Braves postgame quotes after Friday’s loss to the Cardinals

FREDI GONZALEZ

On the leads given up:

“We really had a good chance to break it open and Carpenter made a hell of a pitch and doubled up Mac. It’s tough to save one-run games, it really is, in the major leagues. I think (Craig) Kimbrel is learning that. It’s difficult. But again we get the lead, had a nice job there with Jonny Venters in the eight. We had the lead going into the ninth, just couldn’t close it out. That’s just the way it goes. Play extra innings you just don’t know how those extra innings are going to work. I think Gearrin did a terrific job again for us. I really did. In the boxscore he’s going to come out with the L by his name, and I think he pitched a little better than that.”

On the 11th inning dispute with Tim McClelland:

“I think Freddie (Freeman) thought that he had called ball four. We almost got a runner picked off. That would have been big. For me, having the opportunity to look at it, a replay, for me it’s a strike. It’s too close to take. I’m not taking anything from Freddie, or any of that kind of stuff, for me, a two-strike pitch, you’ve got to swing at that. I’m not going to go home having the umpire making that decision for me in that game.”

On McLouth’s game:

“He had a hell of an at-bat against Miller, to take a ball to the warning track against one of the premier left-handers in the game. His at-bats for me, since Day 1 they’ve been pretty good.”

On the leadoff guy hurting you in the ninth:

“Yeah, well every inning. You’re checking the gas tank with a match, every time you let that leadoff hitter on. so much can come into play with a leadoff hitter and nobody out. You can bunt, you can hit-and-run, you can do a lot more stuff. That’s the way it goes. Craig is good, and we’ll keep running him out there.”

On how big it would have been to win with all that’s happened:

“It would have been good. but it’s not the end of the world. We pitched good. we had some opportunities and didn’t add on runs, and that’ll get you.”

TIM HUDSON

On Cardinals comebacks:

“They put together a little bit of a rally there in the ninth. We felt like we had them the whole game, which we did. They get the guy on base, then do a hit-and-run, get us out of position a little bit and it worked out for them. It forced extra innings; anything can happen in extra innings.”

On curing his first-inning woes:

“Obviously that was a concern for a little while. It’s nice to come out and get some clean innings to start off the game and try to get in a good groove early on.”

On not winning after everything in the news Friday:

“You have to try to separate yourself from what’s going on off the field to your professional business on the field. I think everybody understands that, and everybody is well aware of what all is going on. That’s a separate issue that everybody in here is dealing with but our play on the field isn’t hampered one bit by what’s going on. I think everybody in here understands that you have to go out there and play your game and separate the two and I think we did it tonight. St. Louis is a good team. Chris Carpenter is a good pitcher. And it was a great game. It was a well-pitched game I think from both sides, and some timely hitting from both sides made it interesting, right up to the very end.”

On getting the day overwith:

“Obviously any loss is tough. Today was a more melodramatic day than usual. But tomorrow is a new day. Come out and win, and support our teammates and support everything that’s going on here. We’re family, and that’s how it’s going to be.”

FREDDIE FREEMAN

On what he heard from McClelland:

“He said ball four. That’s why I reacted like I did. He was good all game, just missed that one. I went on his voice. Everybody saw the replay when they showed it on the big screen.”

On disappointing end to the day:

“Pitchers pitched. We battled. It’s just one of those things. They got the timely hit with runners in scoring position at the end. It came out on their side this time.”

CORY GEARRIN

On first hit given up:

“It’s not going to be the last one I ever give up I’m sure, so not how I would have written it up, but it happens. I was just really excited to get back out there again and keep pitching and putting up zeros.”

On pitch to Nick Punto:

“I wanted to execute my pitch. I guess it caught a little bit too much of the plate and he did a good job hitting the ball. As a sinkerball pitcher I’m out there working to get groundballs. I’m not trying to strike everybody out. We were trying to go fastball away and he did a good job, he got to it.”

