Braves postgame comments from the clubhouse Thursday night

Miami – Some postgame quotes from the Braves clubhouse on a late night in Florida after an 8-3 Braves win. It’s pretty much the Tim Hudson show, given the late hour, quick turnaround and all that, but he had some great stuff to say, so I won’t apologize for it.

Tim Hudson on the rainy conditions in the fourth:

“It was tougher than I’m willing to admit,” Hudson said. “It wasn’t that it was slippery or anything like that. It was just, dadgum, my hands and the balls were so wet, especially when Sanchez was up. I had to start putting the ball under my boiler, so it wouldn’t get wet. When I hold it behind my back, like I normally do, it’s just pouring on it. It took me three pitches to figure out I can’t throw a strike when it’s dripping.”

Hudson on pulling to within 1 ½ games of the Phillies:

“When we lost nine in a row, man, a game and a half back seemed like forever away,” Hudson said. “We’ve done a nice job getting back to where we are now. We’re not satisfied. There are a lot of games left. We just got to keep plugging along.”

Hudson on trying to get back into the game after the rain delay:

“I knew it was kind of a long shot but I was like ‘man,’” Hudson said. “I had hot-packs on sitting in here, I played catch once or twice and the hitting cages with (Peter) Moylan. I went out there and talked to the groundscrew and they said it might be about 10:15. I kinda lied and told everybody in the locker room they was pulling the tarp, get them ready to play. I went out there like I was going to start getting loose again and Bobby came out like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ I was like, ‘I’m getting ready to pitch.’ He’s like, ‘the hell you are.’ But it was best. These antique parts I’m sporting might have blown out on me.”

Hudson on pitching without his best stuff:

“I wasn’t great out there by any means,” Hudson said. “I told Tommy (Hanson) the other night with his outing – he went out there and battled and turned it into a good outing. I told him, ‘Those are the kind of outings you should be more proud of than the ones you go out there and have great stuff and carve just because you battle and find a way to keep your team in it.’ Tonight was kind of like that. I probably should have given up about four or five runs, but I was able to go out there and just bob and weave and make some pitches when I needed to and bend but not break. Found ourselves with a good chance to win it.”

Bobby Cox on the offense and more:

“We hit the ball good tonight,” Cox said. “Chipper hit two bullets. Everybody hit tonight and it seemed like everybody chipped in a little bit. Even (Eric) Hinske’s double play ball was smoked. They made a nice double play on it but we got a run on it too. (Takashi) Saito was kind of the star of the game I think when he came in there in the seventh inning and punched out the last two hitters. We could have been in deep stuff there. O’Flaherty threw the ball good, it was a bunt and a jam shot and then I guess it hit (Jorge) Cantu but nobody else saw it. He threw the ball fine but we got in trouble and Saito bailed us out. That was huge. Against this club anything can happen. They can hit the ball nine miles, every one of them just about.”

Cox on Huddy’s work to get out of the bases loaded jam:

“That was the other thing I should talk about,” Cox said. “In a steady downpour, I think he went 3-0 on the guy with the bases loaded and came back and got him. Two things saved the ball game that at-bat Huddy had and Saito.”

Cox on Escobar’s resurgent two games in Florida:

“He hit the ball hard tonight,” Cox said. “I’m really proud of him. He’s bounced back.”

Cox on Chipper Jones breaking the franchise record for walks:

“I’ll be darned,” Cox said. “That’s pretty good. Well, that’s the respect you get.”

Takashi Saito on Cox’s comments about him after the game:

“I’m very happy that he said that but it’s a team win,” Saito said through an interpreter. “(Hudson) was good, the bullpen was good. It was just part of the puzzle.”

19 comments Add your comment

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

May 28th, 2010
1:25 am

Only a game and a half out baby

Woohoo :>)

Let’s keep it going boys.

willieg hates bill shanks

May 28th, 2010
1:51 am

here we go the 1and a half games out after the phillies come to town next week ans the 11game road trip you will be 8 or 9 out bank on it ,they will go against the best nl team the dodgers for 4 ,arizona and half the braves roster,then to the cofines of minnesota and they will lose the series at the twins so there you have it brave fans but look on the bright side theres always next year.

