Hurricane postponement creates hectic Friday for Braves

NEW YORK – Hurricane Irene reduced the Braves’ three-game weekend series with the Mets to just one game Friday, and created a  strange and hectic day for Braves players and coaches.

The Saturday and Sunday games were postponed because of the storm approaching the New York area, and will be made up as Sept. 8 doubleheader at Citi Field that will start at 4:10 p.m. The Braves will squeeze that in between road series at Philadelphia Sept. 5-7 and St. Louis Sept. 9-11.

“You just go with the punches and play it,” Braves second baseman said. “That’s the way it’s going to be. It’s not the first time we’ve done it before. Not that big a deal. We’re going to have September callups then, so we’ll be able to stay fresh – hopefully.”

But having the next three days off – including Monday’s open date – was not what the Braves preferred. Not after winning 15 of their past 20 games before Friday, including three of four in a series against the Cubs in Chicago to begin the trip.

“The only time I experienced something like this, when the season stopped, was 9/11,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I’m not comparing the two at all, just comparing how the season stopped all of a sudden for a few days.

“But we’ll get through it. We’re playing pretty good going into it. You want to make sure you stay that same way coming out of it. There’s nothing much you can do. You can’t control mother nature.”

Gonzalez had seven Braves players come into his office and stressed to them to get the word around to the others, to make sure everyone handled the break well and stayed focused. The Braves will have a workout Sunday at Turner Field.

“It’s not ideal at all,” second baseman Dan Uggla said of the break. “But for me, the way it’s looking, if we get into the playoffs we’re going to have some days off, and I’ve never gone more than one day in-between games [except when hurt]. So this will kind of be like a little thing I can use to see what that’s going to be like.”

The Braves heard early Friday that the Sunday afternoon game had been cancelled, which had been expected since the full brunt of the storm is supposed to arrive Saturday night through Sunday afternoon. But most players and coaches didn’t know the Saturday game had been cancelled until after they had already left for the ballpark Friday afternoon.

Earlier Friday, the Mets’ plan was to move the game up from 4 p.m.  to noon in an effort to play before the deterioration in the weather. That plan was scrapped when New York City announced it would shut down its subway system at noon Saturday in preparation for the hurricane.

Gonzalez was on the 7 Train when Braves general manager Frank Wren called him with the news.

“I was on the subway, one exit from the stadium,” Gonzalez said. “Frank said, ‘Where are you?’ I said, on the subway. He says, ‘Don’t get off!’ I said, what happened?”

Gonzalez got off, stepped on the subway platform at 103 St. and Roosevelt Ave., and waited for the next train going back into Manhattan.

“I got the train going back, got packed and came back,” said Gonzalez, who ended up arriving at Citi Field after 3 p.m., more than three hours later than his usual.

A few players got calls or texts before they left the hotel, and were to avoid doubling back. But most players and coaches had left for the ballpark earlier.

Via cabs and limos or the subway, one by one Braves players arrived, then were told they needed to go back to the team’s hotel in Manhattan to pack, because the team would be flying back to Atlanta after Friday night’s game.

The trip from the Manhattan hotel to Citi Field can take 40 minutes or more in traffic, and nearly that long on a local (non-express) train.

Brandon Beachy and Derek Lowe were already beginning their workouts at the stadium when they were told. They took a cab back, still wearing their workout shorts and shirts with Braves logos. They got some stares walking through the lobby of the Grand Hyatt team hotel.

Eric Hinske said he spent about two hours in cabs, going back and forth.

“It’s the worst day I’ve ever been a part of in the big leagues, as far as travel goes,” he said. “Especially in this city. But you know, what are you gonna do? Roll with it and try to get a win tonight.”

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jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:07 pm

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:07 pm

Awe Yeah! DOB have a question…Do you have a ROY vote?

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:09 pm

Wait, it’s Friday night…this may not be a good thing ?

zippy the pinhead

August 26th, 2011
9:15 pm

Gabba, gabba, heh! I made doodies in my drawers.

LOB Braves

August 26th, 2011
9:16 pm

Why does Fredi continue to put Linesuck in any game? He needs to join Proctor at Walmart.

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:17 pm

Proctor pitching for Yanks AAA team….just sayn

LOB Braves

August 26th, 2011
9:18 pm

Yanks AAA team can have Linesuck.

