Braves quotes after comeback win at L.A.

**BRIAN McCANN

“What a game that was. I mean, the way Beachy pitched was amazing, then our bullpen came in and they did what they do every time they take the mound. We’ve got as good a late-inning bullpen as you’re going to find. We came in the ninth with some big ABs. That’s what you’ve got to do to beat good teams like this. You’ve got to hang close, then have a big inning. And ours was in the ninth tonight.”

On not giving up

“It’s kind of been the same for the last two or three years. This team has won a lot of ballgames, and we’ve come back, we’ve held leads … we feel like we’ve got a great team top to bottom, and we feel like nights like this will happen quite a few times because of the hitters we have in our lineup.”

How scary was that initially for you, when the ball went off Guerra’s face

“Oh, man. I told a couple of guys he’s my new favorite player. I mean, it didn’t even faze him. I hit it as hard as I possibly could, and I don’t think it even hit his glove. And for him to get up and pitch … I don’t think too many guys would want to mess with him.”

On how big this win could be, end of trip and for series win

“This was huge. To win two out of three here. This was an amazing road trip that we just played. To come out west and do what we did, the way we did it – it’s pretty special.”

On Chipper getting another big hit

“I think the way they’re using Chip is great. Give him his rest, because we’ve got guys who can fill in for him. And we need him fresh as many games as possible. I think they’ve done an unbelievable job keeping him fresh for games.”

**JONNY VENTERS

“That was a big one. To come in here and two two from those guys. They’re playing great, the best in the west. It was exciting to watch.”

On the comeback, winning the series with that ninth-inning rally, etc

“It was a big turnaround. We were in the dugout watching it happen. Real exciting.”

What does it say about this team?

“It says a lot. We’re always in the game. Especially to come back against Guerra, who’s a great closer. That was good to get some runs off him and get a win.”

**FREDDIE FREEMAN

On the comeback

“It’s a testament to our team. We’ve done that all year. We keep going from the first through the ninth.”

On rallying to win in ninth

“And to win the series, too. We want to win every series, and to come into here, where they haven’t even lost a game, and take two of them – it’s something that makes our plane flight a little bit better.”

On the Kemp homer

“It was early in the game, so we weren’t too worried. It was one run. If we can keep his homers to solo homers, we’re OK with that. Beachy pitched great, and we were able to put together a really. We didn’t give up and we got a win.”

On Guerra getting hit in the face

“I still haven’t seen the replay. I don’t want to see it. Javy’s one of my good friends. I just hope that he’s all right.”

**CHIPPER JONES

“To come in with one out and nobody on and get five straight hits off a guy that kind of stuff. I mean, I never faced him before and he threw me that first pitch, and I was like, oh boy, I’ve got my hands full here. But he made a mistake to a couple of guys in that inning and we didn’t miss them.

“It’s a great, great win for the ballclub. A great series win, a great road trip. And a well deserved day off tomorrow.”

On getting game-winning RBI on his last at-bat at Dodger Stadium, after growing up a Dodger fan (dad was from Vero Beach)

“It’s been a storybook season so far. It’s been one highlight after another, and man, I’m savoring each and every one of them. Because you never know when the next one is going to come. And to have revered this ballpark and this [Dodgers] organization the way I did as a kid, and to leave it here tonight, it’s awful special.”

You still get excited about a big hit like that in the ninth?

“Did you not see me? [laughter] I was like a schoolkid out there. That’s what you play the game for. It’s moments like that. You don’t know how many times I’ve rehearsed that very moment in my backyard growing up. Only I was a Dodger. So it’s indescribeable. And it wasn’t just me, it was a bunch of guys that got big base hits, and they all felt the same exact way.

“We didn’t hit the ball out of the ballpark, but we were tough outs and we were .300 hitters. And we got the job done.”

On the team coming back

“This team feels like our pitching is going to keep us in the game, and with the way we’ve been swinging the bat you’ve just got that feeling somebody’s going to get the big base hit. It started with Freddie and just kind of domino’d right down the line. You build moment and you build momentum, eventually you’re going to break through.”

