Braves quotes after Game 2 win over Giants

BOBBY COX

On Wagner

“We’re not going to write him off yet. He’s done for his series. It’s an oblique. He did it on Edgar’s bunt, and for Billy go come off the mound it h ad to be hurting pretty bad. Obliques generally take a while.”

On getting ejected by umpire Paul Emmel

“I thought he was off the bag at least 6, 8 inches. If he calls him safe, Ankiel gets a base hit, Hanson bunts him over maybe and Infante [knocks him in] it’s a 3-2 game.

“I honestly wasn’t going to talk about it if we had gotten beat. It’s the umpire’s judgment, and they make great calls and miss some once in a while. I thought he was off the bag pretty far.”

Was there any lingering feelings from last night’s call Emmel blew?

“Well, I brought that up [in Friday's argument with Emmel]. The only run that scored last night, he was out, so… But still, I respect the umpires, and they’re human. So am I. I’m not always right.”

On Glaus’ daring throw to second baseman Infante to start double play

“I thought he did good job with it. I was proud of Troy. He hadn’t played in a long time, and he made a nice play. They turned a real tough double play.”

On Ankiel

“I talked to [Royals manager] Ned Yost when we got him. He said he can carry your club for a period of time, and we’ve been waiting for that. He had a great night tonight, defensively and offensively. He’s got tremendous power. If you watch our batting practices, he’s the one hitting them all out of the ballpark.”

On the bullpen tonight

“Two nights in a row, we’ve been absolutely perfect. Tommy Hanson deserved better. He made one bad pitch, and Burrell’s really been good over here [with San Francisco]. We set up outside, the ball ran middle-in. He missed by about 10 inches, and that’s right in Pat’s wheelhouse.

“He had great stuff tonight. If he had pitched eight innings, he’d have struck out 12, 13 batters.”

On the must-win situation and being down 4-0 early

“You can never figure out baseball, for sure. I was telling guys before the game, win this one and the momentum swings the other day.

“It’s a great club to manage. There’s no problems on this club, they’re always hustling. They give everything they’ve got. We’re not the most talented club in the major leagues, but hard work and trying, dedication … we’ve got to be at the top.”

Any thoughts on your pitching plans for Game 4, your starter?

“I’m leaning right now to Derek [Lowe]. He threw, if you subtract the intentional walk, I think only 88 pitches [in Game 1 start], and he’s been politicking before the series started. And he’s good on three [days rest]. He didn’t throw a lot of pitches, he didn’t labor. Right now I would lean toward him, subject to change, but I don’t know why not.”

[Cox passes Ankiel as manager is leaving and Ankiel's on way to interview room. "Way to go Rick," Cox says. "Thanks, Skipper," says Ankiel, and hugs the manager. Cox then continues shuffling on down the hall, his steel spikes clanging on the concrete as he walks with a uniformed police officer on either side of him through a hallway also used by fans to enter the lower level of seats. There are no drunk Giants shouting at him tonight, like there were in this hallway after Thursday's postgame presser, when I was walking behind him and heard it all. Drunks must leave quicker after a loss.]

RICK ANKIEL

Get a shaving cream pie in face?

“I did. When I came in the guys were all over me. We celebrated as normally do, and it was fun.”

How does it feel, a homer in such a big game?

“It’s hard to describe or put into words. The biggest homer of my career, by far, and to be honest with you, I wanted to go from the batter’s box to the dugout. I didn’t want to run the bases. I wanted to be with the guys.

“But what a cool way to win.”

On this being a new postseason performance to remember, instead of what happened in the past [when pitching for St. Louis]

“I appreciate everything that’s happened. I appreciate the Braves bringing me over here on the deadline. And what a fun thing, what a cool thing to be part of, from Bobby retiring to all the way here. I can’t put into words how it feels.”

TROY GLAUS

“To be perfectly honest with you, it never even crossed my mind to throw the ball home. That ball, for me, is a double play to second — in that situation –every day.”

On playing third base

“I’ve done it for a while. It’s been a while, but I did it for a long time.”

“They called on me to go play third, in a double-switch I assume. T.P. came to me and said, you’re going in at third. So I grabbed by glove and off we went.”