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:18 pm

Braves checked out b4 the game…yep…they did in every sense of the word

Mister Frisky

August 26th, 2011
9:19 pm

Lamebrink shouldn’t get a sniff if the game is still within reach dido for big boy Sherril

Weaseal

August 26th, 2011
9:19 pm

Do you rats have headphones uh OK go on In…

South Georgia Boy

August 26th, 2011
9:21 pm

Every pitcher on the squad is available tonight because of hurricane game cancellation and we use Linebrink. Not a good choice.

Dan Kolb's mom

August 26th, 2011
9:21 pm

The man was a meanance on the mound and is no son of mine. I think he is rubbing bellies with Wickman. Hard to believe Kolb, Wickman and Reitsma were Braves closers over the last 7 years or so. The Bravos have indeed drafted and traded, well.

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:22 pm

Telling ya South Georgia they mailed this in way before 1st pitch. Everyone did…empty stadium, didn’t get to the filed til after 3, these guys are on the Delta Charter drinking beers already. FUBAR

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:23 pm

Even Chip is tripping over words…wait…oh no that is just Chip

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:25 pm

Weaseal

August 26th, 2011
9:26 pm

Irene to stage 3 coming up next Diamond on stage 2 boys checked out 2 nite

LOB Braves

August 26th, 2011
9:27 pm

If Fredi just wants to lose and go home he puts in Linesuck.

Braves803

August 26th, 2011
9:27 pm

(insert angry fan post here)

Give me a break, guys. You all act like we’re the Marlins or Astros.

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:28 pm

AWESOME…this is great baseball…same thing happening to Phils…Just a waste of a game….
Long term this buys us a couple extra days for Hanson, although LEO said it does not look good.

The Abs Man

August 26th, 2011
9:29 pm

Any manager who would CONTINUE to use Scott Linebrink in a reachable 2-0 deficit is a moron.

Fat Fredi “Fredo Corleone” Gonzalez is a disgrace and will ultimately kill any post-season chance. You read it here first.

kerryb

August 26th, 2011
9:30 pm

Doe’s anyone else on here feel that Alex Gonzales is the week link on this team?

kerryb

August 26th, 2011
9:30 pm

Chris Snow

August 26th, 2011
9:31 pm

Well hey if Venters is going to give up a run, this is the time to do it.

The Abs Man

August 26th, 2011
9:36 pm

Alez Gonzalez is an absolute rat. He doesn’t hustle and is weak link for certain.

South Georgia Boy

August 26th, 2011
9:36 pm

Everybody on squad and in dugout just going through the motions. No one mentally into it.

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:42 pm

To make a point….because there is nothing else to do…this is why baseball suffers. You NEVER get this apathy in the NFL. Week 16 a game is still a competitive game. Anybody can win, intensity, home field, seed, etc. Hey Selig…this is why you CAN NOT expand the playoffs. Lack of urgency kills fan base…will an enthusiast watch this mess?…yeah…will my wife and kids?…NO! Expand the playoffs at a 162 games…most will tune out by game 100. Apathy kills baseball.
Now, I love that the Braves should have a rather easy Sept, but come on…Sept will be LAME for baseball…I predict HUGE drop off in ratiings

Chris Snow

August 26th, 2011
9:42 pm

No doubt they have checked out already.

MIdtown

August 26th, 2011
9:43 pm

It’s been a while since the Braves were simply dominated by a pitcher like this.

MIdtown

August 26th, 2011
9:44 pm

Insult to injury …

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:45 pm

This is not exciting, even for a Mets fan. And the fact that is does not bother me…as a HUGE Braves fan..something wrong with baseball. We are canceling two games, who cares? Just saying that fab base is dwindling…and Capuano aint gonna turn things around…

jipwiz

August 26th, 2011
9:46 pm

At 162 games, expanded playoffs you must have PARITY…which means SALARY CAP…it is time

Dawg'88

August 26th, 2011
9:55 pm

Team certainly played like something was wrong.

Sad…this game was mailed in by the team. No matter the situation you shouldn’t play any game like you don’t care to be there. Disappointing to see this happen tonight. Hey Braves….Got Professionalism?

