Braves quotes after Tuesday win against Cubs

***JASON HEYWARD

On hitting grand slam to opposite field, seeing results of what he’s been working on

“Yeah, I wasn’t exactly sure when it was going to show up, but tonight’s definitely a good start for that.”

On his success in couple of series at Wrigley (9-for-16 with three homers, eight RBIs)

“I think it’s just worked out that way. I really felt our bullpen was huge tonight, man. They removed a lot of pressure on us hitters. We get out there in the field and think they have a great chance to score some runs again, and our bullpen shuts ‘em down.”

On having a major impact on team’s sixth straight win, with his grand slam

“It felt pretty good tonight. I tried to stay simple and not do too much. It showed.”

On staying positive through recent struggles and benching

“It’s not easy when you’re not playing every day, but I understand the situation we have at hand. I want to win games. I want to go to the playoffs and I want to experience that again. We want to go as far as possible. I definitely understand I’m not going to be in there every day. I’ve just got to make the most of it.”

***CRAIG KIMBREL

On Ramirez two-out bloop in ninth (single and E9)

“I’m glad that’s all he did was hit a bloop, because he could have done a lot more with that pitch. It definitely wasn’t where I wanted it to be.”

Are you able to not focus on the record or the streak?

“I’m not thinking about a record or streak, I’m just trying to help us win.”

You think about what you’ve accomplished, or maybe you’ll at least reflect upon it later?

“I’ll look back on it at the end of the year. Right now I’m just worried about helping us win and helping us get to the playoffs and through the playoffs.”

On  roll that the team’s on

“Pretty awesome. Like I said the other day, winning games is fun. Hopefully we have a lot more fun for the rest of the year.”

On recent addition of rookie Vizcaino and how much he’s helped bullpen

“It definitely has. He’s tremendously talented. And he’s got three pitches because he was a starter. Three really good pitches. He’s been really big for our bullpen, and he’s going to be a big part of us winning down the stretch.”

***FREDI GONZALEZ

“The bullpen did a terrific job. Couple of different [people] in the cast of characters…

“They got four runs in the fifth inning, then with the wind blowing out in this ballpark nobody else got anything the rest of the game, which is [unusual].

“They’ve got a pretty good bullpen over there, too, and our guys did a nice job.”

On Heyward

“Good for him, for his psyche and his confidence. Good time to come out swinging. First grand slam of his career. Everything good.”

On Kimbrel matching rookie record

“Unbelievable. Good for the young man. I would like to see how many of those are one-run games. It seems like every night it’s one run….

“He gets Ramirez – keeps him in the ballpark, first of all. He’s been hotter than anybody in the major leagues. He bloops it in there, now he’s in scoring position… [Kimbrel] is just so composed. He’s not just a fastball guy anymore. He threw three breaking balls to the last guy. He’s learning. He’s getting better. He’s been terrific, really.”

“He’s pitched. Some guys at the back ends of bullpens, closers, are throwers. But he’s a pitcher. He pitches. Which is a nice combination to have along with a 98-mph fastball.”

On the five-run inning, rally began with two outs

“We broke it open, which is nice to see. Again, it’s one of those games that you’re thinking is going to be high-scoring, with the wind blowing out and balls leaving the ballpark. But their bullpen did a terrific job, and our bullpen did a great job, also.”

On Alex Gonzalez taking 3-2 pitch with bases loaded to bring in first run

“I haven’t seen it yet on video, but that was a close pitch. We got a run there, and I think Jason hit a changeup or a breaking ball out to center field, which is nice to see.”

On Minor cruising until the four-run fifth

“I think sometimes it’s growing pains. Young starter, you’ve got to grind those outs through the fifth and sixth innings. Usually the first inning, the fifth inning are the innings that the young starter gets in trouble. We saw that early on with Beachy. Hopefully the learning curve with Minor is short and he gets over that stuff.”

***CHIPPER JONES

On Heyward hitting a grand slam to left-center

“That’s what he’s got to do. His first at-bat he thinks pull first. He finally said, ‘you know what, I’m going to stay inside of everything, go the other way.’ And what do you know, something good happens.”

On what Kimbrel has shown this year

“Fearless. Absolutely fearless. I think he realized really early on in the season, I throw the ball 100 miles an hour, and 99 percent of the people in the big leagues, you can tell them 99 [mph] is coming and they ain’t going to hit it. And he’s got a devastating breaking ball to boot. And he commands both.

“To listen to guys on other teams talk about our guys at the end of the bullpen, it’s really amazing. That they have harnessed everything this quickly. The kid’s got 40 saves before the end of August.”

“It’s been a clinic. Those guys have been awesome.”

On Kimbrel not acting like a rookie on the mound

“Confidence is a big thing in this game. You walk up there knowing you’re going to get a hit, you double your chances of getting a hit. You walk out there on the mound knowing people can’t hit you and you’re throwing every pitch with conviction, you’re going to do well.”

***MIKE MINOR

On pitching four scoreless innings, then giving up four in fifth

“After we got the five runs, I just wanted to go after hitters and throw strikes. I caught the middle of the plate against Soriano [on the homer] and after that it kind of snowballed on me. I hit the next batter, I was missing spots, it just wasn’t a good inning. I couldn’t get it going.”

