Braves quotes after NL All-Star win

***BRIAN McCANN

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.”

On Halladay

“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.”

Which 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.”

***JONNY VENTERS

“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.”

On Jurrjens

“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.”

***CRAIG KIMBREL

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.)

79 comments Add your comment

Brava

July 13th, 2011
1:01 am

Thank you, DOB. Great quotes.

John Leonard

July 13th, 2011
1:03 am

These guys make you proud to be a Braves fan.

ISH

July 13th, 2011
1:05 am

Great job per usual DOB…

scottbravesfan

July 13th, 2011
1:10 am

Our pitchers shut them down. Good job Braves!

JoshTown

July 13th, 2011
1:13 am

Awesome post DOB. And congrats to all the Braves for a great game!

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Just Wanna Say

July 13th, 2011
1:51 am

well done guys. It was fun to watch, especially going back-to-back-to-back.

Phillies kill Braves nowadays

July 13th, 2011
1:57 am

The natural order of things. Halladay, then Lee, then later, a few Braves’ pitchers. It doesn’t matter that Lee gave up the long ball. They still combined to hold that juggernaut AL lineup to one run in three innings.

DE Braves Fan

July 13th, 2011
2:50 am

LOL @Phillies kill Braves. You name lacks any sense. 6-6 would not constitute killing a team. Also as far as I am concerned the Braves pitchers(while limited) held the juggernaut AL lineup to no runs and only 1 hit.

Mr. Enigma

July 13th, 2011
3:24 am

Venters straight up clowned Wieters and Ellsbury.

Jungle Lady

July 13th, 2011
3:37 am

In the tradition of “Spahn and Sain, then pray for rain,”
“First Venters Vexes, The Kimbrel Perplexes.”

Linebrink for Cy

July 13th, 2011
3:44 am

I bet if there was a camera outside the stadium after the game you would have seen JJ giving his best Willie Mays Hayes impression (the movie Major League, when he found out he wasn’t cut and celebrated away from the other guys in the parking lot).

That’s why JJ wasn’t available he was just letting his emotions do their thing, just away from everyone else.

bruce

July 13th, 2011
4:26 am

love the quotes. three classy guys… thanks Dave.

22

July 13th, 2011
4:36 am

Wow what the hell no Jurrjens quotes you suck

count_schemula

July 13th, 2011
4:59 am

That McCann is one humble dude.

Larry

July 13th, 2011
7:05 am

Phillies 2011 payroll: $173,000,000.00
Braves 2011 payroll: $87,000,000.00

If the Braves had another $86,000,000.00 to work with, do you think we could make up the 3.5 games on the Phillies pretty quickly?

A Phillies fan bragging about their team over the Braves is almost a comical as the the Yankees (203 million) or Red Sox (162 mil) bragging about beating up on the Rays (41 mil).

And this is precisely why the NFL long ago passed MLB by far as the most popular sport in where teams like Pittsburgh, Green Bay, New Orleans, Kansas City can consistently compete on an equal playing field as New York, Philadelphia or Boston.

And Bud Selig is the biggest dork on the planet as a commissioner!

NickGranite

July 13th, 2011
7:58 am

Hey Drew Sharp! You out there? How about dem apples?

bill

July 13th, 2011
8:03 am

pete rose was apunk. He blindsided Ray Fosse and got in a fight with Bud harrelson a 5′3” 125 lb player. Never saw him challenge a Chris Chambliss or Dave Justice but i guess they were smart enough not to turn their back to him.

Kat

July 13th, 2011
8:11 am

Thanks for the quotes David. I know they’re good when I laugh multiple times … enjoyed the JV one on McCann and Mac’s foot quote. Nice to see Braves have fun guys who enjoy the honor of being named an All Star ….unlike some other MLB players who apparently don’t know of LaGuardia or JKF..guess those guys couldn’t figure out how to travel to AZ. :)

Kat

July 13th, 2011
8:17 am

I mean Kimbrel’s quote on McCann not JV…whoops.

Tami

July 13th, 2011
8:29 am

John Leonard just said it all. VERY, VERY proud of our Braves’ All-Stars! NL two years in a row, baby! Now…bring on the 2nd half of the season!

Tami

July 13th, 2011
8:32 am

Jungle Lady

July 13th, 2011
3:37 am
In the tradition of “Spahn and Sain, then pray for rain,”
“First Venters Vexes, The Kimbrel Perplexes.”

Love that quote, Jungle Lady! :-)

Bill in VA

July 13th, 2011
8:38 am

Hey, all you Braves, take the rest of the day off! …and thanks!

alex

July 13th, 2011
8:56 am

@ larry, I will be in NY in 3 weeks and pay high prices for tickets to a team that wants to win thwe WS, not settle for wild card. You find that COMICAL….

