Braves quotes after 10,000th franchise win

***FREDI GONZALEZ
“We finished the first half with the score the other way around [14-1 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday]. It was nice to come back and score some runs, and Huddy gave us a terrific performance. Seven solid innings, and he helped himself with the bat also.”

On coming out with big offense in first game back

“We were patient with Livan. He made some mistakes over the plate, which he usually doesn’t. We also took advantage of some miscues on their part, which is good to see, too. Because we’ve been in that situation and not gotten anything. It’s nice to see. Good all-around effort by the entire team.”

On Prado’s big return game

“He’s such a pro, the approach he gives you every at-bat, and he made some nice plays at third base, also. It’s nice to see.”

On Hudson

“Made some nice pitches [to get out of some trouble early], and then he just got better as the game went on. He was trying to talk me into another inning.”

On 10,000 wins

“That’s great. I’m going to keep all the scorecards, and nice to see Mr. Schuerholz down in the tunnel. Did he speak?” [Yes, Schuerholz did speak to the crowd over the P.A. system from the field afterward.] “Oh, good. I’ll probably catch that later.

“Not many organizations get to 10,000 wins. Just to be part of it, to tell your grandkids, hey, I was there, I managed that game when we got to 10,000 wins.”

***TIM HUDSON

On getting two hits to help his own cause

“It’s kind of fun. We don’t have games where we help ourselves out too much, so it’s nice to go out there and get a couple of knocks.”

“Guys really came out and played hard and put some runs up early. It was nice.”

What was working for you, pitch-wise?

“I had a pretty good breaking ball and cutter. It took me a little while to get my sinker and fastball located well. I was overthrowing a little bit in the first couple of innings and it was just getting away from me a little bit. I was able to throw some cutters and some sliders to get back into counts, and the third inning or so I felt like I was in a much better groove.”

On team coming out and scoring 11 runs in first game back

“It’s great. You never know what’s going to happen after the break. We were playing some pretty good baseball at the end of the first half. The guys came out and were having some good at-bats. Obviously they [Nationals] helped us out kicking it around a little bit. But that’s part of the game, as well. We still had some good base hits and some good at-bats and put some crooked numbers up.”

On getting Prado back after losing Chipper

“It’s great having him back. That was a big blow for us, losing him for six or seven weeks. Obviously it hurts losing Chipper, but to be able to plug Prado in, you’re not missing anything there. He’s going to put you some good, professional at-bats up there, he’s going to hit a ball out of the park, and he’s going to play some great baseball for us.”

On his 139-5 record when his team scores four or more runs while he’s in

“Some people have mentioned it here and there. I think pretty much any top-of-the-rotation guy, if they get that many runs, that much of a lead, they should win the game. I think it’s your job to go out there and preserve a lead. If you get a three- or four-run lead and you don’t hold it down, you don’t need to be up here.”

On winning first game back from break

“The Nationals always play us tough. That’s a team that, on paper, we probably should beat. But they play us as well as anybody. They pitch us well, they have really good at-bats against our starters and bullpen. It’s never easy against those guys. They’re scrappy, and they’re a much better club this year than they have been in years past. To get this win and get us going on the right foot, it’s important. But tomorrow’s a new day. We need to go out there and try to win tomorrow, then go into the last game hopefully going for a sweep.”

(Classic quote alert, folks)

On being winning pitcher in Braves’ 10,000th win

“That’s pretty cool. Obviously that’s a lot of wins, lot of games from a lot of teams in a lot of different cities. I’m sure the players from the Beaneaters are probably excited. There’s probably a tear in their ancestors’ eyes somewhere.”

***MARTIN PRADO

On 10,000th win

“It’s one of those games that we made history. It’s going to be in those books. And having my name on it, is a good thing for me.”

