Braves quotes after comeback win over Nats

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On salvaging the last game of series in extra innings:

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes. What a great at-bat by Martin Prado there to tie that ball game up. and the guys in the bullpen did a terrific job, O’Flaherty, Kimbrel and Venters and Gearrin did a nice job keeping that team right there.”

On Kimbrel bouncing back:

“Yeah, and I had no reservation. He’s a pretty mentally tough, sharp kid. and he came back and might have been the best outing he’s thrown this year. Good for us, good for McCann to get a big RBI there and win the ballgame, and now we’ve got a little momentum going into a big series against the Phillies.”

On Heyward’s shoulder:

“It just flared up. There’s nothing structurally wrong, no tears. A couple days, maybe two, three days. He’s available to pinch run and maybe as we get closer to those two or three days we may be able to do a little bit more with him.”

On if Lowe was affected by foot blister:

“I don’t think so. I think those guys did a nice job working the count and got him deep I think, it was [112] in six innings. He’s an old warrior and he kept us in there and they let us hang around and we came back and got one. After losing one last night, it’s good to see.”

On the better feeling going into Phillies:

“Absolutely, it was a good win to go into tomorrow with the [Phillies] series. It’s going to be a tough series, three games, they’ve got their nice two of the [top] three guys lined up for us. But it’s going to be fun. It’s going to be a nice atmosphere here with the Civil Rights weekend going. It’s going to be exciting.”

On if he was surprised they walked Jones:

“No, not at all. I think it’s a situation where you’ve got to pick your poison. Of the top of my head, I hadn’t seen it in a couple days, but Chipper’s been hitting [well] against left-handed pitchers this year. No not at all. It’s not a good feeling, believe me, to walk Chipper to face McCann but he felt like he could get a groundball there and get a double play.”

On if it said something about how far Chipper has come back:

“We talked about it in spring training about how that No. 10 comes up and it’s still, you’ve got to respect him in the lineup. No matter if he’s three years removed from a batting title or hitting .280, you’ve still got to respect him.”

On McCann hitting .500 w/ RISP before tonight:

“It was good. I knew Mac was going to give them a good at-bat. I’m glad that ball hooked down the line and let us win.”

***MARTIN PRADO

On the comeback win

“Everybody does the little things, that make big things at the end of the game.”

“That’s what this team is about, fighting back until the last moment. That’s why I give so much credit to my teammates, because they’re always battling.”

On the grand slam at-bat:

“I was hoping to take one strike to see if he’s got the sinker working. You’ve got to take care of the sinker, and he’s got a pretty good change-up. by the time I got 3-2, I was ‘OK, this is it.’ I was looking for something down the middle just to put it in play and I got the pitch down the middle and I could hit it solid.”

On this grand slam vs. last year’s grand slam in Milwaukee:

“This one was good because we didn’t want to get swept. After that I said it’s not about me now, we have to win this game.”

On avoiding being swept

“Huge. Huge. We knew that we’ve got Philly coming in this weekend and we’ve got to get some confidence back. This gives us confidence to come in tomorrow and battle against them.”

On walking Chipper to get to McCann

“You’re not going to let the 3-hole guy beat you, so I guess that was a smart call, lefty-on-lefty. But Mac, he’s always putting good swings on the ball. I’m so happy that he was the one that did that.”

On the matchup, the grand slam

“At this level, every pitch can you get you out. In that situation, it’s just you and him. That’s baseball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I got a pitch right over the middle, and hit it out.”

“They didn’t want to just walk me there with the bases loaded. I put all my trust in me, any pitch, just put the ball in play. And I got a good pitch to hit. I’m glad that I hit it.”

***DEREK LOWE

Blister bother you?

“No, not at all. Just bad location on some pitches. I made two mistakes, two homers. But we found a way to win. Forgettable game from my standpoint, two mistakes, two homers, there you go.”

On Prado’s slam

“Unbelievable at-bat. I don’t know if it was 10 or 11 pitches. He kept fouling them off. There were close pitches he took, close pitches he swung at. Ultimately he hits the home run, which is a game-changer.”

On the comeback win

“We’ve got to stop these extra-innings games. I think this is our sixth or seventh one. But we’ll take it. This team plays us unbelievably tough. I don’t know what it is. They pitch extremely well [against the Braves], they hit…. I mean, we’ve just got to figure it out.

