Brewers’ Braun hoping to win over fans in WBC

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“There’s no more baseball in the Olympics, so this is the closest we get to an Olympics-style event. It’s only once every four years,” he said of the WBC. “For everybody that’s on our team, we take a tremendous amount of pride in being here, and the guys I know playing for Mexico and the Dominican (Republic) and Venezuela, they all feel the same way.”

While sensitive to the way he’s perceived by fans, Braun said he doesn’t spend much time thinking about how sponsors and potential business opportunities might view his past.

Braun also has said he’s supportive of the drug testing system that Major League Baseball has in place, and he welcomed an announcement by the league and its players union that players will be subject to in-season, unannounced testing for human growth hormone.

“I’ve always been supportive of the system,” Braun said earlier in camp. “I’ve always been supportive of additional drug testing or whatever testing they have that’s available.”

In the meantime, he intends to keep his focus on the field.

Easier to do now that games have started.

“I try not to think big picture too much. I focus on things I can control,” he said. “The challenge in this game is consistency and longevity, and hopefully I’m able to be at least as productive over the next eight to 10 years.”

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