What did you think of the line drive off Guerra’s face?

“The ball hit him in the face? Where? [jaw] He just went up one notch in my toughness book.”

On where his RBI hit will rank in terms of memories

“That’s way up there. I’ll remember that for a long time. I’ll remember that hit, I’ll remember that inning, I’ll remember the last play of the game. It’s just a storybook. That’s the only way I can describe it.”

**BRANDON BEACHY

“It was a fun game to be a part of that.”

On the homer by Kemp

“He’s a good player. I made some really good pitches in that at-bat. I didn’t get the fastball in [0-2 pitch for a ball]. It was the right pitch, I just didn’t execute it. I tried to throw it for a strike instead of throw it in the dirt, and that’s what happened.”

On the rest of the game

“Chipper made an unbelievable play to end the fifth. That changes the game for us. You just can’t say enough about the guys. They battled a couple of tough pitchers there at the end, put the ball in play and it worked.

“We’re a good team. Everybody’s realizing that, and we’re excited.”

**FREDI GONZALEZ

“It’s a good finish. Guys had some good at-bats. Danny Uggla had a helluva at-bat. Freeman scored the tying run, then Chipper has a big hit, and we were able to add on with Jason.

“I thought Beachy was outstanding. I thought a key to the game was in the seventh inning, having Durbin come in to face Ellis and get the out, and O’Flaherty get Ethier out. It gave us a chance. Kept it right there, one run, gave us a chance to do what we did there.”

Line drive hit off Guerra’s face

“These are not my fans, but I was a little disappointed that they booed him. This guy took one off the face and tried to stay in there and save the game, and they booed him coming off the field. You’ve got to give the guy credit for some courage there.”

More on the comeback

“We had good at-bats there. And to be able to take one from them like that, it feels good to get on the plane and go home. Off day tomorrow, then get a good homestand.”

On the emotional turnaround, to come back and win, win the series before cross-country flight….

“Yeah, we’ll probably get in at 6 or 7 in the morning, but it won’t matter. We may get there before the plane does. Because it’s a pretty good road trip. We’ll enjoy it for a little bit, then get ready for the Pirates.”

“Good at-bats, competitive at-bats, not giving in … I’m proud for those guys.”

On Chipper being down 0-2, just like Uggla was in 9th…

“You feel good with him – he’s only done it 12,000 times – that he’s going to do something there, put the ball in play, whether it was in the hole or get a sac fly.”

63 comments Add your comment

Tyler (TN)

April 26th, 2012
2:26 am

Great series, very fun to watch. Have to show some respect to Guerra also, tough kid.

REAGAN2012

April 26th, 2012
2:31 am

I REALLY ANJOYED WATCHING THE BRAVES WIN THAT GAME IT IS GOOD TO SEE GOOD TEAMS WITH GOOD LEAD OFF HITTERS

BD

April 26th, 2012
2:32 am

http://bravedecisions.wordpress.com/
Great win for the Braves! 5-2 on the trip. Thanks for checking out the blog, lots of good feedback.

J-Man

April 26th, 2012
2:33 am

Great game I think Tuesday really has changed this team from top to bottom.
We send Jurrjens to AAA, then Fredi Takes Pastornicky off the bench after benching him for underperforming, Pastornicky has actually hit the best since he has come off the bench, We have Fredi Showing Fire and intensity, arguing a call and getting it overturned, then we have a fired up team that comes back on back to back nights. Consistant pitching from the Starters and dominant Bullpen work by oventabrel.

In fact the only thing to complain about is the fact that the Braves hitters are not going the opposite way into that ridiculous shift. Especially McCann because last year they did that to him and he would drop a bunt on it and get a cheap single……. He needs to do that now. I mean these teams 3rd basemen are playing all the way at SS If you place a bunt on the 3rd base side you could walk your way to a single.

count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:35 am

Dying waiting for this game to become available on mlb.com so I can watch the 9th before I retire for the “eve-en-ing” bwah-hahaha!

Still have work I can work on though, so, it’s all good.

Thanks to Boomerang (schedules email sends) and Business Gmail – clients will wake up some some finished work mysteriously sent at 9:04am, lol.

