Braves quotes after 13-inning loss to San Diego

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On not scoring after Chipper’s 12th-inning leadoff double

“We had some opportunities. They’re 1 or 2 in the major leagues in ERA. It’s hard to score runs against them.”

On Lowe

“Derek was outstanding. They gave him some tough at-bats; his pitch count was pretty high in the sixth inning. They’re a scrappy team. I know they haven’t been able to score some runs, but they did today. They manufactured some runs. When you get into those extra-inning games – 11, 12, 13 – anything can happen really. They’re the home team, so they hit last.”

On bulllpen

“They’ve been [pitching well]. Pitch over the plate to the last guy, so we lost. I think other than maybe a couple of guys, should be ready to go tomorrow. That’s a good sign to be able to cover seven innings and maybe be able to not use just one guy.”

3 extra-inning games in 5 days in 3 cities

“I hope it changes soon. I don’t know if my gut can take another extra-inning game. Maybe one of those 10-run games may be easier for the ol’ ulcer.”

On Martinez getting doubled off 1B, after laying down bad bunt

“The worst thing that can happen, happened: he got on base. It’s a double-edged sword, because if you use Rossy [backup catcher David Ross] there, your last position player, in an extra-inning game to bunt, to do the same thing … like I said, the worst thing that can happen, happened. He got on base, didn’t get a good read on the ball to right field, and got doubled up. We’ll learn from that and go forward.”

On Gearrin’s debut (two perfect inings, two strikeouts)

“Here’s a kid, a rookie, and you bring him in in his first appearance in a tie game, in the ninth inning – he did a nice job.”

***SCOTT LINEBRINK

“It’s kind of a deflator when you lose a game like that. For me personally, it’s a little bit extra sting on me tonight. Because I know if I go out there and do my job in the seventh, we’ve got Jonny and Craig [for the eighth and ninth] and they’re going to do their job and we’re going to get out of here a whole lot earlier.

“To put five extra innings on the bullpen, I just feel responsibility for all that. In a game like this, every pitch counts, every hitter counts.”

“We bounced back after the L.A. series; there were certainly some tough losses there, too. We’ve got to do the same thing tomorrow, come back and go right at them.”

On falling behind 2-0 before giving up tying double

“In that situation, you just can go behind 2-0. Put the hitter in his count, throw a fastball down the middle, bad things are going to happen. So for me, I’ve got to get back out there and get aggressive and get strike 1, that’s the biggest thing.”

*** CHIPPER JONES

On Hicks getting thrown out at 3rd pinch-running for Chipper

“You can’t fault him, the guy made a heck of a play. You see that ball to the right side and our first instinct is to take off. The guy just made a great play.”

On three extra-inning games in three cities in five days

“That’s baseball.”

“We didn’t play very well tonight in any phase. We didn’t stink the joint up, but we didn’t play the kind of baseball that got us three wins in San Francisco.

“D-Lowe battled. Again, we didn’t swing the bats real well. We swung it a little better than what the numbers say, because we hit some balls hard to center that didn’t go Defense was kind of shaky. It’s just one of those things, man.”

On no walks after 13 last two games

“I think they pitched well. Moseley was good – in and out, changes speeds. Everybody in their bullpen came out throwing sliders, but they located them. It’s a tough pitch to hit when it’s located front door, back door. We didn’t have many scoring threats, and just a matter of time, if you let a team hang around they’re going to beat you.”

Does Moylan’s absence really show in games like this?

“There’s no doubt. I was saying tonight, the most important inning in every single ballgame that we play this year is the seventh. The seventh inning. If we get through the seventh, we’re fine. If we don’t get through the seventh, we’re going to get beat. It changes the whole outlook of the game. O’Flaherty pitched great yesterday for a couple of innings, comes in [tonight] and walks the leadoff hitter. Liney [Linebrink] is kind of struggling with his location right now. They get the game tied up and don’t allow us to shut the door in the eighth and ninth with Venters and Kimbrel.”

***DEREK LOWE

“I was actually happy Cantu wasn’t playing, because the Cantu-Ludwick-Hudson-Hawpe combination is not my strength. I think they got all the hits, and they’ve hit me well throughout my career.”

