Braves’ quotes after Sunday loss to Giants

BOBBY COX

What do you say to Conrad at this point?

“Not much. Everybody’s talked to him. We’ve encouraged him as much as we can.”

Will Brooks play tomorrow?

“I’ll have to sleep on it.”

With the lead, was there any thought of taking Brooks out for defensive purposes?

“No, we were down to player on the bench with Hernandez, one position guy, and we didn’t want to use Ross.

“To answer your [earlier] question on the lefty [Huff], if hits a double or a homer off Kimbrel, then you’re asking why we didn’t bring in the lefty. We don’t have Wagner. We don’t have O’Flaherty.”

Going forward, is that how it’s going to be in the ninth, alternating according to matchups?

“I have no clue. We’re playing it by ear the whole way. And we’re trying to win the game. We’re not trying to lose these games. We’re trying to win them.”

Heyward crashes into the wall and goes down, [McCann] trips on the bat and you don’t know if he’s OK … do you ever just feel like you’re going to run out of players and chances?

“Well, we had this one won. We gave up a walk, a base hit and a base hit. You know, we’re not that – we’re not the best team in baseball, okay, but we can win games and we can compete against anybody. But we can’t afford to make mistakes.”

CRAIG KIMBREL

On what Wagner told him

“He said just go home and get ‘em back tomorrow. Tomorrow’s a new day, and I’ll be out there again tomorrow. Just do my job.

“I want it tomorrow, I do. I didn’t get my job done tonight, and hopefully I can do it again tomorrow.”

On Braves relievers not knowing who was going to close tonight

“We didn’t [know]. It was me tonight, might be somebody else tomorrow. Just have to see.”

Surprised he took you out?

“No. I had my chances. A lefty was coming up, Huff. In that situation, bring in a lefty for that. But no, I wasn’t surprised.”

MATT DIAZ

“I’ve never experienced that range of emotions on a baseball field. Most emotional game I’ve ever been a part of. The second one, the other day, ended a lot happier than this one. But we battled. That’s what we did all year, and that’s what we’re going to come back and do tomorrow.”

How do you bounce back from loss like this?

“We’ll see. We think we know how to bounce back. We’ve bounced back all year. We really stunk it up today for seven innings, then all of a sudden we took the lead. So that’s what our team’s about, and that’s what we’ll show tomorrow.”

On Conrad

“He’s probably everyone in here’s favorite teammate. You hurt for him, but also, everyone in the dugout was rooting for him to come up there in the ninth inning. We haven’t lost any faith in him.

“This should be the time of his life, playing in the playoffs his first full season in the big leagues. Hopefully he can relax and start having some fun with it.”

You think he’s pressing now?

“I don’t think you can help but press a little bit. Who knows?”

Do they need to make a change at 2nd base?

“That’s up to Bobby. I have no idea. Probably not. Bobby’s proven that he’s loyal, over and over again. Who know what will happen tomorrow? If Brooksy’s in there, I know 24 other guys in here that are very happy about it.”

“You just keep patting him on the back and do the best you can to let him know you’re glad he’s in there. We’re glad he’s a part of this team. Everyone, to a man, feels that way.”

What must be done to get the offense going?

“We need to start putting together better at-bats. Lincecum had a great game against us the first night. We didn’t get going against Cain at all [in Game 2]. Then tonight, they struggled early, too. You know how it is early, 4:30 game, it’s impossible to see spin on any ball early. Both pitchers kind of took advantage of that. We gave them an unearned run.

“As a hitter you just try to get through those first four innings and start seeing the ball better in the fifth, and we did. He just did a good job of minimizing damage and not giving up any hits.”

The range of emotions

“It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had on a baseball field, being part of that. Then one of the worst 30 minutes later. When Hinske did that, it was like, ‘Here we go again. This is our team. This is what we’ve done all year.’

“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to hold it today.

“We think the series is a long way from over. All they did was take home-field advantage back. If we win tomorrow, they’ve still got to win Game. 5. And anything can happen in Game 5.”

CHIPPER JONES

On Conrad’s run of errors on defense:

“It’s unfortunate but slumps in the field happen just like slumps at the plate do. Keep coming to work and hoping to iron it out.”

On how hard it is to see him deal with this:

“It’s very hard. There’s no a guy in here that wouldn’t take Brooks Conrad in their fox hole any day. We love the guy to death. He works his tail off. He deserves better than what happened to him today, but it’s part of the game. It’s happened to all of us. It’s happened to the best players. It’s just unfortunate because we want so bad for him to be successful.”

On if he’s talked to him about relaxing out there:

“No, but I will. This time of year, you’ve got to have that pulse that never wavers. When the chips are down, you’ve got to be calm and want the ball hit to you. We’re all confident he can go out there and do a really good job at second base. Just for some reason, he’s had a couple of lapses. But knowing Brooksy, he’ll come out tomorrow and hit a three-run homer in the eighth to send this sucker back to San Francisco because guy’s just got a flair for the dramatic.”

On if he thinks Conrad will be in Monday’s lineup:

“I don’t know which way that one is going to go. Most of our viable options are on the DL.”

DERREK LEE

On what he said to Conrad on the field in the ninth:

“I was just trying to be there for him. We’ve all been there. Sometimes it seems that nothing good is going to happen to you. You feel like you’re on an island all by yourself. I didn’t want him to feel like that.”

On what he said to Conrad then:

“I didn’t say too much. What can you say?”