Not often you’ve been a defensive replacement in late innings?

“It’s probably the first time ever.”

Chipper said you said you felt like you were going to throw up

“Well, it’s probably something I’ve never done before, to come in to play defense in the ninth of 10th inning.”

“It’s been a little bit since I played third. About a month ago I played it third in Triple-A for about a week. Other than that, that’s about it.”

On being greeted by the Renteria bunt to start 10th

“It was a perfect bunt. I was thinking about it. I thought he might. But if I was 10 or 15 feet closer in, I’m not sure I would have gotten him anyway.”

On starting the double play

“I thought, if the ball’s hit hard to me, I’m going to second. If it’s hit soft, I’m going home. That’s all I thought about. The ball was hit hard enough and I threw it to second.”

“Omar did a great job. He kept his foot on the bag, with a bit of a stretch. Omar’s got a left-side-of-the-infield arm. And he got up on top, threw a seed to first, and it all worked out.”

KYLE FARNSWORTH

On Glaus throwing to second to start double play with bases loaded in 10th

“I thought he was going to go home with it at first, just in case the double play wasn’t turned at second. But it got turned, so…”

Did you think ‘Oh, crap’ as you saw him turn to second?

“Just a little bit. [laughs.] Just a little bit. But that’s what makes baseball fun.”

“You’re always one pitch away from getting out of any situation. I was just trying to stay clear-headed and focused. I was real calm out there. I wasn’t worried about nothing, because I knew I was just one pitch away, and it worked out well.”

On Ankiel

“He did well. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy.”

PETER MOYLAN

“Whoever’s writing this script, just keep doing it.”

MATT DIAZ

“What a defensive replacement Troy was tonight. [Diaz chuckles.] No, but the saying in baseball is that [the ball] is going to find you. They bunted at Troy the first time, then he had to turn that double play. What an unbelievable turn on that double play. He got rid of it so quick, then Omar’s turn at second base was just ridiculous. And Farnsy made the pitch to get the ground ball.

“It was the big defensive play of the ballgame, and it was Troy, who hadn’t played third in a while.”

What did you think when he threw to second base?

“We didn’t know what to think. We’re like, is he going to step on third, is he going to go home, is he going to go … to second! Alright, there it goes.

“The funny thing is, I was yelling, ‘He’s done it before, guys.’ And he has. Obviously once he got the ball in his glove, we knew he was comfortable making the throw.”

On Ankiel’s homer

“That’s one of the farthest balls I’ve ever seen hit in person. The second-further ball ball I think was McCann’s flyout – 416 feet away. So to get one out of here is a blast. And I think he cleared the first row of kayaks. That’s a bomb.”

On the win

“It’s the most fun I’ve ever had at a baseball game. I was talking to Hinske and I said, this is the most fun I’ve ever had. And I thought for second and said, and I struck out. And he said, ‘That’s what the playoffs are about, man.’”

BRIAN McCANN

On Glaus’ throw to second

“He made his mind up, if that ball was hit to him he was going to turn two. He made the right play. He’s been doing that a long time. He can make that throw in his sleep, but he hasn’t done it in a while. That’s amazing. That was an amazing play.”

“Troy Glaus, you know, he’s been there and done that. This isn’t new to him, playoff baseball. The pressure. It’s not new to him, and he showed it. If I had that ball at third, I’d have choked it.”

On the three-run 8th

“Gonzo getting a pitch to hit off arguably one of the best closers in baseball right now. If we keep it close, we’ve got a great bullpen, great starting pitching, that’s the recipe for our team.”

On losing Wagner

“That’s tough. You can’t replace a guy like Billy Wagner. But we’re going to do everything we can to [overcome it]. We lost Chipper Jones, Martin Prado, we’ve lost a lot of key members of this team, and a lot of guys have stepped up.

“You saw what Kimbrel did tonight. He pitched a great game.”

CHIPPER JONES

On Ankiel

“He’s here, he’s back in the playoffs, and a hero for the Braves tonight.”

“I think if you had been in here when everybody came off the field and went through the congratulatory line, you would see how people feel about him, and how all of his teammates have always felt about him. They’re always pulling for him. I mean, we absolutely mobbed him when he came in here.”