Dawg'88

August 26th, 2011
9:57 pm

Alex Gonzalez makes up for offensive woes this year with his Gold Glove performance. He could be more patient and help this team at the plate but he is by far the NL Gold Glove SS for 2011 in my opinion. May not actually win it…see Rafael Palmerio…but he deserves it more than anyone else.

alex

August 26th, 2011
10:05 pm

old romainian saying:”the fish stinks from the head”;translation,manager puts in linebrink and team goes into hibernation. At least we’re not in n.c. . I was in s.e. virginia during isabel,lost a roof, no power for 2 weeks, all streets were blocked with literally thousands of downed trees,NOT FUN….. Ah, but the memories!

wisconsinbraveswin

August 26th, 2011
10:13 pm

we can mot lose games to teams like the sorry ass mets I hate them kick ass to the next opponent please

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Who me?

August 26th, 2011
10:32 pm

No shows tonight. No way Capuano strikes out 13 if this didn’t have all the hurricane hoopla going on. I can’t stand lack of effort and in my tiny little mind, it starts with the manager. No idea what FG said before the game to them, but it was clear they didn’t listen.

AGon would have done better had he just sat on the bench and watched. How bad can you suck offensively and have no shame about it? maybe he’s looking at porn in the dugout – whatever….the guy needs to grow some cohones and man up. Like his defense, like his arm, but stay the hell out of my lineup.

This team didn’t want to be there tonight and it smelled from the get-go. Take your pitches, go sit down, do get in an argument with Feilden Culbreath and lets go home for a long weekend. I hate that piss-poor loserville crap…..

DaveinNEPA

August 26th, 2011
10:35 pm

It sure looked like our guys were more interested in getting out of town than they were in playing the game.

This was ugly and hopefully forgetable.

Braves803

August 26th, 2011
11:01 pm

People are crapping on Gonzo likes he’s the only person who had TERRIBLE at-bats tonight. It went up and down the lineup.

KEN COWART

August 26th, 2011
11:02 pm

THIS GAME WAS ANOTHER EMBARRASSMENT. THE METS WERE FACING THE SAME SCENARIO AS US. IT LOOKS LIKE THE SELF MOTIVATING ATLANTA BRAVES JUST CAN’T DO IT. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO HAVE A MANAGER WHO COMES IN AND SETS THE AGENDA LOUD AND CLEAR. A REAL MOTIVATOR, WHEN WE CERTAINLY NEED ONE.THESE GUYS NEED A KICK IN THE PANTS. THE GOOD TEAMS DON’T COME OUT LIKE THE BRAVES DO EVERY 10 DAYS OR SO AND JUST PLAY LIKE CRAP IN THE FIELD AND AT THE PLATE. IT’S A TOTAL TEAM THING. I HATE THIS ABOUT THIS TEAM. THE ANNOUNCERS KNOW IT BUT ARE AFRAID TO SAY IT. THIS WILL NOT BE A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM UNTIL THEY GET A WAY BETTER ATTITUDE. THAT ATTITUDE NEEDS TO START AT THE HEAD.

STICK

August 26th, 2011
11:11 pm

Braves are 25 games over .500…………………..Cry babies never stop crying here

Largo

August 26th, 2011
11:14 pm

AGon is in the business of saving RBIs from other teams and he does a good job of it.

The phils lost, and then of course, so did we. Also, when we face a pitcher with an era of 5 to 6, we lose. Further, we can’t beat left handers. Then, I thought we were in the market for a right hand bat, instead we came up with two left hand bats.

Crazy!

Busch leaguer

August 26th, 2011
11:16 pm

Do you think the Phillies scout the Braves and know they suck out loud against left handed pitching. Would not be surprised to see ole Cholly start Lee in game1 in a series against the Braves.

KEN COWART

August 26th, 2011
11:21 pm

YES, AND GONZALEZ IS AWFUL. HIS COCKY FACIAL EXPRESSION AS IF HE’S THE ANNOINTED ONE SAYS IT ALL. HIS SWINGING AT BALLS IN THE DIRT 2 FT. OUTSIDE THE PLATE, HAVE CAUSED ME TO TURN THE GAME OFF. I CAN’T WATCH IT ANYMORE. THE ANNOUNCERS ARE DETERMINED TO MAKE HIS INFIELD PLAYS SOUND LIKE THE GREATEST IN HISTORY. HE’S HERE FOR NOW. BUT NEXT YEAR HE’S GONE.
LINEBRINK…..AWFUL…GONE. SHERRILL…. TAKE SOME PRIDE IN YOUR BODY…GONE.
HAYWARD…. JUST NOT BUILT FOR SEEING A FASTBALL, REACTING, THEN GETTING YOUR LONG ARMS AROUND IN TIME TO HIT IT. JUST TOO SLOW. I LOVE YOUR ATTITUDE BUT YOU WILL NOT BE THE PLAYER WE CAN KEEP TO SUCCEED….GONE.