You still got a win, team got its sixth straight win…

“Yeah, it’s huge. The bullpen came through like they have all years. Heyward’s grand slam was huge.”

On what it meant to see Heyward come through

“Oh, it was real big. I bet it feels good for him, because he’s been struggling a little bit. Tonight he got two hits, one of those being a home run. Grand slam.”

251 comments Add your comment

Reid in EAV

August 24th, 2011
12:29 am

Great game tonight. Would have loved runs in more innings than just one, but we can win the nail-biters too.

Reid in EAV

August 24th, 2011
12:33 am

Dale Murphy coined the perfect phrase for Kimbrel, btw. FEAR THE FUZZ!

Linebrink for Cy

August 24th, 2011
12:33 am

“(Fredi on Aramis) He gets Ramirez – keeps him in the ballpark, first of all. I was so afraid there; he’s been hotter than anybody in the major leagues”

so he knows he a really hot hitter right now so I wonder if, in these final 2 games of the series, he’ll pitch him any differently if they have a slight lead and he’s up with a chance to do some damage …..

Rob from SC

August 24th, 2011
12:34 am

Three hits for Heyward

rc35

August 24th, 2011
12:35 am

I’m hoping to see a replay. How in the world does anybody hit an inside-the-park homer in Wrigley Field?

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
12:39 am

On the roll that the team’s on

“Pretty awesome.”

I second that emotion!

Strikeoutlookin

August 24th, 2011
12:42 am

Well mybe someone will hit an inside the parker tomorrow and we can all see how its done in Wrigley, Because there wasnt one tonight either….lol

joliet jim

August 24th, 2011
12:43 am

Rc35 thats easy…..hit it against the cubs…..

rc35

August 24th, 2011
12:44 am

Seriously, I missed part of the game, but the online play-by-play on Yahoo said that a Cub hit an inside-the-park to left field. Was that bogus?

Smitty

August 24th, 2011
12:44 am

Quite begrudging praise for Heyward.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
12:47 am

There was not an inside the park HR. Soriano hit one out to LF.

luvthosedawgs68

August 24th, 2011
12:50 am

My only problem with tonight’s game was that I would’ve walked Ramirez in the 5th to load the bases….. Everything else went just as I had hoped. Bullpen was amazing again, I do believe that Fredi will start using Martinez and Sherrill for certain hitters depending on the lefty/righty matchup.

AJ in Augusta

August 24th, 2011
12:52 am

rc35…. no inside-the-park homer. Heyward hit a grand slam. Soriano hit a solo shot for the Cubs.

rc35

August 24th, 2011
12:52 am

Rowsdower,thanks for the clarification. You can’t believe everything you read online, can you?:)

NorCal Brave

August 24th, 2011
12:53 am

As Fredi says, Kimbrel’s record is all the more impressive with all the 1-run saves. The young man has grown up in a hurry.

Burgess

August 24th, 2011
12:53 am

Will somebody grow a pair and ask Freddi about pitching to Ramirez with 1st base open and 2 outs and ask Chipper about loafing to 2nd ?

Rebel Brave

August 24th, 2011
12:55 am

Love the “Craig’s List” phrase that (I think) Prado coined for Kimbrel. There are over a 100 names on “Craig’s STRIKEOUT List” Awesome!

SB75

August 24th, 2011
12:56 am

Good for Jason! Can he please have another start tomorrow, he hits well in Chi.

ben

August 24th, 2011
12:57 am

We really are spoiled with pitcher’s right now. This is going to be an incredible era in braves baseball!

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
12:57 am

I am very happy for Heyward. This is going to be a great boost to his confidence. I was more impressed with his 2 singles than his flyball to CF that cleared the basket due to the wind. That is not a slam, but noone would be as excited if he went 2-4 with 2 singles. It would still be a start…

I have maintained since Georgie came up and started raking that I don’t care which one plays as long as they are producing and helping this team win. Great game Jason!

Joseph

August 24th, 2011
12:58 am

Fun game. Good to see Heyward hitting. Loved his interview after the game more than what he did in the game. Was asked about his performance (paraphrasing) he redirected it to how amazing the bullpen was. I love this 22 year old kid. He has his head on straight. That impressed me more than the grand slam, and that was a dang good swing he made on that grand slam. But I am more impressed with his maturity. Keep your head up Mr. Heyward. You are going to be a star.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
1:00 am

Damnit, Giants tie it 5-5. COME ON PADS!

A Brave in Minnesota

August 24th, 2011
1:01 am

LOL……we win the game and people are complaining that he (Freddi) should have done this and he should have done that……

…..now I would agree with ALL OF YOU who say that if we were losing all the time and didn’t have the 4th best record in baseball……

……but which team is on a 6 game winning streak and currently has the 4th best record in baseball, mananged BY Freddi G?