JackDennis

July 13th, 2011
9:05 am

Each time I’m reminded of what that redneck Rose did to Fosse, my blood still boils.

Law

July 13th, 2011
9:23 am

As a native from the Naughty Nati never knew there was so much hate for Pete “Charlie Hustle” Rose in the ATL. If a little more of the Braves would show the passion that he had they could catch the Phils easy.

Supes

July 13th, 2011
9:29 am

Nice comments from our guys, proud of all them and the way they played and conducted themselves at the event.

Wasn’t worried about B-Mac at all, he’s a pro so is Bautista.

Glad the NL got the win, as it could mean home field advantage in the WS for our Braves.

Last but not least…any Philly fan thinking the Braves are contend and or playing for a Wild Card is just plain delusional. Braves are coming after your Phillies…and you know you are worried. If you say you are not you are lying you stinkin’ Philly supporters.

braves fan forever

July 13th, 2011
9:36 am

Now it’s time for the second half.Hey Frank Wren lets’t get busy and shore up some holes we have and let’s show the phillies that we are just a good and let’s catch them and take this thing to the house.Go Braves

bobbymahlon

July 13th, 2011
9:47 am

Watching Pence and Kemp I wished one of them was playing for the Braves. I believe one of them along with Prado coming back would allow us to win the East Division.

phil

July 13th, 2011
9:49 am

I’m proud of our guys…well done.

And we’ve possibly clinched homefield advantage in the World Series for whichever team eliminates us in the first 2 rounds because we can’t hit a lick…

NCBravesFan

July 13th, 2011
9:50 am

Great job, National League, and especially you Braves players. Back-to-back-to-back pitching was good to see – I thought Bochy had forgotten our pitchers there for awhile. B-Mac, you are the epitome of professional baseball. Good job, and good quotes.

phil

July 13th, 2011
9:52 am

“Last but not least…any Philly fan thinking the Braves are contend and or playing for a Wild Card is just plain delusional. Braves are coming after your Phillies…and you know you are worried. If you say you are not you are lying you stinkin’ Philly supporters.” SUPES

You could tell how scared they are of us as they took 2-3 over the weekend, including the 14-1 pasting on Sunday. I’d be terrified of our hitting prowess too if I were them…

Talk won’t get it done…

fred

July 13th, 2011
9:58 am

Braves players made fans proud in All Star game. Thanks DOB for doing your job well.
Can’t say enough about Brian McCann..no matter what he is doing he is first class and saying the right thing ‘good’ about all teams and players. Just a Great player and Representive for Braves and MLB.

Hope Prado comes back strong. Hope Braves improve with a trade but don’t give away the farm..love our young players.

phil

July 13th, 2011
9:59 am

We need to trade Fred to another blog due to all of his optimism and good wishes….lol

alex

July 13th, 2011
10:03 am

@supes,I’m not a philly fan,I’m a braves fan who appreciates being FIRST as in WORLD SERIES. These higher paying teams significantly improve their winning by spending cash, WE geGLAUS,LEE, etc..You figure it out….t

bill

July 13th, 2011
10:08 am

Law @ 9:23
Love Pete Rose. The man came to play. He shouldn’t have been ban for life. He belongs in HOF. No one played harder.

Troy D.

July 13th, 2011
10:15 am

So proud of our boys last night, very impressive showing. Very proud to be a Braves fan, as Bochy was taking all three of them out they all had huge smiles on their faces. You could tell they were proud and honored to be there *coughs* jeter *coughs*.

McCann looked like he’s been there for 20 years, 6 is gettin pretty close however. Let’s take this momentum in the second half and keep up the winning! Go Braves!

Larry

July 13th, 2011
10:15 am

phil,

LOL!

Yes, the Phillies pitchers were shivering in their stockings facing our speedy, level swinging, highly selective, contact hitters, and that fierce, savvy and keen eyed manager sitting in the Braves dugout.

I sure would love to see Joe Girardi, Terry Francona, Joe Madden, Bruce Bochy or even Kirk Gibson filling our our lineup every day.

