Wagner tossed his record strikeout ball into stands

Braves closer Billy Wagner became the all-time leader in strikeouts by a left-handed reliever Friday night, but he wanted no part in any celebration of it in a 7-1 loss to the Marlins.

Wagner reached 1,170 strikeouts for his career by striking out Mike Stanton for the first out of the ninth inning to pass Jesse Orosco.

But when his accomplishment was listed on the video board and umpire Tim McClellan tried to stop the game, with catcher David Ross motioning for Wagner to throw in the ball, he refused.

“I said ‘We’re getting our (butts) kicked, it’s raining, let’s go,” said Wagner, who was in the game only to get some work in because he hadn’t pitched in a week. “It’s stupid. Who in their right mind makes a big deal out of doing something they’re supposed to do in the first place? I’m out there pitching in a (bad) game; we’re getting our butt kicked. It’s not worth it to make a big deal out of that. That’s embarrassing.”

Wagner kept pitching with that ball while walking Logan Morrison. Then at one point, the next batter – Hanley Ramirez – fouled the ball down the left field line. Wagner picked it up and tossed his milestone ball into the crowd.

Unbeknownst to him, the Braves clubhouse crew got his ball back to give to him. While Wagner couldn’t appreciate his feat on Friday, his manager Bobby Cox thinks it’s a pretty important one.

“I think it’s big,” Cox said. “It may never be broken again.”

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bp

August 28th, 2010
7:11 pm

With two strikeouts to his first two hitters, Hudson reached 1,500 for his career and got a standing O from fans here.

hmmmm......

August 28th, 2010
7:14 pm

Good for him. Reminds me of Ricky Vaughn.

Brian O'Blivion

August 28th, 2010
7:14 pm

A rare bird indeed.

hmmmm......

August 28th, 2010
7:15 pm

Whoa Huddy just threw his 1000 strikeout ball into the stands

TJ

August 28th, 2010
7:15 pm

You’re right bp, Wags does get it. And I love his attitude; no nonsense, straightforward and no bs. Kinda like the way he pitches, actually. I’m sure it’ll mean more to him after the season and kudos to the staff for getting the ball back for him. I think we (the Braves) were lucky to have him here this season and I, for one, will miss him next season after he retires.

hmmmm......

August 28th, 2010
7:15 pm

CECIL UPSHAW

August 28th, 2010
7:45 pm

I only had 323 strikeout’s in my career! Did you say 1,170?!! WOW,JUST WOW!!! Congrat’s billy!!!

RHR

August 28th, 2010
7:53 pm

But when his accomplishment was listed on the video board and umpire Tim McClellan tried to stop the game, with catcher David Ross motioning for Wagner to throw in the ball, he refused.

“I said ‘We’re getting our (butts) kicked, it’s raining, let’s go,”

I love this guy. Wish he’d been with us for years.

Jungleland

August 28th, 2010
8:18 pm

Wagner is a real man. All class.

Booby Cox needs to resign NOW!

August 28th, 2010
8:44 pm

Billy Wagner should be the next manager of the Braves. He gets it: The point of playing the game is for your team to win, not for individual player accolades.

Are you listening, Chipper Jones?

zenman

August 28th, 2010
8:52 pm

Billy is a bad dude, love it.

JEB

August 28th, 2010
9:14 pm

You gotta love this guy!
It really is about the game with him.

Mutts

August 28th, 2010
10:14 pm

Billy Wagner gets it.

Largo

August 28th, 2010
10:15 pm

Billy the Kid is some kinda bad. He does things his way and nobody gives him any crap.

FJ10

August 28th, 2010
10:44 pm

Booby Cox needs to resign NOW! 5 tool players? How about complete tool posters.

Steverino

August 28th, 2010
11:08 pm

What was wags doing pitching in a 7-1 game????

Steverino

August 28th, 2010
11:09 pm

Again, it’s not the bullpen that is overworked, just certain members of the bullpen that are overworked.

addy

August 28th, 2010
11:49 pm

perimeter perez

August 29th, 2010
5:10 am

I can’t find the stadium.

OU

August 29th, 2010
10:46 am

You said it perfectly, Mutts. Billy Wagner gets it.

StrikeOut

August 29th, 2010
11:58 am

Billy Wagner for Braves’ manager TODAY! Bye, Bye, Cox and Chipper.

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August 29th, 2010
1:12 pm

[...] he said, “We’re getting our (butts) kicked” – he didn’t say butts; that’s what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said – “it’s raining, let’s go. It’s stupid. Who in their right mind makes a big deal out [...]

tim from trion

August 29th, 2010
1:56 pm

he plays the game the way its supposed to be played.too bad more players dont

[...] he said, “We’re getting our (butts) kicked” – he didn’t say butts; that’s what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said – “it’s raining, let’s go. It’s stupid. Who in their right mind makes a big deal out [...]

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