BROOKS CONRAD

On wrapping his brain around the three-error game:

“You really can’t. It’s totally embarrassing. Once again I felt like I let everybody down. I feel terrible. It’s a whole lot to swallow but I’ll try to do my best to get over it. But it’s probably something you’re probably not for a long time, if ever. I feel absolutely terrible right now. I wish I could just dig a hole and go sleep in there. But it’s something you’ve got to get over quick. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that.”

On the ninth-inning error:

“Just coming right at me, one-hopper, tracked it the whole way, just trying to keep it in front at least. It just seemed to go right through me. It was a weird feeling. No excuses. It was a terrible overall performance tonight by myself.”

On the second-inning pop-up to allow a run:

“I was just going after it. I thought I had great position, just popped out on that one too. No excuses on any of them. It was all absolutely terrible. Just got to get over it.”

On if the Buster Posey grounder skidded and he expected to pop up:

“Yeah I might have, but there’s nothing to read into it except I didn’t make the play. Ball like that, you’ve got to have all those plays. It’s getting more ridiculous here on my part. But do the best to turn the page. Try better tomorrow.”

On support from his teammates:

“They’ve come up and said some nice things, but bottom line is I’ve got to play better. And I’m a lot better than what I’ve shown out there. That’s why I’m so embarrassed, and I feel like I let a lot of those guys down who have given me so much support this year. So it’s tough, but I’ve got some great teammates here and they’ve said some nice things. But it’s something where I’ve got to get out there and get the job done.”

On if it’s been heard to relax the last 4-5 days:

“A little bit but that’s another thing where you just got to play better. You’ve got to put those out of your mind and play the game. For some reason, it’s been rough. I’m embarrassed about it. That’s all I can say.”

On if he’d ask Cox for a day off to clear your head:

“No. it’s something where I just need to play baseball. It’s pretty stupid. Obviously I’m letting a lot of people down, but I’m not going to ask that.”

On the first inning error on the double-play ball

“It was a chopper, I was just going to flip it to second and just got caught up in there, and didn’t make the play. Just stupid mistakes.”

On if he thought he’d be in the lineup Monday:

“I don’t know.”

MIKE DUNN

On whether he expected to be brought in

“My whole warmups was just based on, like I was facing [Huff].”

On the ninth inning

“They just hit it where we weren’t. It’s tough when they beat you like that. But we’ve got another game against them tomorrow. We’ve got to forget about this one was soon as we can and just go right back at it.”

ERIC HINSKE

“Give them credit. They did well in the ninth to rally and get a couple of runs. All we can do is go to sleep tonight and come back tomorrow.”

On his homer

“I’m just trying to make solid contact when I up to pinch-hit, and just get something up that I can handle. That’s about it. I try to swing early and swing at the first straight pitch I see. He threw a lot of sliders, and I happened to get one of those up [in the strike zone].”

On the emotional swing

“Eighth inning we go up 2-1 and hopefully we’re gonna win the ballgame. The toughest thing to do in baseball is get three outs in the ninth inning. That’s why those closers get paid a lot of money. It just didn’t work out. Got to forget about it. Got to have a short memory and come back here ready to get a W tomorrow.”

TIM HUDSON

On Conrad’s errors:

“Just got to keep his head up. We love him more now than we ever have. So it’s just one of those things where he’s a little rough go at it in that aspect of the game, but we’re behind him. We wouldn’t be here without him. There’s no question about that. It was tough to see a teammate deal with some things like that but he knows we’re behind him. We have all the confidence in the world in him. Your heart goes out for him.”

On what Conrad has done for the team:

“He’s gritty. He gives you 100 percent. He goes out there and lays it all out. I know that he’s won single-handedly four or five games for us this year. So he’s a guy, we’re obviously rallying around. He’s a sparkplug, man. It’s one of those things where your father feathers get raised, when somebody says something bad about him. We hate that he’s being in the spotlight for something like this just because he doesn’t deserve it.”

On the game

“We fought and clawed till the end, and so did they. They went out there and scratched, and were down to their last strike, and were able to get something going. We just came up a little short. We didn’t quite have the breaks go our way that we needed to.”

On Sanchez

“He’s been good all year. He’s a tough lefty. We knew it was going to be a tough task. The game was shaking out how probably everybody anticipated, probably not a lot of runs scored until close to the very end.”

On Hinske’s homer

“Hinske came up with the big homer, man. It was the shot in the arm that we needed, and it’s unfortunate we came up a little bit short there in the ninth. It’s heartbreaking, but we’ve got to come back out there tomorrow and put it behind us and get tomorrow’s win under our belt and head back out to San Francisco.”

On seeing Conrad struggle to this degree

“It’s tough to see any teammate go through a little bit of a struggle. Brooksy’s been such a great player for us all year, such a key player off the bench. He’s come up with big hit after big hit, big homer, so he’s just got to keep his head up. That’s the thing. Just keep his head up. We’re behind him.

“We’ve just go to rally around him and help him get through the little bit of …. I think it’s more between the ears than anything right now. But he’s going to be a good player for us in the future, and we expect him to help us win games.”

And  a couple of bonus quotes from Giants, about Conrad:

BUSTER POSEY

(Said he said he put the barrel on it and thought the play would be made)

“You don’t ever wish that upon somebody. That’s just how the game is sometimes.”

 

FREDDY SANCHEZ

(one 2b to another type of thing)

“Hope his spirts are up and he’s not taking it too hard. It’s a team game.”