“We’ve got a great series with Philly coming in, try to keep the momentum from last weekend and win a few more games.”

This was bigger than just one win, considering you would’ve been swept…

“Yeah, coming off a pretty successful three-game trip there, then to give it all back would have been disappointing. But it didn’t happen. We got a big win, and I think everybody’s looking forward to the weekend.”

***BRIAN McCANN

On teammates racing out before he’d even touched first

“Yeah, I looked and saw Hinske running with me [laughs] . I should have stopped. I just kept going.”

“It was a big win for this team. Prado’s at-bat, that’s what put us in position to do what we did. He sparked us with that homer.”

On Prado

“He’s probably the last person, as a pitcher, that you want to get into a battle with and let him see every pitch you’ve got. In my opinion, he’s one of the best hitters in the game.”

“I tip my hat to Zimmerman. He was spotting every pitch he had, mixing it up. He pitched a great game. I just stuck to my gameplan, and was lucky enough to come through tonight.”

What are you thinking when they walk Chipper there?

“No, you have to do that. You set up a double play and have lefty on lefty. I was able to get him this time, and hopefully we can build off this as a team.”

So you weren’t a little more fired up by them walking Chipper to get to you?

“No, because it was the right move. It’s not like … I mean, it’s Chipper Jones.”

So walking him to get to you …

“It’s my job. My job is to make them think about it. I would have done the same thing to set up the double play. I was lucky enough to work a good at-bat.”

Does it say something about how far Chipper has come back from knee surgery, to still command that respect?

“He’s been great this year, playing every day. He looks like he did back when I first got here.”

***CHIPPER JONES

On walking him to get to McCann

“Ninety-nine percent of the time, that’s the way you play it, to get the lefty against the lefty. That’s one of the nice things about being a switch-hitter. I mean, you don’t get pitched to in certain situations like that, and sometimes it costs you. But I liked the swing that Mac had against the guy the previous time up, and I liked his chances there with one out.”

On the series

“We stole one tonight, after we pretty much got our butts kicked for the better part of three games. We stole one tonight, they stole one last night, and we just gave one away the first night. But that’s the situation you put yourself in when you play bad baseball in the first game, and you don’t close it out in the second game, and then you run into a pitcher [tonight] who’s got his A-stuff, his A-plus game. Zimmermann was awesome.

“I still say the biggest play in the game – you can say what you want about the home runs and the game-winning hit by Mac, but that guy shook [off his catcher] three times to get to a slider, 3-and-1 on Freddie Freeman, in a 5-1 game with nobody on, and that started everything. And the next thing you know, two batters later he’s out of the game and we’ve got something going. Momentum can turn on a dime in this game, and it definitely did tonight.”

Was Prado’s at-bat the prototypical “professional at-bat”?

“Well that’s what you get out of a .300 hitter. That guy’s a quality at-bat every time he walks up there. That’s exactly what you expect out of somebody at his level, with the game on the line. That guy [Burnett] doesn’t make very many mistakes. Martin capitalized in a big way, and it was without a doubt the biggest swing of the season for us right now.”

109 comments Add your comment

nc braves fanatic

May 12th, 2011
11:56 pm

hip-hop-hooray for b-mac! that august gentleman has what we like to call “bill-paying skills.” i apologize for sharing this multiple times since opening day, but for those who haven’t yet seen it, here is the brian mccann-flavoured art-piece that i made in his honour:

http://bit.ly/gSjnSx

we needed this win quite badly after the last couple of disastrous games against the nats. here’s to hoping that we can carry some momentum into the philadelphia civil-rights-game series.

finally, how appropriate was it for hinske to be the first person out to second base to start the team’s mobbing brian for his great and noble deed? i was psyched.

NorCal

May 13th, 2011
12:20 am

nc braves fanatic,
That’s a great picture, thanks for sharing it again as I had not seen it. What a talent!

TexasRose

May 13th, 2011
12:36 am

Brian McCann: An Appreciation

Brian McCann, Brian McCann
If you need a game-winning hit
Well…Brian is your man.

nc braves fanatic

May 13th, 2011
12:43 am

@NorCal: thank you so much for the vote of confidence! i just want all of braves country to see it – to know how much b-mac and the braves mean to me, and i sometimes feel guilty for self-promoting. by all means, show it to and share the link with your braves-loving pals.

i’ve started to think that the next brave i’ll take on artistically is going to be either eric hinske and his enchanted bat or pete moylan, whose twitter ramblings are so consistently entertaining.