….hmmmmmm, well it certainly ain’t the TWINS!!! ;-)

Joseph

August 24th, 2011
1:06 am

Rowsdower, with all due respect sir. I will pull for the Mets to actually show up and give the Phils a game tomorrow. 6.5GB isn’t impossible. 6 games left straight up. WC is a lock. I will not concede the division until it is clinched. And the way this team is playing per game basis, they have the make-up to pull of what the Phils did in (forgive me) either 08 or 09 when they beat the Mets that had a 7 game lead with 15 games to play and lost by 1 game. Nothing is impossible. Hope they keep Constanza on the trainer’s table for the rest of this series at least. We need his speed.

jip

August 24th, 2011
1:08 am

Dob, doesn’t know how to ask the tough questions boys

A Brave in Minnesota

August 24th, 2011
1:09 am

…..and as far as pitching to Ramirez is concerned…..

….I think it was VERY smart of Gonzalez to let them pitch to him, because we need that kind of pressure situation and we need to be ready for that come playoff time. What better time (and team) to practice those things then now when we have a VERY comfortable lead in the WC. It’s time for us to see how playoff ready we are by seeing if our pitchers and fielders can get themselves out of jams like that and make the adjustments to them NOW, instead of trying to do it when it really matters. I am sure Freddi G is making adjustments as well, and he is trying to see what works for this team.

Please Braves fans, let them man do his job…..see what he can do for us first before you pass judgement on his managorial skills. He was paid to do his job, NOT US!! We need to support him and the team MORE THAN EVER. I am sure some, if not all of the Braves players read some of these blogs that we write on here and I am sure they go back and talk about them. SO let’s stay positive and keep them motivated to win more games BRAVES fans!!!

And to the Atlanta Braves team (if you really do read this)….

…..YOU ARE ALL AWESOME!!!!! :-)

Nevada Roy

August 24th, 2011
1:10 am

I didn’t think I would be saying this this year but I think Chipper should be hitting third right now.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
1:10 am

@Joseph – I am going to continue to focus on the division we lead until we play the Phillies H2H. If we catch them, great. If we don’t and make the playoffs, just as good.

Joseph

August 24th, 2011
1:13 am

Jip, DOB is doing what his job is. He is a beat writer. Maybe you do not know what that is actually. Or the decorum that is required during interviews. Also I doubt that you know these quotes are not 1-on-1 interviews. They are QUOTES from a collection of questions asked from different reporters. I doubt you could do DOB’s job for just 1 game so back off with the dumb comments JIP.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
1:17 am

Padres take the lead 6-5…

Joseph

August 24th, 2011
1:18 am

Rowsdower…Hamales is now on the Dl. For some strange reason this is reminding me of last year. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t this team have a lead in the division at this point last year and then the injuries started piling up? While the Phils had tons of injuries early then finally started to get healthy this time of year? What is happening this year? Rollins and Hamales are now on the DL this week. I am just saying, maybe the baseball gods are reversing history.

Joseph

August 24th, 2011
1:22 am

Jip, I may be out of line, but if you feel the way you do with the insults that stated, then there is one obvious solution. There is a door. Please do not slam it as you leave so that you do not wake the neighbors. If you can do a better job Mr. Jip start your own blog and try to get reporter creditials and see how many people show up for it. Until then do not insult the host.

Didn’t your mother teach you any manners at all?

David O'Brien

August 24th, 2011
1:23 am

Dob, doesn’t know how to ask the tough questions boys jip

You tell the boys, jip. You tough guy.

Romone

August 24th, 2011
1:24 am

I wish Fredi would tell us if Heyward is going to play or not. I bet J-Hey gets a raw deal.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
1:24 am

I’m down with that, but i’m not counting on it either. I’m a firm believer in the bird the hand. We have the Wild Card in hand and increasing our lead can only help. The Phillies are the 2 in the bush. I would love nothing more than to set that bush on fire.

7-5 Pads ;)

Romone

August 24th, 2011
1:25 am

For the next game.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
1:26 am

Wait, J-Hey has one good game in months and he is getting a raw deal if Constanza comes back ready to play tomorrow?

Joseph

August 24th, 2011
1:29 am

Rowsdower, My point goes back to the mid 90s when we clinched the division and the best record by early September. What happened? We played bench players constantly. I am all for selective rest. Like what Fredi is doing. We just went through the motions the last month of the season then and what happened? We played a team that had to fight and claw just to have a chance to get to the playoffs and lost. I want to be the team that has to fight and claw and do anything that it takes to get in. And in my opinion that is the goal of the division. The WC will probably be clinched in less than 3 weeks. I want focus on fighting until the last game and more importantly to go into the playoffs with an edge and an attitude like they have right now.

Joseph

August 24th, 2011
1:32 am

Constanza needs to sit the next 2 games. Rest that ankle. We can live with 1 out of 2 that will mean 3 out of 4 against the Cubs. Dont rush him back. Heyward should play tomorrow. Like i said, dang how can you not pull for the kid with the attitude that he has?

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
1:33 am

Fredi is not going to shut it down and set the playoff rotation until the division is mathematically gone. They are going to go for it. I’m just not concerned with it until its in my face. I’m shortsighted like that.

Joseph

August 24th, 2011
1:37 am

There is nothing wrong with it brother. I just stated my perspective. I like big picture thinking. Oh yeah, don’t forget that the Phils still have to GO TO Brewers in September for 3 or 4 games. That could be really interesting.