233 comments Add your comment

EDIMGIAFAD

October 10th, 2010
10:39 pm

There is no way any team can win in the post-season with the injuries the Braves have endured – it’s a miracle they made it this far.

Kat

October 10th, 2010
10:42 pm

Chippers seems like he’s a great mentor. I really hope he stays around the ball club after he decides to retire (whenever that might be).

Brave4life- We made it, Brooks ruined it

October 10th, 2010
10:46 pm

DOB

great work, but its too bad we lost

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

October 10th, 2010
10:51 pm

I’m sorry, but ya learn way back in LITTLE LEAGUE to get down on grounders…so they don’t get through your legs.

I think Mr. Conrad needs to go back to LL and relearn the fundamentals of the game, before he ever steps foot on another MLB field again.

count_schemula

October 10th, 2010
10:52 pm

Nice to see everyone supporting Conrad, but, far too much about this game does not make sense to me. Bobby’s legacy is secure. One of the best regular season managers ever. The same can’t be said about the post-season.

McFann =Ô= =Ô= o

October 10th, 2010
10:52 pm

[McCann] trips on the bat and you don’t know if he’s OK …

What the [heck] is that supposed to mean?? 8O He played the rest of the game………!

kj

October 10th, 2010
10:53 pm

Brooks Conrad. Please leave town and never wear another Braves jersey again.

BravesGurl1983

October 10th, 2010
10:53 pm

Wow, what a range of emotions in such a short amount of time! I was so sure that we’d won that game. Here’s to hoping Lowe can be as great for us tomorrow as he was all September!! Go Braves!!!!

IdahoBravesFan

October 10th, 2010
10:53 pm

I agree. This team is so beat up it is running on nothing but fumes. I am afraid that if they got to Philly for a rematch it would be really ugly. I hate to say it but it is time to pack it in and look forward to next year.

kj

October 10th, 2010
10:53 pm

Bobby why is Conrad in the lineup?

Mike

October 10th, 2010
10:54 pm

This team has overcome a lot, but I think the magic has finally run out. Perhaps it would be best if the Braves lost Monday. There’s no way this team is going to beat the Phillies 4 out of 7. Braves need to re-tool, spend some $$$$$ in the offseason to be able to compete with the Phillies.

NathanH

October 10th, 2010
10:55 pm

Bobby mis-managed this game right out of grasp. Blame Conrad all night long. He does have fault here. But Bobby had ZERO place taking Kimbrel out of that game! Bobby will live and die by that stupid book, and unfortunately his career likely to end on one of the worst games I’ve seen him over manage in my life.

Eric C.

October 10th, 2010
10:55 pm

DOB, great job again. I’m glad to hear everyone is looking forward to getting back out there. Nothing like a W to get the bad taste out…

nels3

October 10th, 2010
10:55 pm

i am absolutly stunned. i dont have any hope anymore. thank you conrad for what you did earlier in the year, but sports is a what have you done for me recently business. conrad just cant be out there. i feel so bad for all the fans out there. it was so incredible to see the ted as packed and with all that emotion, and just to have it end like that is really hard.

kj

October 10th, 2010
10:56 pm

Do not use excuses. Just like Atlanta fans. They are professionals. Conrad is paid to play ball. Brook do your job.

The Abs Man

October 10th, 2010
10:57 pm

There was absolutely no excuse to remove Kimbrel…..At this point, he is your best reliever since Venters already used…..live or die with Kimbrel..
Sure, the off-speed, two-strike pitch to Freddy Sanchez was poor judgement after he looked so overmatched on rocket fastballs, but let him pitch to Huff….Dunn was burned several times vs. LHB against Phillies, but that’s not really the point.

To surrender your best pitcher Kimbrel trumped Bochy taking out starter Sanchez too soon….SF handed us a golden opportunity by removing a dominant starter to go to a lesser…

But BrainDead Bobby-who has yet in about 30 years of managing ever admitted a mistake–trumped BochyBall with Dunn.

Not the Braves are done.

kwajbraves

October 10th, 2010
11:01 pm

This team has more heart than previous editions but unfortunately there talent level doesn’t match their desire. I know that you have to fight with the troops that you have not with the ones that you wish you to have but changes are desperately needed for next year. We don’t need big bats just bats that can make contact from time to time. Hoping for a big FA sign up is out the realm of possibility so I expect to see somebody like Cody Ross, unless we can pry Kemp or Casmus away from their teams.

kj

October 10th, 2010
11:02 pm

I can really vent. Why did we pick up Derrick Lee. Jason H. what are you swinging at? The only thing going is Brian M. I hope Derrick L and Conrad is not in Atlanta next year. Derrick Lee show us something. Go back to Chicago.

Tico Carty

October 10th, 2010
11:03 pm

Man I feel bad for Brooks. The dude is better than that. Hey the Giants can’t hit a lick either.

Miles

October 10th, 2010
11:04 pm

Please, if you are going to the game 4, DO NOT boo Conrad. That is the last thing he needs.

kj

October 10th, 2010
11:05 pm

I’m out. The Braves are done.

CajunStorm

October 10th, 2010
11:06 pm

NO WAY KIMBREL should have been pulled. If he stayed in Braves Win…period. Bobby has had a Great career and I thank him for all of it but that evil 2nd guessing voice that creeps in his head in the post season is KILLING US!!

