the organization. That clearly wasn’t my intent. I wasn’t trying to disrespect anybody. I wasn’t trying to call anybody out. It wasn’t a conversation that I initiated; I was 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, and I recognize that. It’s a strength and a weakness that I need to be more aware of at times.
“Moving forward, hopefully this is something I’ll learn from. It’s definitely something I’ll learn from. We’ll move on.”
I’m working on a more complete story, including comments from two of the guys affected by Braun’s comments on Sunday: Pitching coach Bill Castro and right-hander Seth McClung.