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Virginia Brave Fan

April 30th, 2011
12:42 am

Tim McClelland has to be one of the worst HP umps I’ve seen.

Oh, and I think Gearrin is here to stay.

Costanza

April 30th, 2011
12:47 am

Steve Baitinger

April 30th, 2011
12:47 am

I’m a Cardinal fan and even our announcers were commenting on the delayed calls after every pitch. That is very confusing especially with a runner on first. Very good game between two good organizations. Good luck

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

April 30th, 2011
12:50 am

Virginia Brave Fan – I grew up a Royals fan..(George Brett & Company) and Tim McClelland was the one that tossed George out in the famous *pine-tar* incident.

Brava

April 30th, 2011
12:51 am

Agreed, Steve Baitinger. Good luck, as well. May the best team win.

rc35

April 30th, 2011
1:03 am

Yeah, saving one-run games is tough, but if you can’t do it, closer isn’t the place to be. I know he’s young, but you gotta do the job or let somebody else have it.

Virginia Brave Fan

April 30th, 2011
1:11 am

@rc35, I actually think Venters is the superior pitcher, but wouldn’t make the switch yet. They are both outstanding.

gotigers72

April 30th, 2011
1:19 am

Timmy Mac needs to retire from umpiring. That was a horsesh*t call if there ever was one. It wasn’t a strike and if he did say ball four as Freddie says he did, then Fredi is a complete wuss for not gettin’ tossed. I read his lips when Fredi came out and McClelland said, “I didn’t SAY ball four”. So either he or Freddie F. was lying and I’ll take Freddie F’s side of the story.

There are several older umpires that should retire including McClelland. Joe West and Balkin’ Bob Davidson are two I can think of. Balkin’ Bob should not have been let back in after he went out on strike. He is just a terrible umpire. McClelland used to be decent but he’s lost it the last couple of years. West is actually a good umpire, but you can just smell the arrogance coming off of him.

Why is it the players and managers suspensions, fines, etc. is out there for all to see after an incident, yet there is ABSOLUTELY ZERO transparency as far as umpires go. There is not anything public to let fans know who are considered the better umpires and who are the worst. Why is that? There needs to be some transparency there.

Virginia Brave Fan

April 30th, 2011
1:26 am

p.s. Thanks Carroll for the quotes.

I’m still fuming about Tim McClelland. Probably not fair to Freddi to say this, but no way Bobby would have lasted that entire game. McClelland was crap from the first pitch. But maybe, perhaps, years of being a Braves fan has caused me to strongly prefer pitcher’s umps.

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James

April 30th, 2011
1:30 am

Even you let Venters be closer and Kimbrel be setup man. Kimbrel somehow may screw up in the 8th.

NorCal Brave

April 30th, 2011
1:36 am

McClelland missed the call, but there’s no guarantee we make anything out of the inning anyway. We got schooled by a team that does the little things needed to win games. Late innings have not been kind to us like they were last season.

D(UI) Lowe

April 30th, 2011
1:41 am

“I think Freddie (Freeman) thought that he had called ball four”

you THINK he thought it was ball 4 Fredi? He dropped his bat, started trotting towards first, was called out, turned to argue and you “think” he thought it was ball four????

Tip Of The Cap

April 30th, 2011
1:45 am

No tip of the caps? Cmon!

Mr. Curious

April 30th, 2011
1:51 am

When the Braves showed the replay of the 11th-inning disputed strike during the “Way Down Yonder (On the Chattahoochee)” music video during that same inning, the Home Plate Umpire immediately got upset and went to go talk to Fredi.

Do you know what was said between them at that point, Caroll?

AZBravoFan

April 30th, 2011
1:56 am

Where are the hit and runs when Nate’s on first and Martin is batting??

prbravesfan

April 30th, 2011
2:23 am

Way to backup your players, Fredi!!!! You must be so beloved in the clubhouse after throwing Freddie Freeman under the bus with that quote.