He uses darn near every reliever we have and has the nerve to justify keeping Brooks in because he didn’t want to use up Diory Hernandez. WHAT? BS! You don’t leave yourbest defensive infielder on the bench with a 1 run lead in the 9th…especially if one of your infielders is as horrible as Brooks has been. Let’s face it … it is mental now with Brooks!

Instead of walking out on the field to take the ball from Kimbrel …Bobby should have taken the glove away from Brooks. OMG…how bout that bunt attempt? Just sad!

kj

October 10th, 2010
11:06 pm

Not only Conrad should be booed how about D Lee and Jason. Hit the ball.

Mike in La

October 10th, 2010
11:07 pm

The players are right. They wouldn’t be in the postseason without Brooks. I appreciate the effort he’s given all year long and am heartbroken to see something like that happen to an obviously good person. I hope he’s in there tomorrow and does something big to help them win.

J Clay

October 10th, 2010
11:07 pm

Been saying since regular season, no karma without Glaus in lineup…Note he played in the lone win even if only for a moment…Anyway, knees or no knees he ought to be in the game – his D couldn’t be worse than “Brooksy”…Don’t see how this team recovers from this – hoping for the best but thinking tomorrow may be last day of Bobby’s career…

kj

October 10th, 2010
11:08 pm

Enter your comments here

J Clay

October 10th, 2010
11:08 pm

Agree, leaev in Kimbrel he was dealing…Not like the hit was a hard one….was a good pitch the guy grounded back up the middle….

Raleigh Dog

October 10th, 2010
11:09 pm

The umpire Kemmel also stunk it up tonight. As soon as Wilson came in he started acting like Eric Gregg with Livan Hernandez. He was giving that guy six to 8 inches off the plate. A terrible ump.

count_schemula

October 10th, 2010
11:10 pm

“Please, if you are going to the game 4, DO NOT boo Conrad. That is the last thing he needs”

He had better not be in the game to get booed. But Bobby is loyal. To a fault.

kwajbraves

October 10th, 2010
11:11 pm

Phils sweeps Cincy. Do they have to play the NLCS? I don’t think neither ATL or SF has a chance against Phils. As much as I hate the Phils I have to admit that they are the best team in the post season.

kj

October 10th, 2010
11:12 pm

Conrad, Dee Lee and Jason H spoiled my day. Saints lost, Dallas lost, Green Bay lost and the Falcons won. It would have been nice with Braves win.

CajunStorm

October 10th, 2010
11:12 pm

Please Miles..I will be at Game 4 just like I was at Game 3 tonight. If ever someone deserved to be booed it was and is Conrad. This is the Panty League its the Major Leagues.

Ha! To all that weren’t there….. in the 9th the video board was showing comeback victories the Braves had this year to get the crowd fired up!! It was working too because it got really loud…… until they showed the comeback against Cincy when Brooksy hit the gand Slam to walk off & didn’t know it……the crowd BOOED HIM MERCILESSLY!!! LOL Classic.

will

October 10th, 2010
11:13 pm

This is all a bunch of crap it really is. I love the braves but they are awful right now and I respect the fact his tteammates stand up for him, but let’s just be real brooks conrads play lately has been embarrassing to the point its sickening he is on a mlb field. The guy has no chance in the field anymore. Bobby tried to move him to 2nd and the errors have got worse, to the point he literallly lost the braves a playoff series. I am a big fan of second chances, but I said that ten days ago w brooks. He is just not a major leaguer and ihe proved that today with an exclamation pointt

SG10

October 10th, 2010
11:14 pm

DOB,

great stuff..Hope to see more of you and Carroll next year when I hope the Braves will be even better with the new manager bringing in some new perspective and some of the young players continue maturing process…

myra

October 10th, 2010
11:16 pm

Mike DONE is the biggest pc. of nothing on this team. I knew as soon as Cox went to HIM, he’d blow it. Sorry, he hasn’t got IT in the PRESSURE.
He’s pitiful. Every damn time he serves em up.
He might get u an out in a mid-summer blow out game. But he couldnt close a door, much less a game.

Dawg and Giants fan

October 10th, 2010
11:17 pm

Most of you guys on here jump on and off the bandwagon at any moment of the game..Cox and Bochy over coached this game..Why did the Giants take out Sanchez who was owning the Braves? Total ridiculous taking him out but Bochy and Cox were trying to win by coaching and not letting the players do the winning…As for Conrad Brooks, I can tell you that every Giants player has yelled in the dugout to hit the ball to him…Brooks is a mental case and a major liability…he single handedly lost the game for the Braves,,,thanks Brooks!

count_schemula

October 10th, 2010
11:18 pm

They were already hiding him at 2nd base, so they knew his D was an issue. Yet, Diory has not seen one live batter, and if the TIME to play Diory was anytime it was the 9th inning. Last position player? Who cares, stick Lowe or Hanson in LF if you have to, but, get out of the 9th with the win.

RHR

October 10th, 2010
11:19 pm

Feel awful for Bruce. Kimbrel shoulda stayed in, man we were ONE STRIKE AWAY.

Ahhhhh this one still burns.

I absolutely cannot stand the thoughts of the giants celebrating on our field. That must not happen. Hope our guys can forget about this one faster than I can.

With that said, 8 errors in 7 games….Bruce can’t start tomorrow. I mean, if it was just one game, sure, but man alive is it ever in his head now. And with the intensity of the playoffs and 50,000 booing him tonight and 50,000 booing him if he even flinches tomorrow night? Yikes. I like him off the bench tomorrow.