N8

May 13th, 2011
12:44 am

Didn’t want to ask Fredi about A-Gon half assing it out there?

Chief Knockhoma

May 13th, 2011
12:46 am

I’m very happy to see nobody said “first.” Makes this blog seem right respectable.

Chief Knockhoma

May 13th, 2011
12:49 am

I saw DOB on the field during Batting Practice today. I have to admit I felt star struck.

AJ in Augusta

May 13th, 2011
1:12 am

@ nc braves fanatic: Nice pic… but McCann is gonna get you for including his double cheeseburger gut! LOL! He’s slimmed down a bit, I’ll bet he’d appreciate an eraser or two on his waistline! Nice job!

nc braves fanatic

May 13th, 2011
1:24 am

@AJ in Augusta: hahahahaha! the gut gives him character! it gives him what one might call “gravitas.” surely that’s a good excuse!

Josh Smith For 3

May 13th, 2011
1:50 am

Once again, Prado bails us out. Him and McCann are by far the most valuable bats in the lineup and they both showed why tonight. What could have been a backbreaking sweep to the Nats turned into a little positive momentum heading into the Philly series. Great job by the bullpen to bounce back, too.

Go Braves!

acbwcmm

May 13th, 2011
2:18 am

I <3 Martin Prado! I have since he was an underused utility infielder!

acbwcmm

May 13th, 2011
2:19 am

Oh and I see Brian McCann is tipping his cap, too. As long as he is hitting game winners, I don’t mind. :D

TOMY FOURNIER

May 13th, 2011
7:16 am

1 of 3…if that a good stuff.from a “MEDIOCRE” TEAM…well…our team is “MORE MEDIOCRE”…IF NOT LIKE THAT???…ATLANTA IS NOT GOING TO NO WHERE…PERIOD…NOT WITH CUBANCITO-MORON AND MCLOWN-WOODY WOOD SPECKER AND SO AND SO AND SO..BUNCH OF TRASH SH@@@##$%@!!!!!..RIGHT MR OWL…RIGHT!!!

alexander

May 13th, 2011
7:39 am

As goes Prado,goes the braves..
1/3 from the nats at home…
Mri’s of the shoulder have about a 85-90% sensitivity for rotator cuff tears(translate for lobo: the yMISS 1 in 10 to 1 in 20 lesions), they are NOT definitive, let’s keep a close eye on jh’s shoulder!
Uggla needs some time off,R&R to spend some of that 13 mil,bring in an independent batting coach,anything
We’re going to need some excellent starting pitching against the Phils,Go Braves

Riddick

May 13th, 2011
7:50 am

Can the Braves send Uggla back to the Marlins and get Infante!!!!! This guy (Uggla)is a absolute joke…I say it’s time the Braves VP decides that Wren isn’t a every good talent evaluator and dump him before he starts trading all the young pitchers for more dead wood.

truth

May 13th, 2011
7:54 am

Great Win

Venters = Closer

dean

May 13th, 2011
8:12 am

The kid Kimbrel shoved it right down the haters throats last night. Way to go kid!

Ben

May 13th, 2011
8:22 am

Is anyone else bothered by Alex Gonzalez not running out the ball off the wall in the 9th, and being thrown out at 2nd? Thats Little League.

dean

May 13th, 2011
8:26 am

Ben, I bet nobody was more bothered by it than AG. You won’t see that happen again. His “Uh Oh” expression said it all. (Not to mention helmet-destruction in the dugout)

phil

May 13th, 2011
8:53 am

oh yes we will see it again….guys like that, the lazy ones, always repeat crap like that, even if it takes a different form…he did it in the playoffs last year and didn’t learn then…

Chris Snow

May 13th, 2011
8:55 am

Kimbrel stuck to that 99 mph fast ball last night, LIKE HE SHOULD! If you can throw heat like that, use it!! Great win last night and it was exactly what we needed going into the Philly series tonight.

southern hope

May 13th, 2011
8:57 am

Ben, I’m bothered. He was taking a leisurely victory loop when the thing wasn’t out of the park yet….there are 1 million things I don’t know about baseball but even I know that you run like crazy until you’re sure that the ball is gone. No vanity trot first.

southern hope

May 13th, 2011
9:00 am

Now one thing I did notice: They played Eddie Money’s “Shakin’” on the field & DOB casually snuck that into the article. LOL.