J-Man

April 26th, 2012
2:36 am

Seriously D.O.B. I dont know if I have ever seen a Baseball Shift like the ones the are doing to McCann at the moment, even Bonds didnt have shifts like this………I think a lot of managers are trying to copy Joe Maddon because he is the one that has really brought these kind of shifts to the forefront all them time he plays against David Ortiz. I just want McCann to drop a bunt down and make them play him honest.

count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:36 am

J-Spam lol

though I know what you mean, there are like 12 active blogs at any one time, lol

Rowsdower

April 26th, 2012
2:41 am

Hard to say what they were booing at, but I hope it wasn’t Guerra. I couldn’t believe that kid stayed in after taking that shot to the face.

He’s one tough SOB.

Braves2345

April 26th, 2012
2:41 am

This is the team everyone has been begging for. A team that fights and has good pitching. I didn’t know how good we would be at first but I’m excited as ever. I just looked at tickets on stubhub ate under 10 dollars this weekend so I challenge everyone to make it to one game this weekend. I’ll be there sat. GO BRAVES!

count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:49 am

McCann seemed to think that they were booing Guerra.

That’s the same city that gives Metta World Peace a standing O for throwing a criminal elbow…

count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:49 am

I have tickets for Sunday… welcome Hudson back…

J-Man

April 26th, 2012
2:54 am

Yea we really need just 1 blog and just have all the other stories just be stories on blog posts it gets tiresome

John Brave

April 26th, 2012
3:01 am

That pitcher was an idiot for staying in. Yeah, it doesn’t hurt right after he got WALLOPED in the face. I knew he was going to fall apart after that. About 5 minutes after a hit like that is when it starts hurting and throbbing, and you could see on the TV close-ups he was about crying a few minutes later and you could see a huge red knot starting to welt up on his face. Crucial to get ice on that IMMEDIATELY. Can’t believe his manager was dumb enough to leave him in. No coincidence he couldn’t get anybody out after that! Cost ‘em the game. He probably cost himself key ice time to maybe be able to pitch this weekend, and he gave the game to the Braves in the process. Way to go, tough guy. We’ll take the win! Way to close out that closer, Big Mac! Go Braves!

J-Man

April 26th, 2012
3:07 am

Guerra definately needs x-rays or a CT on that Mandible. As an X-Ray tech I know all what he is goning through and I doubt he will be pitching for awhile. He tough but when the adrenaline wears off the pain almost becomes too much. I dont think he had any dislocation because he was able to open his mouth and bite down but he could have a fracture. I personally thought that the Manager should have removed him for precautionary reasons because he could also have aconcusion or whiplash from that violent of a hit.

count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
3:13 am

game is up on mlb.com now for the blacked out… I’m watching the 9th now…

Pro-tip: You don’t want to bar fight this idiot Guerra. He was directing traffic and generally unfazed after putting a 45 degree redirection on a rocket shot.

Also, that was Uggla’s best at bat of the year, a little flare to right.

JC Boscan III

April 26th, 2012
3:17 am

Great win! It did seem quite foolish to leave Guerra in there. Hopefully, he won’t have any lingering problems…… Now, it’s time for a winning homestand….!

J-Man

April 26th, 2012
3:57 am

you know if the Dodgers would have played McCann straigh instead ot playing that crazy shift McCann would have been out thrown by the 3rd Baseman

J-Man

April 26th, 2012
3:59 am

you know if the Dodgers would have played McCann straigh instead ot playing that crazy shift McCann would have been out thrown by the 3rd Baseman because it would have bounced right to him and as slow as Mac runs he would have been gunned out

J-Man

April 26th, 2012
4:03 am

you know if the Dodgers would have played McCann straight instead ot playing that crazy shift McCann would have been out thrown by the 3rd Baseman because it would have bounced right to him and as slow as Mac runs he would have been gunned out

bravesgrl4life

April 26th, 2012
5:40 am

5 – 2 out-west road trip. I’ll take it! Good job, Braves! Now, lets slay some Pirates this weekend :)

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
8:11 am

I thought that they had just about had it, starting the 9th.
The Braves didn’t give up, stayed in there for the fight.
Don’t give up on the Braves in a close game, they don’t, they just keep on trying.

