They felt sick, angry, cheated, deceived.
Not only did Ryan Braun let down scores of baseball fans Monday, he riled up players all around the majors.
The guys who used to be in his corner. The guys who make up the union membership.
"Watching him talk right now makes me sick," Skip Schumaker of the Los Angeles Dodgers said. "I have an autographed Braun jersey in my baseball room that I'll be taking down. I don't want my son identifying what I've worked so hard to get to and work so hard to have — I don't want him comparing Braun to me."
The Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted a 65-game suspension Monday for unspecified "violations" of baseball's drug program and labor contract.
Just last year, the 2011 NL MVP dodged a 50-game penalty when an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the urine sample had been improperly handled.
Then he held a news conference at spring training in Phoenix and read a defiant statement, insisting he was innocent and "the truth" was on his side.
Jason Bay watched it on television, just like everyone else.
"I think for me what makes me mad," the Seattle outfielder said, "basically it just kills all the credibility of anybody."
Reaction poured in after Major League Baseball banned Braun without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason, the beginning of sanctions involving players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
Plenty of it was pretty harsh.
"I think everybody's frustrated, especially the players. I think we all feel a little bit cheated," Mariners pitcher Joe Saunders said.
Schumaker thinks Braun should hand over his MVP award to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who finished second in the 2011 balloting.
"In my opinion, he should be suspended — lifetime ban. One strike, you're out. It's enough. It's ridiculous," Schumaker said. "He lied to a lot of people. I was convinced, after that MVP, that he didn't do it."
Braun, struggling through an injury-plagued season, will miss Milwaukee's final 65 games, costing him about $3 million of his $8.5 million salary. But his punishment probably won't affect the Brewers' playoff chances much — they were last in the NL Central at 41-56, already far out of wild-card contention.
"I talked to a lot of the guys and we think the penalties aren't harsh enough," Saunders said. "I think it should have been a year's suspension, at least. Just my take on it. I don't get why guys have to do that stuff."
Braun issued a statement Monday saying he's not perfect and realizes now that he has made some mistakes. He apologized "to anyone I may have disappointed" and said he was happy to have the matter behind him "once and for all."
But that doesn't mean there's no fallout for others in the game.
|Philadelphia||12/20/14 3:30 PM|
|San Diego||12/20/14 7:25 PM|
|Minnesota||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Baltimore||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Atlanta||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Green Bay||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|New England||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|NY Giants||12/21/14 3:05 PM|
|Buffalo||12/21/14 3:25 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/21/14 3:25 PM|
|Seattle||12/21/14 7:30 PM|
|Denver||12/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Utah||96||4th Qtr 3:05|
|Charlotte||98||4th Qtr 5:52|
|Brooklyn||61||3rd Qtr 5:16|
|Washington||65||3rd Qtr 4:39|
|Minnesota||75||3rd Qtr 0:42|
|Toronto||75||3rd Qtr 3:44|
|LA Clippers||8:00 PM|
|Oklahoma City||9:30 PM|
|Tampa Bay||1||3rd Prd 14:55|
|Anaheim||0||2nd Prd 1:29|
|NY Islanders||2||3rd Prd|
|Boston||0||2nd Prd 15:40|
|Stillman||47||2nd Half 2:09|
|Case Western Reserve||65||FINAL|
|Niagara||54||2nd Half 1:46|
|UC Santa Barbara||69|
|Central Penn College||65||FINAL|
|St Marys-CA||47||2nd Half 1:23|
|William & Mary||86|
|Bethune-Cookman||40||2nd Half 7:18|
|Furman||49||2nd Half 10:34|
|Fla Gulf Coast||55|
|South Dakota St||46||2nd Half 2:09|
|LSU-Alexandria||27||2nd Half 20:00|
|Southern Utah||26||2nd Half 17:20|
|Chattanooga||24||2nd Half 18:30|
|Dickinson State||13||2nd Half 20:00|
|New Orleans||21||2nd Half|
|TX-Pan American||8:00 PM|
|Colorado State||5||1st Half 18:30|
|Alabama A&M||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Ark-Pine Bluff||8:00 PM|
|Eastern Wash||9:00 PM|
|Idaho State||9:05 PM|
|Nevada||12/20/14 10:00 AM|
|Utah State||12/20/14 1:20 PM|
|(23) Utah||12/20/14 2:30 PM|
|Western Mich||12/20/14 4:45 PM|
|South Alabama||12/20/14 8:15 PM|
|BYU||12/22/14 1:00 PM|
|Marshall||12/23/14 5:00 PM|
|Navy||12/23/14 8:30 PM|
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|Central Mich||12/24/14 11:00 AM|
|Fresno State||12/24/14 7:00 PM|
|Illinois||12/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Rutgers||12/26/14 3:30 PM|
|NC State||12/26/14 7:00 PM|
|East Tenn St||48||FINAL|
|Fla Gulf Coast||69|
|(6) North Carolina||65||FINAL|
|McNeese State||50||1st OT 5:00|
|Davidson||66||2nd Half 0:18|
|Saint Louis||71||2nd Half 5:08|
|(25) DePaul||58||2nd Half 5:00|
|Ohio U||65||2nd Half 5:40|
|Florida Atlantic||41||2nd Half 15:44|
|Long Beach St||47|
|Miami-Florida||25||1st Half 0:51|
|Miss Valley St||23||2nd Half 14:16|
|Ark-Pine Bluff||33||2nd Half 12:00|
|Bowling Green||26||2nd Half 20:00|
|Arkansas State||33||1st OT 17:34|
|ULM||18||2nd Half 18:29|
|(16) Oregon State||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Utah Valley U||8:30 PM|
|New Mexico St|
|No Dakota State||9:00 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton|
|Utah State||9:00 PM|
|Bethesda (CA)||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|