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
9:13 am

I am glad that the Braves won, at least one out of the three, anyway.
I hated to see them give the first game away, and then let the second game get away.

phil

May 13th, 2011
9:14 am

What Is Mr. May’s average down to now? Under .200 yet?

Has he offered to refund any of that bloated contract of his for actually managing to hit worse than everyone on the team except for poor ole Mather?

One-fourth of the season, over with….it’s not early now…

phil

May 13th, 2011
9:17 am

It was good to pull that one out….the lick Prado put on that GS ball was a thing of beauty….backspin galore on that baby! It was sweet and a hard fought bit of success….

Rufio

May 13th, 2011
9:27 am

I agree about Gonzalez having his Kodak moment pausing for ESPN highlights. This is the 3rd time I have seen this from him comiing from Toronto. I am starting to wonder if the Braves just got an older Escobar. I hope he is sitting on the bench in game 1 vs. Philly.

Way to go Prado! He is the heart and soul ofvthis team! He is going to do anything to help this team win. Now closing for the Atlanta Braves………….Martin Prado.

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
9:28 am

Alex Gonzalez looked like he was doing a Willie ‘Mays’ Hayes impression, from the movie Major League, when he turned that standup double, into a sliding into second out.

Not giving a 100% effort, is one of the few things that I will criticize a player for, and that looked really bad.
I don’t think that we’ll be seeing anything like that from him again, I hope.
Last year, when he was frozen at the plate by that bang-bang line drive in the playoffs, was not the same thing, as that glory trot from the plate that he started off with, last night.

Lobosolo

May 13th, 2011
9:33 am

Way to go, Bravos!!! Love the way these guys don’t give up… This team, like last year’s are full of fighters… They also have, as one can witness when the camera scans to the dugout, a true sense of togetherness and TEAM… Something the “WE” armchairs will never understand… Loved how Hinske went up to Kimbrel after he blew the game on Wednesday and told him not to worry, that WE have your back… This team and their true fans are the only ones qualified to use that term “we”, not you armchair whiners that want to excoriate each instance of imperfection that happens along… ring a bell, alex? You crybabies need to get along now, it’s a long season… go yell at your kids for making mistakes, or beat your dogs for peeing on the floor… “WE” don’t need YOU… These Braves are FIGHTERS, not CRYBOYS…

phil

May 13th, 2011
9:38 am

Yell at the kids!!! Yes!

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
9:49 am

I have a house plant, that I use, to vent my negative vibes upon.
As long as I keep it watered, he doesn’t seem to mind.
At least, he hasn’t ever made any complaints about it, as far as I know.

Johnny Bravo

May 13th, 2011
9:57 am

We need more Prado-type players on this team !

alexander

May 13th, 2011
9:58 am

Getting back to baseball( I love my kids and “sparky” is deaf);overall hitters are having trouble and the pitching is superior(end of the ‘roid era?) compared to the rest of the national league our hitting is not awful(ain’t great, but not awful) mabye we just have to expect frequent “poor” hitting games and keep the pitching at it’s current level and we may be fine, just a thought to interject some analysis…..

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
10:05 am

When Uggla gets hot, and Heyward’s shoulder gets to feeling better, I think that the Braves will start taking every series, like they used to.

jj

May 13th, 2011
10:06 am

I admit AG screwed up by not running out of the batters box,but I hope they leave him hitting behind Prado when J-Hey comes back.I think we need a vet like him in that position.I still say that is where BC messed up with YE.

Confucius

May 13th, 2011
10:06 am

How many times was it asked about walking Chipper to get to Mac? Chipper said it, Mac said it. It’s what you do to set-up the double play and get the lefty on lefty matchup. But even after it was answered that way, it was still asked again and in a way that seemed to ignore the facts and make it about “Chipper is just too dangerous to pitch to…. he’s back!” Joe Simpson tried to make it out like it was about Chipper during the broadcast while everyone I was watching the game with was shouting at Simpson for hyping Chipper.

The bottom line was that it was what it was. Playing the matchup, not fear of Chipper.

The Braves hype machine in full swing.

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
10:09 am

Wasn’t McLouth batting behind Prado last night?