Braves Juggernaut is rolling.
go braves

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
8:13 am

I want to see how the Nationals stand up against the Dodgers.
Because the Dodgers are very good.

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
8:20 am

The Braves have an April winning record for the 1st time in 3 years.

J-Man

April 26th, 2012
9:17 am

reckingball have you seen a shift placed on a player like the 1 they played on McCann. That 3rd baseman nearly plays at the 2nd base bag

Let's Go

April 26th, 2012
9:19 am

This is like the team a couple years ago where as long as they kept it close you had a feeling they would pull it out in the 8th or 9th. 2 big wins in LA and anytime you can go 5 and 2 on a west coast road trip you have to be happy.

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
9:24 am

McCann needs to find a way to beat that shift, it robbed him of several hits on that road trip.

anonymous

April 26th, 2012
9:32 am

Atlanta Braves Braves quotes after comeback win at L.A.
2:25 am April 26, 2012, by David O’Brien

. On not giving up

“It’s kind of been the same for the last two or three years. This team has won a lot of ballgames, and we’ve come back, we’ve held leads … we feel like we’ve got a great team top to bottom, and we feel like nights like this will happen quite a few times because of the hitters we have in our lineup.”

How scary was that initially for you, when the ball went off Guerra’s face

“Oh, man. I told a couple of guys he’s my new favorite player. I mean, it didn’t even faze him. I hit it as hard as I possibly could, and I don’t think it even hit his glove. And for him to get up and pitch … I don’t think too many guys would want to mess with him.”

On how big this win could be, end of trip and for series win

“This was huge. To win two out of three here. This was an amazing road trip that we just played. To come out west and do what we did, the way we did it – it’s pretty special.”

On Chipper getting another big hit

“I think the way they’re using Chip is great. Give him his rest, because we’ve got guys who can fill in for him. And we need him fresh as many games as possible. I think they’ve done an unbelievable job keeping him fresh for games.”

**JONNY VENTERS

“That was a big one. To come in here and two two from those guys. They’re playing great, the best in the west. It was exciting to watch.”

On the comeback, winning the series with that ninth-inning rally, etc

“It was a big turnaround. We were in the dugout watching it happen. Real exciting.”

What does it say about this team?

“It says a lot. We’re always in the game. Especially to come back against Guerra, who’s a great closer. That was good to get some runs off him and get a win.”

**FREDDIE FREEMAN

On the comeback

“It’s a testament to our team. We’ve done that all year. We keep going from the first through the ninth.”

On rallying to win in ninth

“And to win the series, too. We want to win every series, and to come into here, where they haven’t even lost a game, and take two of them – it’s something that makes our plane flight a little bit better.”

On the Kemp homer

“It was early in the game, so we weren’t too worried. It was one run. If we can keep his homers to solo homers, we’re OK with that. Beachy pitched great, and we were able to put together a really. We didn’t give up and we got a win.”

On Guerra getting hit in the face

“I still haven’t seen the replay. I don’t want to see it. Javy’s one of my good friends. I just hope that he’s all right.”

**CHIPPER JONES

“To come in with one out and nobody on and get five straight hits off a guy that kind of stuff. I mean, I never faced him before and he threw me that first pitch, and I was like, oh boy, I’ve got my hands full here. But he made a mistake to a couple of guys in that inning and we didn’t miss them.

“It’s a great, great win for the ballclub. A great series win, a great road trip. And a well deserved day off tomorrow.”

On getting game-winning RBI on his last at-bat at Dodger Stadium, after growing up a Dodger fan (dad was from Vero Beach)

“It’s been a storybook season so far. It’s been one highlight after another, and man, I’m savoring each and every one of them. Because you never know when the next one is going to come. And to have revered this ballpark and this [Dodgers] organization the way I did as a kid, and to leave it here tonight, it’s awful special.”

You still get excited about a big hit like that in the ninth?