On whether he was confident hits would come despite rehab numbers

“Rehabbing I was taking some pitches and I wasn’t worried about hitting the ball. I was trying to get my strike zone and have an idea and a plan. But tonight I was, OK, I’ve got to be more aggressive. I’ve got Schafer at second (in first at-bat), I got a good pitch to hit and I hit it to somebody but you can’t control that. After that I had pretty good at-bats.”

On him saying it would take a few games to get his swing back

“Well, I probably just got lucky tonight.”

On team coming out of break with this offense

“It doesn’t surprise the way these guys work every day, the way they prepare before the game. When I was hurt, I saw my team doing it all. I’m proud to be a Brave and to be part of the team.”

On feeling the adrenaline of being back in big leagues

“I felt different tonight. A couple games rehabbing I didn’t feel pumped up, the way everybody was expecting 10,000 wins gave me that push to go after and do what I can do.”

On setting tone for second half

“That’s a good way to start. For now I think it’s going to be the most important of the season, when everybody starts getting tired and trying to get as many wins as we can get the second half. And we’ll see at the end what’s going to happen.”

On how he felt

“I felt good. I was waiting for this moment for a long time, to be part of this historic win was a blessing for me, and to help the team win was even better.”

***JASON HEYWARD

On 10,000 wins for Braves

“This franchise has winning tradition and expects to win. That’s the goal and that’s the attitude. To be in my second year and be on two teams that have shown a lot of potential, that’s pretty special. The fact that the [10,000th win] also came at a time when we’re playing well, that’s pretty cool.”

On getting Prado back

“It’s kind of bittersweet to have guys coming in and going out. But I feel like whenever somebody goes down and we get somebody back, it fits right in. Because if we get Martin back and Chip’s [healthy], then we have a situation with the outfield that we don’t necessarily know [what’s going to happen].

“Right now, things are working out. Just glad to be getting guys back.”

68 comments Add your comment

DawgsWinTechCheats

July 15th, 2011
11:53 pm

Congrats Braves, Huddy, Prado & co. on the historic 10,000 win!

Best part is, unlike gt, you did fair & square with no cheating!

AustinBrave

July 15th, 2011
11:56 pm

I think Huddy meant descendent, not ancestor. I don’t think there are many Beaneater ancestors around any more.

Rufio

July 15th, 2011
11:58 pm

FIRST!!!

Nice game all around! I am glad they started back with such a commanding win over a tough opponent. Washington has played us tough for several years now.

I am glad to see Pat Corrales on the bench for the Nats. I wish he was on the Braves bench instead. Him or Jimmy Williams would have helped Freddi.

Who was the ballplayer for the Marlins or Yankees or both that Corrales would get into an argument in the playoffs or World Series?

Rufio

July 15th, 2011
11:59 pm

I guess I should have just typed first………..LOL

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
12:00 am

Great quotes. Thanks DOB. Prado is the CATALYST of this team. He is the spark. Just having him out there is pure enjoyment. That man is a pure baseball player. Does everything right and goes about it the right way. There are very few of them lately in this generation. That is why I love watching guys like Prado and the way he goes about his job. Really refreshing and enjoyable to watch. Welcome back Martin. Now it is time to gain some ground on those guys that have lost over 10,000 games.

DontStopTheChop

July 16th, 2011
12:03 am

Prado is unreal. To miss that much time and come back looking like you didn’t miss a game is not an easy thing to do. That shows how talented he is. Defensively as well. Especially since he missed all that time on top of the fact that when he was playing he was in left, to just go out to 3rd base and make it look easy, unreal.

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
12:06 am

@Don’t stop………that is why rehab assignments are important not only for timing at the plate but also defensively. Prado is a true baller.

Jabbo

July 16th, 2011
12:09 am

Rufio, I can’t remember. But you’re right.

shmoe

July 16th, 2011
12:18 am

shhhhhh, but is uggla starting to get healthy? he waited on that breaking ball real well. mclouth hitting the ball….prado is so good.

mj

July 16th, 2011
12:30 am

the player was Dennis Cook…he played for the Marlins and Mets not the Yankees, Pat would catch Cook marking or doctoring the ball when he played the Braves.

