Though some have been critical of Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun's decision to release a statement of apology instead of coming clean in front of a camera, members of the organization are pleased with what they read.
Braun, suspended for the remainder of the season July 22 for violations of the joint drug prevention program, released a 944-word statement Thursday evening apologizing and admitting to "using products he shouldn't have used" in 2011.
"I thought it was a good first step on the road to redemption, I guess you could say," Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said before Milwaukee's game Friday at Cincinnati. "Of course you're going to have lot of critics of it but for me personally it's a hard situation for him to deal with, and I can't really imagine everything that he's gone through."
Expanding on his thoughts of this being a first step, Lucroy expects Braun to eventually come forward and answer questions in the future.
"I think he's going to do a press confer...