PHOENIX -- Ryan Braun made it clear once again Thursday that he has no intention of revisiting the past as he rejoined his Milwaukee Brewers teammates at spring training after a season-ending, 65-game suspension for PED use.
"I'm excited to be back, excited to be in Arizona, excited to meet my new teammates, looking forward to the challenge of learning a new position, just excited to be back playing baseball," Braun told reporters after checking in to Maryvale Baseball Park one day before position players were asked to report.
As in two off-season media availabilities, including the "On Deck" fan festival in late July, Braun deflected all questions about the Biogenesis investigation that led to his suspension last July.
"I've addressed that a couple times already in multiple press conferences, and I got pretty specific with exactly what happened and when it happened," he said. "I took responsibility for the mistake that I made and for me my focus is on this year and moving forward and learning a new position and getting ready for the season.
"I made a mistake. I deserved to be suspended. I took full responsibility for my actions and as I've said many, many times, all I can do is look forward and continue to move forward. I've said multiple times that I wish I had the ability to go back and change things, do things differently. Unfortunately, I don't have that opportunity.
"I embrace the challenge that lies ahead. I know it won't be easy, but I intend to do everything in my power to continue to be the best person and player I can be.
Asked if he felt pressure to show he can be what he was in the past -- one of the best players in the game, both clean and dirty -- Braun said, "I think I always put a lot of pressure on myself. My expectation is always to be one of the best players in baseball. I think over the first seven or eight years of my career, I've been able to do that.
"I dealt with a similar situation in 2012 (after winning an appeal of a positive drug test) and had my best year. So, that's certainly my goal and intention this year in coming back and focusing on the season."
As for the acceptance of teammates, Braun said, "Everybody has been extremely supportive and I appreciate that. Certainly, when everything first occurred there was some confusion because I wasn't allowed to say anything. It was an ongoing and active investigation, so because of that I couldn't really say anything.
"Aside from that, my relationship with everybody has been great and I don't anticipate any change moving forward."
Braun's troubles began when he failed a random MLB drug test in October 2011 at the outset of the playoffs. He tested positive for synthetic testosterone but appealed the result and avoided a 50-game suspension on what turned into a chain-of-custody case.
Asked if that was the only time he took a banned substance, Braun said, "I've already addressed that multiple times. I think I was very specific in my statement (in August). I've answered all of these questions at multiple press conferences. I appreciate the interest. I completely understand and respect that you guys have a job to do, but for me it's counterproductive to continue to look back.
"All I can do is continue to look forward, move forward, continue to head in the right direction, focus on the season and get myself prepared to be the best player I can be."
Braun got rough treatment from fans on the road last year and realizes it will be worse in 2014 after finally admitting to PED use and taking his suspension.
"I've dealt with it the last couple of years, so I think I have some idea what to expect," he said. "But I never really waste my time focusing on things that are out of my control. All I can do is deal with things as they come, deal with things to the best of my ability and that's what I intend to do.
"I think I'm pretty strong mentally and emotionally. I'm able to deal with adversity and challenges. As a competitor, I enjoy the challenge of going into an opposing team's ballpark and dealing with that hostile environment."
The tone was totally different from the on-field media session two years ago at Maryvale when Braun came out verbally firing, attacking the MLB drug program and the urine specimen collector while vehemently maintaining his innocence. There has been much water under the bridge since then, mostly turbulent, and he said he regrets telling more lies that day.
"Certainly, I wish I hadn't done the press conference," he said. "I wish that I had known then what I know now. If I had, certainly I wouldn't have done it at all. It's a different tone this day than it was that day. Like I said, I wish I could go back and not do the press conference at all."
Before Braun spoke, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said both he and his players were ready to put the turbulent times behind them and move forward.
"Everybody knows what kind of player he is," said Roenicke. "We like him, for one. We need him on this team. And he's paid the penalty that major-league baseball has put in place, and it's over with.
"We want to move forward. We're excited about this season. I think we've got a very good club, and we're excited to move on and to worry about Ryan and everybody else in that room and how they can help us win this year."
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