SB75

August 24th, 2011
1:38 am

Come on guys, stop dumping on his slam. Through out the year there will be balls that the wind helps get out and there will be balls that the wind keeps from getting out. A grand slam is a grand slam no matter 500 feet or just clearing the wall, it all evens out in the end ( unless you play in COL) But the singles where a better sign to me, I agree with that.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
1:39 am

Padres win. We own a 9.5 game lead on the vaGiants and 10.5 games on Cardinals. GO BRAVES!

Joseph

August 24th, 2011
1:41 am

SB75, I might have missed it, but who was “dumping on his slam”?

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
1:48 am

@SB75 – As I said in my post, i’m not ripping on Jason. I’m looking at it objectively. His slam was great for us, but its a flyout on any other night. It was good to see him hit the ball hard for a change. That’s the biggest sign of the night, not the slam from an individual perspective.

clay

August 24th, 2011
2:33 am

Some ppl are just never happy on here and always have something to complain about. Where are all the Heyward Haters? I do not want to see anyone hating tomorrow either when he gets another 2 hits. Jason needs reps to get back on track. Contanza will come back thur and play left because chipper will have the day game off and prado will play 3rd

Tyler

August 24th, 2011
2:34 am

I bet if Constanza is healthy he is playing tomorrow WITH Heyward. Prado will have the day off and then chipper will have the day game off w/ bmac on thursday.

Romone

August 24th, 2011
2:34 am

@Rowsdower. It is hard to become a better player if you only play two out of every seven games. Having more ABs is the only way to bust out of slump. Look at Uggla this year. He had two months to figure out his slump. Constanza streak of playing great will come to an end soon. By the time that happens, it might be too late for Heyward to get into a groove for October.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
2:44 am

@clay – Jason needed reps at Triple A to get back on track. Constanza has been a key these last 3 weeks. You can’t take him down simply to HOPE Heyward figures it out. He made a nice adjustment tonight, moving closer to the plate, and it helped him get those 3 hits. I hope he continues to make adjustments because he will help us down the stretch regardless if he is starting or not.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
2:47 am

@Romone – You don’t have to preach to me. I’m a baseball player. I know he needs ABs to get going. He needed those ABs in Gwinnett while Constanza was helping the Braves win. That window is closed, so now he has to make the best of the opportunities he gets. He will be a force in his career, but as i’ve stated since Constanza got hot, I don’t care which one plays as long as they produce and help this team win.

Heyward is the future. Constanza is the here and now until he can’t make adjustments. Something Heyward failed to do until tonight.

Thought

August 24th, 2011
2:48 am

Sb75 add Boston and New York to your “unless they play in Col” list. 320 ft home runs, just take a look at the AL HR leader board.

Keep Rollin ATL

Thought

August 24th, 2011
2:50 am

The best news about Jason was what Chipper said about the ball the other way like he did last year when he had a 5 WAR

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
2:52 am

One more thing. Uggla is a proven commodity over a solid career. Heyward is a kid that is still learning the league. He had a great first half of last year, but he hasn’t be even good the last year. Uggla has earned the right to power through a slump. Heyward hasn’t and the Braves found a better option. No comparison.

Thought

August 24th, 2011
2:54 am

Rows dower he had a five WAR over the entire season, that’s pretty good

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
3:02 am

Yes, he did. And that was after being a -WAR player from August through the playoffs. That’s how good he was April to July. Again, I have all the faith in the world that he is going to be a force in his career, but giving him ABs and hoping after his last year of “production” is not the answer in a pennant race when you have a guy raking to the tune of a .900+ OPS.

Take your opportunities when you can get them, Jason.

bravesfaninNashville

August 24th, 2011
3:06 am

They need to get Uggla a day off too so they could play Prado at 2nd and still have Constanza and Heyward in the game.

bravesfaninNashville

August 24th, 2011
3:11 am

Heyward will be fine when he goes back to what got him to the big leagues at 20 and that’s having disciplined AB’s. When he gets his strike zone recognition back and some of the things that Chipper is trying to help him with become part of his approach he’ll come out of this just fine. As Chipper said when hitters get away from the Pull First mentality good things happen and they did tonight as his hands were inside the swing he took that resulted in the grand slam… Chipper hasn’t been this good by only having physical skills just like Maddux and Glavine didn’t win 300 games with electric stuff they are all students of the game and Jason has the benefit of learning from one of the smartest hitters of his era..

NickB

August 24th, 2011
3:21 am

Constanza last 7 games .500 OPS…. yeah he’s tearing the cover off the ball lately………….

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
3:25 am

@bravesfaninNashville – Well said. Heyward is going to learn a ton from Chipper coming back next year. Best thing $14M can buy. I don’t expect Chipper to put up his career averages, but I do expect him to nurse Jason and Freddie along, which is invaluable. Better than the $180M the Phillies are spending to lose in the NLCS…again.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
3:25 am

Oh, Christ, here we go. Nick’s here…

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
3:29 am

Actually, it’s .568, and isn’t the mantra of sabremetic lovers, always make sure its a large enough sample size? 7 days is a popcorn fart. It’s non-existent. His OPS is .904 since he came up despite his small sample size slip…

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
4:18 am

Oh, Nickie…the hit and run? I thought you would have more than Georgie’s last 7 day. I figured you would have some new fangled metric that absolutely predicted Heyward’s granny and 3 hits tonight. I thought you would gloat a little more. What am I supposed to do with my semi-drunken state now?