“I don’t think other players might have got quite the reception that he got, for the simple fact that he’s such a favorite here in the clubhouse.”

On Glaus’ play

“He came off the field and said he was about to throw up. Said he’s never really been put in for defensive purposes before [Chipper is laughing here, hardly able to finish the sentence.] When they hit it, I didn’t even know he was in the game. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s Troy.’

“And he made a decent throw and we got the double play. It was just fun to see his reaction, because he literally looked like he was about to heave.”

BILLY WAGNER

On his side injury

“Oblique.  I don’t know how I’ll feel tomorrow. It’s pretty sore right now, and I just have to come in tomorrow and do what they say. And hopefully if I’m not able to go in the next round, they’ll do well enough to get to the World Series. Hopefully I’ll be alright.”

“I went to field Renteria’s bunt, and when I tried to get out of Troy’s way, that’s when I felt a tweak. I tried to make a pitch, just get out there and finish the inning. After I made the pitch [to Torres] and tried to go toward the plate, I couldn’t move. Thank God he bunted it hard enough to get it back to me, or I couldn’t have made a play at all.”

On the Braves’ potential replacements for him

“I’m probably the worst one out there, compared to what they’re facing. I wouldn’t want to face our bullpen. You’ve got unknowns out there, they don’t have no patterns. You can’t gear up [as a hitter to face them]. Fourteen years of Billy Wagner, you know what’s coming. You don’t know what Kimbrel, Dunn and Venters are going to do.

“You’re in a good situation, you’ve got a veteran down there with Farnsworth, you’ve got some guys that have been there. It’s fun. They’re very capable of doing whatever Skip asks, and I’ve got all the faith in the world in them.”

On Kimbrel

“The kid’s impressed us all year long. This was a tough situation to be put in and he did well. I mean, I couldn’t have be more happy for our team. We respond every time somebody gets knocked out. We find a way to bounce back, and that’s the way it’s been all year.”

DERREK LEE

On Glaus’ play

“You know that one run is the game, so usually you see guys throw home and say, let me stop the game from being over. But I think he just understood the situation. That’s the great thing about experience. He’s probably made that play a thouand times. He knew he had plenty of time, and it worked out.”

On Ankiel

“I faced him when he was almost unhittable as a pitcher. Then he had some tough times there. He didn’t quit. He kept his head up, went down to the minor leagues and worked on being an outfielder and a hitter. Now here he is, in the playoffs hitting a big-time home run. That’s a lot of respect.”

On this team’s late-innings drama and comeback wins

“I just told them, can we please score some runs in the first four or five innings, because I’m aging too quick here. But I guess it’s never boring.”

“This team never gives up, man. Our backs were against the wall. This was pretty much a must-win game. And it seems like every time it comes to that situation, we find a way to get it done. We’re sitting there down 4-1 against the closer who’s been lights-out all year, and we find a way to come through. It’s just fun to be a part of.”

Momentum shift?

“Yeah. You’re looking at going home down 2-0. I don’t know how many times that’s every been overcome. So this is pretty much a must-win game. We talked about it before. We came through.

“Now we’re going home 1-1. You’d like to win two, but you’ve got to be happy with the split.”

78 comments Add your comment

chris

October 9th, 2010
4:32 am

DOB- you werent kidding. lots of quotes!

MattyRoss

October 9th, 2010
4:41 am

That Hinske-Diaz exchange is great. As is the Cox-Ankiel bit. Thanks for the hard work, DOB. Off to dream of wins in Philadelphia…

Alonso

October 9th, 2010
4:50 am

so awesome! what a win, boys! keep it up! so proud of you!

Jurrjens4NLCY

October 9th, 2010
4:52 am

You are awesome DOB, thank you so much!

Darryl Blackberry

October 9th, 2010
5:01 am

Moylan’s quote is priceless; says it all.

I’m so proud of the Braves right now. What an amazing group.

VOL

October 9th, 2010
5:03 am

How did Emmel get selected for the post season? Is he highly regarded in general? Somebody might wanna check his finances!

dennis holland

October 9th, 2010
5:05 am

i predict the braves will make it to the world series.