My Name Is Earl

April 30th, 2011
2:45 am

I hope that was a rookie mistake by Freddie to throw Freeman under the bus and not a sign of things to come. If, not, ain’t gonna be a happy clubhouse for long. Come on Freddie, you gonna cover the ump, or your players?

CaptainMudderland

April 30th, 2011
2:55 am

Mr. McClelland would have gotten his face sprayed with moist bacteria had I been the Braves skipper approaching him after Freeman’s misunderstanding. If anything, I would have been tossed in 30 seconds….whipping the crowd into a frenzy…just like Larry Bowa used to do in Philly.

Jacob

April 30th, 2011
3:09 am

How does a manger throw a rookie like FF under the bus like that. I was one of those fans that has given him the benefit of the doubt this season even after he pitched to Kemp but this bulls>>t blaming FF after this game I am done I was ready to buy a flex tix plan but until Freddi is gone I’m not buying a tix or may not even watch another game. I will still follow my Braves but I will do it thru gameday etc. Can you imagine what the players are thinking right now

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

April 30th, 2011
3:39 am

Jacob – they’re probably thinkin, among other things…”When’s Bobby coming back?”

carl

April 30th, 2011
4:41 am

I think I know why Bobby was so adamant to make Fredi the new manager; it wasn’t a matter of him being similar in style to Bobby, it’s the fact that he’s a dumbsh*t who would make everyone miss Cox more and wouldn’t overshadow his “accomplishments”.

Way to throw Freeman under the bus, I hope the players start doing the same to you nightly with your moronic decisions, Fredi.

Reggie

April 30th, 2011
6:08 am

The Braves organization as a whole is flawed….no class, no education THUGS who get drunk and drive not to mention yell at kids, yell gay slurs and get bounced easily in the playoffs because they have low baseball iq’s.

CHOKE

April 30th, 2011
6:39 am

Braves, you still need to score runs after the first inning. Perhaps Fredi should talk to his players during the game to check if they are still awake or vice versa.

Adrian's Devine

April 30th, 2011
6:50 am

For a second time in two weeks , Fredi leaves a rookie pitcher in way too long. He should not have been out there a second inning to begin with. And now he throws his rookie first baseman , who is having a good season, under the bus.

Makes me miss Bobby more and more.

BRAVESFAN

April 30th, 2011
7:16 am

Fredi just for fun today, why don’t you get kicked out of the game and see how the team plays without you!

Lobosolo

April 30th, 2011
7:43 am

Jesus, you guys are a joke… If Gonzalez hadn’t of said what he did, you peckerwoods would be complaining about Freeman yourselves… Lowe, a thug? He made a dumb mistake like MILLIONS do (I’d imaging that more than one of you has been arrested for the same thing)… You same morons used to excoriate Cox for NOT getting on his players more often… You p-heads still haven’t figured out what baseball is about… YOU AREN”T GOING TO WIN EVERY GAME, NOR WILL EVERY DECISION MADE BY THE MANAGER TURN OUT RIGHT ALL OF THE TIME!!!! Baseball ain’t rocket science, dummies… I’ve come to believe that the lot of you WANT the Braves to fail just so you can pi$$ and moan about something else in your miserable little lives… I bet it’s pure hell being a spouse or child of one of you, not being perfect like yourselves every day… rc35, can you name me your favorite reliever that has NEVER blown a save? Can you? You reckon the Yankees fans jump in Rivera’s business like you just did whenever he blows one (he has, you know)… You dipsheets should find you another game to watch… You have no clue about this one, nor the temperament to follow it…

dwd22

April 30th, 2011
7:59 am

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GovClintonTyree

April 30th, 2011
8:05 am

Two problems with the pitch to Freeman – one, it was ball four and he should have been standing on first. Two, McClellan, apparently calling it a strike, has that lazy call that takes forever and isn’t clear, which embarrassed Freeman, started a disagreement and almost got Uggla picked off first base.

