ESPN baseball insider says Kirk Gibson can’t put the past away

Sometimes it’s hard to let go.

Especially when you take personal pride in your craft and the people who cut corners to get to the top.

Such is the case with Kirk Gibson who’s unsolicited rant about Brewers’ juiced slugger Ryan Braun raised more than a few eyebrows over the weekend in Pittsburgh.

“I said this a long time ago,” Gibson told a pool of reporters. “I think that people should have the opportunity to ask him some questions and have him answer them unrehearsed. Something tells me he’s getting really prepared for just about anything they could throw at him.”

The old-school Diamondbacks manager who’s 1988 World Series home run off Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley will be tied to baseball lore forever said his era of players fought for the privileges many modern day stars like Braun take advantage of.

It’s a tough pill to swallow as the widespread PED problem won’t go away. Not to mention the fact Braun’s Brewers beat the Diamondbacks in the 2011 division series. He went 9 for 18 with four doubles and a home run. Braun was named National League MVP the same season.

“It’s still festering there,” ESPN baseball insider Pedro Gomez told in a recent phone interview. “It’s obviously something that’s still being talked about inside that clubhouse. It’s something that’s been brought up over and over. They just can’t let it go.”

“It’s obviously a sore wound that’s been re-opened because Braun has been suspended,” Gomez said. “Two years later it’s still not healed.”