Bobby's Cox

October 9th, 2010
5:13 am

I’ve been thinking of something to write all night, but can’t think of the right words. Everything that’s happened all year was summarized in this game. Top players going down, replacements stepping up. It’s unbelievable.

The thing to say, really, is what Moylan said:

Whoever’s writing this script, just keep doing it

ncgary

October 9th, 2010
5:14 am

wau to go braves

Tesha

October 9th, 2010
5:24 am

@DarrylBlackberry, I totally agree with you 100%! This team is destined for greatness! C’mon boys let’s get 10 more for 6! Let’s make this a season no one will ever forget! GO BRAVES!!!

Game Six

October 9th, 2010
5:43 am

Great report DOB. Way to go Braves. I promise never to go to bed on you early again.

Runnin

October 9th, 2010
6:10 am

Ankiel- “The biggest homer of my career, by far, and to be honest with you, I wanted to go from the batter’s box to the dugout. I didn’t want to run the bases. I wanted to be with the guys.”

Don’t it just bring a tear to your eye. That’s why I love the Braves.

rudy

October 9th, 2010
6:30 am

i have no more fingernails,after that game…..

The_Superhoo

October 9th, 2010
6:44 am

DOB, you once said that of the Braves Diaz is the one you see as most likely to become a manager. The way he always talks, his point of view on things like his fellow players, I gotta think you’re right.

Hope whenever he hangs up the player’s spikes (not for a while I hope!) he picks up the lineup card.

old timer

October 9th, 2010
6:45 am

OK. That’s one for Ankiel. I think he has another one in him versus SF. Heyward hasn’t even been heard from yet, and he will be. Another game, another major injury, another guy steps up to fill in. They give you everything they have every time out.

DangerousDan885

October 9th, 2010
6:52 am

Hollywood would turn down this script. It’s just so hard to believe. This team has heart and lots of it. We’ll see Wags again – in the World Series.

Younger Than That Now

October 9th, 2010
7:19 am

Huge, huge… and let me say it again… HUGE win!!!

Resign or Re-sign?

October 9th, 2010
7:21 am

“Oh my God; that’s Troy!” PRICELESS!

Vabravesfan

October 9th, 2010
7:23 am

“Drunks leave early after a loss.”-DOB. That is funny. Lee’s reaction after the double play was priceless. Emotion goes a long way in baseball.

Resign or Re-sign?

October 9th, 2010
7:23 am

GO BRAVES! TAKE TWO AT THE TED!

Phredd

October 9th, 2010
7:27 am

GREAT effort by our boys!! Now we have momentum and Huddy going back to the Ted!

Obee

October 9th, 2010
7:38 am

[Cox passes Ankiel as manager is leaving and Ankiel's on way to interview room. "Way to go Rick," Cox says. "Thanks, Skipper," says Ankiel, and hugs the manager. Cox then continues shuffling on down the hall, his steel spikes clanging on the concrete as he walks with a uniformed police officer on either side of him through a hallway also used by fans to enter the lower level of seats. There are no drunk Giants shouting at him tonight, like there were in this hallway after Thursday's postgame presser, when I was walking behind him and heard it all. Drunks must leave quicker after a loss.]ll. Drunks must leave quicker after a loss.]

This is one of the best paragraphs I’ve ever seen on this blog. Thanks DOB

Boatdoc

October 9th, 2010
7:51 am

DOB – thanks for staying up and getting these quotes in. That’s going to be a pleasant plane trip back!

Right now the greatest Sports story playing in America isn’t the one about the Big Red Horse.

The team with the longest odds in the post-season was the only longshot to tie their series. With two All-Stars out for the rest of the season and a bench full of rookies, journeymen and castoffs, Hall of Fame Manager Bobby Cox is guiding the Atlanta Braves toward the biggest baseball Cinderella story since Kirk Gibson took the Eck deep in ’88.

Game two winning pitcher Kyle Farnsworth was last seen in a Braves uniform blowing their last post-season appearance five years ago. Homer hero Rick Ankiel quit being a promising pitcher when he suddenly was wilder than Nuke Laloosh with orders to “hit the bull”, and it took ten years before he gained post-season redemption for issuing eleven walks and nine wild pitches in four innings of the playoffs ten years ago. Tony LaRussa said in “Four Nights In August” that putting Ankiel into that position as a 20 year old was his greatest regret in baseball.