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
10:12 am

I heard Joe Simpson say, it was a matter of picking your poison, concerning walking Chipper, to get to McCann.

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
10:16 am

I think that is part of the Braves broadcast team to hype up all of their star players, they were surely hyping McCann during that last AB.

wjones

May 13th, 2011
10:17 am

phil

May 13th, 2011
9:14 am

What Is Mr. May’s average down to now? Under .200 yet?

Has he offered to refund any of that bloated contract of his for actually managing to hit worse than everyone on the team except for poor ole Mather?

One-fourth of the season, over with….it’s not early now…
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Young man, don’t you be telling me what time it is! When it’s not early anymore you’ll hear it from me, and not a minute too soon! Now stand down and get to business!

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

henry

May 13th, 2011
10:30 am

kimbrel can pitch in a non pressure situation, but when it comes to closing a game with a couple of run lead he loose his confidence that;s why he will never be a good closer

DCBrave

May 13th, 2011
10:36 am

N8-

Yeah, I wondered the same thing. I guess after such a dramatic win, nobody wanted to spoil the spirit. But that running just not typical of A-Gon — he really thought it was out.

kev

May 13th, 2011
10:39 am

Hey DOB, any idea on when we are going to cut ties with Chip Caray? He is awful and everybody hates him.

Jack Lill

May 13th, 2011
10:40 am

They will be lucky ti finish thid

DCBrave

May 13th, 2011
10:40 am

Confucius ,

You moniker and comments reminded me of a saying by Confucius: Don’t hyp, be medium.

Steve

May 13th, 2011
10:43 am

What’s the name of the song they play and who sings it?

Chip Carey's Mama

May 13th, 2011
10:48 am

kev @ 10:39…………Chip is not that bad, at first I didn’t like him very much either.
But, over the years, I kinda of got used to him.
He’s a good boy.

iFrech

May 13th, 2011
10:49 am

even the nats broadcasters were hyping chipper.

yeah. i had to watch in masn. it sucks :(

but after the booing in the crowd for walking chipper, they said something like in a very obvious sarcastic tone: yeah, pitching to chipper jones. that’s a smart move.

if chipper was sucking, you pitch to him and maybe walk mccann to get to struggling uggla.

my question is, why do people insist on DOB on asking Freddi to bash on his players. He’s not gonna do it, and no smart reporter will risk players or coaches disliking him and not giving him quotes. We all know alex made a mistake. he knows it, Freddi knows it, DOB knows it, and all of us know it.

let it go.

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
10:53 am

Like I have said before, I don’t know if Chip Carey is improving, or if he is just wearing me down, because he seems to be much more tolerable, than he was in past seasons.

wjones

May 13th, 2011
10:55 am

“Jack Lill

May 13th, 2011
10:40 am

They will be lucky ti finish thid”
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.>>>

Thid? Really? After last night’s performance, all you can say is thid? We’re much better than thid, I guarantee it! Even better than third!

alexander

May 13th, 2011
10:57 am

hope you are right reckingball

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
11:00 am

kev

May 13th, 2011
11:05 am

well just because you have somehow grown numb to chip caray’s crap doesn’t mean the rest of us have. thank god for the audio overlay in mlb.tv

Abnerish

May 13th, 2011
11:10 am

1. You could tell that Alex Gonzalez was upset at himself and knew that he screwed up not running out his hit in the 9th. No need to worry about him. He is no Hanley Ramirez. I don’t think you’ll see that from him again.

2. Kimbrel’s our closer. We have to give him more time to get comfortable with his role. The only way I’d change it in the short term is if Venters is available in the 9th and 2 tough leftys are due up (Howard, Ibanez, etc).

3. Uggla’s gonna hit. Always has, always will. Not worried about him.

4. McLouth’s doing much better this year. I think he needs to get the credit he’s due. Hopefully, he will continue to improve as the season continues.

5. The only guy I’m concerned about on this team right now is Jason Heyward. And it has nothing to do with his health status. I am concerned that the pitchers in this league have figured out how to get him out and he is not been able to adjust to it. That inside fastball is just eating him UP!

Hopefully, this weekend we can find ways to win games instead of the other way around.

b

May 13th, 2011
11:10 am

You can bet if Andruw Jones or Yunel had done what Gonzalez did in not running out
the hit, they would have been lambasted.
But since it was Alex, it’s ok by Braves management.

