Braves quotes following Saturday’s win

BOBBY COX

“Had a little drama in the ninth inning. I don’t know where that came from. Saito got a little bit wild and got up to 30-some pitches, so I felt the thing to do was bring in someobody else.

“Guys that normally aren’t wild got wild, for some reason. I don’t know. But the thing is we won the game and Kawakami got his first win, and threw a brilliant ballgame. Really pitched good. I don’t think there was a ball hit hard off him the entire day. I can’t ask for anything more.”

On Chipper’s homer: “That was big. Won us the ballgame. He’s been swinging the bat pretty darn good, and Zumaya has not given up a homer, as hard as he throws. He just got a pitch in a bad spot and Chipper hit it a long way. It won us the ballgame.”

On players letting Chipper go out to his position first: “That was neat. Because he couldn’t get back out when the crowd was giving him a standing O, so it was kinda neat, I thought.”

Who orchestrated that? “I don’t know. Probably [David] Ross.”

On Wagner: “I didn’t know he couldn’t pitch. His ankle’s been bothering him and Eddie called down and said, ‘His ankle’s bothering him, but he’ll try.’ With a pretty good sized lead, I didn’t want to risk it.”

(Wagner warmed up briefly in 8th, tried it out.)

“And we sat him back down.”

“The doctors are looking at it. It’s been bothering him, but I don’t think it’s been that bad, until today.”

On Heyward: “He could have played, if we needed him. But we’re trying to rest his thumb as much as we can.”

More on the Chipper moment.  Has Cox seen that happen before, that waiting for him to go to his position so crowd could cheer? “I’m sure it’s been done before. I think I’ve seen it, but I can’t remember. It’s been a long time, let’s put it that way.”

More on Kawakami’s win: “He’s pitched four or five games just like that, and we didn’t get him any runs at all. He’s smiling, believe me. He threw a great game.”

More on Saito getting wild: “A little bit. Inge fouled off so many pitches. I love Saito. Everybody does. He’s really good.”

CHIPPER JONES

“It was probably the best swing that I’ve taken left-handed all year. Hundred miles-an-hour in the shadows, that’s tough. Guys got on base ahead of me and I just got the foot down and got the bat barrel where I needed to get it.”

On KK’s win: “It was looking kind of hairy there for a minute.”

“He deserves it. He’s certainly pitched a lot better than his record indicates. Today he gave up two hits through seven innings, and the only reason he gave up a run was because he didn’t field a bunt.

“Seems like it’s always something that always costs him dearly during the course of one of his starts. But you hold a team to zero or one run over seven innings, at some point the offense is going to bust through. It’s good to get him a W.”

Have you felt gratified by fans’ response since all the retirement talk, and especially today? “It was cool. I felt a little uneasy being out there by myself, but it was a nice gesture. It just goes to show that the fans here in Atlanta are getting behind this club and excited about some of the late-inning heroics that we’ve had over the past month and a half.

“I got a little flushed when that happened. It’s not something that’s happened to me in my career. It’s pretty cool.”

Give you chills standing out there? [laughs]. “No, I was red-faced. I wanted everybody else to come out there. I don’t want the attention on me. Let’s finish the game off, get a W and go home and have a nice dinner.”

Why come no curtain call? “I was talking to my teammates. My teammates were pretty excited, and I just lost track of time. I didn’t realize that a curtain call was in order right there.”

Compare that to other moments? “There’s been so many great moments in this ballpark. As I’m coming down to the end I’ve learned to soak it in every time it does happen. Because you don’t know how many more times it will happen, and it was an awfully nice gesture by the fans. And I’m going to kill my teammates, I’m going to fine them all in kangaroo court, but it was really cool. Something I’ll never forget.”

Who organized it? “I have no idea. I have my guess, probably my next-door-neighbor [glances over at Brian McCann in next locker]. But it was cool.”

On standing there with his hands out looking toward dugout: “I was like, seriously, don’t leave me standing out here. I feel naked out here, to be honest with you. Let’s just get out here and finish off this game, and answer all the questions afterward.”

Are games like that, moments like that, going to pull at you and make the retirement decision harder?