BobbyBrave

August 24th, 2011
4:50 am

BRAVES LOOK LIKE THEY ARE GETTING STRONGER EVERY WEEK….I AM A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT MC….HE LOOKS A LITTLE OUT OF WHACK…NO COMPLAINTS, BECAUSE THIS TEAM FROM THE FRONT OFFICE TO THE MANAGER IS SOLID. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHIPPER BACK IN THE 3 HOLE AND MOVE GEORGIE TO 2ND AND PRADO TO 6TH…BUT THIS IS WHAT MAKES THIS BLOG FUN TO SEE ALL OF THE MANAGERS WE HAVE OUT HERE…FREDI IS DOING GREAT, BUT WHAT SPEED WE COULD HAVE AT 1 AND 2 WITH CHIPPER, UGGS. AND MC BEHIND THAT…IT WOULD BE FUN TO WATCH…I JUST DO NOT THINK PRADO IS A GOOD # 2 HITTER AND WHEN BOURN GET ON PRADO DOES NOT LOOK GOOD AT THE PLATE….HE IS MOORE OF LINE DRIVE HITTER THAT LIKES TO DRIVE THE BALL AND NOT HIT BEHIND THE RUNNER OR EVEN LAY DOWN A GOOD BUNT

TONE-TONE

August 24th, 2011
4:53 am

JOSEPH…..You do not have to comment on every blog. I am so
sick and tired of you! Are you the owner of the team? Do you
travel with the team? Mr…..You are not DAVID O’BRIEN! No
one is interested in your bias opinions!

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
5:01 am

@TONE-TONE – Actually, I am the majority stock holder of Liberty Communications, so you can say I am the owner of the Braves. I am more than thrilled to see this team make the playoffs 2 years in a row. I am going to make a fortune when I sell this team next year. Can you say Golden Parachute? I can and I already have my eye on the island i’m going to buy.

@BobbyBrave – Chipper is hot and raking in the 6 hole, but Mac is still our best hitter. Yes, Prado has been up and down lately, but if we could lock him in at 3rd or LF he would destroy again. He is having to think too much right now bouncing around in the field. It takes it’s toll…

Von Trapp

August 24th, 2011
5:36 am

Heyward SERVED DAS CROW to all that disbelieved……………..VELCOME BACK MR.HEYWARD…………VELCOME BACK

BOBBYBRAVE

August 24th, 2011
5:53 am

chip is a vet….he will rock anywhere in the lineup…….you are dead right on prado…..just thought it would be fun to see the merry-go round–flying around the bases…like i said no complaints..this team is rocking…..

Mitchell

August 24th, 2011
6:24 am

Any chance we might see a Braves starting pitcher go more than five innings by, say, the end of the month?

Forget about a complete game. Get me to the 7th inning D-Lowe.

Now I’m talkin’ crazy.

BobbyBrave

August 24th, 2011
6:42 am

Mitchell….i will be happy if he gets out of the 1st……if the night air is heavy it might make it to the 7th

Michele

August 24th, 2011
7:12 am

Boy, all of you men get cranky after 1am. Never seen so much grouchiness about team that’s won 6 in a row!

zorba

August 24th, 2011
7:15 am

DOB, is it not a valid question to ask Fredi why he didn’t walk Ramirez, the “hot hitter” with first base open? It is not an insulting question.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 24th, 2011
7:36 am

Very good night for J-Hey! Very bad night for J-Haters. GO JASON! GO BRAVES! GO AWAY J-HATERS!

aj

August 24th, 2011
7:36 am

Need to keep winning because Phillies and the Brewers
continue to win. Should be interesting when the Phillies
and Brewers meet later this season. Plus the Braves
still have six games with Philadelphia. Lots of good
baseball left!!!!!!!!

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 24th, 2011
7:40 am

Constanza will be our 4th outfielder, and we are lucky to have him in that role. Jason Heyward will be our starting right fielder for years to come, and we are lucky to have him in that role as well.

Larry

August 24th, 2011
7:45 am

A Brave in Minnesota

August 24th, 2011
1:09 am
…..and as far as pitching to Ramirez is concerned…..

….I think it was VERY smart of Gonzalez to let them pitch to him, because we need that kind of pressure situation and we need to be ready for that come playoff time.

No, it was not smart; it was a stupid decision. An what you should be practicing is what you SHOULD do in this identical situation and put the team’s best and hottest hitter on first with two outs and a 5-1 lead. Is it NOT SMART to do something stupid!

Let’s reverse the situation and say, in the postseason we had two outs in the 6th, Bourne on 3rd and Prado on 2nd, up 5-1, first base unoccupied and a RHP facing the lefty Brian McCann. And lets just say for instance at that time McCann was the Braves hottest hitter, is already 2 of 2 tonight, and has five scalding hits out of his last six plate appearances–as was the case with Ramirez last night?

Do you honestly think for a moment a sharp manager pitches to McCann, or does he take his chances with Uggla facing a RHP and have a play at any base?

Every manager with more than a double-digit IQ (this excludes Fruity, of course) walks McCann in that situation!

