Ryan Braun is Magic
At least Braun was in the bottom of the eighth on Friday night. With the Brewers trailing the hated Cubs 2-1, the Milwaukee left-fielder came to the plate against CHI reliever Aaron Heilman. He could have just come up there hacking and slashing, which is what the Brewers are known for. But instead, Braun took a more mature approach, as noted in the coverage of the story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Braun, who was so disgusted after striking out in the fifth inning that he slammed his bat to the ground, knew Heilman couldn’t afford another ball. Using a right-field approach, Braun slammed a 93-mph fastball out to right-center with room to spare for his seventh homer of the year.
“In that situation, it dictated staying inside of the ball, runner on second, nobody out,” said Braun. “I figured worst-case, I’d get the runner over to third base with less than two outs.
The result was a two-run homer to right, providing the winning margin.
It is music to my ears to hear that Braun is doing more than going up there and just trying to rip it somewhere. The guy is thinking about the situation, he knows the pitcher is in a tough spot, he has a plan to at least move the runner because he knows that is what is required at this particular moment in the game. Wonderful maturity on Braun’s part. Sure, the clutch homer was magic, but I am just as excited about his approach.