On Monday, Major League Baseball suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun without pay for the remainder of the season, citing multiple violations of the sport’s drug program.
Braun, 29, accepted the penalty. He will lose $3.25 million and miss the final 65 games of the Brewers’ season — plus any potential postseason games.
Baseball’s biggest story broke just as batting practice wrapped up at Fenway Park. Because of the timing, many players said they saw the headline but didn’t yet know details.
Shane Victorino, who played with Braun in two World Baseball Classics, commented at length about the suspension.
“I’ve known Brauny. I’ve known him personally,” Victorino said. “It’s a sad situation. The first time it happened I put my support behind him. Now, looking back on it, it’s kind of like, well … But you support your guys that you play with, support the guys that you know.
“It’s individuals that have to take care of the situation and understand the consequences that come with that when they do things like that.”
Victorino continuously referred to the suspension as “a very unfortunate situation.”
“I don’t sit and worry about what’s going on there,” he said. “I have to worry about myself and worry about what the Red Sox are doing.”
Still, Victorino said it was tough to see someone he knows well connected.
“But he obviously got caught,” Victorino said. “He’ll face the consequences. But the game of baseball will still go on.”