Braves’ quotes after dramatic Sunday “replay” win


“I can’t say enough about Matty. He got us off to a good start last night with a homer. He’s going to start seeing a lot of action here real quick – the Mets have three lefties coming up, and he’s swinging a hot bat right now.

“It doesn’t matter righties or lefties for Matty.”

“Our bullpen — I can’t say about Cristhian Martinez, the way he held them today. He only gave up one run in four innings. And Saito had an outstanding inning himself.

“The name of the game was to hold them and hope Johnson builds up a pitch count, and he did exactly that. He had over 100 after six…. He’s one of the dominating pitchers in all of baseball. He’s hard to hit; we didn’t do much with him.”

On the homer, did he know it was homer?

“I didn’t know, when he first hit it, because he hit it so low. But I had the privilege of seeing it real fast, too, and I knew it was a home run.

“To get two home runs in the ninth inning, you’re doing pretty good.”

What is it about the comebacks at home, particularly Sundays?

“I don’t know. The bullpen keeps you close in the game, to make those comebacks. That’s one of the reasons. And we have a strong bench. You’ve got to remember, Infante started on the bench, as well as Hinske. They’ve been key players for us.”

Proponent for instant replay?

“I would in this [case], for sure. I don’t know why the guy called it a non-home run to begin with. It was obvious it went over the padding.”

Without replay today:

“I don’t know. I think we would have gone out and argued it, and they would have gotten together and probably got it right without even watching the video.”

On Diaz going deep to opposite field, off a righty

“It doesn’t matter. When he’s going good he hits everybody. He learned to hit the ball at Florida State with a short porch to right field. That’s where he learned that. Only this porch is a lot bigger.”

Lose one you shouldn’t have at Coors Field Wednesday, win one you shouldn’t have today…

“You never know. Don’t ever bet on baseball, OK?”

On Lowe

“He just couldn’t locate. Walked the leadoff hitter to start the ballgame.”

On Lowe shaking his hand like he was in some pain or discomfort

“I don’t know. He shakes his hand a lot.”


“We’ll take it. It wasn’t looking good for a long time with the spot that I put the team in.”

On another Sunday win at home

“Seems like we’ve played a lot of day games and won a lot of day games, especially on Sunday. You couldn’t ask for more than today, when we come back after being down six runs.”

On his performance, command issues

“It really wasn’t very good. It dug a huge hole, and the way Josh Johnson has been pitching – this whole year he’s been extremely tough against us – but Cristhian did an unbelievable job of keeping us in the game, and we found a way to win.”

No problems physically

“I don’t know.”

“I’m not good at this. I don’t know what to say.”

“Nothing. I just didn’t have good command. Bad pitching.”


Nice to win one you probably should’ve lost, after blowing big lead Wednesday

“That’s the way we’ve been doing all year. We don’t quit. We just don’t. It shows you what kind of guys we have in this clubhouse.”

“We got to their bullpen. It’s kind of what we’ve been doing all year long. We’ve got tough outs up and down our lineup, played good defense, got great pitching, and timely hits.”

On the ruling

“I heard it hit the back tin, so I knew that wasn’t the sound of the pad.”

“The ball bounced so far away from the right fielder, I could have walked to second. I knew it was a homer. I heard it hit. I was telling Tim McClelland, I promise you it hit [the metal behind the fence]. I was begging for it.”

So you were confident they’d reverse?

“Yeah, when you’ve got replay, I mean, 100 percent [confident].”

“It was a big win. We’ve been fighting all year long and we never quit. We’ve been doing that since April.”

On his approach in the final at-bat

“He throws a lot of changeups, so I went up there looking for a changeup. After I saw a couple, I just battled off the fastball and he threw me a slider down and in. I was able to put a pretty good swing on it.”

On his first walk-off homer in big leagues

“There’s not a better feeling. Especially being in a playoff race, it makes it better. We’ve got a little over 30 games left and we want to make something happen.”

“I’ve never had a walk-off, so I didn’t care [how it happened]. I just wanted one under my belt before I’m done playing baseball.”

So your first one was eventful

“Yeah, I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

On replay

“You want to get the call right, and we did.”