“You can sit here and say that certain moments like that don’t get to you, and you want to keep providing those moments. But it’s the overall body of work that eventually is going to make my decision one way or the other. I’ve said it before: If I can go out there and be productive and be anywhere near the same player than I used to be, then I’ll keep playing. And if not, then I’ll retire. So … today was nice, let’s just enjoy it. Tomorrow’s a new day. I could be the goat tomorrow; y’all could be coming over here and asking me how I lost the game tomorrow.”

KENSHIN KAWAKAMI

“Just the way team won, it was a total team effort. When Chipper hit that home run I was really happy.”

What was he thinking in 9th inning? “I was just thinking, please finish. Please finish. End this game, any way.”

“I felt like all the relievers were trying to get me that win. It kind of gave them extra, unneeded pressure, and I felt kind of bad about that.”

On his performance: “I was just trying to be precise with my pitches. It’s a tough lineup to face. I didn’t want to put runners on.”

Remember  last win? “Against the Marlins, in August.”

Why pitch from the stretch beginning in 6th innng? “I couldn’t get my timing right with the windup, so I tried to stay back. Roger told me to stay back a little more, and I thought going from the stretch was a lot better.”

Does he hope to stay in the rotation? “I’m trying not to look at it as anything … I’m going to do any job I’m given. The team’s doing well, and I just have to give my full effort to whatever role I’m in.”

BRIAN McCANN

On the Chipper thing, waiting back so he could go out on the field alone: “That happened? I promise you I didn’t even see it. But I wish I would have. I swear to you. I swear. I didn’t see it.”

“I was putting my gear on, probably.”

On Chipper’s homer: “Man, that was awesome. That was such a big hit. That’s why he’s hitting third. He can do that. He can change games. He got a pitch to hit, and he was short and quick to the ball. It was hit a long way.”

These last couple weeks, has he looked more like Chipper of old? “Yeah. He’s getting back to being short and quick to the ball. When you do that, you’re going to be successful. He’s been working hard every day to find that.”

On the 9th inning: “I don’t know. We just couldn’t make that one pitch. So … get ‘em tomorrow.”

BILLY WAGNER

How serious is ankle injury?

“I don’t know. I’ve pitched with it for about 10 days, and today was just the worst. So they gave me a shot. They said it’s just a nerve in my foot.

“I did it against Tampa Bay. They said it just kind of irritated it. We’ve been treating it for about 10 days, and today I came in and I couldn’t even move on it.”

“I taped it up and went out there and tried to throw, and it was affecting how I throw. I said, I can’t do this.”

“I just went through my normal routine to try to go ahead and let it go, but I couldn’t push off the way I wanted to. I just said, I don’t need to be going out there and doing anything to [make it worse]. We’ve got guys available. I knew how big this game was to us, and it’s not worth me going out there and trying to get through it, with KK throwing as well as he did.”

Need a few days for shot to take effect?

“Oh, no. It’s not like an arm. I’ll get here tomorrow, get out there and try to do what I’ve been doing. But today it was to the point where I just couldn’t jog or do anything.”

56 comments Add your comment

stuart

June 26th, 2010
10:07 pm

Is Cox watching the same relievers I am?

Alex Tetzner

June 26th, 2010
10:08 pm

Keep it up boys! Love how this team is dominating at home!

Bartholomeeeew (Bat) Masterson

June 26th, 2010
10:14 pm

Good stuff David, gotta like KK’s attitude.

Educated Idiot

June 26th, 2010
10:21 pm

Would hope Bobby would give Venters a chance to save some games if Billy is unavailable. The kid has certainly earned an opportunity the way he’s pitched this year.

Braves Fan Since '66

June 26th, 2010
10:26 pm

I love it when the Braves win…but that last pitch by Moylan today that was a called strike 3 on a full count with the bases loaded and the Braves up by 1 was almost a foot outside. We got a huge break on a call..

hAL

June 26th, 2010
10:27 pm

cox has despite all the experts on this blog with way more then 2200 big league wins cox has managed his bull pen just fine thank yyou very little when the phils lost there set up man theey tummbled into oblivion we lost ours booby just found another one today wags cant go peter steps up id say the pens just dandy thanks

McFann 1 ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 26th, 2010
10:28 pm

Love the quotes from Kawakami! Great stuff, Chief, thanks!