Stellar Defense

October 10th, 2010
11:22 pm

What are you thinking Bobby? You should have been playing 2B. You could have gotten your glove lower at age 69!

McFann =Ô= =Ô= o

October 10th, 2010
11:23 pm

I thought I was gonna throw up after seeing that freak Lincecum jumping up and down the the Giants dugout after they tied it up and BMac nearly killed himself on that other dummy’s bat. Lord…I cann understand a guy being excited…but anything that guy does just rubs me the wrong way…

Lee

October 10th, 2010
11:24 pm

D.O.B. What was the mood like in the clubhouse?

myra

October 10th, 2010
11:25 pm

@Cajun storm
Thats funny. Did they really boo? That was(until tonight) one of the Braves top 5 plays of tear.
@kj:
Football good in our house; Falcons win,Saints lose;Colts,Titans,G-men,Bears,McNabb wins,Da RAAAIders beat up on San Diego,and even Motown won today.
Nice

katie

October 10th, 2010
11:25 pm

this game’s still making me sick 3+ hours later. I love Conrad, but I really think he should have been pulled for a game or 2, days ago. it’s nice that everyone’s sticking up for him as well, but he should have made those plays. i mean, my 12 year old cousin could make those catches. bobby needs to let him sit, not play. he’s hurting the team more than helping right now. bring him in late in the game.

and i’m also glad i’m not the only one not confused to why Kimbrel was taken out.

myra

October 10th, 2010
11:26 pm

err..top 5 plays of the year.

Johnny

October 10th, 2010
11:27 pm

It’s so easy to bash Conrad and the Braves. But I’m a Braves fan, I’ll support the 25 guys we have on the field including Conrad. Go Braves, we can do it. I’ll be watching every minute tomorrow. One game at a time. Nothing can be done about tonight…….forget about it.

count_schemula

October 10th, 2010
11:28 pm

My facebook status: “it’s been hours, and I’m still baffled and crushed”

kwajbraves

October 10th, 2010
11:29 pm

There is plenty blame to spread around. Of course Conrad errors are undeniable but this team hasn’t hit a lick in games 1& 3 and was shutdown most of game 2 until they manage an unlikely rally. Heyward is been stone cold at the plate and his fielding and arm are been AWOL on this series. Enough said.

Largo

October 10th, 2010
11:32 pm

Not much doubt that Conrad went a long ways toward losing the game. However, what, for example, has Heyward done for the braves lately? I can’t remember the last time he got a hit. 0 for 12 with seven strikeouts during the playoffs. Plus he doesn’t have a clue how to play the wall on a long fly ball. There are two or three rookies better than him. I would vote for Posey for ROY if I had a vote.

Cox should have brought in Hernandez in the 9th for defense but as usual he never admits to making a mistake.

VOL

October 10th, 2010
11:33 pm

I think you gotta sit Brooks for game 4. It’s mental now. Put Hernandez out there or slide Infante over to 2B and let Troy or Hinske play 3B. Let’s roll with that.

LOSERS

October 10th, 2010
11:33 pm

Sounds like a team that is already defeated IMO. This team is not good enough to do any damage in these playoffs. Hell, I am second guessing if they deserved it in the first place. They had a 7 game lead in the division at the beginning of August and pi$$ed that away, its only fitting that they do the same thing in the playoffs. This team is built on failing, its what they do, its in their DNA.

Multiple Meigs

October 10th, 2010
11:34 pm

We know we can’t hit. We thought we had an ENORMOUS bullpen. No matta wat.
But then they sucked tooooo.
pain full

Reliving 95

October 10th, 2010
11:36 pm

With Conrad’s defense early in the series and his bat not worth earning cover for his defensive lapses, no way he should have been starting. Tired of hearing “no options because of the injuries.” Glaus at third and Infante at second. Simple. Love Bobby but glad he’s retiring officially. His judgment retired some time ago. We were reminded of it today.

Jeffero

October 10th, 2010
11:37 pm

Seriously. Brooks should not be in there, but don’t boo the guy! C’mon ATL, where would we be without him this year. What are we, effing phillies fans?? Give him some support!

Snit

October 10th, 2010
11:38 pm

What can you say??All you people that have all the answers..maybe you should apply for manager..yes..It SUCKED that we lost..just like SF lost Friday night..KEEP THE FAITH!!!D.Lowe and Beachy..I’m not giving up..are YOU???

count_schemula

October 10th, 2010
11:41 pm

IF we had won tonight, we’d be talking about the CINDERELLA team of the year. They are overachievers, so I don’t agree with a lot of this bashing, but, they had this game won, and it’s the HOW and WHY they lost that is causing the consternation. We can only hope that the Giants throw Madison, which I think they should and will and that somehow we actually put together a nice day at the plate. Then we would still have to beat Lincecum.

Jonathan Simeone

October 10th, 2010
11:41 pm

Why is the manager talking about what the media would say after the game? If he’s considering that at all during the game he’s not doing his job. Look at the skills of the pitcher and the hitter involved taking Kimbrel out was the wrong move–that’s all there is to say about that. I’m glad his teammates are sticking with Conrad, but he cannot start tomorrow’s game.

count_schemula

October 10th, 2010
11:42 pm

I support Conrad as a pinch hitter in the 8th. I’m not thinking I can support Conrad starting at second though. I’d boo that at this point.