Hopefully LaRussa can sleep well now.

Come see the offense that couldn’t hit their way out of a wet paper bag and the pitchers who absolutely will not give in fight and claw their way through the post-season.

Right now there is no way to tell how this will end. But Bobby Cox’s team has already made Atlanta proud.

Barry

October 9th, 2010
7:51 am

Thanks Dave. Those were tremendous quotes, really gave a feel for the clubhouse. Diaz is hilarious. The dialogue between him and Hinske was priceless. What a great combination of kids with zero experience and veterans with a lot of experience. It was great to see how humble Ankiel was, too. The funniest quote I’ve ever seen was about Glaus wanting to throw up. Thanks for a great report.

Bobby's chauffeur

October 9th, 2010
8:34 am

I have ragged on the Braves and Bobby along with a lot of you this season. I still say they are entertaining and have a lot of heart.Always someone stepping up to get the job done. Proud that Glaus started the DP. Had they not turned it, He would have been blamed and criticized for losing the game. “should have taken the sure out at home etc. An Ankiel, He is what he is, a game winner or as the odds would have it 90% of the time a strike out. He at least gave us a chance at winning. (some what like Jeff F., an all or nothing at bat) Win or lose these players will be talking about this year for the rest of their careers. This is a special team with heart. Great pitching and probably the best bull pen in the league. Win or lose. Thanks Braves for a great year!

Chief

October 9th, 2010
8:36 am

Braves Fan Lost in Ohio

October 9th, 2010
8:41 am

Maybe the best set of quotes of the year. They really tell the story.

Chipper’s quote had me rolling! LOL

Kris in NC

October 9th, 2010
8:43 am

Amazing how this team never gave up even being down 4 runs after 2 innings. The bullpen comes in and shuts down this team. Looking at this playoff roster, Bobby has 8, yes 8 rookies on this roster. Talk about putting some major trust in these rookies.

I thought I heard a Bomb go off in Braves Country, then I realized it was Rick Ankiel hitting one into the Cove at AT&T Park. To watch his and other Braves reaction was absolutely Priceless. This certain put what happen a few years ago when he pitched out of everyone’s mind.

Who know that a defensive play by Troy Glaus at 3B no less and Ankiel, a former pitcher, would help us win a game? Not me. Come on Guys, take two at THE TED.

GO BRAVES.

Bruce

October 9th, 2010
8:46 am

Best quotes ever. Everybody had cool stuff to say. Thanks so much Dave!

vermont 39

October 9th, 2010
8:58 am

YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!
GO BRAVES!!!!

Chillahill43

October 9th, 2010
9:09 am

Dob- this article and that game . WOW!!! One of the first to B and M. But i gotta say
you and Ankiel came through..,good article – the sound of Bobbys cleats paragraph, you made me see it in my mind.., too cool-/ thanks for the Job. Good blog…. Go bRAVES!

Keith

October 9th, 2010
9:10 am

I don’t believe what I just saw. I don’t believe what I just saw!!!!

It was my fiancee’s birthday and we had a night out. I was so mad from Game 1 that I vowed I was not going to watch Game 2, especially after I saw on my phone it was 4-0. Then a buddy of mine called. I figured he was calling to vent, but his VM said, “I know you’re not sleeping. Call me.” I checked my phone. 4-4 in the 8th. :O What the hell?!!!!

Me and my fiancee stayed up to watch the finish. This was unbelieveably improbable, especially when Wags goes down and our worse reliever (with us anyway) comes in with Farns. I told her when it was bases loaded, they were going to win with a flyout walk-off and I didn’t want to see it. DP started by Glaus. No way!!

Then Ankiel, are you freakin’ kidding me????????

GO BRAVES!!!

justin1

October 9th, 2010
9:12 am

So NOW what does Troy have to do to get in the starting lineup?!@
If Bobby doesnt put him in on Sunday after what he did last night, then hes just being stubborn because Chino put him in and it worked. We’ll find out how much of a team player Cox is on Sunday. Hopefully he admits he was wrong for not plugging Troy in at 3rd, put him in, and move on. Way to go Troy! You deserve it.