:lol: Oooooh…BMac! :lol:

Matthew Majeske

June 26th, 2010
10:31 pm

Yeah the umpires are intent on ruining the Detroit Tigers. The call by Cederstrom was so outrageously wrong. What did the Detroit Tigers ever do to him? Does he have some kind of grudge? Had he just had enough of the heat and wanted the hell out of there? He needs to go to umpire remediation school. Shame on Cederstrom for screwing the Tigers

J-Hey

June 26th, 2010
10:38 pm

“Guys that normally aren’t wild got wild, for some reason. I don’t know.”

Baseball gods didn’t want KK to win .. can’t really explain the 9th inning any other way than that. Thank goodness Umppy called strike 3. I really don’t think they would have won if that had been ball 4 … Tigers tie the game and the way the Baseball Gods seemed to have scripted the inning Moylan probably would have given up the slam the very next batter.

Herb Bell

June 26th, 2010
10:44 pm

Tell us about the player signed from the Erie League… I haven’t seen anything about it other than the Transaction Wire.

The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks

June 26th, 2010
10:51 pm

Hope Wagner’s foot problem settles pretty quickly. Though, I can’t imagine being Wagnerless would always be as horrifying as it was today.

MarkTwain

June 26th, 2010
11:12 pm

Chipper hits the go-ahead homer off the flamethrower. For a moment all is right with the world. The only thing better would be to hear Skip call it. Skip and Pete are the only ones that ever made me mute the TV and turn on the radio.

Tipping your cap to the other team

June 26th, 2010
11:16 pm

Cool name freaks .Guess what I did to the cover of the Bob Welsh-French Kiss album- it was nasty.

Tipping your cap to the other team

June 26th, 2010
11:19 pm

Linda Rstat- Simple Dreams -was messed up as well. Course she is fat now,

Tipping your cap to the other team

June 26th, 2010
11:20 pm

Stevie Nicks-yeah…

Puto

June 26th, 2010
11:32 pm

Mark Twain, all of the national (not Sport South) Fox announcers make me turn off the TV and turn on the radio. ESPN too, for that matter.

BUBBA GUMP

June 27th, 2010
12:28 am

Chipper, THE MAN is back. This team needs him.

hAL

June 27th, 2010
12:40 am

ots nice to see larry w finnaly earn a few of his overpaod bucks yes

Thanks Bobby!

June 27th, 2010
12:50 am

Great game today! Love reading D.O.B.’s blog & the post game comments! Calling on all Braves fans to check out and ‘like’ our Bobby Cox tribute page called “Thanks Bobby!” on FB. We’re season ticket holders who are flying the “Thanks Bobby!” banner from the Top of the Chophouse at every game! Hope everyone (including the great D.O.B) will “like” the page on fb, post their thanks to #6, and help us create the online scrap-book of Bobby’s final season with the Bravos! Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thanks-Bobby/114355171912243?ref=sgm

Mike S

June 27th, 2010
1:05 am

You know, I think the whole Will he/Won’t he retirement drama actually helped Chipper. Just my Opinion, but I think Chipper decided this is it, and when he did it lifted a huge load off his mind – and now he is not “thinking” about playing Baseball to his old level, he is just enjoying playing the game he loves. And it is showing at the plate and in the field.

Plus the leaving him alone out on the field tonight was classic!! It also shows just how much comraderie and chemistry this years team has — and you can never understate the importance of that! Loaded teams have fallen short time and time again because they were just a collection of Great players and matching egos, while a group of good players can turn in a magical season because they become a team.

What we saw in the top of the 8th inning tonight was a TEAM!