On Cristhian Martinez

“Cristhian was the MVP of the game today. He comes in and pitches four great innings. He battled. When you’ve got one of the best pitchers in the game pitching against you, you’ve got to battle and get him out of the game. Once we got to the bullpen, we were able to put a couple across.”

On Lowe’s possible injury

“You’d have to ask him, I don’t know. He’s a competitor. He’s never been on the DL. There’s a lot to be said for a competitor who takes the ball every fifth day, no matter how he feels. That rubs off on a lot of guys in here.”

On his walk-off celebration and helmet spike

“I wasn’t thinking about it. That’s the worst celebration of all time. I didn’t know what to do. I got lost in the moment.”


On another Sunday home win

“My 3-year-old son asked me in the family room before the game, ‘Are you guys going to win, daddy?’ I said, well, we’ve got red shirts against Josh Johnson, two powerful forces. And the red shirts prevailed today.”

On the homer, his emotions after hitting it

“I was almost kind of numb. Because he’s a tough at-bat. He’s wild, sometimes out of the strike zone and sometimes wild in.”

“The ball was middle-away and I hit it. I flushed it. I think I flipped the bat too far, but that will be determined the next time we play them, I guess.”

On the McCann homer

“I was near the bat rack, so I went down and looked at it [on TV replay in Cox's auxiliary office adjacent to dugout] and knew it would be a homer once they went in to overturn it. You’ve got to credit major league baseball with instant replay. We love it today; it if had went against us, I’m sure we wouldn’t love it so much.”

“Any time we can beat the Marlins with Josh Johnson pitching, that’s a great win. And it’s a series win; that’s what we’ve preached all year, is to keep winning series. A new series starts tomorrow.”

On McCann’s celebration

“It was pretty bad. But we had a good one in here before you guys got in here.”

On another dramatic win in final at-bat

“What team hits two homers in the ninth inning to win a ballgame? Hopefully that means we’re a team of destiny. We’ll have to see. We’ve still got a little under a month and a half left, a lot of baseball to play. If this continues, we’ll all either have heart attacks or make the playoffs, one or the other.”


On his leadoff walk in 9th

“I wasn’t really swinging at any of those pitches. I was going to make him throw a strike, down two runs there. I got the 1-0, I had the take all the way.”

On the comeback win

“It was awesome. What a big win for us. It’s a lot more fun to be on this side of it than the other day in Colorado, I tell you. It just shows that we can still come back like that, and we’re going to be fighting down to the end. It’s great having guys like Matty come in off the bench and hit a huge homer. And of course Mac’s homer was awesome. Fun day, man. Huge win for us.”

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August 29th, 2010
8:58 pm

Awesome win!


August 29th, 2010
9:10 pm

That was insane

nc braves fanatic

August 29th, 2010
9:10 pm

i’m fairly certain that even without replay, just consulting the other umpires – you know, like they did back in the day – they would’ve ruled b-mac’s hit a homer. mclelland had the good sense when mac asked to consult them anyway. that’s just good umpiring, especially in that situation.


August 29th, 2010
9:10 pm

DOB – I’ve been looking forward to reading these tonight. I’ll bet you had to pull some guys down off the ceiling even after you got in to talk to them. Hard to believe it’s McCann’s 1st walk-off. Good timing, BMac!!!

Tell us some more good stuff tomorrow. Back to the Emmys………..

Left Bench

August 29th, 2010
9:20 pm

Hooray! Josh Johnson does not homer, Braves win, and Momma cooked the breakfast with no ham. I gotta say it was a good day.


August 29th, 2010
9:40 pm

One of the best paybacks ever. First base ump tried to rob us twice, but facts (replay camera) proved him wrong. A big STFU to the first base ump today. Your career will be short.


August 29th, 2010
9:42 pm

Glad you’re back DOB


August 29th, 2010
9:44 pm

I’m enjoying myself more since I only tune in when the braves come up in the ninth.


August 29th, 2010
9:44 pm

Great win. Go Braves!


August 29th, 2010
9:45 pm

What was so awful about McCann’s celebration?