And Fredi, stop kissing McClellan’s as$. Your rookie firstbaseman knew it was low. He’s managing the strikezone, just like he needs to. Rookie or not, that wasn’t a borderline call. In your comments, back your player or duck comment. Don’t hang him out to dry. Screw McClellan.

RMikel58

April 30th, 2011
8:26 am

You Braves couldnt win a Bowling Contest. Chipper Jones past his prime is the only offense Atlanta has.
Ugla has turned out to be what a typical baseball player does is play awful until he gets ready to resign on a new contract which he has a stellar year.
No heart out there on the field and clubhouse. Youre an up n down club and i have no idea what is going on with the bobby cox lengendary replacement. Are we ready to go back to the Braves in the 70’s where they lost 80-90 games?
A DUI here a CURSING from a coach my gosh now the thugs are coming out. Is this things to come? What did this manager bring from Florida Marlins? You spoiled little brats in the life of luxury while fans pay their HARD EARNED MONEY to see this.
We feel the crunch of the economy and you guys get pampered and groomed and treated like KINGS driving luxury cars, living in mega million dollar homes and all we ask is that you show up and win games.
The only streak you guys can muster up is taking showers.
How bout winning a series or 2 in a row for starters. How bout showing some heart and leadership out there.
5 dollar hot dogs, 7 dollar drinks and we are actually more excited about being there than you are. Those players from the Braves who won all those Division Titles, World Series from the early 90’s til 2006 contributed to change the perception from a loserville team to an exceptional team and here you are putting us back 30 years.
Kids and families from across the country loved the Braves “America’s Team” and alot of them pursued baseball because of players on the Braves Team and they were awesome, hall of famers, and showed alot of class and beat the socks of ya.
Now there’s no class, no winning attitudes, and it shows as far up as the coaching staff. Thank God we have the Falcons and the Hawks to watch otherwise i’d have to move from “Boredom”.
If i made the money you guys did i would strive everyday to show i was worth the amount of money the Braves paid me for otherwise you should send some of the money back because youre not fulfilling your end of the contract.
This is why all sports should only pay based on performance because for watever the length of the contract is, they dont have a productive year until the final year of the contract. The fans are what suffers the most because we have to make arrangements to go watch, gas prices 4 dollars a gallon, parking, buying stale beer and hot dogs, being out in the hot or cold weather, then arriving or leaving in traffic.
We go thru this so that we can watch a Braves Game and you guy’s cant even bring your A-Game to the stadium, what a joke.

joedub

April 30th, 2011
8:37 am

I love Bobby Cox. In twenty-something games, Fredi has made me love him that much more. I hope it’s a learning curve or something, but to me, it seems Fredi doesn’t know how to manage his bullpen and bench. Unfortunately, I think some his managerial decisions are CONTRIBUTING factors in the L’s. Obviously, he’s not hitting or making pitches. BUT he should be helping get wins, not contributing to the lack of hitting, etc. with his ‘gut feelings’. Play by the book Fredi, or at least by the numbers. It’ll work out better for us.

retired

April 30th, 2011
8:53 am

first game i missed (on tv or radio) sounds like a wild one.

tennisbrave

April 30th, 2011
8:54 am

When is Fredi going to start making some decisions that will help win some games. Putting in that rookie to try and bunt was a mistake. Let’s hope he took some notes from one of the greatest in the Cards manager LaRussa. Probably made the best decision when he walked Chipper to load the bases and ole Mccann did exactly what they wanted him to do. Hit into the inning double play.
Where is Bobby Cox when you need him?

jim

April 30th, 2011
9:05 am

I know it goes against the book, but I was hoping Freeman would get the green likght on the 3-0 pitch. It looked like one he could really handle, and I wasn’t too optimistic we could get 2+ runs with 1st and 2nd and the bottom of the order coming up.

woodie

April 30th, 2011
9:06 am

Kimbrell sucks….he is not a closer.

rc35

April 30th, 2011
9:06 am

Lobosolo, I didn’t get on Kimbrel for blowing a save. I know that there is no perfect relief pitcher. My complaint was that the manager excused it by saying, “It’s tough to save one-run games.” It’s tough to throw a touchdown pass; it’s tough to sink a pair of free throws in the closing seconds of a playoff game; it’s tough to hit major-league pitching. That goes with the territory of being a professional athlete. If the manager says, in essence, “You can’t expect to win a one-run game at home with a lead in the ninth inning,” that does not bode well for our future.