Davet

July 13th, 2011
10:16 am

As a lifelong Phillies fan I am not worried about the Braves catching us. I think they are the 2nd best team in baseball and it is a possibility they pass us and there would be no shame in that. But if you look at the Phillies track record the last 4 years you will see they are one of the best 2nd half team not just collectively over 4 years but virtually every one of those years. That is not a coincidence. The Phils main hitters are very productive 2nd half hitters most of thier careers. They usually struggle record wise in the 1st half because of this but were saved by thier pitching this year, just like the Braves were. The Braves will be good but the Phils most likely will be great like last year if the key hitters (Rollins,Victorino, Utley, Howard,Polanco and Ruiz to some extent)2nd half patterns continue. It will all be decided in the N.L Championship most likely so it was great to see both teams contribute a lot in the ASG so one of them can force the Red Sox, who will be in the WS, to sit Ortiz potentially for 4 games.

phil

July 13th, 2011
10:16 am

Wrong, Bill…

Rose was a great player but that’s where it ended. He broke the one rule that can’t be broken and got caught. The punishment for what he did has been well known now for nearly a century. Back in the 80’s, it had been clear what would happen for nearly 70 years. He knew the consequences if he was caught and now he has to live with them.

His accomplishments on the field are clear enough. He doesn’t have to be in the HOF or active in the game for them to stand out.

He shouldn’t have bet on baseball, and he knew better when he did it. It’s too bad, but it’s the right move to leave him out with Shoeless Joe and any others who do the same stupid thing.

It’s a heckuva deterrent to most people with any sense, I would say.

Larry

July 13th, 2011
10:17 am

alex,

Sorry my post sailed miles over your head.

Get an education!

Billy Bean

July 13th, 2011
10:19 am

Hated the unrelenting shilling and the unabashed product endorsements.

fred

July 13th, 2011
10:20 am

Thanks friend (phil) I have a no-trade clause. lol

Talk won’t get it done….How true!

Larry

July 13th, 2011
10:21 am

phil,

Agreed…it’s the hall of fame, not the hall of liars and cheaters.

Larry

July 13th, 2011
10:26 am

Billy Bean,

Agreed.

Here I am watching the all star game with my 9 and 12 year old daughters and an R rated movie explicit sex scenes pop up during a commercial.

Sad.

Mitchell

July 13th, 2011
10:27 am

Law

July 13th, 2011
9:23 am

As a native from the Naughty Nati never knew there was so much hate for Pete “Charlie Hustle” Rose in the ATL. If a little more of the Braves would show the passion that he had they could catch the Phils easy.

Agreed.

If nothing else, you’d like to think they won’t be separated by six games this time.

They certainly can win the division. It’s just a matter of will.

fred

July 13th, 2011
10:29 am

my cheaters, you talking about Barry Bond etc

fred

July 13th, 2011
10:33 am

phil

July 13th, 2011
10:33 am

The dang Cialis ads during the regular games don’t exactly make me happy….

I realize that probably half of the audience, due to its refusal to get adequate exercise, needs the stuff, but i don’t think my young kids need to be exposed to that stuff constantly, nor to the endless explicit type things Larry mentions, one cancer related ad after another, and so on and so forth….

Whatever happened to the good ole days when the worst thing you saw was that Busch beer commercial with the bucking horse? The maverick they called him…

Davet

July 13th, 2011
10:34 am

As a Phil’s fan I loved what Rose did for us in the late 70’s early 80’s on the field. But I can tell you as a human being he was far from HOF material and should be out. Let’s just say I have a story involving my sister (a Pediatric nurse practitioner) chewing Pete Rose out in the Phils dugout dring a rain delay in 1982.Some other components of the story are a terminally ill 9 year old boy and a request for a 2nd autograph (for his sister). Luckily Gary Matthews was there to chide Rose and take the kid to the Mets dugout so my sister could let him know just what a low life he is. and still is. This is just one of many stories of arrogance etc.. by him.

alex

July 13th, 2011
10:35 am

larry,larry,take it easy,take some metamucil,miralax(why do you think it’s called MIRA…).Agree Selig is a dork or an idiot.Pittsburgh and cleveland are suprising and delightfully competitive,The return of the steel belt….

phil

July 13th, 2011
10:38 am

Where is this hate for Rose being posted? I haven’t seen it. I personally don’t hate the guy, but I sure don’t want to reward him for being a scumbag either. I loved him as a player, but then the wheels fell off….

I’ve always said that Hines Ward was my favorite bulldog, but if he’s going to become a raging drunk and start acting like a fool, while trying to play us all as fools too, then that’s where it will have to end. I’ll turn my attention to Joe Mather, perhaps…

Henry II

July 13th, 2011
10:38 am

Man, Brian took another wicked, foul tip last night. Sure seems like he gets more than his share. I’d hate to be a catcher. Go Braves!

phil

July 13th, 2011
10:43 am

Davet – Stories like yours just break my heart…which is tough to do.

They also make me exceedingly angry at players who act that way…I’m not oblivious to the pressures on their time and everything else that must go into having a life and being in the limelight too, but honestly….what a sorry way to be.