August 29th, 2010
9:46 pm

If Derek Lee is even somewhat healthy, he will be a factor in the upcoming series against the Mets.


August 29th, 2010
9:47 pm

At 3:30p I was giving up on the season…. At 4:45p I was booking hotel rooms in Atlanta for the Fall Classic!!! Way to keep fighting, Braves!


August 29th, 2010
9:48 pm

Way to go B-MAC!!


August 29th, 2010
9:48 pm

BTW Thanks for nothing Padres!


August 29th, 2010
10:14 pm

Great Win Today! Hey “left bench” love the Ice cube reference. But I believe it’s “no hog”


August 29th, 2010
10:15 pm

derek lowe need to be replace by someone more effective on the mound, my vote goes to kyle farnsworth.


August 29th, 2010
10:16 pm

I love this team. Destiny it is Matty!


August 29th, 2010
10:38 pm

” If this continues, we’ll all either have heart attacks or make the playoffs, one or the other.”–Diaz.

We feel you. been giving us lots of panic attacks… and frustration. lol. but i wouldnt trade it for anything!

David O'Brien

August 29th, 2010
10:50 pm

Why, thanks, JD. Good to be back. This long day was still much more pleasant than my broiling hot Sunday afternoon spent cutting hedges all around my house, climbing up a ladder to trim the tops off these 15-foot bushes/trees , teetering on top step of that thing (which actually is labeled “not a step”) while using my electric trimmers.

Texas Braves Fan

August 29th, 2010
11:03 pm

TBS: What made me the biggest Braves fan in Texas
TBS: I hate you. I NEVER get to see the BRAVES now!!!!!!!!


August 29th, 2010
11:10 pm

I did that last sunday too, trimmed a huge bush/tree, had to get a ladder because the very top branches were blocking my satellite dish and it was either that or no tv. My son kept yelling at me telling me i was too old to be doing such chores, but i can’t imagine what kind of hatchet job he would’ve done so .. i did it. my arms were sore all day monday. that hedge trimmer gets heavy pretty quick. :lol:

Good quotes. Love seeing 2 of my favorites bring home the win.

Is Chipper still hanging around? I haven’t seen him in the dugout at all since he said he was tired of sitting home on the couch watching.


August 29th, 2010
11:18 pm

Hey Texas Braves Fan, I recently moved from Atlanta to Dallas and watch EVERY Braves game. Just get Directv and their MLB package and you get every game. It is awesome!

Texas Braves Fan

August 29th, 2010
11:37 pm

mybraves: How much?

Innocent Bystander

August 29th, 2010
11:50 pm

Texas Braves Fan- I highly recommend MLB.TV, if nothing else then for the rest of the year. I think if you wait until Wednesday (which you can, since 2 of the next 4 games are on ESPN and the other 2 are on MLB Network) then it becomes discounted since it’s the final month.

I got it while I was at the beach so I could still follow them and it is AWESOME. I use it now to follow the Phillies, or anyone else really.

peter nincompoop

August 29th, 2010
11:55 pm

When Matty D is swinging a hot bat watch out!


August 30th, 2010
12:06 am

I bet Matty will be plunked when he face the Marlins again.


August 30th, 2010
12:11 am

@Texas Braves Fan – I’m in the same boat, but I’m down here in Houston. I listen to at least part of most every game on my iPhone. I’ve never looked into the MLB TV package does anyone knows exactly how much the MLB package is or if they prorated could you let me know? The app for your phone is $15 dollars to listen to every game, it’s nice, since I’m not always home when their on TV. Makes the ride home from work everyday particularly nice considering the games start at 6:00 here.


August 30th, 2010
12:31 am

DOB, love these quotes after the game! Would have loved to get a quote from a Marlin, poor J.J. :)

Anyway, this was a day where I had to stop listening to do some real life stuff in the 7th, but I wasn’t that confident but part of me did believe…a little. After my stuff was done, I checked my phone and then ran to my car to listen to the post-game.