Rick

May 28th, 2010
2:16 am

willieg

Why are you here? I guess you expect to go 162 and 0. If your not a fan or so down on them, why watch them? Why be up at 2am just waiting to say something negative so get people like me all riled up? I pass he finish line or sink with th ship, i detest fair weather fans…..get a life or better yet, get job and quit lvng of the government! GEEEZZZZ Chipper deserves any and all allcolades he receives, the bad mouthers will shut u and dissapear when he gets back to his normal numbers, else they will claim they were not one of the ones who jumped ship and have always supported Chipper……

Rick

May 28th, 2010
2:18 am

sorry either keyboard or me is messed up, maybe both

JohnSmithHatesWillieG

May 28th, 2010
2:57 am

You haters are all the same.

Whether or not this team has what it takes to go all the way, I don’t know. But I can tell you that I’ve never rooted for a team to succeed as much as this one. Team chemistry is at an all-time high. Bobby, Chipper and Wags will ride off into the sunset. J-Hey will carve a niche for himself in Braves history. Prado, Hinske, Venters, and later, Jordan Schafer (I hope) will have made names for themselves by the end of the season.

In short, if you’re gonna be negative about this team, at least do it intelligently, constructively, and for God’s sake, learn to write at a fourth-grade level.

Martin

May 28th, 2010
4:11 am

DOB, carroll…is there anyway we can start campaigning jason heyward for the home run derby and all star game..any ideas? he needs to rep

Jesse Stone

May 28th, 2010
8:21 am

willie g reminds me of that dweeb buLLdawg that posts on the Tech boards during football season. He’s not a fan of the team, yet he’s up in the wee hours posting on their blogs.

Takashi Saito

May 28th, 2010
9:17 am

I cannot believe nobody is talking about my amazing at bat in the bottom of the seventh. First I fought off that inside pitch with my heeyah check swing special move, and then I cooled off all 27 fans sitting on the first base side with my powerful swing on the next pitch. ;-)

TGIF

May 28th, 2010
9:21 am

Martin…..

Why would you want Heyward in HR Derby? I for one don’t want him in it. Haven’t you paid attention to previous years. Those participants aren’t the same afterwards!

Pierson Brave

May 28th, 2010
9:40 am

TGIF: The HR Derby is not the place for a line drive hitter. If Heyward tries to swing for the fences he might have a good showing, but likely will only have a few after knocking the walls back a few yards with his line drives.

Chuck

May 28th, 2010
10:50 am

The Braves being 1.5 games out is great! They are competing again. Still not the “I expect to win” swagger like the Braves of the 90’s, but that didn’t happen overnight. Glad Escobar is doing well – trade him if his worth gets back up! Chipper was on base 4 times last night – he may be out with shin splints today or something! :-)

Bob R

May 28th, 2010
11:17 am

I have been a Braves fan since 1978 when I moved to Atlanta and when I could not get to the game, I would watch it on TV. Now that I live in Florida I still like to watch their games as much as possible but it seems that fewer games are televised eaach year. This week, they played the Marlins I would have thought the games would be on but……………… I can get the Tampa Rays usually but why not the Braves when they are playing a Florida?

bruce

May 28th, 2010
11:35 am

Carroll thanks again for your late night investment in us to put this together… Bruce

JC from DR

May 28th, 2010
1:30 pm

Cox has got to be the stupidest man on earth!

Unknown Hinson

May 28th, 2010
2:02 pm

JC from DR – How much do you make a year and what have you done with your life? Let’s compare.

Old Coach

May 28th, 2010
3:51 pm

JC from DR
I think I know who is the stupidest man on earth! Not Bobby Cox but JC from DR gets my vote. You are an absolute loon!!!

Choppinmama

May 28th, 2010
5:16 pm

DOB: thanks for the notebookfull of quotes. you must have been scribbling like mad late last night! What has Huddy/Cox said about Handley’s antics last night, anybody owning up to knowing what wuz up?

Choppinmama

May 28th, 2010
5:21 pm

Miz Rogers: Please accept my apologies for addressing my thanks to DOB when it was obvious knowledge that you were in FL. YOU did some mighty fine scribbling to bring us all those quotes. Anyone clue you in on the little tension between Ramirez and us? Any late-night talk of retaliation “the next time?”

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