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Braun Faces Fans For First Time


Milwaukee (WQOW) -- A record crowd was on hand at the Brewers On Deck event on Sunday. Over 14-thousand fans saw Ryan Braun's first major public appearance since the embattled outfielder served a suspension for use of performance enhancing drugs.

Braun said he could not stop apologizing, but added that it's time to move on with his baseball career. Except for one heckler, the former MVP received a warm welcome from Brewers fans. But Braun knows rebuilding his image won't happen overnight.

"I think I've always taken tremendous pride in being a role model. I made a huge mistake and I've paid a huge price for that mistake. I deeply regret it and I wish I could change it. I recognize I don't have an opportunity to do that. All I can do is focus on the present, focus on the future, look forward to this year and go out there and do the things I've done in the past. Show them that I've learned from my mistake, that I've grown from it, I've learned from it and hopefully I become a better person because of it," says Braun.

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