Abnerish

May 13th, 2011
11:16 am

Difference is Yunel and Andruw had shown management that they would do that from time to time and didn’t care. They had attitude problems. AG has no attitude problem. In fact, he is the first Braves player I’ve seen in years get visibly angry after a poor at-bat. He made an honest mistake and knows it. Big difference.

b

May 13th, 2011
11:29 am

Has anyone else noticed how much thinner Melky Cabrera is this year for the Royals?
Maybe it would have mad a difference last year for the Braves.

Brave in the District

May 13th, 2011
11:29 am

Abnerish — All good points. I’m worried about J-Hey too. He’ll get it though. The good ones always do. He needs to watch how McCann handles the hard inside stuff (like the walk-off hit last night).

alexander

May 13th, 2011
11:31 am

Mamma carey,thid,confucius,uggla’s “hitting”..things have turned NASTY.
Have a great weekend ,Stay off the connector and the northend of 285 and remember”whereever you go ,there you are”

b

May 13th, 2011
11:32 am

abnerish, this is not the first time Alex has screwed up.
In less than a yr. with Braves, he’s had many questionable moments.

Brave in the District

May 13th, 2011
11:32 am

b — Glad Melky is having a good year. French too. Those are both real good guys. I think they both might have tried to do too much. You just gotta do what you can do to play smart, get good ABs and help the team.

Brave in the District

May 13th, 2011
11:34 am

Yunnel made we want to throw my lamp at my TV. However, I’m very pleased with Alex’s play — especially his defense. We’re getting used to him being great night in and night out. He makes it look so easy. Truth is, he makes Chipper and Uggla better. He’s the most important man on the field.

Dominic

May 13th, 2011
11:41 am

Speaking of Gonzo not running out the should’ve been double, did anyone else notice that McLouth not running hard on the sacrifice in the 10th? If he didn’t he would’ve beat it out, at least made it a tight call.

I’ve seen him be lazy way too much in CF (always lobs the ball back in, never attacks the play), but he always seems to get a pass. I know I’m injecting race into this and going to get some people pissed off, but if he was a young latin player, everybody would be on his case.

He’s a short white guy, so he gets the tag “scrappy” and everyone looks for a reason to celebrate him.

phil

May 13th, 2011
11:43 am

blah, blah, blah….

The Nats pitched around Chipper because the guy can still hit and to set up the DP with McFat, who can also hit….it was a percentage call that didn’t work. Any notion that Chipper is washed up is just stupidity….after all, the guy cranked a long home run earlier in the game…maybe he never hits another ball in his life, but for last night, the Nats did nothing wrong…

I’m not concerned about Chocolate Melky….he’s not our problem anymore….I’m not concerned about Idiot Francoueur either….he’s not our problem anymore….I don’t care what Andruw Jones does or doesn’t do anymore…he ate himself out of a hall of fame career, and he’s not our problem anymore….

What I do care about is Hurtward, Ugly, FF and Nate….one of them is playing halfway decently…amazingly, the one is Nathan….that’s unfortunate because to win consistently, at least one of the other three has got to start getting the ball out of the infield several times a game….ALL THREE ARE BARELY OVER .200!

Don’t quote me that OBP crap either….I’ll take OBP from Nathan and doubles and hrs from the other 3….

phil

May 13th, 2011
11:46 am

Dominic – Doesn’t piss us off one bit to have to point out that if you really think that way, you’re a complete and total moron….idiot….fool….etc….

Always gets a pass? do you ever read these posts? The guy gets creamed almost daily….especially when he goes hitless for a few games and lobs a throw or 2 back in from center….

If you want to race bait, at least pick a topic that has some relationship to reality…..

Brave in the District

May 13th, 2011
11:47 am

Dominic — He didn’t run hard because the ump called him out as he was leaving the box. Apparently they got him on an interference call.
And I don’t see him as scrappy. Len Dykstra was scrappy. I have no complains about Nate’s D. I also don’t feel that he “gets a pass.” He’s been a big fat disappointment. White, black or latin, he should be more of an asset.

Brave in the District

May 13th, 2011
11:49 am

Phil — I agree about Chipper and disagree on some other points. BTW, who is “Ugly?”

Largo

May 13th, 2011
11:53 am

Uggla looks terrible at the plate but makes up for it by not being able to hit the baseball.

Brave in the District

May 13th, 2011
11:55 am

Ugly=Uggla … duh. Just got it.