Bravesfanindiana

July 16th, 2011
12:42 am

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Bravesfanindiana

July 16th, 2011
12:45 am

Accidentally entered nothing.

Just want to say that martin prado is quickly becoming my favorite brave. He’s a clutch player. A complete proffesional. There is never a doubt in my mind he loves playing for the braves. He is one of those guys who just “gets it”. Go braves!

Runnin

July 16th, 2011
1:11 am

Hey, cut Huddy some slack on the ancestor/descendant slip. He got close the the correct word, about as close as your spelling. We know what he meant and that’s good enough for somebody who went to Auburn.

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
1:14 am

That was a low blow Runnin. Good one and being a UGA fan loved it, but still a low blow lol

BRING BACK MATTY D!!

July 16th, 2011
1:15 am

How good is Martin Prado?

Justin

July 16th, 2011
1:20 am

How come every time we win the damn phillies do to?????????

bravos007

July 16th, 2011
1:24 am

martin prado is my fav brave ever. i just love watching him. i still think he is the most underrated player in MLB. unreal talent. he better stay a brave forever or i will go on strike at turner field lol

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
1:28 am

@Justin…..1) they playing the stinking Mets that are about to trade a few more players away because that team is broke. 2) They are really good. You are talking about the 2 best teams in the NL and arguably the best 2 teams in the majors. It makes it a lot more fun to be fighting for the division until the end instead of winning it before the end of August and facing the hot team that had to win 7 out of 8 just to have a chance at the playoffs, right? Hunger and drive are huge motivators I think. It could be helpful when the playoffs come. Didn’t work out last year, but this team is better than last year’s team.

NorCal Brave

July 16th, 2011
1:32 am

I wasn’t around for the Boston years, but have enjoyed every win by the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves. If this kind of offense shows up regularly in the 2nd half, we’re in for a good run. Couldn’t be happier for Martin Prado.

Just Wanna Say

July 16th, 2011
1:36 am

God today was a good day. Harry Potter and a blowout win with PRADO. I just feel so good right now.

Linebrink for Cy

July 16th, 2011
1:48 am

Prado returns and Braves win … that’s a good sign

Also, out of all Division/Wild Card standings, the 6 game lead the Braves have for the NL WC is the largest.

bruce mac

July 16th, 2011
2:21 am

When are we going to trade Delgado for Hunter Pence?

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
2:30 am

@Bruce…..Pence is a really good player. If Delgado is all Houston wants for Pence the deal should have been 2 weeks ago. But what on earth makes you think that Houston will trade their best player for 1………just 1 AA starter that has a ton of potential, but is not putting up lights-out numbers @AA? Please dude let’s try reality it is more fun :D

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ATLfan15

July 16th, 2011
6:57 am

good way to start the second half…and Prado looks like he never even missed a game, what an absolute pro he is.

i’ll be at the game on Sunday, can’t wait! GO BRAVES!!!

Ralph

July 16th, 2011
7:22 am

Heyward (.227) continues to lead the charge to overtake Uggly (.l86) for lowest batting average, hot on his tail though is McOut (.229) with A Gone (.230)and Shaf (.231) not far behind, STAY TUNED.

henry from TN

July 16th, 2011
7:48 am

good game all around good pitching, hitting, and defence… beware of tonight we face a left hander and Lannan has been good aganist the braves i hope we knock him out around the 4th inning….

UGASlobberknocker

July 16th, 2011
7:57 am

Every time I start to really like Huddy, somebody reminds me he is an Auburn man..

jk.. once they come to Atlanta they are ours..I even love Hawk’s Horford even tho he is a former lizard.The one exception is former Techie Keith Brooking who I never liked and always thought was way overrated.

Ralph

July 16th, 2011
8:00 am

Yes Henry and usually when we score a bunch of runs (about once every ten games) we don’t score any for four or five games, at least it seems that way.

