ASHWAUBENON - Brewers fans who faced underhand pitching Monday night gave Ryan Braun some understanding. At least a little bit.
"I think a lot of people, you get caught in mistakes and you try to get out of them," said Appleton's Rachel Martzahl.
Martzahl was one of the softball players on a busy set of fields at Cornerstone in Ashwaubenon. Many fans had just heard the news that Braun, the Brewers slugger, is suspended for the remainder of the season after being the subject of an investigation into possible use of performance enhancing drugs.
"Wisconsin, a lot of fans look up to him," said Justin Richter who lives in Appleton. "It's a little disappointing. I'm glad it came out front and he was honest about it, at least now."
Braun will miss the final 65 games of the MLB season without pay.
Quite a few fans at Cornerstone had similar, more baseball-oriented feelings. It's good the suspension happened when it did, they said, given Milwaukee's struggles on the field.
"I guess I'd rather him take it now when the Brewers aren't doing well, that way we can have him for all of next year," said De Pere's Eric Vogt.
Some fans even still have the star left fielder's back.
"I still believe him, I don't think he did it," said Green Bay's Rich Robbins. "He's just not appealing it because he wants to play next year. That's my opinion."
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