“Any time you play 13 innings, it’s always tough to lose. We’ve got two more days of a long road trip. Two wins here — it’s not the greatest road trip in the world, but if you win the next two it’s not the worst, either.”

On the extra-innings games in three cities in five days

“It’s not the ideal situation, but we’ve got an off day in two days. We’ve just got to dig deep. I know it’s April, but baseball’s a tough sport. Having to play every day and throw in some extra innings games there, but we’ll be fine. Not the way you want to end a long night, but a long way to go.”

***CRISTHIAN MARTINEZ

On getting doubled up at 1st

“I tried to get back to first base.”

On the pitch that Ludwick hit out

“It was a bad pitch, a slider I left up.”

304 comments Add your comment

toby flenderson

April 26th, 2011
3:28 am

send linebrink packing

Michael Scott

April 26th, 2011
3:42 am

Hey Toby, why are you the way that you are? Honestly, every time I try to do something fun or exciting, you make it not… that way. I hate… so much about the things that you choose to be.

acbwcmm

April 26th, 2011
3:46 am

Any time I see Linebrink or Sherrill warming up, I get nervous.

Christian Martinez is a man of many words. LOL.

It was a tough loss, but the Brave’s are doing great right now. I hope they don’t let it get to them too much.

Ron

April 26th, 2011
3:51 am

Martinez> sherrill
Martinez>linebrink
Martinez>asencio

Cap tipper

April 26th, 2011
4:00 am

Gotta tip your cap to the bullpen–NOT. Win in SF. Lose to SD. Wow.

The Braves are an Atlanta Team

April 26th, 2011
4:18 am

Atlanta Sports Teams ≠ Success

Atlanta teams = Failure (but at least they’re good at something)

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Larry

April 26th, 2011
5:41 am

Looking forward to the beer belly boys comments about the great game managing skills. David Ross was money left on the table.

This team needs a spark at the top of the order and the only person we have capable of this is McClouth. Heyward is ready for hitting third if Fredi Cox has the courage to slide Chipper to 4th.

The team that fired Fredi is 14-7; the team that hired Fredi is 11-13…any questions?

Larry

April 26th, 2011
5:46 am

Correction: McLouth

former season ticket buyer

April 26th, 2011
6:25 am

sure wuld be nice to have some speed on this team. Bobby ball.. thats waiting on the homer is boring. Those old teams with Otis and Sanders were exciting to watch. Wish we could find some young players with speed….Gonzo had some speed on his Fla. teams.. wish he could do something like that for the braves.

Larry

April 26th, 2011
6:52 am

former season ticket buyer,

So am I by the way…gave them up last season when the Braves elected, through their retention of Bobby Cox and the selection of his offspring, Fredi Cox, to maintain the status quo of HR hitting, streaky offensive philosophy. I watched them die with this approach one too many seasons and we’re seeing the same this season.

As for your comments, Fredi Cox inherited the Florida Marlins players and simply filled out the lineup card. Same with the Braves this season as the starting 8 would have been precisely the same starting 8 had Bobby Cox been the manager…probably the same bench and the same 25 man roster. He’s a clone, not a innovator.

And yes, the teams of the early-mid 90’s that Incorporated the speed of Nixon, Sanders, Lonnie Smith, Gant, Grissom–even Terry Pendleton could steal a base–were much more exciting and complimented the starting pitching and selective HR hitters in Justice, Gant, Bream and McGriff. Since the early 2000’s this was more and more abandoned due to Bobby’s love affair–and ultimate downfall–with free swinging, hot or cold, HR hitters that were/are so over matched by the great pitching by the League Championship Series.

The really bad news? By the selection of Cox’s offspring, Fredi, and his decision to keep the status quo, here is little hope this year at competing against the teams and their managers that understand and embrace the perfect blend of pitching, defense, situational contact hitters…and speed.