David O'Brien

July 13th, 2011
10:47 am

Fred: Thanks. And agreed on McCann. First-class pro in all circumstances.

Gene Garber

July 13th, 2011
11:02 am

Please tell Pete, ” I’m your Huckleberry”!

mountain_jim

July 13th, 2011
11:03 am

Great game, great coverage, thanks David!

Ump really squeezed the plate on Craig.

Still ticked at Botchy (sic) for picking all his pitchers over Tommy and then saving them for his team after the break. Tommy got hosed.

Deon Sanders

July 13th, 2011
11:04 am

Where’s McCarver?

phil

July 13th, 2011
11:16 am

Sanders – Quit throwing water on the poor guy…he’s starting to lose it. Have mercy…

fred

July 13th, 2011
12:01 pm

Phil..he already has in my opinion.

phil

July 13th, 2011
12:11 pm

phil

July 13th, 2011
12:10 pm
I like Bochy myself and think the guy is a class act…He can’t pick everyone and he did us a favor leaving Hanson off the roster….

Remember that right shoulder tendonitis a few weeks back and the DL stint? Yeah, that.

We need Tommy over the next three months, not pitching in an exhibition.

Frank Wren

July 13th, 2011
12:13 pm

its an exhibition game

No one cares

Bruce Bochy

July 13th, 2011
12:14 pm

I got one WS ring

Skeezix

July 13th, 2011
12:22 pm

Great win for the NL. Great performances by our guys. Venters was ridiculous. Only negative was having to listen to that annoying blabbermouth McCarver.

Now let’s go catch the Philadelphians.

bigstack

July 13th, 2011
12:28 pm

I get annoyed at how baseball announcers on every station in America including ESPN and Fox drool all over Brian Wilson. This guy was a nobody until he grew that stupid beard and all of a sudden he is talked about everywhere. Nobody gave him a second thought before he grew that thing. I will take our guys Kimbrel and Venters over him any day.

phil

July 13th, 2011
12:38 pm

Wilson does look and sound absurd…

of course, he also has a ring that we don’t, other than Chipper

Brave New World

July 13th, 2011
12:55 pm

Philly Cheese Breath Kills Braves Fan 1:57 am (way past beddy bye time): Do you have a point when you come trolling our Braves’ Blog? Isn’t there something fun to do now that school’s out in Swilladelphia? Why don’t you put on your Ryan Howard jersey and go play in one of Swilly’s many beautiful parks with your friends?

bobbymahlon

July 13th, 2011
1:38 pm

MountainJim : My words exactly to my wife as I sat watching the game (the ump is squeezing the strike zone on Craig). That sucks.

Mark's for the Braves

July 13th, 2011
2:11 pm

Great job by all Braves, but it stunk that JJ was not allowed to start the game.

Kendell Jones

July 13th, 2011
3:30 pm

I liked the representation of the Braves. The catcher from the Braves is the best in both leagues, and our pitchers showed that they can pitch to the best of the American league who are supposed to be such good hitters. It didn’t appear that they had seen the caliber of pitchers that Atlanta has.

Brave New World

July 13th, 2011
4:05 pm

The more Kimbrell and Venters get the opportunity to pitch “inder the microscope” as in The All Star Game, the easier their transition to the pressures of the post season. All our Braves All Stars did their team and their league proud!

M10

July 13th, 2011
4:29 pm

Arizona fans should be ashamed of there classless behavior towards Prince I hope they wont get another one anytime soon.

william T

July 13th, 2011
10:31 pm

the phillies are about as worried as general william t sherman was when he steamrolled atlanta during the 1864 season

alina

July 14th, 2011
3:28 am

My words exactly to my wife as I dodgers tickets sat watching the game (the ump is squeezing the strike zone on Craig). That sucks.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

July 14th, 2011
8:14 am

william T July 13th, 2011 10:31 pm the phillies are about as worried as general william t sherman was when he steamrolled atlanta during the 1864 season.
AND alina July 14th, 2011 3:28 am My words exactly to my wife as I dodgers tickets sat watching the game (the ump is squeezing the strike zone on Craig). That sucks.

While a BUI (Blogging Under the Influence) is not as serious a crime as a DUI, you 2 morons should nonetheless just sleep it off next time instead of blogging wrecklessly.

richie_rich1986

July 14th, 2011
10:53 am

Every Day Jonny if you get a chance to read this! Maybe now that your an All-Star you won’t have to feel you need to sign every single day during spring training every chance you get! lol Come on now your an all-star buddy!!!! Congrats man I’m very proud of ya!

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