You have the right to support and defend Fruity–and, as a 20+ year STH and Atlanta native, I certainly want Fruity and the Braves to succeed and be a better in-game, strategic manager–but please don’t do so when he’s being ridiculously stupid. If you do, then YOU are enabling such stupidity and you don’t celebrate last on the pitcher’s mound in October when you make stupid decisions in a 5 or 7 game series….just ask the master of in-game, postseason buffoonery, Bobby Cox, he of the great 1-15 record (that’s a .063 winning% there, sport!) in the last game–a sudden death game when you need you very best managerial decisions in such a game to survive–and, of course, the last series–of the postseason.

Well, guess who mentored and campaigned for Fredi to replace him? See any similarities here in their in-game management style? Hopefully Fruity “eats his Wheaties” and downloads a few extra brain cells from somewhere when this talent he has been afforded takes him to the postseason.

BoatDoc

August 24th, 2011
8:06 am

I was watching the Cubs broadcast and their announcers couldn’t help but mention Chipper loafing it on the play at 2nd while the Cubs were playing hot-potato and Castro finally getting to 2nd a hair before Chipper.

Asking about it would be a pretty legitimate question.

My favorite Carlton Fisk story came from when Deion was a rookie with the Yankees and Pudge was catching with the White Sox. Deion hit a puny little pop-up and instead of running it out, “Prime Time” turned and started walking back to the dugout. Fisk couldn’t believe it. He said “This is the Big Leagues. We run those out up here!”

Chipper KNOWS what Big Leaguers do, and he knows he got caught dogging it. There should at least be a Kangaroo Court fine in his future.

BoatDoc

August 24th, 2011
8:10 am

The Cubs announcers also mentioned that J-Hey has struggled this year, but that he was smokin’ the ball last night. They did NOT mention that he has been working on going the other way and that this served Jason VERY well last night.

fred

August 24th, 2011
8:14 am

now if braves can learn how to bunt and not pop up it will be good. most likey leads in milssed bunts and pop ups and dp also. other than than that it is aa very good team and might do it this year go braves fred in sc

Larry

August 24th, 2011
8:17 am

And before the card-carrying members of the infamous “Pork Rind Goober Club” start firing back at me from their Radio Shack Tandy Computers with Schlitz Malt Liqueur and “bakka” spit spills and driblets over over their plywood makeshift desks, let be try to be more fair about Fruity…

First, I think he’s a really good and pleasant man; the kind of man I’d love as a next door neighbor..not the kind of man I’d want running my company.

I applaud some of the decisions he has made recently that the booger picker never would do, like popping Chipper in the 6th hole with Freeman and Uggla so hot right now. He has also handled the starters almost perfectly the last several games by taking out, in order, Lowe, Jurrjens and Minor at just the right time versus a batter or too late as he did too frequently the first four months. Further, I recognize and admire his willingness and courage to sit the beloved, worshiped and idolized by many on here, Jason Heyward, down when clearly he has mostly been completely perplexed at the plate and had really become an automatic out that pitchers wanted to face in our line-up. I hope last night is a new beginning for Jason.

However…

When your manger so often batted Heyward or a Gonzalez–total guess hitters with zero bat control–at 1st or 2nd in the order, calls for a suicide squeeze with two strikes on TOMMY HANSON at the plate, up 2-0, in the SECOND inning against the dangerous Mets (in April, I think), immediately pops the slowest braves runner, McCann back in the order at the 3 hole and thus taking the hot hitting Freeman from #3 to number #5 (you NEVER bat your slowest runner at #3 with alternatives available–this is just ASKING for a double play with either you first, second, or both hitters on base) and then the stupid decision last night on Ramirez, what we have here is a really nice guy, not too very bright, and is learning how to be a big league manager on the job!

I hope he learns enough to stay out of the way come October (something the booger picker couldn’t do) but we all do a disservice to this PROFESSIONAL (that’s a profit driven entity, goobers) baseball by mindlessly ignoring his utter, unabashed stupidity like last night.

Don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a championship caliber manager to pilot and compliment this very capable championship caliber team come October! Indeed, watching Bobby Cox, and some of Fruity’s “Bobby Cox” like game management has me skeptical–I hope he proves me wrong! If he does, I’ll be among the first back on here recognizing this and congratulate him!

I never run and hide when I’m proven wrong; as to be proven wrong is this situation is, in fact, a good thing!

vermont 39

August 24th, 2011
8:32 am

I believe we have won 6 in a row…GO BRAVES!!!!
Some people don’t appreciate prosperity.
How can Braves fans NOT be happy for Heyward!!!
GO BRAVES!!!!!

huddie ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
8:32 am

If people think this is a criticism of Chipper Jones, it’s not. The man has earned the right to not be jerked from games and shown up like a rookie maybe should be for not playing hard, but the truth is he dogged it on that play last night and I can’t believe it’s hardly been mentioned here. Two of “Bobby’s Rules”, play hard and respect the uniform were trashed on that play. He screwed up, heck we all do and it doesn’t make any of us bad people or bad at our jobs but we all need to take responsibility when it happens. For me, a simple “I screwed up and want to apologize to my team, my fans, Braves fans and Cubs fans that bought tickets to this game” would suffice and we move on from there. Chipper is hitting the ball with more authority this year than I ever thought he would again and, IMHO playing better defense than he has for a number of years, but if he has reached the point that he doesn’t feel a need to try on routine ground balls I really think it’s time to hang ‘em up.