“Did you not see me? [laughter] I was like a schoolkid out there. That’s what you play the game for. It’s moments like that. You don’t know how many times I’ve rehearsed that very moment in my backyard growing up. Only I was a Dodger. So it’s indescribeable. And it wasn’t just me, it was a bunch of guys that got big base hits, and they all felt the same exact way.

“We didn’t hit the ball out of the ballpark, but we were tough outs and we were .300 hitters. And we got the job done.”

On the team coming back

“This team feels like our pitching is going to keep us in the game, and with the way we’ve been swinging the bat you’ve just got that feeling somebody’s going to get the big base hit. It started with Freddie and just kind of domino’d right down the line. You build moment and you build momentum, eventually you’re going to break through.”

What did you think of the line drive off Guerra’s face?

“The ball hit him in the face? Where? [jaw] He just went up one notch in my toughness book.”

On where his RBI hit will rank in terms of memories

“That’s way up there. I’ll remember that for a long time. I’ll remember that hit, I’ll remember that inning, I’ll remember the last play of the game. It’s just a storybook. That’s the only way I can describe it.”

**BRANDON BEACHY

“It was a fun game to be a part of that.”

On the homer by Kemp

“He’s a good player. I made some really good pitches in that at-bat. I didn’t get the fastball in [0-2 pitch for a ball]. It was the right pitch, I just didn’t execute it. I tried to throw it for a strike instead of throw it in the dirt, and that’s what happened.”

On the rest of the game

“Chipper made an unbelievable play to end the fifth. That changes the game for us. You just can’t say enough about the guys. They battled a couple of tough pitchers there at the end, put the ball in play and it worked.

“We’re a good team. Everybody’s realizing that, and we’re excited.”

**FREDI GONZALEZ

“It’s a good finish. Guys had some good at-bats. Danny Uggla had a helluva at-bat. Freeman scored the tying run, then Chipper has a big hit, and we were able to add on with Jason.

“I thought Beachy was outstanding. I thought a key to the game was in the seventh inning, having Durbin come in to face Ellis and get the out, and O’Flaherty get Ethier out. It gave us a chance. Kept it right there, one run, gave us a chance to do what we did there.”

Line drive hit off Guerra’s face

“These are not my fans, but I was a little disappointed that they booed him. This guy took one off the face and tried to stay in there and save the game, and they booed him coming off the field. You’ve got to give the guy credit for some courage there.”

More on the comeback

“We had good at-bats there. And to be able to take one from them like that, it feels good to get on the plane and go home. Off day tomorrow, then get a good homestand.”

On the emotional turnaround, to come back and win, win the series before cross-country flight….

“Yeah, we’ll probably get in at 6 or 7 in the morning, but it won’t matter. We may get there before the plane does. Because it’s a pretty good road trip. We’ll enjoy it for a little bit, then get ready for the Pirates.”

“Good at-bats, competitive at-bats, not giving in … I’m proud for those guys.”

On Chipper being down 0-2, just like Uggla was in 9th…

“You feel good with him – he’s only done it 12,000 times – that he’s going to do something there, put the ball in play, whether it was in the hole or get a sac fly.”
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..26 comments Add your commentTyler (TN)

April 26th, 2012
2:26 am
Great series, very fun to watch. Have to show some respect to Guerra also, tough kid.

LinkReport this comment.REAGAN2012

April 26th, 2012
2:31 am
I REALLY ANJOYED WATCHING THE BRAVES WIN THAT GAME IT IS GOOD TO SEE GOOD TEAMS WITH GOOD LEAD OFF HITTERS

LinkReport this comment.BD

April 26th, 2012
2:32 am
http://bravedecisions.wordpress.com/
Great win for the Braves! 5-2 on the trip. Thanks for checking out the blog, lots of good feedback.

LinkReport this comment.J-Man

April 26th, 2012
2:33 am
Great game I think Tuesday really has changed this team from top to bottom.
We send Jurrjens to AAA, then Fredi Takes Pastornicky off the bench after benching him for underperforming, Pastornicky has actually hit the best since he has come off the bench, We have Fredi Showing Fire and intensity, arguing a call and getting it overturned, then we have a fired up team that comes back on back to back nights. Consistant pitching from the Starters and dominant Bullpen work by oventabrel.