Abnerish

May 13th, 2011
11:57 am

First time I’ve seen AG make a mental mistake like that. Sure, he’s made errors, but I have not seen him not hustle or not play smart baseball.

htownbravesfan

May 13th, 2011
12:11 pm

I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Heyward’s shoulder. He is simply struggling, and the team doesn’t want it to look like a benching. The fact of the matter is he takes way too many hittable pitches and swings at way too many out of the zone. It’s his plate discipline that needs to be cured, not his shoulder. Maybe a week or so watching will be just what the doctor ordered.

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
12:16 pm

Dominic @11:41………..Do you call being demoted to the minor leagues, a PASS?
If you can remember back to last season, McLouth took it like a team player last year, when he was sent back to farm, after coming off of the DL.

wjones

May 13th, 2011
12:16 pm

“htownbravesfan

May 13th, 2011
12:11 pm

I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Heyward’s shoulder. He is simply struggling, and the team doesn’t want it to look like a benching. The fact of the matter is he takes way too many hittable pitches and swings at way too many out of the zone. It’s his plate discipline that needs to be cured, not his shoulder. Maybe a week or so watching will be just what the doctor ordered.”
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Wow! Who needs this blog, when all we need to do is to e-mail you? Would you please do us all the service of providing that info to us? Then we won’t have to bother DOB with all these questions, we can just e-mail you. Thanks so much!

Casey Stinkle

May 13th, 2011
12:27 pm

I cringe to think of where this team would be without Martin Prado.

Dominic

May 13th, 2011
12:28 pm

Brave in the District, I went back and watched the sacrifice. He wasn’t called out for interference, the umpire was indicating that the ball was in fair territory. If he was screaming that he was out, then the catcher wouldn’t have throw to 1st, he would’ve tried 2nd or ate the ball.

McLouth should’ve beaten the play. I don’t understand how nobody seems to have a problem with Nate’s defense. He is literally the wost starting defensive center fielder in the major leagues. Don’t bring up the error stat, that’s irrelevant, he doesn’t get to enough balls to make errors. He also never throws the ball aggressively, just lobs it back in.

I just looked up his ratings on fangraphs.

2011
http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=cf&stats=fld&lg=all&qual=y&type=1&season=2011&month=0&season1=2011&ind=0

2010

http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=cf&stats=fld&lg=all&qual=450&type=1&season=2010&month=0&season1=2010&ind=0

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
12:30 pm

Brave in the D. @11:32……….Melky tried to do too much?
When did that happen?
I watched most of their games, last season, but I must have missed the games that he was trying do too much in.
I wonder why the Braves dumped him, like a crate of rotting fish, the day after the season ended?
Was it because he trying to do too much?

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
12:34 pm

12;28……..Why do you dislike McLouth so much? Is it because he is Caucasian?

phil

May 13th, 2011
12:38 pm

Largo

May 13th, 2011
11:53 am
Uggla looks terrible at the plate but makes up for it by not being able to hit the baseball.

LOL….exactly!!

phil

May 13th, 2011
12:39 pm

Dominic – Even the optimists on here have a problem with Nathan’s defense….where have you been? Gilligan’s Island?

David O'Brien

May 13th, 2011
12:50 pm

kev, Chip Caray signed a multi-year contract with Fox Sports South before the 2010 season.

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
12:56 pm

I think that McLouth fields his position very well.
I have question why he has not attempted to throw base runners out.
I think that something is wrong with his shoulder(a guess).

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
1:01 pm

kev………You should try to learn to like(or tolerate) Chip, as I have. Vodka will help, I recommend Smirnoff(aka Smartoff).

phil

May 13th, 2011
1:03 pm

DOB – Thanks for that good news about Chip….great….more inspired yelling over routine flies to left…

Reckingball – Nathan does field his position well…he just can’t do anything with it after he fields it…unfortunately, that’s a real problem when runners are racing towards the plate on him…..

Mark (another one)

May 13th, 2011
1:10 pm

I think Nate’s philosophy is if you have a weak arm, don’t demonstrate it when there isn’t a play to make. That keeps the other team guessing just how weak it is. Nate’s speed puts him in center instead of left. His arm keeps him out of right.