Robert

August 24th, 2011
8:47 am

Agree with Chipper criticism. If he’s afraid of tweaking something again, put in a pinch runner there.

That was flat out being lazy, and assuming the defense was gonna make a play.

Bama Brave

August 24th, 2011
8:49 am

The Same People Was Bashing Dan Uggla Are Bashing Jason. Quit Bashing And Root for your Team!!!

Tom

August 24th, 2011
8:51 am

Great game from JasonH, happy for him and the Braves. Hope it bolstered his confidence and he can go on the month’s tear like Uggla did. But remember it was just one game, hopefully it is a starting point? There’s room on this team for both Constanza and JasonH. George brings so much excitement (you can never anticipate what he will do at the plate or on the bases). This is JasonH’s blog I understand that, but for you haters, my former neighborhood kid(Frenchy at KC) had 4 hits last nite raising his BA to .280. Good for him too! Every one have a nice day!!!!

henry from TN

August 24th, 2011
8:55 am

like i’ve said before if heyward tried to hit the ball where it’s pitched he could hit 300 out of habit he pulled 2 pitches tonight one was pulled to 2nd as usual and 1 got by the 1st baseman the other 2 he didn’t try to pull and 1 was a grand slam….

Energy Vampires are like Santa Claus

August 24th, 2011
8:57 am

They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere!

Jack

August 24th, 2011
8:58 am

Chipper’s one of the hottest hitters on the team… He knows what he needs to do to keep himself on the field. You people grilling him for hustle, would you rather hime hustle it out and pull another quad? Give me a break. The guy is a HOF’er and he knows what hes doing and so does the rest of the team.

FlyOnTheWall

August 24th, 2011
8:58 am

It was good to see JHey get a couple of hits last night, but I’m still not overjoyed at his fielding…that last ball hit out to him was another example of his lackadaisical approach. Constanza would have caught that…no problem.

The 2 errors at 1st might not of been errors if Freeman were fielding…I’m sure he would of dug out the throw by Gonzo….maybe Ugglas would have been caught too.

The slam would have just been another long fly ball out if the wind wasn’t blowing out and the grounder through the hole in right was long over due…even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in awhile.

Not a well played game (except pitching) and we were lucky to get a win. Chipper had 3 hits and was trying keep from getting beaned on a easy play at 2nd…give the old man a break…geez

Let’s hope JHey has turned it around because I am tired of yelling at him for everything bad.

Let’s get tonight boz!

CajunStorm

August 24th, 2011
8:59 am

Wow, what a beautioful thing it would be if J-Hey can get on a 30+ game tear. .275 avg the rest of the way would not necessarily be a tear but it would be dynamic for this team down the stretch.

Folks the best thing that could happen is a huge battle for playing time between J-Hey and Constanza. That would mean they are both tearing it up. Constanza is a natural 4th outfielder. Between the 3 outfield positions he can play and Prado’s versatility to play LF, 3rd, and 2nd there should be plenty of playing time for all.

Geaux Braveauxs

Larry

August 24th, 2011
9:04 am

Agree on Chipper’s inexcusable and poorly impressionable laziness…I saw this many times in the early/mod 2000’s when he would “jog” to first base on routine grounders.

His royal highness isn’t too hallowed to be reprimanded for laziness. This isn’t food for all those other young players to watch their senior member taking a play off when any degree of hustle he makes 2nd base with ease.

Interesting that after back to back home run games he announced his decision to return and get that 14 million next year for starting maybe 75-100 games. I wonder why he didn’t do so while on the disable list?

Chipper’s talent is certainly acceptable, but he had never been one of my top 5 Braves players because of what he did last night almost stopping between first and second. This why my favorite non pitching players are Uggla, Prado, Bourne, Constanza and Freeman….ever see any of these guys just once take a play off or not run out a worm burner…even to the pitcher?

David O'Brien

August 24th, 2011
9:04 am

DOB, is it not a valid question to ask Fredi why he didn’t walk Ramirez, the “hot hitter” with first base open? It is not an insulting question.– zorba

Sure it’s valid. Not insulting whatsoever.

Here’s the thing: When you’re home watching the game, a play or development in the game happens like that, and a lot of folks watching will keep thinking about that and why it happened, regardless of what else happens afterward. The reporters covering the game on deadline, however, will shift focus to other developments if that other play ended up not having a direct effect in the outcome of the game.

In other words, if the Cubs had won, walking Ramirez would have certainly been a question asked of the manager afterwards. But since the Braves won, and the scrum of reporters — several more were from Chicago, by the way, than the two of us from Atlanta — the focus of the brief postgame interview with the manager was on Heyward’s grand slam, Kimbrel’s 40th save, Minor’s performance, the team’s winning streak, Hanson update, etc.

That’s the reality. If a questionable decision doesn’t end up costing a team a win, it often gets moved to the back burner for postgame interview purposes, because other developments in the game, developments that conspired to create a win, become the focus.