In fact the only thing to complain about is the fact that the Braves hitters are not going the opposite way into that ridiculous shift. Especially McCann because last year they did that to him and he would drop a bunt on it and get a cheap single……. He needs to do that now. I mean these teams 3rd basemen are playing all the way at SS If you place a bunt on the 3rd base side you could walk your way to a single.

LinkReport this comment.count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:35 am
Dying waiting for this game to become available on mlb.com so I can watch the 9th before I retire for the “eve-en-ing” bwah-hahaha!

Still have work I can work on though, so, it’s all good.

Thanks to Boomerang (schedules email sends) and Business Gmail – clients will wake up some some finished work mysteriously sent at 9:04am, lol.

LinkReport this comment.J-Man

April 26th, 2012
2:36 am
Seriously D.O.B. I dont know if I have ever seen a Baseball Shift like the ones the are doing to McCann at the moment, even Bonds didnt have shifts like this………I think a lot of managers are trying to copy Joe Maddon because he is the one that has really brought these kind of shifts to the forefront all them time he plays against David Ortiz. I just want McCann to drop a bunt down and make them play him honest.

LinkReport this comment.count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:36 am
J-Spam lol

though I know what you mean, there are like 12 active blogs at any one time, lol

LinkReport this comment.Rowsdower

April 26th, 2012
2:41 am
Hard to say what they were booing at, but I hope it wasn’t Guerra. I couldn’t believe that kid stayed in after taking that shot to the face.

He’s one tough SOB.

LinkReport this comment.Braves2345

April 26th, 2012
2:41 am
This is the team everyone has been begging for. A team that fights and has good pitching. I didn’t know how good we would be at first but I’m excited as ever. I just looked at tickets on stubhub ate under 10 dollars this weekend so I challenge everyone to make it to one game this weekend. I’ll be there sat. GO BRAVES!

LinkReport this comment.count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:49 am
McCann seemed to think that they were booing Guerra.

That’s the same city that gives Metta World Peace a standing O for throwing a criminal elbow…

LinkReport this comment.count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:49 am
I have tickets for Sunday… welcome Hudson back…

LinkReport this comment.J-Man

April 26th, 2012
2:54 am
Yea we really need just 1 blog and just have all the other stories just be stories on blog posts it gets tiresome

LinkReport this comment.John Brave

April 26th, 2012
3:01 am
That pitcher was an idiot for staying in. Yeah, it doesn’t hurt right after he got WALLOPED in the face. I knew he was going to fall apart after that. About 5 minutes after a hit like that is when it starts hurting and throbbing, and you could see on the TV close-ups he was about crying a few minutes later and you could see a huge red knot starting to welt up on his face. Crucial to get ice on that IMMEDIATELY. Can’t believe his manager was dumb enough to leave him in. No coincidence he couldn’t get anybody out after that! Cost ‘em the game. He probably cost himself key ice time to maybe be able to pitch this weekend, and he gave the game to the Braves in the process. Way to go, tough guy. We’ll take the win! Way to close out that closer, Big Mac! Go Braves!

LinkReport this comment.J-Man

April 26th, 2012
3:07 am
Guerra definately needs x-rays or a CT on that Mandible. As an X-Ray tech I know all what he is goning throug and I doubt he will be pitching for awhile. He tough but when the adrenaline wears off the pain almotbecomes too much. I dont think he had any dislocation because he was able to open his mouth and bite down but he could have a fracture. I personally thoug

Ralph

April 26th, 2012
9:38 am

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
9:24 am
McCann needs to find a way to beat that shift, it robbed him of several hits on that road trip

You got that right, needs to learn to go the other way.

Bob the Blogger

April 26th, 2012
9:44 am

I would like to see McCann shoot some outside pitches into left field – easier said than done for a pure pull hitter. It might get some teams to ease up on the shift a bit.

Emilie

April 26th, 2012
9:47 am

Didn’t get to see the game, but now I’ve got to go and watch this 3 run inning on MLB.TV! Great quotes. Thanks DOB.

