Braun voices support for Rodgers, Packers

Yes, the MVPs touched base via telephone on Tuesday about the subject dominating the sports world.

National League MVP Ryan Braun said he’d spoken with NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers about the Packers’ stinging, controversial loss in Seattle on Monday Night Football, a game settled on a last-minute heave that had Packers players, including Rodgers, fuming.

So what did Braun tell his buddy?

“I’m not going to get into our personal conversations,” he said with a smile.

But Braun did say this: “We all watched the game, and I think we saw the same thing everybody else saw. It’s unfortunate when a game ends like that, when everybody recognizes what actually happened. And the difference between football and baseball is it’s like the equivalent of 10 games for us because [the NFL] is a 16-game season. It’s a difference between us being 10-0 versus 0-10. When you think about that, it just feels unfair. It doesn’t feel right.”

Braun and Rodgers struck up a friendship several years ago and are close today, with Rodgers making several visits to Miller Park over the past two seasons and Braun visiting Lambeau Field as recently as Sept. 13 for a Thursday night game against the Bears. They lent their names to a Brookfield, Wis. restaurant that opened earlier this year.

The Brewers traveled from Washington D.C. to Cincinnati on Monday night in time to see the entire Packers-Seahawks game.

“Everybody was mad, angry, disgusted,” Braun said.

He added: “It makes me appreciate the fact we have our real umpires day in and day out. You realize those guys do the best job they can, and you want the guys who are most qualified to be calling games with what’s on the line. All of us work so hard, you want the most qualified guys making those decisions. This is our livelihood, this is our profession. We take a tremendous amount of pride in what we do, and you want the people who have the best chance of getting the calls right to be making the calls. It makes me appreciate we don’t have to deal with replacement umpires at this level, because I can only imagine how frustrating it would be.”

Could Braun sense Rodgers’ level of frustration?

“I think he just felt like the team, that they shouldn’t have put themselves in that position,” Braun said. “He felt that they could have played better and not even been in that position. They’ll be alright. He obviously has high expectations for himself and the team and that offense.”


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