Multiple Meigs

October 10th, 2010
11:43 pm

Yes. No more Brooks.
But we thought this team was dead on many a day over the course of this year and they came back. Lets just see if the old vets onthe team want to play golf this week or BASEBALL.

The baseball gods GAVE us this game and we said no thanks.
We like
DRAMATICS

count_schemula

October 10th, 2010
11:46 pm

And if Kimbrel gave up the hit, people would not have questioned that. Maybe he was tired from throwing 2 innings the other night, maybe the adrenaline wore off and he got wild, I dunno, but, he looked like he was throwing pretty well to me. Well enough that I don’t think some lefty lefty stuff justifies the Dunn move. When you have a pitcher who averages 2 Ks an inning, lefty on lefty DOES NOT MATTER.

Arthur Vandelay

October 10th, 2010
11:47 pm

To all the “fans” who have crappy and insulting things to say about Brooks Conrad, to all the “fair-weather fans” who don’t follow the Braves unless they’re winning, to all the idiots who post childish comments on blogs but lack compassion for another human being who might be going through a rough time: I suppose it won’t matter what I say next, but here goes. Don’t go to the games, don’t call in sports talk shows, don’t write insulting, sometimes profane comments on these blogs. The true fans who showed up tonight, who watched and who are into the games emotionally with every pitch, every ground ball, every pop-up, they are the ones whose hopes are crushed and they are frustrated, but then by the next game, they are cheering again. Not calling for someone’s head when they make a mistake, mental or whatever. Everyone on that field is a professional, but they are also human. Umpires blow calls. Pitchers have pitches that get away from them. Batters sometime swing at pitches nowhere near the strike zone. And each one of these people has to play through the bad times, bad games, mistakes, etc. You want to talk about real problems, go by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Go visit someone who’s elderly and has just had a pacemaker put in their chest. Go visit someone with Alzheimer’s and then complain about one player in one game and tell me what’s more important. There really is some wisdom in the saying “If you can’t say something good, just say nothing at all.”

If you’re a true Braves fan, yeah, this loss hurt. They all do. But if you’re a true Braves fan, you know that doesn’t give you an excuse to be a jerk to anyone. Sawyer Brown released a song a few years back called “They Don’t Understand”. It’s worth a listen. The gist of it is you don’t really know what someone else is going through, so think before you speak. Your words are more powerful than you think.

Doesn’t matter who you’re a fan of, if you’re booing your own team, you might just be a ……fan of something else. Yeah, I was disappointed when things didn’t go the Braves way, but try this….Cheer for Eric Henske because of his great 2-run homer. Cheer for Tim Hudson and the way he pitched tonight. Cheer for Bobby for doing what he believed was right every time he’s put on the uniform. Cheer for Jason Heyward for staying in the game after crashing into the wall. Cheer for everyone who got a hit and everyone who took their at-bat and tried their best to get a hit. Cheer for Rick Ankiel for his homerun on Friday night. Cheer for Troy Glaus for daring to make an inning-ending double play Friday night. Cheer for Omar Infante for switching positions and doing a great job. Cheer for Craig Kimbrel and Mike Dunn who were in Gwinnett playing AAA ball for the Braves not that long ago. And cheer for Brooks Conrad for having any comment after the game. I dare say any one of us would have spoken to the press after having a tough night like that, but he did. He didn’t make excuses and, as far as I can tell, he was open and honest about things on a night when he could have ducked out and avoided all the noise. Do that kind of cheering or just go follow some other team because the Braves don’t really need “fans” like that.

Last time I checked, Monday morning quarterbacks aren’t on the Braves payroll, nor should they be.

Jonathan Simeone

October 10th, 2010
11:52 pm

I really think Jason’s hurt. He simply does not have the ability to hit fastballs now–especially if they are above his belt. If he’s not hurt a huge hole in his swing has been exposed and he will never reach the great potential so many of us thought he had. Personally, I think he’s hurt and he’ll be a great hitter next season, but there is at least a chance that he has been exposed.

BDWeiser

October 10th, 2010
11:54 pm

Braves sux
Meanwhile, Clash of the Titans greatest movie ever

kj

October 10th, 2010
11:57 pm

Enough on Brooks jock. It’s time to sit Derrick Lee down and put in Glauss. Derrick Lee and Jason H. suck. They are swinging at balls in the dirt. Can you say Andrew Jones. Jason H is an overblown Andrew Jones.

BillnJax

October 10th, 2010
11:58 pm

This loss reminded me of the 1996 World Series game against the Yankees. In game four the Braves had a 3 run lead and Wohlers came in relief and gave up a 3 run homer to Jim Leyritz to tie the game. It wasn’t that Wohlers gave up a three run homer that was the problem it was that he gave it up because he threw a change up instead of sticking with his fast ball. He had Leyritz behind in the count and tried to fool him with a change up which is the same thing that happened tonight with Kimbrel. Instead of sticking with his fast ball which he was averaging at 96 mph, he and McCann decide to throw an 87 mph slider which Sanchez hits up the middle and gives the Giants 2 out rally life. Conrad had an awful game with 3 errors but this one is on the pitching choice made when it came to Sanchez. There were 2 outs and Sanchez was down to his last strike and couldn’t touch Kimbrel’s fast ball. Don’t slow the pitch down and give the batter the edge, stick to what works and that’s the fast ball. Instead of fooling the batter, the team got fooled. So sad…

kj

October 10th, 2010
11:58 pm

I don’t see Jason H. as a great hitter.

kj

October 11th, 2010
12:00 am

Jason H. is overrated.

count_schemula

October 11th, 2010
12:01 am

To all the “fans” who pay for the salaries, and drink the beer, and buy the big TVs and watch thousands of commercials for F-150 pick-up trucks and buy the newspapers, and create the ecosystem in which something as RIDICULOUS as millionaires playing children’s games can exist. Say whatever the heal you want.

