Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has a question for suspended Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun.
However, Gibson would rather not say what the question is, something which he discussed with his wife Joanne, per AZCentral.com’s Nick Piecoro.
“Her point was, she gets pissed off about the PED stuff and goes back to the playoffs and Braun. I told her if I get a chance to see Braun, I’ve got a question for him, right to his face. Is he about rehearsed by now, do you think? He about ready to come out? He’s probably been practicing at the theater school somewhere.
“Anyway, she was looking at how things like that can influence people’s opportunities and the opportunity to do something like that.”
Joanne Gibson expressed her disappointment over Braun’s role during the 2011 NLDS featuring the Diamondbacks against the Brewers, which the latter won in five games, per Sports Illustrated. Braun went 2 for 3 in Milwaukee’s 3-2, 10-inning Game 5 Victory, costing Arizona a chance to go to that year’s World Series.
Braun would later test positive that month for PED use under MLB’s drug program. This prompted MLB to file a suspension against him in 2012 for elevated tesosterone levels but Braun successfully appealed it on grounds of the league mishandling his urine sample.
Another key part of Piecoro’s piece was citing what Braun said at the baseball awards dinner in New York two years ago when he accepted his National League MVP award.
During the ceremony, Braun said a person’s character unravels during the tought times and that he has “always loved and had so much respect for the game of baseball.”
Gibson said he hasn’t forgotten what Braun said that evening.
“I remember everything he said very vividly.
“I’m not surprised he hasn’t addressed people. He doesn’t probably give a (expletive) about me. He’s got it really good. I was one of the guys who went through many things – work stoppages, etc. – so that he could do that. I would hope that he respects me and everybody who stood up for him before he played the game. Everybody looks at it differently, but if he thinks he’s giving back to the game, he has a different idea of how to give back than I do.”
Braun was suspended for 65 games on July 22 after his alleged inolvement in the Biogenesis of America controversy, costing him an estimated $3.85 million in salary per USA Today’s Erik Brady.