CMC

April 26th, 2012
9:49 am

DOB,

You have covered Chipper for a long time and know more about him that most. As a long-time Braves fan who has watched Chipper since Year 1, I notice a fire and enthusiasm in him this season that I haven’t seen in a long time. He has taken this team under his wing and is the unquestionable leader in the dugout. And it appears to be infectious. I have seen more positive emotion out of this bunch than I have seen in a long time. Lots of fist pumps on the field and glad hands in the dugout. I think this has been a sorely missed ingredient for some time. Do you think that Chipper has taken it upon himself to lead this particular charge in terms of emotion and enthusiasm? It just seems more evident to me than in a long time.

BravesFanLostInOH

April 26th, 2012
9:55 am

Mad respect for Guerra!

“He’s my new favorite player.” – BMac

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
10:03 am

I hope that made Guerra mad, and that he is able to pitch against the Nationals, and that he can vent that anger in a positive way, against Washington.

BRETT SHEPHERD

April 26th, 2012
10:06 am

my damn dodgers need a closer…congrats to the braves…see you in atlanta.

phil

April 26th, 2012
10:13 am

DontStopTheChop

April 26th, 2012
10:24 am

I’m guessing the people saying Guerra was an idiot for staying in the game never played competetive sports. If he can deal with the pain and it’s not affecting his throwing motion why would he come out. He’s their closer, meaning he’s the best option for their team to be pitching in thr 9th, he’s not going to take himself out of the game if he feels he can continue.

supa

April 26th, 2012
11:03 am

Awesome road trip. I’m glad to have some home games coming up. The late nights have been killing me in the morning, but I can’t turn off the TV. Even when they lose, they look good, they put together good ABs, they hit line drives, they make good pitches. There is just a special feeling about this team. Top to bottom, everyone has contributed.

Slammin Sammy

April 26th, 2012
11:21 am

anonymous is a moron. What a waste of space repeating the quotes. He should be castrated.

jim

April 26th, 2012
11:41 am

If that ball did not hit the pitcher in the face, it would have gone straight to he shortstop playing behind 2B. The announcers would have lamented about McCann being robbed, and the rally probably would have been quenched right there. Remember last year when the Braves put a similar shift on against Carlos Pena. In two different games he just bunted or chopped a little grounder to the third base side, and that ended the extreme shift. Unless McCann thought he was going to change the scoreboared with one swing, a dribbler down third was what the situation really called for.

longtimefan

April 26th, 2012
11:42 am

Phil, give it a rest and admit you were and are wrong. I see the multitude of other naysayers have slithered away. Even after the Braves began winning after the Mutts series they couldn’t bring themselves to be complimentary about the Braves play, saying they had not faced strong pitching or good teams. What you got to say now? Chipper is a future HOFer and playing like one, the anti-Heyward crowd has been silenced and the fire FG and FW idiots are next!

playmeortrademe

April 26th, 2012
11:49 am

A Fredi Gonzalez tip of the cap to Beachy and Minor this trip. They have stepped it up. If Huddy can come back and be his old self, that staff may be the toughest in baseball. The weakest link may be Tommy right now. The big three in the pen still getting it done and Medlen makes it a big four. I’ll take 5-2 road trips all year. Maybe the offense can provide a couple of blowouts this weekend and save the bullpen a bit. Still would like to see Pastornicky finish games and get key ABs instead of being pulled. Heyward in the 7 spot also seems like a waste the way he’s hitting but that’s life when you have a lineup full of 3,4,and 5 hitters.

jim

April 26th, 2012
11:51 am

Can one imagine the reaction on this blog if Fredi had left his closer in the game after being hit in the face with a line drive and he ended up losing the game. Especially keeping him in for 2 extra batters after the Uggla hit. For some balance someone should keep a score of the questionable decisions by the opposing mgr vs those by Fredi and see how they tally at the end of the year.

jim

April 26th, 2012
11:56 am

Actually, I think we have to thank Mattingly for not only leaving Guerra in after being hit in the face, but for taking Lily out when he had a low pitch count and was in complete control.