Chop It Up All-Star

October 9th, 2010
9:15 am

Reading Wagner’s quotes how can you not love that guy?! And what Chipper and D Lee said about Ankiel, you can tell he has the ultimate respect among baseball players – he went through some tough times, but never gave up. What a story, what a season, what a team!! Go Braves!!

GMCK

October 9th, 2010
9:25 am

great win tonight.. hudson is going a rough month when it comes to picthing so i am a little worried about sundays game. heyward needs saturday off more then anyone. shake it off jason..

GMCK

October 9th, 2010
9:29 am

lets just hope Paul Emmel is not the ummpire behind the plate for the next game and we should be good.

Dan

October 9th, 2010
9:32 am

Whatever these Braves are drinking, I want a caseload. What heart!

BT

October 9th, 2010
9:41 am

Over the years Ii read hundred is not more of your articles but the recent musings have even surpassed the others in quality. Watch out you AJC you are approaching Bisher status.

Ironic that the two most chastised players were significant in last nights victory. Could be a book coming DOB on the 2010 Braves.

danny c

October 9th, 2010
9:43 am

Ankeil is the new “Lemmer”

DirtyYuni

October 9th, 2010
9:48 am

Outstanding work, DOB. Captures one of the most fun games I’ve ever watched. Can’t imagine what it must have been like to be there.

retired.... and tired again

October 9th, 2010
9:49 am

danny c
October 9th, 2010
9:43 am

Ankeil is the new “Lemmer”

MAY THAT BE THE CASE! AMEN

Feeanch

October 9th, 2010
9:52 am

DOB, great, great quotes. You’re absolutely the best writer in baseball. Sounds like Bobby had you flanking him as security going through the tunnel past the drunks.

Question for you DOB: have you or any other writers to your knowledge ever asked Bobby Cox or even Ankiel, if he would put Rick into a late inning game on the mound if our bullpen was absolutely depleted? I’ve been wondering about that since we had him. Just from the psychology of it all…I’m assuming the answer would be no, that BC would rather one of his pitchers keep throwing rather than potentially bring back the ghosts of Ankiel’s pitching past. But if it’s a must win playoff game…you never know.

Kat

October 9th, 2010
9:52 am

Thanks for all these quotes David. Looks like it was a late night very early morning for you. Enjoy your day off!

bronkelliott

October 9th, 2010
10:05 am

Got to admit it. I turned the TV off yelling when Hayworth struck out in the fifth, But I did record the game. When I got up and saw they won I rushed up to watch on my bedroom TV with the wife still sleeping. I work her up chuckling with happiness. What a great win..Keep writing this script is right!! Way to go boys!

sevenpitches

October 9th, 2010
10:07 am

DOB, your work on this feature is unsurpassed. If I don’t read anything else after a game, I read this, and this morning’s post is the best ever. Thank you so much!

Love the Braves in NC

October 9th, 2010
10:21 am

Wonderful quotes! Love to read what the players say the next day. Thanks, DOB!

DA CHOP CREW

October 9th, 2010
10:41 am

Go Bravos great win i stayed up til 1 37 in the morning to see u win

kaminari

October 9th, 2010
11:05 am

I’m tipping my cap to the Atlanta Braves today.

jadarm

October 9th, 2010
11:14 am

Fantastic journalism here DOB. You captured everything!

Troy’s double play was a crap shoot. He could have either won it or lost it for us. It’s really hard to believe that he was able to shake that much rust off after sitting on the bench and turn that double play. It saved the game and possibly the series. No hesitation in a crucial situation.

I was screaming, jumping up and down, throwing my hat against the wall….and I wasn’t even at my own place. I hope I didn’t scare anyone too bad.

What a cat-fight!

bruce mac

October 9th, 2010
11:16 am

Thanks DOB, great stuff there. I still don’t see them beating the Phils but all of this experience is going to pay off in coming years. Kimbrel, Johnny V, Jay Hey, Hanson, Dunn, etc. Its all good.

worried fan NO MORE

October 9th, 2010
11:27 am

@”GAME 6″ Serves you right! Who goes to bed during a playoff game??? Especially with a team with more last at-bat wins than anyone in baseball!?
I had tears welling up when Ankiel’s homer hit the water. Unbelievable. Melky had that great at-bat fouling off pitches ’til he hit a blooper, Gonzo comes through, Mac comes through, the Glaus to Omar DP (with TG calling it before it happened – what?), KF comes through, Kimbrel blew ‘em away…Tommy had it rough but righted the ship as usual…Conrad looked great…what a team here.
Wags will be missed. Now we just have to make it to the classic so he can pitch once more!