Busch leaguer

August 26th, 2011
11:40 pm

Fredo knew the team was out of it as soon as the series was screwed up by the weather .Linebrink is taking up a roster spot until Peter Moyland comes back. When the Braves have to make up the DH vs the Mets i would love to see them start Tehran and Delgado back to back.Show the MUTTS what the future holds for them against the Braves.

Charlie

August 27th, 2011
8:14 am

Once again, Fredi shows that he can’t manage a pitching staff. You are facing a 3 day break, and you bring in Linebrink-the-Loser, to put the game out of reach. The Braves need to be shed of their second Scott. Based on Linebrinks last 4 outings, Fredi should know what he’s getting, but then apparently Fredi isn’t too bright.
As a team, the Braves mailed it in. They were looking at going home, with 3 days off. Pretty sad for a bunch of prima donnas , making insane amounts of money for playing a game.

Jimmy Baron

August 27th, 2011
8:20 am

Why couldn’t the Braves return to ATL on Sat. morning? This ‘going back to the hotel and packing’ really messed with their game preparation.

LOB Braves

August 27th, 2011
8:48 am

Charlie. You are so right. Does Linesuck have something on Fredi? If you want to lose the game, you put in Linesuck. He continually put in another loser, Proctor, who was obviously not a pitcher anymore. There are other arms in the bullpen. USE THEM!!

al

August 27th, 2011
9:21 am

Good thing for Jason not to play last night. If he had and hit
the same as everybody else, this blog would be another bashing for
Jason. So Gonzo since you were the ‘only’ one to strike out against
the second coming of Kofax,this blog is for you.

Peter

August 27th, 2011
12:04 pm

How about we send the entire team down to triple A for a rehab start this weekend to keep them fresh?

In case it isn’t that obvious, I’m just kidding.

Roja

August 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

Hey, “Cowart” turn off the stupid caps lock and change your name to “coward”

Roja

August 27th, 2011
12:12 pm

By the way, Linebrink may suck but we gave Huddy zero runs to work with. Of course as Warren Spahn used to say, there is nothing in the rules that say a pitcher is not allowed to throw a shutout and hit a homerun. That way he’s guaranteed a W.

Hiawassee

August 27th, 2011
3:10 pm

This team is 25 games over .500, hold an eight and a half game advantage in the wild card race, and they are within striking distance of the Phillies. Fredi manages a 162 game season and will have this team in position to make a strong run for a world series championship not only this year, but for years to come. You know-it-alls should just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Largo

August 27th, 2011
3:19 pm

Roja. . .Amen on Cowart.

STICK

August 27th, 2011
4:18 pm

Hiawassee said it best…………….Every team the Braves play are professionals. Do you think they are going to lie down and roll over for them? Enjoy the ride to the playoffs

Kimbrel rocks

August 28th, 2011
2:02 am

i think its good for them to get a break they all had some minor injuries. they’ll be refreshed

STICK

August 28th, 2011
2:12 pm

This break should do wonders for Chipper Jones

AvaNelle Cleghorn

August 29th, 2011
5:34 pm

In spite of all that has happened, we love our Braves!!! Through ups and downs, thick & thin, we watch every game on TV. If we can’t see them we listen on the Radio. Ocassionally someone will drive us to Turner Field. In reading the comments posted here we see they are the same a ones about Bobby Cox. Maybe he is trying to be like Bobby and it can’t be done. Gonzales needs to rev up his and the teams energy. You know, cuss a Ref, kick up some dust, make some noise. They are the team of Southern Gentleman….who were fierce fighters when called on.

vermont 39

August 29th, 2011
7:18 pm

The BRAVES left NY before the game!!!
Sure do hope it was an anomaly…they are a whole lot better than what they showed…whew STINKAROOOOOO!!!!!

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