G

April 26th, 2011
7:10 am

Please get rid of Martinez. The guy is not getting it done. Once again Braves fail to get the big hit when needed. Falling too far behind Phillies and Marlins

ShenValley VA Fan

April 26th, 2011
7:32 am

Slip slidin’ away, through lack of offense most nights! Simple as that.

chris

April 26th, 2011
7:34 am

Well this year there is no jesse chavez, we have two new ones however. And like last year we have to watch them melt down time after time until frank decides to do something about it. All these prospect arms, cut the two chavez inpersonators and call up a couple relievers

reckingball

April 26th, 2011
7:40 am

They earned that loss.

Quicherbichin

April 26th, 2011
7:53 am

Larry was a bullfrog, wans’t a good friend of mine… i never understood why he was on this blog, when all he did was whine…. He does it all the time… whine on the blog that is his job, whine to all of us that have to read his crap, and it is a lot of that! ( sing to the tune of Joy to the world… Apologies to CCR)

sonofodin

April 26th, 2011
7:55 am

Idk why Fredi decided to leave Martinez in in the 13th after he screwed the bunt up, ran the bases like an 8 year old, I mean it was only right that he’d screw the rest of the game up..it was a rhetorical question..

reckingball

April 26th, 2011
7:56 am

you can scrool past him.

reckingball

April 26th, 2011
7:57 am

3 Dog Night sang Joy TO The World,.

reckingball

April 26th, 2011
7:59 am

Martinez pitched pretty good for a couple of innings.
It was his bunting and base running, that contributed to the loss.

Ralph

April 26th, 2011
8:00 am

San Diago’s has been a sick ball club but the doctor came to town, The Atlanta Braves.

reckingball

April 26th, 2011
8:05 am

That Gearrin kid pitched very good.

Reality Bites

April 26th, 2011
8:08 am

Standings in Division say it all. Only the lowly Mets are keeping us out of the cellar.

Quicherbichin

April 26th, 2011
8:10 am

Geez… To read some of what passes for comments here, you’d think the Braves are the Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series since 1908.. And in most years haven’t been close. i’d rather be a Braves fan than a Cubs fan. At least we have a decent team to watch… Do I like it when they lose? No. but it’s going to happen at least 54 times this year. to read some of what you people write, you’d think we had the 70s Braves oit there. Grow up. would you rather watch the VMs Braves? Not me.

Mooseberg

April 26th, 2011
8:13 am

No more linkebrink please, you can’t have a good feeling with him going in…in close games and he’s not an innings eater so send him packing.

Lobosolo

April 26th, 2011
8:14 am

How you whiners will make it through a 162-game schedule is beyond me… If you can pick a team to root for that will be perfect every night, always hitting and always pitching well, go find them, and make your little lives more enjoyable… That waiting for failure in a game full of it will put you in the ground… poor babies…

choozer

April 26th, 2011
8:14 am

LInebrink has failed to do his job in 2 games on this roadtrip and we lost both of them.

DHD

April 26th, 2011
8:16 am

Say what you will about the pitching BUT, you have to score more than 3 runs in 13 innings to win in the MLB. I’ll take our pitching every day.

Quicherbichin

April 26th, 2011
8:17 am

thanks for the correction without being snatky, reckingball. Yes, I could always scroll past him, but then I wouldn’t get to see his riveting whining. i wonder where he spent his 9 years playing ball. probably the local sandlot.

Larry

April 26th, 2011
8:19 am

Quicherbichin,

As a card carrying member of the beer belly, pork rind club, along with Mr. or Mrs reckingball (we still don’t know which as he has declared his preference), let me suggest that you just simply ignore my comments. Frankly, based in your grammar and music ignorance (”CCR” lol!), you are just one dumb bubba that is so profoundly and hopelessly cognitively deficient everything I write will always vastly exceed your low ceiling of comprehension.

Stick with the spitters, burpers, gassers and just try to brush the snuff off your teeth at least once every full moon.

Jesse Stone

April 26th, 2011
8:19 am

Lobosolo- Some would rather whine. Everyone knows who the Negative Nancies are on this blog. It’s just funny to watch them bemoan the sky falling.

Larry

April 26th, 2011
8:26 am

Great, now we have Mr. or Mrs. reckingball, Mr. or Mrs. Quicherbichin, and Mr. or Mrs. Douglass in a threesome.