BravesFan07

April 30th, 2011
9:12 am

You folks are crazy. When Fredi gives the media the lame stereotypical answers like “gotta tip your caps” you get all over him. Then he says what’s really on his mind and you get all over him. Lose lose it looks like. The Braves should fire Fredi and come to the AJC blog and find another manager. I’m sure tennisbrave or joedub would give us a much better chance to win.

SamIAm

April 30th, 2011
9:14 am

And exactly when is the first SEC FB game?

jim

April 30th, 2011
9:14 am

Looking primarily a Molina’s AB, it seems the Cardinals (if not the league) approach to Kimbrel is to look for the pitch running in — an effective pitch for him. Molina was stepping into the bucket and hit a fastball running inside off the plate. There is a lot of discussion here about the effect a hitting coach has on how well the individual hitters can hit, but last night the Cardinal’s hitting coach seemed to provide a good game plan for attacking Kimbrel.

TrueBlueBrave

April 30th, 2011
9:15 am

Ditto – Lobosolo

stoky

April 30th, 2011
9:15 am

a man who drives while drinking is a killing machine. He might have had to apologize not only to fans and family but to a dead child’s mother and father. Derek, drive your Porsche Panamera off a cliff!!

BravesFan07

April 30th, 2011
9:18 am

Oh and RMikel58 should be the new GM. I think he brings a lot to te table. Lose 14 games – fire everyone. Uggla has had a slow month (like he has every year he’s been in the majors) – let him go. The pitchers have been terrible! I mean best ERA in the majors? Cmon, let them all go. It’s the end of the world! Also, just to prove you ignorance a little more. “how bout winning a series or two to begin with”. They’ve won the last 2 series. One against the defending world champions.

Red Wolf

April 30th, 2011
9:20 am

Again, 3 runs isn’t enough and when 2 runs come from more solo HR’s then obviously something is wrong. The something that’s wrong isn’t the pitching. Someone has to get on base and then strategy needs to be employed to manufacture runs to augment the power. This lineup has individual talent but doesn’t function as a unit. Unless this gets worked out then we’re in for a long season.

jim

April 30th, 2011
9:22 am

I was surprised by the choice of the Beaver to lay down a bunt. If Fredi wanted to bunt, why not someone like Derek Lowe who would have a lot more experience doing it? With Molina out of the game, why not a hit and run or a straight steal attempt instead. McLouth is our best base runner (for what that is worth), so why not try to get the winning run to scoring position without giving up an out? (Similar situation in the last game against the Mets with Young on 1B and a catcher whose only CS all year was when McLouth over ran the base)

TrueBlueBrave

April 30th, 2011
9:26 am

Baseball is a game wrought with failure and a certain mindset (that obviously escapes alot of you) is required to enjoy it. A hitter batting .333 (considered an incredibly high avg.) fails 2/3 of the time. Success occurs only a little better than 1/3 of the time even by the most prolific hitters the game has ever known. A great season, by almost anyone’s standards, contains 60 losses.

Perspective is everything in most aspects of life and certainly in the game of baseball. Just my opinion…..

ryan c

April 30th, 2011
9:35 am

A few notes from my first live game all year…

When the Braves’ organization hired Fredi Gonzalez, they knew there were a lot of similarities between Bobby and Fredi, but the one big difference in Bobby and Fredi was the “fire”. Fredi, for most part, has backed his players up fairly well in the media, but last night was a clear example in the difference Between Cox and Gonzalez.

