Strong words from Braun in today's post game comments. Finally somebody steps up and says something. Braun not only talked the talk, but walked the walk by mashing multiple home runs at Fenway. And he's doing a good job taking over for Jenks by drooping a few O-bombs...
"I almost felt like this series, we didn't expect to win," Braun said after the Brewers dropped their fifth consecutive game and ninth in a row on the road.
"We were competing; I know everybody tried hard. But it's not about trying hard. You've got to expect to win. I almost feel like we never really expected to win any of these games. I just kind of had that feeling.
"It's just a feeling. Every time we were winning, I just didn't feel we expected to win. It was like we were just content to be there and compete. I don't think we necessarily expected to win."
"Obviously, they're a great team," he said, referring to the Red Sox. "It's a good gauge of where we're at when we can go out and compete with those guys. For us, as a team, our goal can't be to compete. Our goal has to be to win.
"Obviously, to come in here and win the series would have been extremely difficult but it's a real disappointment to come in here and get swept. A team like (Boston), they come out every day and expect to win. You can just sense it.
"I feel like we're there at times but we need to come with that approach every day. No matter who we're playing against, no matter who's throwing against us, and expect to win. . . . We're too talented to approach the game any other way."
"We've got to figure it out and figure it out in a hurry," he said. "We're better than that. We're certainly talented enough to win games. But a lot of it, our approach mentally, sometimes has to improve.
"We've got to go to Pittsburgh and try to find a way to win the series and go to Washington and find a way to win that series. We can't play like this for very long, as deep and talented as our division is.
"By no means is it time to panic. We just have to find a way to start playing better consistently in all facets of the game."