Picture three hairy backed, beer gut, bald headed bubba’s with pork rind breath rolling around together on a twin size bed.

After they finish, all you here from the next room all night long is: “Move over!” No, you move over!” “You’re on my side so move over!” “Well, OK honey!” “Why is Douglass on the floor?”

Versiroth

April 26th, 2011
8:34 am

DoB… Did anyone not think to ask Fredi why Hudson wasn’t bunting in that situation? He acts like Ross was the only other person we could have used there. Have Hudson bunt him over and then Prado and Heyward try to knock him in. That innings was ALL on Fredi. Horrible decision by him right there. Not to mention the horrible decision earlier in the game when he brought in Linebrink to face a rightie right after O’Flaherty struck out a rightie….

phil

April 26th, 2011
8:39 am

Do you people ever talk baseball? Martinez needs the long reliever when the starter blows up and gives up 6 runs in the first job. That guy is awful. What was he doing on the Prado out to rt field in extras? He had an hour to get back to first. Has he never played baseball before? Bizarre.

Well, back to the same problem of can’t hit worth a darn consistently….prado 0-6, heyward 1-5 (but at least the one was sweet!), chipper 1-5, McCann 0-5, Ugly 1-5 (he got a hit?), FF 1-5, McOut 1-5….only Gonzo with 2 hits and, um, Lowe 1-2 did anything much worth a darn ….in 13 innings….against a last place team….for the challenged, most of those numbers equate to a .200 average, which is about what we hit every night….

Lowe was better than last time out at least. Linebrinkofdisaster keeps crossing that line and killing us….he needs to decide if he wants to pitch or go cry in the corner….how many crap outings do we have to suffer through with this idiot?

Today is a new day. Keep expecting something different from the same lineup? Maybe we’ll get it.

Larry

April 26th, 2011
8:41 am

Versiroth,

Great question! However I’m afraid the answer is “that never occurred to me” so why bother to ask?

Touché!

phil

April 26th, 2011
8:41 am

Hudson has trouble bunting basketballs lobbed at him….i’d rather use me to bunt in that situation.

joe

April 26th, 2011
8:41 am

so Martinez gives up home runs every outing( several of the walk off variety), he gets doubled off first by walking back into first in the 13th, that’s after he got Mclouth forced at second because he can’t get a sac bunt down……
that about sums up his value to the Braves

GoBraves!

April 26th, 2011
8:42 am

I know it’s still early and okay with giving Linebrink more chances before we say a bust but is this really the best they could do with $2 mil? With a strong bullpen overall, all they needed was a decent setup man who can get righties out.

TrueBlueBrave

April 26th, 2011
8:43 am

I thought the purpose of the blog was for the exchange of intellectual discussion about Atlanta Braves Baseball. Instead, we endure constant pre-adolescent name calling and fair-weathered second guessing. Is there a point of any value to be made? ::::sigh::::

Milk Man

April 26th, 2011
8:44 am

San Diego is sure glad the Braves came to town. they must be thinking we finally face a team with a weaker offense than we got…

A leadoff double by Chipper in 12th was wasted. At least Chipper & Heyward,the starting pitchers,Venters & Kimbrel come to play every night. Can’t say the same for the rest of them. Linebrink & Sherrill aren’t good enough to be MLB pitchers. Cut ‘em loose. Bring up some of those great minor league arms we heard about. They can’t do any worse.

joe

April 26th, 2011
8:45 am

bullpen is very strong on the back end, very weak otherwise. Moylan being hurt is tough. bench is awful so far

Milk Man

April 26th, 2011
8:45 am

Braves wasted a bunch of money on Uggla.

phil

April 26th, 2011
8:45 am

Sometimes a player makes it obvious that he simply can’t play. The wretched Matt Young quickly established that fact, and now Martinez has made the same thing clear….Crystal clear. Not much of a pitcher, can’t bunt, dumb as a brick. It’s the dumb as a brick that cements it for me. How do you get doubled off first like that unless you’re just stupid? A 90 year old Stan Musial could’ve made it back to first there with seconds to spare….honestly.

joe

April 26th, 2011
8:46 am

it would help if the starters could pitch into the seventh instead of being at 100 pitches in the fifth….

kwajbraves

April 26th, 2011
8:48 am

Tough loss… Let’s move on and put the hurt on Harang today. GO BRAVES!