Rhino

June 27th, 2010
3:35 am

I don’t question bobbys ability to manage a bullpen over the course of a season but it sure seems like hes using saito too much after a dl stint

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trob for the braves

June 27th, 2010
5:26 am

best quote of the year:

“The raw dog (Brooks Conrad) strikes again”
- Joe Simpson

#2 BAMA FAN

June 27th, 2010
6:10 am

I think the guy behind home plate needs a eye test, but a win is a win and even better the mets and phillies loses yesterday!! Got to get number 22 healthy if the bravos are going to win the east!! RTR

joe

June 27th, 2010
6:14 am

everyone feels sorry for KK on a losing streak, but he can’t field his position, can’t get a bunt down, and threw a paased ball that led to a run. Since he can’t do the little things that help win you a game he deserves what he gets.

HATinGA

June 27th, 2010
6:54 am

Lets hope that 1-9 instead of 0-10 doesnt cause Bobby to snd Medlen to the bullpen! Please Bobby were I think 9-3 or 10-2 in game Medlen started.

Brock

June 27th, 2010
8:12 am

I’m glad KK got the win I’m just not happy the way he got it. I can’t believe you can’t bring in somebody to get 3 outs. Why take Venters out? Why not let him finish the game? KK got a win off a horrible call strike three. Didn’t deserve to lose but didn’t deserve to win that way. Saito? 2 homers in 2 outings and 1 a game winner. Not impressed.

Hooter Girl

June 27th, 2010
8:14 am

Joe, those are my exact thoughts about KK. That being said, Chipper is a DGB. (Damn good Brave).

Fan since 1977

June 27th, 2010
8:33 am

Heyward, Ross and now Wagner are banged up. Hmm….get well quick, boys. I admire Wagner for knowing he could have hurt his arm if his normal mechanics were off due to that ankle — prevented a potentially much worse problem.

Looking forward to the report on JJ’s bullpen session today.

bo

June 27th, 2010
8:40 am

Kk not a bust. He’s pitched as good mostly better than guys making more money. But he is espandable on this team. K. K. Resop. Chaves for. Lee. Or. Oswalt. Yes on this team I would even add a prosopect. Or for money sake. McClouth.

renegade#1

June 27th, 2010
8:45 am

Chipper don’t know where ya been. But glad to have ya back.

T'VILLE DAWG

June 27th, 2010
8:48 am

The game should have went into extra innings because that last pitch from Moylan was a terrible call, but that’s why I love the game of baseball so much. You got screwed the other day and now your time comes for setting it right.

stew

June 27th, 2010
9:03 am

Dawg

A bad call is a bad call and it shouldn’t happen. We got lucky. But the call was a disgrace. I’m happy we won but I prefer to win because we were the better team.

jack

June 27th, 2010
9:16 am

the ump missed a call earlier in the inn when sato was pitching that would have struck a batter out that got on base. what has happened to mcgloth?

Let's Go

June 27th, 2010
9:57 am

Some of you are living in a dream world. I’ve now seen about 5 post in the last week about the Braves putting together a bunch of players and trading them for some power hitter or another pitcher, Do you really think the Braves can just unload their under performers like KK or Chavez or Nate and get someone like Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt. If the Braves are buyers next month they will have to part with 2 or 3 players from double or triple A. Freeman, Teheran, Dunn, Kimbrell, Bethancourt, Minor – these are players teams want not Jesse Chavez or Nate McLouth. Might could unload Jordan Shaffer for another reliever but without including a top prospect or two you are not getting a top pitcher or hitter.
Just think about the Mark Teixeira trade a couple of years ago, the Rangers got Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison in that deal. The Braves got Tex & Mahay for the playoff push that came up short and Texas got a great SS, a closer, a starting LHP, and if Salty could figure out how to throw the ball back to the pitcher they would have a decent catcher too. Teams are sellers because they stink or they are cheap and out of the playoffs so they eant youth they can control for several years not over paided under performers.

JJ

June 27th, 2010
10:04 am

he was run over by j-hey (mclouth was).

stop being mean to nate. he’s my 3rd fav. brave. he’ll get out of his slump.

williamshakespeare

June 27th, 2010
10:24 am

I’m apparently one of the few people who believe that Melky Cabrera has some real hitting talent.

I was in here earlier several times this season when many were dismissing a 25-year old switch hitter for making a less than auspicious entrance into the Braves’ lineup.