Simply put, not getting ejected from that game last night was spineless. Fiery or not, wrong or right, it was a no-brainer. Multiple reasons follows:
1. If Freddie Freeman, the 1st baseman that’s going to be with the organization for the good part of the next decade, says that the umpire stated “ball 4″ and then retracts and rings him up, you get thrown out protecting your player.
2. When an umpire delays his strike 3 call on a 3-2 count by 1 1/2-2 seconds with 1 on and 0 out, to the point where the runner on first starts making his way to 2nd (not to mention it’s happened all night), you get tossed.
3. 1 on 1 out, with the crowd now completely deflated (and a good crowd at that), spark some life back into the stadium and put up a fight.

Bobby Cox was never the best in-game manager, but knew how to coach people. Fredi seems to have picked up the first trait, and thus far, has only picked up the 2nd trait through the media. Examples last night that Fredi makes poor in-game decisions:

1. The Joe Mather at-bat. Why in the world do you call on a player, in his first Major league at bat of the year, to bunt? Secondly, why are you even bunting at all in that situation? What’s the point in having speed on the bases if the speed is never used? Let Hinske hit and give Prado and Heyward a chance to also drive in McLouth. Bobby would have bunted also, but that doesn’t make it smart. However, a slight contrast, Bobby would have never called on Joe Mather to bunt in that situation.
2. Gearrin’s 2nd inning. Gearrin, much like Peter Moylan, has difficulty with the left-handed batter. I dont’ know if there’s an easy choice, but letting him face Punto with 2 on and 2 out was a poor decision. Go with the matchup and *gulp* pray that Sherrill can do the job he was hired to do. Sherrill is being treated like last year’s Kawakami. If he can’t do the job, get someone who can.

Going again today. Hoping for better results. It’s time to put together last year’s magic with this year’s talent.

TOMY FOURNIER

April 30th, 2011
9:36 am

THE CARDENAL NOT WON…WE LOST….THEY (ATLANTA TEAM) ARE A BUNCH OF SH@@##$$$$$!

Dennis Reynolds

April 30th, 2011
9:42 am

Sadly I think Moylans days are numbered.

Oh and did I mention I cant stand Fredi Gonzalez. You can tell by some of the players quotes sometimes that even they don’t understand some of his moves. Why did he leave Gearrin in so long? Im chocking this one up to yet another managerial loss. Kimbrel gets the blown save, but Fredi gets the L.

Dennis Reynolds

April 30th, 2011
9:43 am

TOMY FOURNIER

Does your caretaker know that you’re on the computer?

joedub

April 30th, 2011
9:46 am

BravesFan07, and you can be his yes man. I tried to be clear, but I guess you misunderstood. Bottom line is this team is not hitting like it needs to win. They rank well within the bottom half of almost every offensive category. So like I said, Fredi obviously isn’t swinging a bat or making pitches, but his “gut feeling” (his words) style of management isn’t helping. Despite what you seem to think, some games are won and lost on managerial decisions. I’ve seen him make mistakes, but I haven’t seen him out-manage anyone yet.

And maybe I’m reading today’s post-game quotes out of context, but it seems to me that he should have had Freeman’s back. Instead, he threw him under the bus.

ph

April 30th, 2011
9:54 am

this home plate ump was taking his time making calls against both teams. It looked like he had a low strike zone.

bill

April 30th, 2011
10:01 am

last year when heyward took some called third strikes in the same situation as Freeman tonight Bobby said he was not being aggressive enough. Baseball translation men in scoring position 3-2 count you better not take a called third strike or Gwinnett is in your future. SAME DAMN THING.
Freeman made a bonehead play on an easy grounder to uggla, the ump was calling everything inside and low a strike wheher it be to lefties or righties. he got into the carpenter momentum and gave him the glavine calls we used to get. chipper had a horrible at bat before he was called out on a pitch to hit that frooze him. baseball is a cruel game and these Braves who I love will break our hearts a bunch more times before the seasons over. Freddi ? did you see a real manager tonight call a hit and run and make it work. Stop trying to bunt with guys who obviously are not interested in small ball. At least McClouth hit a Bucky Dent fly ball that made it out. Of course he ended the game with his usual warning track fly ball. oh well 1:00 today is a new game.