TN_BravesFan

October 11th, 2010
12:02 am

KJ, you sound like my dad. He even obsesses with running most of the players down like you. The only way either of you could win one game, much less 91, would be if you played all nine positions yourself. You can’t get players to perform with that attitude. Next year, with a new manager, we’ll be just like the other 29 teams. Then you might have some legitimate gripes. Its hard to see them struggle, but they have overachieved all season. I sincerely hope they have more than one more game. If not, every player, coach, and Bobby have nothing to be ashamed of. They will be proud of their accomplishments.

BDWeiser

October 11th, 2010
12:04 am

put ray lewis in a braves uniform. thats the only way this team will get a hit

lc

October 11th, 2010
12:05 am

Lincecum is a pothead.

count_schemula

October 11th, 2010
12:06 am

50% of the country are potheads, so what.

Kevin

October 11th, 2010
12:06 am

To all of you that say sit Derek Lee have you watched this series? He single handedly has saved another potential 10 errors in the 3 games so far. He’s the best 1B in the league when it comes to picking balls out of the dirt. His defense alone has been huge. If we somehow come back and win this series you know that the Phillies are looking ahead to the world series already. I mean you could combine the Braves and Giants at this point on offense and I would still say the Phillies are better by a ton.

FAnz

October 11th, 2010
12:07 am

Theres a reason connie is 30yrs and just a rookie.

lc

October 11th, 2010
12:08 am

50 percent? Obviously you’re smoking it, too.

count_schemula

October 11th, 2010
12:09 am

C McCann
1b Posey
2b Sanchez
SS Uribe
3b Infante
LF Burrell
CF LOL
RF Heyward, but he’s really not looking that good right now…

Multiple Meigs

October 11th, 2010
12:09 am

Lincecum look more like a vampire. Hes whitest boy ever.

BillnJax

October 11th, 2010
12:10 am

To all those JHey haters out there, the Braves wouldn’t be where they are today without the contributions of this young man. How quickly WE forget peoples contributions if they happen to fail along the way.

Multiple Meigs

October 11th, 2010
12:10 am

kj

October 11th, 2010
12:10 am

TN BravesFan Just like the average Atlanta Sports fan. You take average. No professional paid team or athletes are overachievers. They are paid to play the game. If i am spending my hard earned money to see them play i should tell it like it is.

lc

October 11th, 2010
12:11 am

Derek Lee has looked so good the last few games, I’ve wondered if he would be interested in sticking around here next season. We were one out away from the win tonight and our best chance at closing out the game had the ball taken out of his hands. This righty lefty baloney that Cox has employs night after night situation after situation leaves no room for intuition and tonight Bobby probably cost himself and the team another trip to the NLCS.

kj

October 11th, 2010
12:13 am

Kevin yes we need defense. We need offense. Wright now D. Lee and Jason can’t hit air.

lc

October 11th, 2010
12:15 am

In an article with a San Franciso times gazette reporter Wren said Glaus couldn’t play third anymore, that his defense was a mess. He made those comments several hours before Friday night’s game where Glaus made the definitive play of the game. Wonder if Mr. Wren has been able to get his foot out of his mouth yet. Troy should have playing some at 3rd for weeks now. Wren needs to go, too.

kj

October 11th, 2010
12:15 am

BillnJax no one is hating. Jason is an overblown Andrew Jones. Just wait and see.

sampf

October 11th, 2010
12:19 am

common kj overrated??… man the kid is 21 years old….21….nobody should have expected him to carry this team… at his age in the postseason… there`s a learning curve… he will be great.. but he needs to get some experience under his belt……………….let`s get them tomorrow..force a game 5… anything can happen.. GO BRAVES!

Sid

October 11th, 2010
12:22 am

This game was lost by the manager. Plain and simple. What was Cox thinking by not putting a defensive replacement in for Conrad. How many more errors was he waiting for. Talk about being blind to the obvious. As for taking Kimbrel out I could understand it if you had a better option in the bullpen than Dunn but he didn’t. Dunn can’t hold a candle to Kimbrel’s stuff but Cox had to go with the overated lefty/righty matchup theory which is also a convenient excuse for him. Admit it Bobby you blew this one and stop hiding behind your lame duck excuses.

BDWeiser

October 11th, 2010
12:24 am

If a woman has chin hares,should u pick them fore her?

kreedham

October 11th, 2010
12:26 am

Move Infante to 2nd, Glaus to 3rd. Conrad doesn’t need to start….not because he’s playing terrible but because he doesn’t need to hear the boo’s. Trust me…he’s feeling bad enough already. Bobby can start him in SF for game 5.

I mean not everybody is contributing. Are you gonna boo Heyward cause he hasn’t get a postseason hit yet?

Lets see…Wags out, O’Flaherty out, Saito not out but not 100%, same with Jurrgens, Prado out, Chipper out, Medlen out…Kawakami out (well not really but might as well be). You folks should be happy we’re in it and competing!

jc_dawgs

October 11th, 2010
12:27 am

I feel terrible for Conrad. Part of me thinks you put him right back out there again tomorrow.

