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Why Ryan Braun is a punk...

Well, Ryan Braun does it again. Braun hit a go-ahead  two-run HR in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night to put the Beermakers ahead for good in a 3-2 win over the Cubs at Miller Park. In the midst of watching the ball fly into the seats, Braun, once again, acted like he had never hit a HR before and promplty showed up the Cubs and relief pitcher Aaron Heilman by using what is becoming his trademark slow walk out of the batter's box, extending his arms to the side like an airplane and sticking out his tongue as he began his trot around the bases. Coming as no surprise, during Braun's first at-bat during Saturday night's game, Cubs starter Ryan Dempster promptly threw at Braun, grazing the bill of Braun's batting helmet. This incident came on the heels of another altercation of the exact same type. Braun hit a HR off of Pirates starter Jeff Karstens during last week's series between the two teams and showed up Karstens by using that slow walk once again, flipping his bat, and staring into his own dugout before starting his jog around the bases. Braun came up to bat two innings later and as everyody could have predicted, Karstens wasted no time in plunking Braun in the back. Braun started these showboating tactics last year. Maybe one day, Braun will get it and fully understand. It just might take a pitcher hitting him in the back of the helmet and knocking him unconscious for him to do so. This guy is a very cocky youngster and frankly, he's a punk on the field. I've seen some videos of him off the field doing interviews and signing autographs for fans and he seems like a really nice guy in those environments. But on the field, he acts like he's bigger than the game. The reaction he has to a home run just screams, "I'm the best in baseball. I'm definitely better than you, and if you pitch to me, that is what will happen every time." He shows no respect for the game right now, and it is beyond me why one of his teammates won't pull him to the side and say enough is enough. Of course, that probably hints to the kind of leadership that the Brewers have on their team. You don't like people throwing at your head? You want pitchers to stop? Then, quit taunting the other team and acting like you're the first person to ever hit a home run! These pitchers obviously pitch in the big leagues and are going to get a lot of home runs hit off of them in their career. It's not going to faze them if Braun hits a home run against them, and he needs to quit acting like it's going to. He's a very good young player and is one of the best home run hitters in today's game. He doesn't need to kill his relationship with fans and become hated by every other team with his bush league tactics and his taunting. He's hit a lot of home runs, and he needs to act like it. Just hit the home run and get around the bases. No need to flip bats, wave arms, stick out tongues, take a slow walk and become the most hated player in your division and maybe all of baseball. Braun has a lot of growing up to do to say the least.

 

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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