Milk Man

April 26th, 2011
8:48 am

I think McCann still has eye issues. Do you see him squinting at every at-bat ?

Braves rely on Prado to get on base,and McCann & Uggla to drive in Prado,Chipper,& Heyward. Prado,Uggla,& McCann need to play better period.

phil

April 26th, 2011
8:49 am

I’m with you, milk man….why keep trotting elderly relievers out there who clearly aren’t much good when we could use some kids in those rolls and maybe get better results. And if not, what’s the difference? Saito last year made me grind my teeth because he was 60 years old and not very good….enough with the tired old rejects…

Milk Man

April 26th, 2011
8:49 am

Harang is 4-0 with like a 1.86 era. He will put zero’s up.

phil

April 26th, 2011
8:50 am

Hey, don’t knock Prado. He was only 0-6 last night.

Larry

April 26th, 2011
8:52 am

phil,

“Do you people ever talk baseball?”

Uh, not very many can! Unfortunately I think DOB’s music and motorcycle blog flavoring (by the way, I like both) has unfortunately and unintentionally (I hope) attracted a certain “bubba” element on here that think they are “Hell’s Angels” as they endure their mid life crisis.

If you’ll notice, they spend all of their time attacking dissenters of the status quo because they are utterly incapable of intelligent debate or offering an alternative argument. There are those that know and there are those that think they know…it is pretty easy for those with more than double-digit IQ’s to identify either.

They hate McLouth because of his hair and rare (by baseball players) ability to speak articulately and they admire and relate to Bobby and Freddi because of their beer guts.

phil

April 26th, 2011
8:52 am

Haranged’s numbers are that good? Yeah, we should kill him….

Actually, we’re so schizo, i wouldn’t be surprised if we pasted the guy….but 3-4 hits total makes much more sense.

Milk Man

April 26th, 2011
8:52 am

Phil, that’s Bobby Cox M.O. right there. Its like he’s still the manager. Braves always got a few washed up pitchers and tried to rectify their careers. Some worked (Berenguer,A.Pena) but most didn’t.
I was really hoping that the Braves would hire a new style manager that brought a different approach and 00’s outlook to the team instead of Fredi who is Bobby’s clone (90’s style).

TNJacket

April 26th, 2011
8:54 am

Imagine that. Inability to bunt and poor baserunning contribute to another Braves loss. Fundamentals.

Craig

April 26th, 2011
8:54 am

Here is an idea, only pitch Martinez in months with 32 days. Come on Freddie, how much more proof do you need that the guy is not a big league pitcher? Lose another 3-4 games because of him?

GoBraves!

April 26th, 2011
8:54 am

Come on Milk Man. You need to give Uggla more time. He has a good track record and he’s only 30. I’d be worried if he’s still hitting below .200 in June.

Milk Man

April 26th, 2011
8:55 am

Prado may have been a one year wonder. Its looking like it.

bvillebaron

April 26th, 2011
8:55 am

Larry:

Funny how you try to portray yourself as some kind of intellectual insightful person but you can’t make a comment without resorting to personal attacks.

phil

April 26th, 2011
8:56 am

Larry – lol…i love the ones that attack those of us who offer a “negative” (realistic) viewpoint. It’s a shame that you can’t be really competitive and want to actually WIN a championship each year w/o being branded a hater for getting down on crap play like this Martinez bum or prado’s 0-6 in the leadoff spot. We won’t win many with 0 fers from the 1 spot in 13 innings….

Milk Man

April 26th, 2011
8:57 am

GoBraves!, Uggla must drive in runs. Braves cannot win with their 5th hitter an automatic out 90% of the time and solo homerun 10% the time…

BRAVESFAN

April 26th, 2011
8:59 am

Let’s hear less excuses and see more hitting ATL. Good example Fredi!

phil

April 26th, 2011
9:01 am

baron – you can have a brain AND resort to personal attacks. Especially when you’re trying to defend yourself from some of this inane stuff. Half of it is just in jest anyway….laugh it off…

Gobraves – you’re right about Ugly…we knock him, or i certainly do anyway because he’s been horrible, but i keep hoping he’ll hit something soon. 1 HR each week isn’t going to get it done. He went 1-5 last night and RAISED his .182 average. At this point, 1-5 each day would be great. It’s time for them to stop saying he’s a slow starter though and just admit he’s off. It becomes insulting after awhile to keep laying us for chumps….