That said, in addition to the point I repeatedly made that Melky can indeed hit, I also pointed out that he is not some seasoned bat that can come off the bench and provide a string of professional ABs like some veteran pinch hitter.

The kid was rushed to the majors at age 20, and was absolutely deprived of a sustained mentoring period at the higher minor level for his bat.

He is still an evolving hitter. That means he’s still inventing himself as an offensive player. One area he has to work on is his OBP. He can hit, and he is aggressive with runners on – that’s not a bad thing, but he has to sometimes learn to split the difference and take the walk. Like I said, evolving. He’s not suited to be the team’s No. 2 hitter at this time. Let him continue to have his 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB days for a longer period of time before that kind of pressure is put on him.

He is not a 2 hitter at this time.

williamshakespeare

June 27th, 2010
10:28 am

JJ,

I entirely agree on the trashing of Nate. It’s gratuitous, ugly, and pretty uninformed. I just stop reading posts like this, because they don’t come from intelligent baseball minds, they are the product of hair-trigger, impatient, emotionally blind fans who don’t have a baseball intellect to draw on.

I’ve said this a thousand times: Nate needs TP or someone else to help him shorten what is a no-win long swing. It’s not helping him get on base. It’s stunning that trying to make him shorter to the ball has not been a priority in his time with the Braves. The power will not disappear if this adjustment is made – more likely, it will increase.

Nate certainly has skills to salvage, with the right instruction. That’s what hitting coaches are for.

jim

June 27th, 2010
10:35 am

There seems to be some contradictory logic coming from some collection of the posts.
1) Only Wagner and Venters can be trusted to protect a 3-run lead or get the final out in the 9th inning.
2) Medlen should stay in the rotation and KK should go to the pen.

Question– who would have been the best choice to either finish the game yesterday, given that Wagner was unavailable and Venters had been hit for? — (assume medlen were in the mix)
Medlen gives the bullpen a late inning option that KK does not. If EOF and Moylan are beginning to struggle in pressure situations, then Medlen might be more valuable in the pen than in the rotation.

Mike Jay

June 27th, 2010
10:37 am

JJ said “he was run over by j-hey (mclouth was).”

Might have been Heyward’s best play of the year. Seriously. I like McClouth and would like nothing better than him ti be hitting .270ish and helping the Braves. However, it’s fairly obvious he is not going to be the player we want/need him to be. Getting run over allowed Cox to sit him and let everyone save face. That is a big thing for Cox as he is slow to bench struggling players. Some Fans hate that but every player in MLB loves Cox and that is a main reason. Glauss might not have ever turned this season around playing for another manager. McClouth will be back at some point but he will not be rushed. He cold be valuable off the bench for his defense and speed if nothign else.

jim

June 27th, 2010
10:40 am

Billy the Bard,

I agree on Melky not being the best choice for a 2-hitter with Heyward out. I would flip-flop Melky and Blanco in yestereday’s lineup.

Mike Jay

June 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Jim, no need to start panicking about the bullpen. It’s still the deepest group in all of Baseball imo. Moylan has been solid for 2 years and will go through a slump now and then. Medlin’s future is as a starter and he has proven the future is now. You do not send your second best starting pitcher to the pen for any reason. Yes he has the been our second best starter behind Hudson for the last month or so.

bobbymahlon

June 27th, 2010
10:42 am

Herb Bell ; That news about us signing Andy Oliver is the guy who pitched against us the other night for Detroit. He belongs to Detroit not the Braves (false info).

williamshakespeare

June 27th, 2010
10:54 am

jim,

Yeah, right now, that would be a better arrangement, methinks.

jim

June 27th, 2010
11:03 am

Mike Jay,

I was pointing out an inconsistent sentiment on the blog, not advocating a position. Your faith in Moylan, Saito, and EOF was not shared by most of the posts that preceded it, but the overwhelming sentiment is that Medlen remain in the rotation.

My observation is that Saito’s leg is still an issue, either mentally or physically. He is not puting as much pressure on it, hence not getting his pitches down consistently. Secondly, innings may become an issue for Medlen and Hanson later in the summer. I would like to see KK used as a swing starter used to give each of the two a periodic break so that they are fresh for the stretch run and (hopefully) the playoffs.