As for his hussle, when he runs fast he doesn’t look like he’s working at it. I think that is deceiving. Also, on sac bunts you will see players run inside the line trying to get the catcher to throw wild by blocking the ball’s path to first. Its not the normal path to take and I bet its fun hoping you don’t get drilled in the head.

I thought Nate would do well this year, but I am surprised at how well. He has never been billed as a power guy or a five tool guy. He plays his game and is willing to do the small things to give his team an advantage.

phil

May 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

But Mark….the other team doesn’t have to guess how weak his arm is…that’s common knowledge, much like putting on some kind of clothing before going outside is common knowledge…

and when a player runs inside the line, if the throw gets fouled up, the runner is automatically out for not staying in the area to the right of the line designed for the very reason of clearing obstructions for that home to first throw….

agree with your final point….the guy does seem to try and is a team player…

Dirty Harold

May 13th, 2011
1:28 pm

I’ve gotten used to Chip. He does get overly excited over fly balls, but he has a good voice and I think his excitability is an asset at times. The few games that Joe and Tom Glavine have done made me miss Chip.

Just Pat

May 13th, 2011
1:49 pm

*sigh* I don’t know why I bother coming here and letting my glow from a GREAT comeback win be even the least little bit tarnished by the Negative Nellies. :-(

Just Pat

May 13th, 2011
1:51 pm

If it’s not AGon, it’s Nate and finally, even Chip. AAARRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

phil

May 13th, 2011
1:52 pm

I agree that Joe and Tom are roughly as exciting as a traffic stop, but Chip is just too corporate sounding for me….I can’t stand that guy who does Falcons games for that very reason….every pass is sponsored by someone, every extra point has a sponsor, every third down is sponsored….it’s just ridiculous….”It’s the State Farm Insurance holding call on Sam Baker.” absurd….

“Chipper Jones with the Aflac goundout to second.”

phil

May 13th, 2011
1:53 pm

Just Pat – Just go away then….or find a sense of humor….or something else to be worried with….

phil

May 13th, 2011
1:54 pm

Just (for) Pat….

GO TEAM! YAY BRAVES! YOU’RE THE BEST! NO ONE EVER DOES ANYTHING THEY SHOULDN’T!!!! YAY!!! WOW! SIC ‘EM!!!

Just Pat

May 13th, 2011
2:05 pm

phil

at last! You’re “getting” it!

Largo

May 13th, 2011
2:20 pm

Glavine was a great pitcher, enough said. The only problem I have with Chip and Joe is going up and down with the volume depending on who is talking.

Largo

May 13th, 2011
2:24 pm

Nate is a team player plus he does the best he can with what he’s got. Now Alex is another story.

007

May 13th, 2011
2:26 pm

Hopefully, last night gets PRADO crankin’. But we need to start cleaning up on the Nats like Philly does almost every year. We just can’t afford to stay breaking even [3-3] against these guys a third of the way through head-to-heads.

Mark (another one)

May 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

Phil: I understand but almost all outfielders lob the ball in when there isn’t a play. I remember watching Jones in center do his underhand flip. It was once said that the base coaches watch these throws to see if they can get a better sense of the timing should they need to decide whether to send a runner. A flip or a lob doesn’t give them any information as to how weak the pressure throw will be.

I watch Nate and I also get a different impressions. He can’t figure out where to throw it. Someone should be calling the base for him so he can catch and throw quickly. One way to compensate for a weak arm is to get rid of the ball.

Runner obstruction is rarely called unless the throw actually hits the runner. Recently, it seems more catchers are drilling the runner in the back and letting the umpire make the call.

I like the Aflac ground out. My boss was wondering why I was laughing.

richbrave

May 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

Just Pat

May 13th, 2011
1:49 pm
*sigh* I don’t know why I bother coming here and letting my glow from a GREAT comeback win be even the least little bit tarnished by the Negative Nellies.

‘Cause ever once in awhile, you run into someone who knows where Creeds is?

Just Pat

May 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

richbrave

That must be it!!! ;-)

reckingball

May 13th, 2011
2:40 pm

I suggested a trade between the Brewers and the Braves, the last time they were in Atlanta.
Uecker for Carey and the Brave’s 1st and 3rd round draft pick in the next draft, and a 1st and 4th round pick for the following draft, after that. And maybe a couple of broadcasters, to be named later.
But, I guess that Frank Wren wasn’t reading the blog that day, like he usually does, to get all of the brilliant ideas that are always available here.

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