Quicherbichin

April 26th, 2011
9:03 am

Lobosolo… Well said! Larry, on the other hand… i find it terribly amusing that you calll me a bubba. @i do not drink beer, nor do I consume pork rinds. as for your suggestion that I simply ignore your comments, well… i am incapable of doing that. I also do not dip snuff. for you to sit on your throne and pontificate like you’re better than everyone else here is quite simply ludiccrous. i equate you with Joe Tess Fish House. Only you spell better. You actually do rather well for a grade school drop out.

Versiroth

April 26th, 2011
9:03 am

So, Phil, you’d rather a relief pitcher bunt in that situation than a starting pitcher who actually has to do it often? Are you kin to Fredi?

GoBraves!

April 26th, 2011
9:04 am

Milk Man, of course he should. He’s looked bad so far but he’ll come around. Again, if he hits like this for another month I’d be worried. It’s too early to call him a bust. I’m more worried about Linkbrink and Martinez.

phil

April 26th, 2011
9:04 am

amen, milk man and amen bravesfan…..the excuses are maddening….but Ugly is out automatically more like 95% and HRs about 3.5% of the time….that’s 1-28, giving him 4 at bats, 7 games a week, not counting the rare walk….

phil

April 26th, 2011
9:06 am

no, versiroth, i agree that hudson would be a far superior choice to that hack martinez….i was simply pointing out that hudson isn’t much of a bunter himself….one game this year he whiffed twice trying to lay one down….

and please….don’t accuse me of being related to FG….that’s cold.

Sad Panda

April 26th, 2011
9:13 am

Linebrink pitching makes me sad inside.

joedub

April 26th, 2011
9:21 am

I’m just about worn out on Fredi G. So far, the guy is a BAD baseball manager. 13 innings, Kimbrel doesn’t pitch, but Gearin makes his debut in the 8th inning on the road? LH on the mound to end the game, but Rossy stays on the bench while Mac catches 13 innings? O’Flaherty, the lefty specialist, comes in to pitch to three RH’s. Martinez, who’s never seen first base before, stays in to bunt AND to run the bases?? GOD!!!! When is going to stop bringing in Linebrink at the most hig leverage moment of the game? This guy is driving me nuts.

All Fredi does is get in the way of wins. I miss Booby big time.

BRAVESFAN

April 26th, 2011
9:25 am

I think getting rid of Fredi may be easier for the fans ol’ ulcer!

Larry

April 26th, 2011
9:26 am

TrueBlueBrave,

I’ll admit it, I am one of the perpetrators of “pre-adolescent name calling and fair-weathered second guessing.” However, at least you have the maturity, tact and diplomacy to question me and ask a fair question. This, I respect!

For 21 seasons (1990 – 2010) I shelled out a starting price of $6,000 that grew to $12,000 for season tickets for what is now referred to as the “Hank Aaron” section. My seats were right behind the plate, section 102, 8 rows up. All things considered (food, drinks, merchandise, tickets, parking) I probably spent over $200,000.00 in after tax dollars supporting this team in person and many more hours watching them on TV. With this expenditure I believe this affords me the right to question the product I so heavily invested in.

Aside from my jokes and ranting, what I want is for the Braves is to abandon this dumb, bubba management philosophy of what we see today and have for about 10 years of boring, hot or cold, HR run dependent baseball. I am sick of it!

I am a perfectionist, and I want the paying customers of the Braves to stop acting like this is just your local American Legion Softball team and start demanding that this team field an exciting brand of baseball..one that can compete in the postseason. The Braves are a business, not a charity or a volunteer baseball team at work!