I guess we’re even after the CO debacle…


August 30th, 2010
12:39 am

Another Texas Brave fan here since 1969….i have the mlb package from direct TV…at beginning of season, it cost me 38.99 for 4 months, at this point of the season, i am sure there is a major discount. Every now and then, on a saturday afternoon game, their may be a major league blackout if one is on a national channel, that has happened only twicw this year and yet of course that pissed me off…..however it is a great deal as you can even watch the phillies and mets lose at the same time!!!


August 30th, 2010
12:42 am

Also when it is broadcast on the MLB ticket…you get no advertisements, during the breaks, you see what is going on and you hear no sound….the braves are broadcast on channels 646, 649, 651 normally (fox sports south, fox sports, peach tree tv) also if you like the other sides announcers it would be on in the 700 channels……….just for your info…..hope that helps

peter nincompoop

August 30th, 2010
12:45 am

Gotta go into this Mets series like THEY were two games back in the division and protect the lead we have over the Phillies while they are playing a hot Dodgers team trying to get back into the wild card race.

Gil In Mechanicsville

August 30th, 2010
12:48 am

It’s not TBS’s fault. Major League Baseball put a restriction on the number of games they could carry. I guess someone figure out Ted Turner was a genius for buying both a broken down UHF station and a dysfunctional baseball franchise and making a winner out of both by combining the two.

The MLB package runs about $30 a month. Close to $200 for the season. Or, the price of two box seats to a major league game plus a beer. Persoanlly, I’m pretty happy with DirecTV. I’ve had both Dish and Comcast too and I like DirecTV best of the three.

Once you watch the MLB Nework shows you will ditch ESPN pretty quick. MLB does a much better job of covering all the teams and not just the Yankees and Red Sox.


August 30th, 2010
12:53 am

Great win by the Heart Attack kids!

I live in Arkansas so I hate TBS now too! haha. But I watch the games on Wherever I have internet, I have the Braves!


August 30th, 2010
2:43 am

The internet package is $120 for the entire 6 months plus some spring training games. You can watch any game on your computer, any team – and you can go back and watch what you missed. For years MLB had no commericals but now they have some, not always. If you have a wireless connection and a Roku box, you can watch the games on your tv instead, with no commericals. The games are broadcast in HD and you can choose if you want to listen to Joe SImpleton and Chimp Caray or the other team’s announcers. Or if you’re really nuts you can listen to Don Sutton on the radio LOL

Panhandle Joe

August 30th, 2010
6:56 am

I’m getting an effing ulcer, and it ain’t from somethin’ I et.

Bob H.

August 30th, 2010
7:50 am

Another thrilling but improbable win. Whew! These Bravos worry me. Lucky or good? The trouble with Lady Luck is that she can turn as cold as a stepmother’s kiss, and pronto!


August 30th, 2010
8:10 am

i have had mlb tv up here in canada for 4 years now watch every braves game and hundred of others here i think its 179 a year cndn but i get a discount cause i also get nhl center ice and the nfl package and yep i never get any work done dobriewns come trim my hedge ok?


August 30th, 2010
8:14 am

All people with the suggestion of the are exactly correct. And if you get a roku player with it, you can watch it on your tv (or you could hook your computer to your tv)


August 30th, 2010
8:31 am

The only downside to the MLB extra innings package is you don’t always get the Braves announcers. We have defeated that by using our MLB audio in combo with the TV and hearing our radio people instead of the other teams announcers.

The guy who complained about Joe and Chip should be sentenced to a year of listening to the cry babies who do the Marlins games. Some teams have excellent announcers but there are also the Rons of the world as in Dibble and Darling


August 30th, 2010
8:34 am

there have been quite a few memorable ones at the ted in 2010, but this takes the cake as far as i’m concerned. everything that i was rooting for, starting in the 8th just seemed to happen. the errors, the homers…u cant help but love these guys.


August 30th, 2010
8:44 am

looks like Jose Reyes is going to miss this next series. Good knews for the braves.


August 30th, 2010
8:47 am

I picked a good game to go to….the place went crazy for the last two innings…so much fun!

Delbert D.

August 30th, 2010
9:46 am

Who are these guys??? Another great finish!


August 30th, 2010
9:52 am

I got to go to the game on Saturday- Awesome!

Watching this on on TV with my girl who is a Philly fan- Even Better!