UGASlobberknocker

July 16th, 2011
8:20 am

According to the MLB site, the St Louis Cardinals also have over 10k wins, making the Braves the 4th team to get there, not the third.

Shakey

July 16th, 2011
8:37 am

Braves are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and have the third best record in MLB. They are 17 games over .500. Ralph, please tell the blog what would make you happy.

bravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

July 16th, 2011
8:48 am

atlfan15, I’ll be at the game on Sunday, too. Section 401, but will most likely go hang around the Terrace level to stay out of the sun.

Chief Tradeachippa

July 16th, 2011
8:50 am

GREAT atmosphere last night. When Scheurholtz (sp?) walked out on the field, it really felt like he was the owner talking to the fans. Can’t wait to see which local face buys this team this fall.

Congrats to Huddy for an incredible game, and thanks to the gNats for fielding like little leaguers. But at least they didn’t cheat like the NATS…

Shakey

July 16th, 2011
8:56 am

What are the odds? My son and I will be at the game Sunday, section 401R.

Bob the Blogger

July 16th, 2011
9:02 am

It’s amazing we have the record we have with five of the eight position players hitting .231 or less. If they can start producing at their career average levels, watch out!

ATLfan15

July 16th, 2011
9:04 am

@bravesgrl4life, Shakey: i’ll be in the terrace level (in the shade), thanks to some buy one/get one free coupons from a friend of mine. and JJ is pitching too…i love going to ‘The Ted’. :-)

63 year Braves fan

July 16th, 2011
9:27 am

I have been a Braves fan since 1948. They won the pennant but lost to the Cleveland Indians. Those
were the days of Spahn & Sain and pray for rain. Bob Elliot known as “Mr. Team” was league MVP.
Then Milwaukee with a World Championship in 1957 as a wedding gift to me. Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn etc. This was an outstanding team. And since 1966, the Atlanta Braves and
many bad and good teams. If the teams of the 90’s had Johnie Venters Craig Kimbrel, they would have won more than one championship. Trade for Hunter Pence and we have a prime contender for
a World Championship this year.

DevilWearsPradoToo

July 16th, 2011
10:13 am

Batting average is overrated. Look at the Braves run differential. Last time I looked it only matters which team has more runs at the end of the game. Our pitching has definitely saved us the first half but the Phillies are in the same boat.

clay

July 16th, 2011
10:23 am

Ralph

July 16th, 2011
7:22 am
Heyward (.227) continues to lead the charge to overtake Uggly (.l86) for lowest batting average, hot on his tail though is McOut (.229) with A Gone (.230)and Shaf (.231) not far behind, STAY TUNED.

Dude, who cares what there overall avg is for the rest of the year. Its not going to get any better by much. As long as they bat what there avg should be in the second half, thats what matters man.

reckingball

July 16th, 2011
10:33 am

I would say that runs scored and RBI, are the two most important offensive stats.

reckingball

July 16th, 2011
10:36 am

Ralph, go find your dog and see if he is happy.
If so, give him a good swift kick. Just kidding, please don’t kick your puppy. haha

Rufio

July 16th, 2011
10:55 am

Jabbo,

I found the answer to my question about who Pat Corrales argued with on the Yankees and Marlins. It was Jim Leyritz. He was like Jason Werth when he played with the Phillies. He was a nightmare for the Braves.

I forgot Leyritz killed a woman while drunk driving in 2007. He was convicted of manslaughter and received a $500 fine and probation.

bill

July 16th, 2011
10:57 am

timely or clutch hitting are more important. We have had great players who were dismal under pressure.. Gant, Oberkfell, Galraga, bob Horner and we have had guys who delivered Dale Murphy, Chris Chambliss and Mark the Lemmer. Can you deliver when the heats on? If you can you are more valuable than your statistics. Today we take another step toward the playoffs and the real season.