14 of 15 times I have watched the other team celebrate on the pitcher’s mound the last game of the postseason. I would have watched this all 15 times with the Braves had Tom Glavine not pitched the game of a lifetime and Dave Justice not hit the solo game winning homer. I am damn sick and tired of watching this and I am firmly convinced this is is large part due to vanilla–and at times stupid–in-game, situational managing and an overall offensive philosophy way too dependent on the long ball.

This team and city desperately need energy and an exciting brand of baseball. I could feel the apathy and lethargy happening to the crowds at Turner Field for the past several years. Indeed, it happened to me! This is how you generate just 14K in attendance in one of the top 10 most populated cites in the United States.

Lead, follow or get out of the way…some of us have higher expectations and standards of excellence than others!

Donovan

April 26th, 2011
9:28 am

Has everyone seen enough of Linebrink? Does everyone remember the ramifications of keeping Kawakami? Praying to the Long Ball God in extra innings will not get it done. This team does not have the pitching quality to realistically win in the course of extra innings. Turn off the TV when the Braves go to extra innings and hope for the best.

Alan

April 26th, 2011
9:29 am

Typical braves. lose 3/4
win 3
lose the first game of against a bad team and will probably get swept this series

BRAVESFAN

April 26th, 2011
9:33 am

Larry, you brought a grown man to tears by your words. We need people like you running the team.

Joey

April 26th, 2011
9:36 am

Another “players’ manager.”

Hopefully Wren will get rid of the game-killers, Martinez and Linebrink before Fredi let’s them get us a dozen games back.

Last season, I thought Chavez was the worst reliever I’d ever seen in the majors, but these guys are like time bombs – you are sure they are gonna blow, you just don’t know when . . .

ban colin cowherd from sports

April 26th, 2011
9:37 am

I think we will be OK, we will eventually hit; Uggls’s not going to be .185 or Gonzalez .210 for long. Problem is the seventh inning, got to get Moylan healthy, Linebrink anf Sherril our “veteran bullpen presence” are washed up bums, terrible signs, waste of money. Letting Lee HYde go was foolish, Marek and Gearrin better choices than Linestink and groove a gopher ball Martinez. Got to hit so maybe our starters can go seven. Won’t loose many leads in 8th with Venters and Kimbrel.

Bill

April 26th, 2011
9:39 am

Can’t put the blame on just one…enough to go around… today is a new beginning. Have faith.

Dirty Dawg

April 26th, 2011
9:39 am

I’d like to hear more about Derek’s, apparent, anxiousness on the mound. Joe Simpson finally mentioned how fast he seemed to be working…actually, not just fast but seemingly in such a damn hurry he ended up just throwing instead of pitching. I’ve thought about this for some time, but since nobody was talking about it, assumed it was just me. Is this the way he was going about his job last September? Whatever it is it looks as if he’s putting way more pressure on himself than he needs to. Calm it down a bit…think it through…and don’t get to damned worked up.

Grown man????

April 26th, 2011
9:41 am

If that brought you to tears, you can’t be a grown man. “Lead, follow, or get out of the way”. Aren’t we ALL following the team?

Larry

April 26th, 2011
9:41 am

BRAVESFAN,

LOL!

No they don’t. If you think Donald Trump is tough you haven’t seen anything. I’d be firing, releasing and reappointing people left and right. But, I’d guarantee you in the end a highly entertaining product fueled by players and a calculated aggressiveness that would keep you awake and on the edge of your seats.

Dawg Fan in Grayson

April 26th, 2011
9:42 am

The Braves are 11-13 because they are one of the worst hitting teams in the majors and if it doesn’t improve the Braves will continue to be a sub-.500 team.

Swaga1

April 26th, 2011
9:44 am

I went to the Braves home opener and I must say starting out Im not a racist but pretty much the whole fan base didn’t look like me (I’m black). When you look at the team, its pretty much a representation of the fan base. The old Braves teams of the 90s use to have plenty of African Americans on the team and these Teams were really good and the teams had speed. Wonder what happened to that mix the Braves seems like the good ole boys club now.

Poorbrave

April 26th, 2011
9:45 am

Larry I was there also(106). know what you mean and agree 100%.