bill

April 30th, 2011
10:16 am

the reason bad umpires make $300,000 a year and are bullet proof is the union and the fact the players union supports them. The players are getting the umpiring they deserve because the players union supports the umpires union. I did see Eric Greg several years ago in Philly selling hot dogs at the ballpark. Really true. I bought a dog and told him that he was exactly where a fat cheatin’ SOB neede to be. He wasn’t happy but I sure was. I thought he might swing at me but alas no heart without the union.

frw

April 30th, 2011
10:29 am

Looks like Fredi’s got alot of Larry’s this morning on his azzzzz…………

I do agree with Governor Tyree above @ 8;05

frw

April 30th, 2011
10:30 am

agree bill..unions suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

carlchamblee

April 30th, 2011
11:00 am

Ump shouldn’t be allowed to make that delayed call. There is no reason for it except so he can have his own personal “style”. It’s confusing and hurts the game for everyone – players, coaches, fans, tv, radio, etc.

Plus that pitch to Freeman was clearly ball 4

Rusty

April 30th, 2011
11:17 am

I was glad to see Fredi throw Freeman under the bus. Thats what he needs to do more. He needs to throw the whole damn team under the bus. Bottom of the ninth, bottom of the tenth, bottom of the eleventh, was the worst at bats I have seen all year. Three runs aint gonna get it when you dont have a closer. All we can do in extra innings is lower our batting average. Fredi sucks too.

henry

April 30th, 2011
11:35 am

hanson the only one close to an ace in the braves bull pen and he is not consistence

jt

April 30th, 2011
11:37 am

Worst managing I’ve seen since Bobby left. God is FG STUPID or what? If Venters cannot pitch more than one inning, please give me that job. Leave a rookie in after he luckly got their best hitters out, borders on retardation. If you ask me give FG the boot like the marlins did. He thinks the last at bat of the game was a good one???? Don’t look now FG but McOut made a long ball “OUT”
What an overpaid “IDIOT’

RICH

April 30th, 2011
11:38 am

FIRST YOU TIP YOUR HAT TO THE OTHER TEAM NOW YOU BLAME THE UMP.HMMMM YOUR PITCH COACH IS AN IDIOT AND LOWE IS A DRUNK.LOOK UP BRAVES FANS,OH WHO IS IT.DAMN THE PHILLIES AS USUAL

jt

April 30th, 2011
11:39 am

I predict the Braves will be 8 games out when the Cardinals leave town. Then we will start talking, AGAIN, about next year!!!

henry

April 30th, 2011
11:46 am

jonny venters is the only true ace in the braves bull pen

jim

April 30th, 2011
12:02 pm

Bill,
Before you start bashing unions, think what working conditions and pay were like before we had unions (and see what it is becoming like again now that they are disappearing). The truth is there are bad doctors, bad lawyers, bad businessmen, etc. There will be good and bad umps whether they are unionized or not. Gregg was a bad ump and was weeded out of the profession. McClelland is a pretty good ump with a disturbing habit of notifying his strike call late. We don’t know what was said before the hand went up, but the pitch was too close to take.

Mat

April 30th, 2011
12:04 pm

I think it’s great what McDowell did, homos get a couple drinks in them and talk alot of shiat behind the protection of the imaginary boundary of knowing players have to deal with it. If you wouldn’t say it to their face on the street don’t say it at the game. Joe Simpson said the s.f. Fans were being brutal to Brooks Conrad and Roger probaly got tired of it, just protecting his guys and I applaud everything he said…. except for the kids being involved.

jim

April 30th, 2011
12:10 pm

Also, selling hot dogs in a ball park was demeaning enough for a man that once was on the field. It was not very big of you to spit your bile in his face! It did nothing to change his strike zone in ‘that game.’

