Little leaguers disappointed in Braun

Little leaguers disappointed in Braun

By Tom Murray. CREATED Jul 23, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 23, 2013

MILWAUKEE - In Miller Park’s shadow, baseball‘s future stars slugged it out at Helfaer Field on Tuesday. 

With parental permission, TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray spoke with 10-year-old players Jonah Walters and Seth Ray about outfielder Ryan Braun’s suspension.

“I was kind of surprised that he was taking,” Seth said.

“I was kind of mad because he’s one of our star players and he helps the team a lot,” added Jonah.

Dad and coach Phil Hauser believes it is important for his sons to see the news coverage.  He said it is a teaching moment.

“I try to relate it to them and how it impacts them in their life, like a school situation,” Hauser explained.  “If you cheat on a test, you might get away with it once or twice.  But, in the end, you’re going to get caught.”

Even at this age, some coaches are already talking to young athletes about playing clean, drug-free baseball.

“I think that these players need to learn how to develop and how to play the game properly and learn how to lose,” said John Herrara, a parent and assistant coach.

TODAY’S TMJ4 asked little leaguers if Braun should have handled the situation differently.

“I wish he would have came out sooner because now he’s suspended the whole season and post-season,” said 10-year-old Julien Omejc.

While reporters certainly have questions for Braun, perhaps the questions are best asked by his young fans.

Seth Ray said he would ask Braun, “why?  Why did he take the drugs?  He’s already a good player, so why would he want to be better?”