Hey Swaga

April 26th, 2011
9:46 am

NBA is for you

Joey

April 26th, 2011
9:48 am

I didn’t spend no $200,000 on the Braves, but I do think the AJC’s words, “Add your comment” right over this box, means exactly that.

If you don’t agree with Larry’s comments, just shake you head and laugh – like I do when I read the “sunny optimists” comments.

Hey Swaga

April 26th, 2011
9:48 am

The NBA had better fundamentals in the 70’s and 80’s. What happened to that “mix” the NBA used to have? Seems like the brothers “lookin’ after they own” now.

Larry

April 26th, 2011
9:49 am

Dirty Dawg,

You may recall that Lowe is on the MLB banned amphetamine, Adderall, for ADD. I think this could help explain some of his behavioral tendencies.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2397789

BRAVESFAN

April 26th, 2011
9:50 am

Larry, you mean you would run the braves like a professional organization or business?

Please provide more details, perhaps the people running the braves can take some notes.

PoorBravesFan

April 26th, 2011
9:51 am

Fredi isnt the answer. Terrible situational coach. I could do his job. What a joke of a manager.

Bill

April 26th, 2011
9:52 am

Don’t know why except money but most black ’s play basketball and football. Just not that many playing HS baseball anymore. Hank and other have been working on that. I don’t care what color as long as they can hit, run, throw and willing to work.
Do wish they would call up Rameriz..we need his power, speed on bench and team.

PoorBravesFan

April 26th, 2011
9:53 am

The Braves have all always been good ole boys. The “quota” has been in place for some time. Damn Shame too.

Milk Man

April 26th, 2011
9:55 am

I wonder if Chipper had a big say in who the new Braves manager would be ? Since he “loved playing for Bobby the player’s manager” he might have demanded Braves hire clone Fredi Gonzalez or he would retire ?

Someone above made a great point though. Fredi’s old team Marlins are 14-7 and Fredi’s new team Braves are 11-13. Those are facts that are not debatable.

Swaga1

April 26th, 2011
9:58 am

@Hey swaga….it may just be but I like baseball as well but I don’t like how our team is constructed. Seems like there can be a few more African Americans on the team besides Jason Heyward.(token)

Milk Man

April 26th, 2011
9:59 am

It does appear that when crucial game decisions need to be made that Fredi just watches the game like we do and let’s whatever happen, happen. As a manager you got to think two steps ahead and have your relief pitchers ready. Don Mattingly out-managed Fredi in L.A.

PoorBravesFan

April 26th, 2011
10:00 am

Well…….U good ole boys cant blame TP anymore, this team attitude at the plate stinks. Fire Fredi!!

o-me

April 26th, 2011
10:00 am

milk-man..its debatable because you have different players and all is not even.

BILLMAIER

April 26th, 2011
10:00 am

Freddi– when in the world did o’flaherty give you the impression that he could not get righthanders out??? and did you miss the fact that he had great stuff and was in control, and when in the world did linebrink give you faith that he could get righhanders out– there is a reason that he has a 5.48 era— he grooves fastballs in key situations- third time this year at least– and what makes you think– he willbe any different then last year when his era was up over 5? we came blame wren for bringing him in, but you need to take the blame for when you use him– there was not reason on earth to take oflaherty out there– how many more times does linebrink burn us turn a win into a loss????????????????????????????

Larry

April 26th, 2011
10:01 am

BRAVEFANS,

In a word, yes!

I can tell you this, when Joe Girardi walked from the Florida Marlins a few years back I would have locked him up in a heartbeat! Unfortunately, the Braves leadership was too busy giving Bobby a 3-4 year kind, sensitive, affectionate, out to pasture send off and signing too many one year rental players and signing too many aging, has-been players to the ridiculous contracts that inhibit them today.

Milk Man

April 26th, 2011
10:01 am

DOB, ask Fredi about the Marlins (without him) being 14-7 now and his Braves at 11-13 ? Ok ?

o-me

April 26th, 2011
10:02 am

agree Don Mattingly out managed fredi…

darrell starks

April 26th, 2011
10:03 am

Why is Heyward batting second, this is a clueless approach, the guy should be batting fourth.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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