A restaurant group is ending its ties with suspended Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.
SURG Restaurant Group said in a statement Thursday it will change the name of the 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield – “8” is Braun’s jersey number, while “Twelve” refers to the number worn by quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers.
Major League Baseball suspended Braun for the rest of the season in July for doping. Braun and Rodgers were friends and business associates, but Rodgers said during training camp he felt duped by Braun’s previously strong denial of doping accusations.
Restaurant group co-owner Michael Polaski said he appreciated the restaurant’s relationship with Braun and wished the slugger success. Braun in the same statement said he supported the decision.
Rodgers will continue his relationship with the restaurant group, the statement said, with a focus on community relations and charitable activities.
Also affected was the Ryan Braun’s Graffito restaurant, which will stay open the rest of the year “to honor its pre-existing obligations to its customers and employees” before closing its doors after the holiday season, SURG said.
Braun passed along his “best of luck to the SURG Restaurant Group as it continues to grow,” according to the statement.
SCULLY TO BE ROSE PARADE GRAND MARSHAL
Vin Scully will serve as grand marshal of the 125th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif.
The beloved broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers will be joined by his wife, Sandi, for the 51/2-mile ride down Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 1.
Scully told The Associated Press that his first reaction to being chosen was, “Wow.” The 85-year-old broadcaster said he thinks he was tapped for the honor because he’s been around a long time and that the current success of the Dodgers has something to do with it.
Tournament of Roses president R. Scott Jenkins said Scully was chosen because he’s an accomplished person who possesses humility and integrity.
Scully was introduced as grand marshal on Thursday at Tournament House in Pasadena.
CARDS’ CRAIG’S FOOT SPRAINED, NOT BROKEN
St. Louis first baseman Allen Craig has a sprained left foot but no fracture, a big relief for a Cardinals team that feared it had lost its cleanup hitter for the rest of the season.
Craig hurt his foot while rounding first base in the fourth inning Wednesday night against Cincinnati. He was sent back to St. Louis for an MRI and more X-rays on Thursday that indicated nothing was broken.