PHOENIX -- A happy bunch of Brewers had two overwhelming reactions while reporting to work and awaiting newly cleared slugger Ryan Braun's arrival Friday morning.
"I'm thrilled," outfielder Nyjer Morgan said. "It's like another Christmas."
"He's the best player in the league," outfielder Corey Hart said. "That's a pretty good pickup we got."
But they were far less pleased that Braun's ordeal became public in the first place, and that Major League Baseball essentially declared him guilty of steroid use in a statement saying the league "vehemently disagrees" with the arbiter's decision overturning his 50-game suspension.
"I was actually disappointed that major league baseball didn't wait until Ryan spoke before they said something," Milwaukee player representative Chris Narveson said. "We're definitely in favor of drug testing. We just want it done right.
"All it takes is one administrative mess-up to cause a fault. There can be a glitch in the system."
"It's a problem when you're guilty until you're proven innocent," veteran pitcher Shaun Marcum said. "In a court of law it's the opposite.
"It's a crappy situation. Ryan is one of those guys who's not going to do anything like that. The guy rarely puts alcohol into his body. I don't see him putting steroids in there."
The fact that what was supposed to have been a private process leaked to ESPN in December bothered all of them.
"The things that happened with this can't happen again," Hart said. "Because of what happened, I assume things will change. You hurt the reputation of one of the best players in the league.
"He'll get it back, but fans are always going to wonder. And it's not fair to him.
"He's one of the hardest working guys I've ever seen. For his reputation to be messed with, it's discouraging."
Brewers catcher Jonthan Lucroy said he was "disappointed" in MLB being so quick and so aggressive to publicly dispute the verdict.
"It's almost like they're being a sore loser," Lucroy said. "It was a low blow. I don't think it's right to do that. This is the process, and it worked in the player's favor one time and they react like that?"
Bottom line, the Brewers have their MVP's back and say they believed in him the whole time.
"I think it shows that if you come out and do it the right thing and tell the truth and be honest, it means something," Lucroy said. "The process worked."