On coming out after four
“Last year when Yadi [Yadier Molina] started it was kind of the same thing.”
If there’s any disappointment, is it in not being able to catch your guys?
“No disappointment at all. I got to catch Clff Lee and Roy Halladay. These things, you sit back and enjoy it – I had a better seat to watch [the rest of the game], no pressure on me, getting to watch Kimbrel and Jonny and J.J. do what they do. It was almost better to be in the dugout, because I never get that perspective, listening to what guys are saying about them. I’m proud that everyone came in and put up zeroes.”
On Braves’ pitchers performance in their first All-Star game
“All three of them are young, just getting started, and to be able to come out here … that’s what they do. They put up zeroes and pitch late in games, and that’s a big reason we’re in the position we’re in.”
On NL’s two-game winning streak after 13-game skid
“Yeah, that’s big. We want to win a lot more. It was over there for a long time, and we hope to keep the home-field advantage on the National League side for awhile.”
Maybe use it yourself this year? (in World Series)
“Yeah. There’s a lot of teams in the National League right there within a couple of games of each other. Every one in here [plays for a team that] could use that [home-field advantage]. Or almost everyone.”
“I caught him last year. It’s special to be able to throw 92 miles an hour like that and make it cut, make it sink, and throw the changeup. He splits both sides of the plate.”
You ok after Bautista slid into you?
“Yeah. Just got me on top of the foot.”
“The right foot. You want me to make a big deal about it. [Laughs]. I will.”
That was a helluva play
“It was Hunter Pence. I didn’t really do anything.”
You blocked plate
“Just caught it and tagged.”
On the game
“It’s fun being a part of this. Every time I’ve been out here, it just kind of takes your breath away. Just being here, the whole experience, sitting in the dugout with all the guys – there’s not a better feeling that this event.”
If Bautista had done like Pete Rose did to Ray Fosse, might have been trouble
“I’m 230 pounds.” [Smiles.]. I think I’d have been alright.”
“It was an exciting. For us to all go in there back-to-back-to-back was pretty cool. I was nervous and excited. It’s something I’ll never forget.”
Tough to get two outs with four pitches when one of the outs is a strikeout
“I was nervous. Fortunately Matt Weiters swung at the first pitch. I was able to breathe a little bit.”
“It was so exciting. A special thing to be a part of. To be able to get home-field advantage for the National League was huge.”
Surprised he brought in Heath Bell after you got the two quick outs?
“No, I wasn’t surprised. I mean, I wasn’t out there not expecting to finish the inning. But I kind of figured with a righty coming up, he might bring in one of those horses from the bullpen.”
“He just did what he’s done all year, really. Goes out there, doesn’t miss a spot, executes his plan and gets guys out. He’s been amazing all year.”
On Kimbrel, leadoff walk then got out of it
“He threw a couple of pitches that were close [on the walk to Konerko]. He was throwing 98 miles an hour, doing his thing out there. It was exciting to watch. I was excited for him.”
On the All-Star experience
“It was cool for us all to be here, and to be able to spend time with those guys was really awesome.”
“I was just kind of sitting at my locker today looking around, taking it all in. I was in awe of the whole thing.”
On walking one but getting next guy to strand two runners
“Anytime you can go in and not give up the guy’s run who is in front of you, it’s a successful inning.”
Especially since it’s your guy, huh? (inherited runner from Jurrjens)
“Yeah. It could have been anybody, but since it was J.J. it was nice.”
Did that make it even better, the fact that all three of you pitched one after another?
“Definitely. I don’t think you could have drawn it up any more perfect than for us to throw back-to-back-to-back like that. It was fun.”
How ‘bout being part of a win, when it took National League 13 years to do it before last year
“That’s an honor. Hopefully we’ll go into the second half, pick up where we left off winning, and have a lot of fun.”
You got yourself an All-Star game hold. You and Jurrjens both got one. Jonny got nothing, except domination
“Four pitches, two outs, with a strikeout. I don’t think you can do much better than that.”
Jurrjens was pretty impressive, too
“Yeah, he was. When is he not impressive?”
Were you worried at all when Bautista was barreling toward home and McCann was blocking plate?
“I didn’t really think about it till the ball was in the air, and then I was like, oh, Mac’s behind the plate; please don’t run over him.”
Fortunately he didn’t Pete Rose him
“Yeah, I’m sure people [watching the game] were thinking about it.”
Good times in your first All-Star game?
“Oh, yeah, it was awesome. There’s so much going on, meeting so many different people, getting to meet people you’ve only seen from the mound or the dugout, it was great.”
Make you want to come back again?
“Oh, 100 percent.”
(note: Jair Jurrjens had left the clubhouse before I entered it, so that’s why there are no postgame quotes from him.)