NickGranite

July 16th, 2011
11:03 am

Hopefully Shafer will be able to raise that average with Prado behind him. I like Gonzo’s glove but he is where he needs to be in the order. Terrible in the two hole but can pop one out every once in awhile in the 8 hole and doesn’t damage you by whiffing/popping out in RISP and moving runners over opportunities.

reckingball

July 16th, 2011
11:09 am

It would be nice if Gonzalez could develop a little discipline at the plate.

the truth...

July 16th, 2011
11:54 am

63 year Braves fan

How could you be a fan from the year you were born? I was born two years earlier and consider myself a fan no earlier than around 7 years old or so….before then I was just an Atlanta Crackers fan….’57 was the year I “found” the Milwaukee Braves and have been on their fan list since.

the truth...

July 16th, 2011
11:59 am

STATS ARE FOCUSED ON WAY TOO MUCH…..

I care less what Uggla’s average is….or Conrad or anyone else to some degree. Of course it’s great to look down the lineup and see.300 plus averages and a bunch of 25 plus home run hitters…

I love the stats…..

Bottom line is if Uggla hits a double by third to drive in two and we win the game 2-1 that is what we’re paying him for….

Last year when Conrad was hitting all the clutch home runs we weren’t focused on his average….it was the clutch hitting that made him big time and it still is…

Blankster

July 16th, 2011
12:48 pm

I dont see why our lead off hitter (jordan Schafer) is the guy with the lowest OPS on the team (i.e. he is the worst hitter). Makes no sense to lead off with your worst hitter. He need moving down to number 9. This would be my order:
Prado
Heyward
Mac
Fred
Uggla
Nate
AGon
Pitcher
Schafer

htownbravesfan

July 16th, 2011
12:52 pm

Don’t look now, but this team is starting to get the national attention we’ve been looking for. On Buster Olney’s segment on Mike and Mike this past Thursday, Mike Greenberg stated questions in the in box had “tons” of Braves fans chiming in, and the Braves were also the focus of the first True/False segment on ESPN radio, with the question pertaining to whether they were a “lock” to make the playoffs. The answer was a unanimous yes, with one of the commentators (I believe his name is Adnan Sharif) picking the Braves to win it all.

Ralph

July 16th, 2011
1:06 pm

Why is everybody jumping all over me, all I am doing is stating fact, just because we win a few games your all happy but as soon as they hit the skids all of you are cry babbies, anyway opinions are like A-holes, everybody has one.

Brave New World

July 16th, 2011
1:14 pm

Ralph: Why don’t you become a Royals fan? They have some better batting averages than many Braves hitters. All we can offer you as a Braves fan is the third best record in baseball.

Frank Wren

July 16th, 2011
1:35 pm

Braves fans: When I’m not on the golf course, I have been thinking (why does that always hurt my brain?) of ways to improve your team and wanted to get your input. So here goes….
1. Pitching: sign Blaine Boyer, bring up K.K. or bring Kolb out of retirement.
2. Offense: resign Mathers or bring bring Ken Griffey Jr. or Boog Powell out of retirement. Also, and I know that you will like this idea, hire Greg Norton as assistant hitting coach.

What do you think?

reckingball

July 16th, 2011
1:44 pm

Frank Wren……..”What do you think?”
I think, that you’re not very funny. Sorry. haha

The Fan Nazi

July 16th, 2011
1:46 pm

Love them or leave now! If you don’t love the Braves, their management and the owners and show loyalty to them all the time—then move out of Atlanta. If you don’t live in Atlanta, move to France.

Paul W. Williams

July 16th, 2011
1:47 pm

I have 4 tickets vs SF Giants, Monday August 15, Aisle 101, Row 9. I cannot attend.

If anyone has tix as good as these on another date and wants to exchange, please email pwwharvest@aol.com with details.

reckingball

July 16th, 2011
1:54 pm

Ralph@1:06pm………”all I am doing is stating fact”
I’ve had a great week, got to spend a lot of time with the family, made a lot of money, life is great.
BUT, I am not going to live forever, might die tomorrow, life just builds you up to let you down. Crummy life, what’s the use of living, if you are going to die?
I suppose that “all I am doing is stating fact.”

