MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers left-fielder Ryan Braun will not serve a 50-game suspension. That means Braun will be suited up with the Crew when the Brewers open the season against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park on Friday, April 6th.
Braun tested positive in October for elevated testosterone, and ESPN revealed the positive test in December. The decision in favor of Braun is significant because it is the first time baseball player successfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance.
Thursday was the first day fans could begin camping out at Miller Park to get tickets for next season. Tickets go on sale Saturday, and for fans at Miller Park, the news about Braun made it feel like a win in the books before the season even starts!
Even Milwaukee in February can be a warmer place with good friends and good news! Thursday afternoon, fans camping out for Brewers tickets got word their National League MVP would not have to serve a 50-game suspension. "I was really excited! The place went nuts!" one fan at Miller Park said.
Janis Kling doesn't call Braun the MVP. She calls him the reason she goes to Miller Park! "I was so relieved because that's who I go to see! We were at his first game - the first game he played, my daughter and me, and we both said, 'that's our guy!'" Kling said.
This good news provided just a little more warmth for fans camping out in the cold Thursday night, as the boys of summer will return soon, including the man called one of baseball's best.
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CLICK HERE to read Ryan Braun's statement Thursday.
CLICK HERE to read a statement from the Brewers.