Milwaukee fans gave Ryan Braun a standing ovation for his first at-bat since serving a 65-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. This shouldn't be a surprise—Crowd Cheers its Team's Best Player—but some folks seem to have forgotten how this thing goes.
Standing ovation for Ryan Braun in Milwaukee is about the least surprising thing on Opening Day. Great message. Lie and we love you anyway.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 31, 2014
Ryan Braun just given standing o in his first AB in Milw after a 65-game suspenion for lying and drugging...to the cheater goes the spoils
— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) March 31, 2014
Braun now getting thunderous standing ovation from #Brewers crowd as he steps into box for first time. Apparently, all is forgiven.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 31, 2014
I had a feeling #Brewers fans were idiots, but a standing ovation for Lyin' Ryan Braun is a whole new level of stupidity.
— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) March 31, 2014
Idiots? Nah, just regular fans, who cheer their team, and who will cheer anyone who can help their team win, and come to the ballpark not to have ethical debates, but to root for the the Brewers. That's sort of the entire point of being a fan. There are MLB teams that employ drunks and women-beaters and rapists, and the whole enterprise would fall apart pretty quickly if fandom had a character clause.
Fans have cheered players who failed PED tests. They've cheered players who failed PED tests and lied about it. They've cheered players who failed PED tests and lied about it and were generally dicks to everyone. Not sure who was expecting "smearing a sample collector" to be the behavior that finally put a player into the realm of the uncheerable. Really, the only thing Ryan Braun could do to get booed in Milwaukee is to stop being good at baseball—or to stop being a Brewer.