Ralph

July 16th, 2011
1:54 pm

What is the porpose of this blog anyway, is it just to rave about how great we are or to offer constructive critiicism, I know this is a very good team but I also know it could be a lot better and that there are a lot of players who are not earning their money,if you don’t seek perfection then you should. If you are satisfied with five players all hitting below .230 going into the playoffs then thats what you will get, not saying they can’t win it all that way but I would feel better if we were not relying solely on pitching because that can play out also later in the season.

reckingball

July 16th, 2011
1:55 pm

worry, don’t be happy

Ralph

July 16th, 2011
2:04 pm

@reckingball

I have been reading your BS all year long and you have a history of complaining as much as anybody but unlike you I don’t write all the time critizing what other people write. You need to be careful what you say in the future because I will be there to remind you.

westside

July 16th, 2011
2:44 pm

@Ralph

i get what you’re saying,but what we all are saying is that we are tied with the 2nd most wins in the whole league. i think its quite obvious that a-gon, mclouth, schafer, uggla , and heyward are hitting sub-.240. WE KNOW. its fustrating at times, but we also have prado, bmac,chipper, freddie who hit well. numbers can be deceiving, uggla and heyward have stepped it up since June 1. A-gon swings at everything, but his defense saves runs so we dnt have to score 7-8 a game just to win. Boston has arguably the best offense in baseball, yet they cant pitch, especially with everyone injured. so dnt py too much attention to numbers , with our offense plus pitching, and managment, we somehow managed to win 55 games so far, top 3 in all of mlb. i like our chances come playoff time, although i would like a better offensive SS with solid defense

westside

July 16th, 2011
2:50 pm

and please stop with the Pence ideas. we are definitley not trading Teheran, FW said he was untouchable, dnt even mention his name for anyone, he is our future ace. we have power hitters , uggla 15 hr, bmac 15hr, freeman 13 hr, prado and heyward 9 hr( both would be in double digits if not injured). we need a leadoff man who can hit as well as get on base consistently, to set up prado,heyward, etc. to bring him in. schafer will start for us in the future, but his bat hasnt really developed yet. so be realistic folks we have a great team and will in the future

John in Wichita

July 16th, 2011
2:59 pm

So while we are on the topic of fairly meaningless milestones… (10,000 losses is coming up soon, too)… is the player who scores the 90,000th run in team history going to get a free hot dog at the Varsity? (We are 55 runs away from that one.) These things happen when you claim 135 years of history.

reckingball

July 16th, 2011
3:08 pm

Ralph, why are you so touchy? I’m only kidding you.
Yes, I do complain, but I don’t complain as much as “anybody else”.
Some people like to complain all of the time, like even after their team wins 11 to 1, and has one of the best records in MLB. Haha.

You have a perfect right to complain all of the time, if you wish.
I have a perfect right to comment on whatever I wish to comment on.
And I don’t comment on 99.99% of the stupid comments that I see on these blogs.

reckingball

July 16th, 2011
3:17 pm

I am looking forward to your comments, “about what I say in the future”, but I can’t be carefull about what I say. Sorry.

Internet threats, highlarious.

Phillip Morris

July 16th, 2011
3:25 pm

Glad to see Ugla hitting with power…………………..Don’t care about his average…………..just keep drivin’ em in!!

Nova Scotia Steve

July 16th, 2011
4:44 pm

“I’m proud to be a Brave and to be part of the team.”

Awesome quote. Just an awesome quote.

Bobby Cox

July 16th, 2011
5:38 pm

Play Eric Hinske over Nate McClouth and Ramirez.
Also, see if Troy Glaus would like to be a big RH bat off the bench for us down the home stretch

Ron Hyatt

July 16th, 2011
7:33 pm

Just imagine how much faster this would have happened if Booby had known when to pull a pitcher over a 20 year span.

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