Larry

August 24th, 2011
9:11 am

Jack,

Don’t be a goober and insult everyone’s intelligence. No one respects an excuse maker for their baseball idol’s misgivings…

Chipper didn’t dog it last night to protect himself by running just a little faster to second. He stopped running because he assumed he was out and doing such can once or twice a season both kill a rally and totally embarrass the player. Even Chipper knows he was wrong there and this is why he suddenly sped up after the throw was mishandled–too late, however!

Chipper knows when, and when not, to protect himself…last night was not one of his shining moments!

Jack

August 24th, 2011
9:20 am

@ Larry – “Interesting that after back to back home run games he announced his decision to return and get that 14 million next year for starting maybe 75-100 games. I wonder why he didn’t do so while on the disable list?”

Dont be a goober and make stupid comments like this one. We’re supposed to respect your opinions when you say stuff like this? The guy has played the game the right way his entire career healthy or injured. For you to jump all over hime for one play when you dont know how his leg feels just comes off like your jealous of the man. Hes having a great year and will end up flirting with .300 again while playing some of the best D of his career.. Any rational person would welcome his return next year…

Larry

August 24th, 2011
9:21 am

Dave,

A very fair explanation. Thanks!

Also appreciate your recent article on Fredi’s (see, I called him Fredi!) regarding second guessing by the fans where you questioned, and he answered, very, very well. I really enjoyed this!

However, I’d be a little too careful about not asking about an odd or even highly questionable decision simple because it was covered up by a win. I’d rather be proactive now than reactive later when such a decision that was unaddressed beforehand we fail to escape if such happens in the 6th and deciding game of the Wild Card series!

That call–or no call–on Ramirez last night ignited a rally that led to 3 runs…I think such a call against the Phillies, Brewers, or even the Yanks or Red Sox lineups likely results in more than 3 runs–and a loss!

Just think that one last night was worth asking even under winning circumstances. I, for one, would much more than appreciate his rationale for this one over any of the other quotes above! It is more about quality, than circumstance, for me!

Thanks,

Larry

BOBBYBRAVE

August 24th, 2011
9:23 am

LARRY….THERE IS NO WAY…NO WAY..YOU HAVE EVER COACHED BASBALL AT ANY LEVEL…..WITH A 4 RUN LEAD WHY WOULD YOU PUT THE TYING RUN AT THE PLATE???? WHAT MOORE DO YOU WANT FROM A TEAM ?? BRAVES ARE ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN BASEBALL…GET A LIFE

PMC

August 24th, 2011
9:26 am

When a team wins, generally fans of that team will focus on what went right, rather than be down in the dumps over what MIGHT have gone wrong…or what MIGHT have happened.

Why is there so much lamenting over managerial decisions in a season of 162 games plus playoffs? It’s PROFESSIONAL sports. People who make a living playing a childs game. It tends to go without saying that all of them are ridiculously good at what they do even when they are slumping trying to hit pitches from other professionals. Sometimes, you win, sometimes you lose.

Geez. Be a little happy when they are winning like this. It’s a lot more fun. Seriously.

Larry

August 24th, 2011
9:26 am

5th and deciding game, obviously–damn keyboard!

Jack,

“The guy has played the game the right way much of his entire career, when healthy, but hasn’t taken good enough care of his body through better conditioning in recent years, thus way too often out of the lineup for the simplest of reasons and unable to contribute as much as he could and should have when his team needed him the most–like last October”

Fixed…you’re welcome!

tree huggin',peace lovin',pot smokin',porn watchin' lazyass hippie

August 24th, 2011
9:29 am

Well said huddie

phil

August 24th, 2011
9:32 am

BoatDoc

August 24th, 2011
8:06 am
I was watching the Cubs broadcast and their announcers couldn’t help but mention Chipper loafing it on the play at 2nd while the Cubs were playing hot-potato and Castro finally getting to 2nd a hair before Chipper.

Asking about it would be a pretty legitimate question.

My favorite Carlton Fisk story came from when Deion was a rookie with the Yankees and Pudge was catching with the White Sox. Deion hit a puny little pop-up and instead of running it out, “Prime Time” turned and started walking back to the dugout. Fisk couldn’t believe it. He said “This is the Big Leagues. We run those out up here!”

Chipper KNOWS what Big Leaguers do, and he knows he got caught dogging it. There should at least be a Kangaroo Court fine in his future
***********************
Of course Jones knows what he did was stupid. He’s only been playing for nearly 20 years now….

With his legs, I can see the logic behind letting off there and assuming tweedle dee could hold onto the ball. I would rather take that out and not get him hurt myself. I’m not excusing it, but I am happy to look past it with his age and injury history. We need his bat and his glove, neither of which we’ll have if he’s down there trying to run over the second baseman on what looked to be a routine play.

I like the guys that hustle like heck too. I hate loafers. I should be more upset at Jones, I guess, but he’s almost like one of my kids in that I can’t be quite as objective about the guy because of how much I like him as a longtime player.

At any rate, he didn’t get hurt, we won the game, thanks in part to his bat and at least 2 outstanding plays at third so on to tonight….

Larry

August 24th, 2011
9:32 am

It is the consensus of opinion and a well know fact that those imbeciles that type only in Caps have the IQ of a doorknob!

Now, pick up your crow bar, left the lid off that septic tank, and get that fat, smelly azz back to work pumping out all my poop!

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