@DOB Gotta echo many other comments here: great job once again. Love the quotes, the description of BC leaving the tunnel…love this blog!

GO BRAVES!!!

Brava

October 9th, 2010
11:31 am

DOB, thank you. You captured the atmosphere in the clubhouse brilliantly and your description of the exchange between Ankiel and Bobby in the hallway was priceless. I felt like a spectator as I read it. Awesome work!

My favorite quote:

TROY GLAUS

“To be perfectly honest with you, it never even crossed my mind to throw the ball home. That ball, for me, is a double play to second — in that situation –every day.”

Brava

October 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Boatdoc, enjoyed reading your post. Nice take on what’s happening.

Supes

October 9th, 2010
11:49 am

DOB,

Great job as usual getting the quotes and making us feel like we were there to hear it all.

I’m so proud of this Braves team…they NEVER quit. Even during the loss…BMac had one lined up and Lincecum can thank his lucky stars it didn’t end up in the seats, combined with the blown call who knows how the game turns out? Anyways, point is they are always fighting and never giving up. I can’t wait till game 3…come on Braves Country, pack the Ted and let them know where they are at…those Giants.

I predict Heyward will have a huge game in this series before it’s all said and done. Hadn’t heard from him yet, but it’s coming. He’s just too darn good to keep down for the entire series.

OP

October 9th, 2010
11:57 am

If we have the same umps then I think that Emmel will be behind the plate for game 3.

WinSomething

October 9th, 2010
12:20 pm

Great job Braves, and way to be on top of it, late into the night O’Brien! I hope everyone enjoys that trip home and comes out blazing on Sunday. It would be nice to get ahead early and cruise to a W. As much as I enjoyed the outcome, I felt like I was going to have a heart attack from the 1st inning homer until the last out of the game. Im not sure D. Lee or myself can take many more like that.

Chris P. Bacon

October 9th, 2010
12:27 pm

Last night brought back memories of all the post-midnight anxieties of the 1991 playoffs!

Mitchell

October 9th, 2010
12:30 pm

What I still can’t believe is that they never did anything like this on the road during the regular season.

They may have had one or two games like this all year but think about how many chances they had and how few times they actually came through.

It was the complete opposite of the way they played at home.

I keep thinking about that Sunday game in Florida when they came back from 6-0 and had a million chances including Jason being up with runners at the corners with a 3-0 count and he hit it right to the first baseman.

It was like, why can’t you just get a freaking hit?

There was that game in Pittsburg in May and the Sunday game against the Dodgers in LA on that 11 game road trip.

Extra innings, one hit and they probably win it but they did nothing.

To do that in the playoffs, to come back on the road down four runs and for Ankiel and Farnseworth to be the heroes and the double play by Glaus, it just defies everything we know about life on earth.

Boatdoc

October 9th, 2010
12:51 pm

I ALMOST want to see another game in SF just so Jason can splash into McCovey cove too. But I’ll be plenty happy for no more games at AT&T. Boy, those ‘88 Dodgers looked pathetic with Kirk Gibson and Mike Scioscia injured against McGwire, Canseco and the Bash Brothers… but somehow Bulldog Hershizer and excellent pitching – with a dramatic home run – pulled the Dodgers through.

The off day couldn’t have come at a better time – we all get to dream “what if” an extra 24 hours. Cinderella may yet lose a slipper… or we may have found 25 Princes.

I read recently that Rick Ankiel was the first player with more than 10 wins as a pitcher and more than 50 home runs since… Babe Ruth. Okay – the comparison ends there, but there is magic in the air.

Eric C.

October 9th, 2010
12:56 pm

Awesome quotes…thanks DOB! C’mon Braves…let’s get Wagner another shot!