August 30th, 2010
9:53 am

I admitt it…I gave up on them in the first inning….. had to sleep thinking they had lost!
Oh woe!


August 30th, 2010
9:56 am

Such an exciting game! I was sitting front row in the outfield right where the ball hit. You could see the scuff mark where it hit the metal between the fence and the bleacher ledge.

That ball was absolutely smoked – I thought I was going to lose my face as soon as it bounced.


August 30th, 2010
9:57 am

I live in Abilene and have had MLB.TV since Bud crawled into bed with DirecTheft. I use a computer attached to my 67″ Samsung through my home theater. I tried Roku but had issues. I know others haven’t but I did. I recommend the highest speed Internet connection and a hard wired internal network link instead of wireless. I know wireless is easy but it’s also easy to upset. I wish they would include the MLB.Network as a part of it, I’d pay an extra $100 a year for that and we fans need to address this blackout area BS. I’m 400 miles from Houston but have to watch their feed instead of Joe and his pet monkey. The Houston guys are ok but they are as they should be Houston guys. I want Atlanta guys and I actualkly get one when Joe, Smoltz or Glavin are on. Aside from my whines I love MLB.TV.


August 30th, 2010
9:59 am

DOB – I didn’t realize replay could be used. What can or cannot be reviewed?

Obviously not everything, because that Tigers pitcher lost what should have been a perfect game, and the Phillies won a game based on a ball being called foul when it was fair.


August 30th, 2010
10:05 am

padres, choked on us when we needed them the most…..dodgers,your turn….

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

August 30th, 2010
10:12 am

GREAT win!! Totally fun…loved every minute of that ninth inning! :D

“I wasn’t thinking about it. That’s the worst celebration of all time. I didn’t know what to do. I got lost in the moment.”

:lol: BMac, yer great…the celebration was fine—but maybe I was just lost in the moment, too. ;)

“It was pretty bad. But we had a good one in here before you guys got in here.”

Hahahaha! MattE…

nc braves fanatic

August 30th, 2010
10:44 am

i had last year and got to watch all the games on my computer whilst sitting out on the back porch with a delicious gin and tonic. it was totally worth the 90 some dollars for the season.

this year, i’ve got the mlb extra innings package – for roughly 180 bucks – a dollar a game! – i get not only every braves game (except vs. nats and orioles, both blacked out here, which is nonsense), but all the others too. it’s the best purchase i’ve ever made, and i’m definitely going to do it again next season.

and i wholeheartedly agree with all the love in the comments for mlb network – best channel on tv. quick pitch alone, to say nothing of hazel mae, is worth the price of admission.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

August 30th, 2010
10:56 am

i seem to remember some phillies fan on here sometime last week. Talking about the phillies catcher and comparing his to mccann. Lets ee, Mccann is an allstar mvp and won the game.

David O'Brien

August 30th, 2010
11:30 am

Scoots, replay can only be used to determine home runs — fair or foul, etc.


August 30th, 2010
12:48 pm

Nice comback…….too bad I missed it. Turn off the tv after 7 innings. Checking the net that night and just said damn…………missed another exciting finish!


August 30th, 2010
12:49 pm

I was so happy that I attended the game yesterday as I probably will never experienced something like this win again.


August 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

Thanks Dave – so glad they at least allow it for homerun calls.


August 30th, 2010
1:57 pm

How could any Braves fan voluntarily stop watching this team before the end of the game? We are NEVER out of a game!


August 30th, 2010
3:02 pm

McCann must have set the record for the longest home run trot ever. Almost two minutes to get around the bases (thanks to the umpire video review).


Freddie G

August 30th, 2010
4:35 pm

Will the Lunatic fringe now put the Colorado debacle behind the now after this win?


August 30th, 2010
6:48 pm

Great comeback win!!!You can only do this so many times…Glaring weaknesses on this team.Lowe,Lee,Cabrera ,Ankiel,sometimes bullpen as in Colorado.Die hard braves fan,but a team that puts itself in this position so much is just asking for 2nd place!!! Seen it happen too many times.

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September 24th, 2012
6:17 am

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