Mike Jay

June 27th, 2010
11:12 am

Jim,

Good observation on Saito. I think you are right, he just needs to pitch through it though. Probably not in late innings of a tight game though.

Another good point about innings pitched. Though i am more worried about Medlin than Hanson. Agree on KK takign that role. melden was sorta doign that earlier in the season. Anyhow, it certainly is a good problem to have. I jsut love the depth on this team. Soo many options which is key to the long baseball season.

jim

June 27th, 2010
11:12 am

The unknown in the discussion of who goes to the pen is how will JJ perform when he returns. Getting only 1 K in six innings in his last AAA start raises some alarm bells given his reduced velocity in the spring. The question may not be if Medlen or KK should be the 5th starter (or one of the 5), but whether JJ will be able to perform as well as the other 2, let alone up to his ‘09 standard.

Dave

June 27th, 2010
11:34 am

You need to mention some quotes from the home plate ump on how he blew the call’d third strike on Damon. Where’s his quote, homer?? He had several on how he blew it. How remorseful he is, etc… None of his quotes?? What a rag.

jim

June 27th, 2010
11:53 am

Dave, we all know it was a bad call. Maybe it was a karma changer for KK.

tom

June 27th, 2010
11:54 am

when are people gonna start targeting lowe to be pulled form the rotation? aside from wins his number are worse than kawakami’s.

Dave

June 27th, 2010
11:57 am

Cederstrom, the day’s home-plate umpire, said that when he saw the replay of his game-ending strike call on the Tigers’ Johnny Damon, “It didn’t look very good.”

CaptainMudderland

June 27th, 2010
11:58 am

It is obvious that likely the Ump needed a blow and was dripping in sweat–the thought of extra innings didn’t appeal to him in the least and, he rung the guy up–so many blown calls this season and many more to come as the umps assume the role of “game changers,”…not to be cruel, but what else am I to assume? Accountability to the fans and serious students of the game is lacking…keep in mind, the fans are the ultimate “game changers,” as they can choose to avoid the ‘in person experience.’

Dave

June 27th, 2010
12:07 pm

I have to say, even as a Tigers’ fan and having to endure another dead-wrong, not just bad call (the perfect game that wasn’t being the first) – that was very classy giving Chipper his “in game” curtain call. Very classy. Kudos to the Braves on that one. Thumbs down to the usher in section 118-120 area who was guarding any Tigers’ fans (basically kids) from even saying “hi” to the Tigers – guarding and mean-spiritedly behaving like he was some taliban operative. Classless. And please, keep the “celebrity” softball game for those National League series – not interleague play. That was poor planning. That’s the end of my complaints – the baseball gods have their reasons, that reason never knows…

Dave

June 27th, 2010
12:13 pm

CaptainMudderland, I agree. The heat was tough and to some “degree” played in on that top-half of the last inning that was going on for a heck of a long time… That said, it appears publicly confessing blown calls post game now seems to be the new ump fad. Au Vey.

"Mungo"

June 27th, 2010
12:34 pm

Someone need to get Otis Nixon to come out and work with Glaus on his slides. I have seem him hit the dirt (twice, recently) at home and bust his butt!!!!!! LOL
If Otis isn’t available, maybe the hero of the 1992 play-off ,Sid Bream, can give him a tip on the art.

Go Braves !!! “Mungo”- Anderson, SC

hoho

June 27th, 2010
12:37 pm

Love the question to Chipper “WHY come no curtain call”, hilarious. Was that asked by someone with a journalism degree or just a local sports talk dude?

Castrologist

June 27th, 2010
1:00 pm

Big win yesterday. Good thing that umpire bailed us out in the 9th. The bullpen, which is a huge strength of the team, looked like little leaguers throwing it all around but hey, a win is a win.

Chipper once again showed that he can still contribute, absolutely crushing that ball yesterday.

I am little concerned about Heyward’s downward progression, but not overly concerned. You need healthy hands to hit so maybe he just needs a little rest.

Let’s hope JJ is lights out when he returns. Keep it rollin Bravos.

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