JacketFan

October 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

I was half expecting Ankiel to get shifted over to pitcher if that game went on any longer … good to know we have that option ;)

Eric C.

October 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

Regardless of what happens from here on out, win or lose, Glaus’ DP and Ankiel’s HR make this a magical season…thanks for a great year Braves!

Hoosier Aaron

October 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

Serious onions for Glaus to make that play. I thought he threw it into right field. It worked – Braves WIN!

No way Wags career should end like that – the guy is a leader and a warrior.

Honey, please still keep the sharp objects hidden(Georgia still has to play), and i need more scotch!

October 9th, 2010
1:04 pm

I want to take this moment to say thanks to all the fellow BRAVES fans that stayed up last night and watched this win.. It’s funny, the people that seem to get blasted on the “blog” for being “negative”me included), were the ones up with me, cheering on our braves. All these fans that “hate our negativity” and are, as they claim, “true braves fans”, quit on them and went to bed! Go Braves

Braves fan when they finished last

October 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

DOB you are really achieving Bisher status! I’ve listened & watched the Bravo’s since they’ve been in GA. You really get to the heart of this team as well as anyone. Everybody has to contribute & this is a team that has done so all season. Just think of the errors D. Lee has prevented; even last night! Something to watch for now is how the fans pack the park or not.

LuisG

October 9th, 2010
1:45 pm

Good job DOB!

moboman

October 9th, 2010
1:56 pm

Electric win !!! Now its Saito’s turn to step up and contribute.

-"The Boss" G-

October 9th, 2010
2:39 pm

great article Dave!! really enjoyed reading it.. now braves nation, lets show up at the ted and get rowdy!!!

batbrave

October 9th, 2010
2:57 pm

I don´t believe in Glaus yet::his throw was terrible.
Gonzo save us.

Blog Repair

October 9th, 2010
3:05 pm

batbrave

October 9th, 2010
2:57 pm

I don´t believe in Glaus yet::his throw was terrible.
Gonzo save us.

batbrain

October 9th, 2010
2:57 pm

I don´t believe in Glaus yet::his throw was terrible.
Gonzo save us.

Roy Hobbs

October 9th, 2010
3:12 pm

Thank you Braves players. What an incredible night of baseball.

Sid

October 9th, 2010
3:31 pm

Wow – didn’t think they had any gas left in the tank after they fell behind by four runs. Great team effort. Proud of this team. Can’t wait for Sunday’s game. Only hope that Cox will see fit to drop Heyward in the lineup and bat him 3rd or lower. He’s really struggling in the #2 spot. Not doing him any favors by keeping him there.

Sid

dpelfrey

October 9th, 2010
3:52 pm

Boatdoc, you couldn’t have said it any better. This team reminds me so much of those ‘88 Dodgers. Only instead of Mickey Hatcher, we have Brooks Conrad.

Hawaii Brave

October 9th, 2010
4:26 pm

Love this team. Great season. Won’t mind if they don’t win another game. Playing hard, giving everything they got. The best thing in sports.

nashvillewill

October 9th, 2010
6:00 pm

One of the great team wins in recent memory. Ankiel and Gonzales, having done virtually nothing in Sep or Oct, both coming through. Glaus as the fielding star and Farnsworth getting outs. What? If you had told me this scenario and wished to bet me the moon before the game, I would have taken the bet.
My question: who made the calls that put Glaus on 3B and Infante on 2B–I do not think Infante and Conrad make that play. Glaus as defensive replacement? Sheer genius or sheer luck, either way it worked.
And who left Farnsworth in to pitch? Another right call. Maybe Bobby watches more games from the clubhouse.

The Black Whole

October 9th, 2010
6:50 pm

As a LONG-time A’s fan, I jus’ gotta say that I’m GLAD Troy Glaus DOESN’T still play for the angels, anymore.

Once again, he jus’ PROVES to be a game-saving MONSTER, whether on the field OR @ bat!

Thanks for BEATING our cross-Bay rival. Our A’s USUALLY OWN them when they play…so it was FUN to see them go down inna CRUCIAL defeat…especially in the playoffs.

Ya jus’ gotta LOVE this game!

–The Black Whole

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October 10th, 2010
11:34 am

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