El Bravo

April 26th, 2012
12:00 pm

Guerra is a tough hombre. I do not have a problem with him wanting to say in the game; that is what he is supposed to do. I do have a problem with Don Mattingly’s common sense, or lack there of. He needs to take the ball away from that kid in that situation, for his sake and the sake of the team. A line drive to the face is not something you shake off that easily…

PiersonBrave

April 26th, 2012
12:08 pm

CMC

April 26th, 2012
9:49 am

DOB,

You have covered Chipper for a long time and know more about him that most. As a long-time Braves fan who has watched Chipper since Year 1, I notice a fire and enthusiasm in him this season that I haven’t seen in a long time. He has taken this team under his wing and is the unquestionable leader in the dugout. And it appears to be infectious. I have seen more positive emotion out of this bunch than I have seen in a long time. Lots of fist pumps on the field and glad hands in the dugout. I think this has been a sorely missed ingredient for some time. Do you think that Chipper has taken it upon himself to lead this particular charge in terms of emotion and enthusiasm? It just seems more evident to me than in a long time.

I believe that Chips gusto can be traced back to one word:

URGENCY

The man can see the light at the end of the tunnel and he knows that this is it! Not to be silly but he knows that “it’s time to leave it all on the field”, no excuses. Personally knowing Chipper he still wants to play, but as we all know, 40 year old knees just have a hard time keeping up with desire.

htownbravesfan

April 26th, 2012
12:11 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever watched anyone have so much fun playing baseball as Chipper is right now. All of you haters, and there are many on this blog because I’ve read them too many times, need to start apologizing right now. You have no idea how much this team will miss this player when he’s gone.

PiersonBrave

April 26th, 2012
12:24 pm

htownbravesfan

Aint that the truth!!!

bart

April 26th, 2012
12:32 pm

Maybe it’s just me but Pastornicky getting nailed in the back seemed to be a purposeful payback pitch – just not sure why it would be done. MLB pitchers are generally too good to make a pitch like that without intent. Anything to it?

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
1:26 pm

longetimefan @11:42…..”naysayers have slithered away.”———-
Go to Mark Bradleys Blog, and you will find a big bunch of them.
go braves!!,

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
1:30 pm

Looked like the ball in the back to Pastornicky could have been on purpose.

Mister Frisky

April 26th, 2012
2:39 pm

DOB,Did you get an invite to Chippers B-Day fiesta.

One Big Dummy

April 26th, 2012
2:45 pm

I take it the Dodgers didn’t do anything to acknowledge Chipper’s career! I was at the game last night and expected SOMETHING, instead there was nothing said about his last game at Dodger Stadium. That’s okay, though, Chipper doesn’t need the Dodgers to recognize him, Chipper just recognized himself instead! Awesome game, probably the best baseball game I’ve ever been to.

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
2:50 pm

good afternoon frisky. How about great win last night? Talked to your girl last night.

Mister Frisky

April 26th, 2012
3:18 pm

Hey Crawford,Big win, nothing like doin the Dodgers at their place.Tell Me hi,hope sha has a nice swim today.

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
3:22 pm

She left Frisky. She was really upset.

Mister Frisky

April 26th, 2012
3:30 pm

Sorry to hear that.It’s an off day we can re group for the home stand.

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
3:35 pm

Can you say sweep. She said she was going home. Do you know where that is? I would like to talk to her. I used to be her boss.

Mister Frisky

April 26th, 2012
3:42 pm

Crawford,I think it’s the ATL.

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
3:46 pm

thanks frisky,i will see if i can find her. i have some money for her, If she contacts you, Have her call me. She has my number. Tell her it is important. Go Braves!!!

Mister Frisky

April 26th, 2012
3:48 pm

@Crawford,10-4.

C from Marietta

April 26th, 2012
5:06 pm

Actually, they did something for Chipper on his birthday

One Big Dummy

April 26th, 2012
7:50 pm

@C from Marietta

Odd, I would’ve thought they would have mentioned it on TV. Oh well…

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12:58 pm

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