You have to take the good with the bad…and there is plenty of good that this kid did for us this year.

And to tell you the truth….without Conrad’s pinch hitting during the reg season….we don’t make the playoffs!

Bobby Cox…..you put him right back out there again…and when he wins game 4 for us tomorrow…it will be just another reason why you sir were ordained as one of the best.

BDWeiser

October 11th, 2010
12:27 am

Didnt Deion helikopter in on e time at hte Braves?
Damn thatwas fun

KJ sucks

October 11th, 2010
12:29 am

@kj…you are an idot..please never post on here again…@ arthur…you are spot on my friend…i watched just about every single game this year and most people…like KJ are just ignorant idiots who started watching 2 games ago…KJ your an idiot…repeat…KJ you suck

BillnJax

October 11th, 2010
12:36 am

@KJ: Like sampf says, JHey is just 21 and you can’t heap all this pressure on him, he doesn’t have the experience. You have to admit with all the injuries the Braves are lucky to even be here let alone have a game 4 in the nlds. But as a fan, we all have a right to say what we want about our team, both good and bad. So you sir have at it.

I concur

October 11th, 2010
12:38 am

kj is a DUNCE

lc

October 11th, 2010
12:38 am

wren said glaus is not physically capable of playing third.

BDWeiser

October 11th, 2010
12:40 am

aw hell jus goe to bed see yal tommarroa

Ghosts of 2002

October 11th, 2010
12:52 am

Let’s see, the first game was the fault of the umpire and this game was the fault of a utility infielder. How about the 11 strikeouts Sanchez got? How about the fact that the Braves didn’t even get a hit until Hudson in the 6th inning.

Perhaps if the Braves knew how to hit, the shortcomings of an umpire or a 2nd baseman would not matter – but because they can’t score runs, there is no margin for error. Make an error – you lose.

This team has no business being in the post season. They are an embarrasment to watch. They are playing now only because the Padres melted down in the final weeks. 37 strikeouts in 3 games. This is a playoff team?

Neither the Braves or the Giants have a chance against the Phillies. It will be a shame for this team to watch the opponents celebrate at the Ted once again, but better to walk away now with some dignity rather than prolong this pointless run into the post season.

Let 2011 be the year this team really turns a corner and becomes competitive.

NO MORE BOBBY

October 11th, 2010
12:54 am

When did all baseball players start using all these gay nicknames for each other? All the announcers on Baseball Tonight do it too. Thank God they did not do this back when Ruth, Aaron and all the greats played. It’s stupid. Look at all the corny names Braves use in these quotes.

Brava

October 11th, 2010
12:59 am

If Bobby Cox is so loyal to Conrad, he will spare him the humiliation of being booed by the entire stadium when he is announced in the starting lineup. There’s no way the guy can do anything but pinch hit any more. He would be under such intense scrutiny by the fans that it just isn’t fair to make him go through that. And, I don’t see him improving under these circumstances, but rather, see his performance declining even more.

TomaHawkSINCE-81

October 11th, 2010
1:00 am

-Would have stayed with Kimbrel/ -Really Posey should not have come to the plate/-Conrad shouldn’t start 2mrrw,but he will play so DON’t BOO( r u really PHILLY FAN???? cmon!)-Yeah the plate expanded a foot in the 9th/-lookin back Kimbrel maybe~1mo fastball to Sanchez r 3more to Huff~/ Heyward does need some WallWork/ -The offense needs to work the count with the opposing pitcher like earlier in the season because they(SF) r not afraid of NO1 in this lineup~CHIPPER made PRADO dangerous which made whoeva lead off a threat/ -O yeah Chipper and Prado r COACHING NOW,also Wagner/-As If losing those 3 werent enuf Players r out there trippin over bats,u got players out there with 1 knee & on their 3rd Positions/-If you step away & think about it,This is Amazing!! that they are in the NLDS. With a full HEALTHY squad they NO DOUBT could compete for the Championship!/-Yes,the loss is frustrating,those plays r routine,there are many QUESTIONABLE decisions,but they CAN come out 2mrrw put up 7runs and then who knows in game5???? Braves Fans just enjoy it!!/-I dont always agree with wut he does sometimes(WHO CARES WUT I THINK!)but Respect what Cox has done(It doesn’t always happen but he wants to 2 to WIN). BOY WAS THAT NOT A HUGE SHOT FROM HINSKE in that spot!!!!!!!!!!!! {reminds you of Michael Tucker vs. Kevin Brown(SD),or Brian Hunter vs.Pittsburgh} Sh-t,Y can’t they WIN 2 in a row??
Ohh-O-o.o.O~~LOUDER!!!!!!!!

John "The Count" Montefusco

October 11th, 2010
1:02 am

From the NY Times: “The Braves are nearly out of gas on offense. They limped into October as the wild card after leading the National League East from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They could not hit and they had trouble fielding, but survived with starting pitching and vibrant young arms in the bullpen. Some were beginning to believe that destiny was calling for one last title for Cox.”

Oh well……………….

Braves Fan Lost in Ohio

October 11th, 2010
1:04 am

The Braves team made me proud today, the way they talked about Brooks. In the end, its a game, but the way you treat someone when they are down says something about who you are as a human being. Good job, guys.

We love him more now than we ever have Tim Hudson

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