Lobosolo

April 30th, 2011
12:13 pm

Even when you hit the idiots right in the face, it just goes right past ‘em… You folks are the biggest morons I’ve ever seen on ANY blog… Give it up… You will NEVER understand the game…

jim

April 30th, 2011
12:26 pm

I don’t think there were more than a couple of anti-gonzalez posts on this blog before the season started. The blog was almost unanimous in agreement with the choice, and was even worried that he wasn’t named sooner when there was a rumor of interest in him from the Cubs.

There was nobody posting that Cox was right in bringing in Dunn to pitch to Huff in game 3. Everyone was comfortable with Kimbrel as the closer. Now he blows a save and people are starting to say he sucks?

We can go back to the love turned hate affair for Frenchy and Chuck James. Bloggers were suggesting that Heyward = Frenchy when he was in his slump.

In the Internet world it seems like reality is limited to a 24 hour window around the present.

LAG

April 30th, 2011
12:29 pm

Jim – Complaint is the new “common sense” these days.

jim

April 30th, 2011
12:31 pm

Matt,
I don’t think it is only gay people that become abusive when they get a few drinks in them. Sexual preference and obnoxious drunkenness are totally unrelated.

steve

April 30th, 2011
12:34 pm

It is too early for me to tell whether F.G. is going to be a good manager or not, I do not like how he has handled the bull pen situation in that he leaves guys in too long when he should be making more changes which has cost us at least 2 games. So many of these umpires are way too old and do not see good enough to still be umpiring, Freeman”s at bat was good in that the last pitch was outside and should have been called a ball plus McClleland was way too slow to make the call which almost cost us a base runner, not everything is Kimbrells fault in that we are not calling for the correct pitches to be made in certain circumstances plus it wasn”t like they hit him hard, the team needs to start executing better on offense and get us more runs and we will start winning more games.

Scrappy

April 30th, 2011
12:38 pm

No matter who our manager is, Cox or Gonzalez, it always seems that that crabby old drunk in St Louis is the better and smarter manager.

jim

April 30th, 2011
12:48 pm

I don’t know whether the Cardinals had another RH bat on the bench, but Sherrill should have been brought in to pitch to the pinch hitter if he was last guy available, and certainly to Punto (with Rasmus on deck). Gearrin was likely done after that inning in any case, and with the gauntlet of Rasmus, Pujols, Holliday, and Berkman coming up to face what was left in our bullpen (Sherrill, Linebrink, Martinez), the eleventh was going to be the decisive inning for the Braves one way or another.

The difference between Venters’ inning and Kimbrel’s inning last night (except for the hitters faced) was McCann’s throw. If that throw was not perfect or the pitch was one that Pujols could put in play, the Cardinals tie the score in the eighth.

jim

April 30th, 2011
12:52 pm

I’m not sure, but I think it was said last year that Cox had an advantage over Larussa in head-to-head matchups. They won one playoff series apiece in the NL

shmoe

April 30th, 2011
1:32 pm

where are KIMBREL’s comments?

gcs

April 30th, 2011
1:35 pm

Why are Fredi and Freddie being so easy on Tim McClelland? That is one thing I miss about Bobby Cox. He would’ve been ejected from the game.
That guy is one of the worst umpires in the league. What is the deal with his delayed calls. He did it all game. He needs to go back to AAA.

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Tony Simmons

April 30th, 2011
3:59 pm

Fredi must go. Too many things are happening that would never have under Bobby Cox. They should have named Terry the manager. Forget the slow start. Fredi’s pitching decisions are questionable and the behavior of McDowell and Lowe would not be tolerated. He is not leading the team like a Braves team should be led. Next thing you know performance enhancing drugs will be an issue.

billmaier

April 30th, 2011
5:28 pm

the problem freddi is the ump had been calling that same pitch on gearrin a ball -so to say you think it was a stike way to stand up for your player saying too close to take you should have been up in the umpires face—about calling it a ball all night on the braves pitcher it is call a constitent stike zone- so when you call that one a stike it was a bad call

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