Jason Bay watched it on television, just like the rest of us. Ryan Braun read that defiant statement out in Phoenix last year and insisted he was innocent.
Then on Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted a 65-game suspension for unspecified ''violations'' of baseball's drug program and labor contract.
''I think for me what makes me mad,'' said Bay, a Seattle Mariners outfielder, ''they played his apology from spring training that year when he did the whole thing and it was very heartfelt - and basically it just kills all the credibility of anybody.''
Reaction poured in from around the majors 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.
Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, dodged a 50-game penalty last year when an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the urine sa...