Sexy Phillies Opponent of the Series: Ryan Braun, MIL

Fear not, the Sexy Opponent has returned for this series. Just like our third Rockies game, that post has been postponed to be made up at a later date. College graduation actually overtook drooling at the men on the field. Today,  though, I am finally sober enough – and home long enough! – to update all you dear, lovely readers about our next hottie.

I can honestly say the only thing I know about Milwaukee is that it’s often cold. And there’s cheese.  And Geoff Jenkins played for the Brewers for a decade with no playoff appearances. But as of May 25, 2007, another claim to fame showed up in the Big Cheese, and he’s been making his mark ever since.

Ryan Braun, LF
Milwaukee Brewers #8

Nicknamed the Hebrew Hammer because of his Jewish heritage, Ryan is a California boy who’s been making waves in the Major Leagues.  In both 2008 and 2009, he was an All-Star and a Silver Slugger award recipient. He’s been a dominating player since making his debut, often carrying his team to victory when needed. He’s an incredibly fast runner with a big bat, sort of like a freakish Chase Utley-Ryan Howard hybrid. In his career, Braun moved from shortstop to third base, and eventually settled in left after the Brewers signed Mike Cameron to man the bag at third.

Besides his baseball prowess, Braun is well known for his Jewish background. He shares the Hebrew Hammer moniker with several other famous Jewish players, Al Rosenberg and Hank Greenberg. Braun also has another connection to Hank, as at one point Ryan lived with his grandfather, who resides in a home formerly owned by Greenberg. The 26-year-old is one of the highest drafted Jewish players ever, becoming the first Jewish Rookie of the Year in history in 2007. Braun openly speaks about his pride in his heritage.

Outside of baseball, Ryan has been tapped to appear on “The Bachelor,” but ultimately turned down the request (thank God!).  Unfortunately…he is also working on his own line of Affection tee shirts called Remetee. They’re horrible. Don’t Google them. Seriously. Oh wait, you already did? Go ahead, I’ll wait while you gag and clean yourself up. …All better? Good. I think his skills, personality, and good looks make up for the horrendous fashion choice. And lest we forget his assets!!


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