Braves quotes after Tuesday loss to Phillies

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Beachy’s performance

“Beachy was outstanding. He really was. He matched Cole pitch for pitch and got one inning better, just didn’t get anything for it. He was very, very good. I thought our hitters did a terrific job with Cole. I think four base hits were off left-handed hitters, walked two left-handers. I think we had a good approach.

“We were all set up to win that ballgame and it kind of hurts. It wasn’t Jonny’s day. A couple balls got through the infield it seemed like all night, even off Beach a little bit – a couple balls off the end of the bat or going through that hole there. But it’s just one of those days, come out tomorrow get another pitching performance and keep going. I’m really pleased the way we swung the bats early in the game and even off of Qualls there in the eighth. It just wasn’t our night.”

On Pence’s seeing-eye hits

“If you guys remember, last year at the end of the year, the last game of the season, he threw one of those grenades out there to beat us. He’s one of those guys who sticks his nose in there with two strikes and battles and finds a way to hit balls where you can’t even defend. You can’t put people where he hits them. He’s got that quality where he just battles and battles and doesn’t give in.”

On the defense from Diaz and Pastornicky

“I thought we played a good baseball game. The only error that we had was on Prado and that ball snaked [shifted direction on the close-cropped grass] on him and on this field, when you’ve got to sell out to try to throw out a guy at home plate, that could happen. That ball in the outfield, we’ll see it a lot. When you come in charging hard, and that ball snakes on you it’ll go by. But that didn’t cost us anything. You don’t know if he’s going to throw the guy out at the plate or not. I thought it was a well-played ball game.”

On Venters’ weird inning

“It just wasn’t his day. A couple balls that just fall in and they capitalized. You’ve got to tip your cap to them. Strike three gets away for the game-winner. It’s going to be a tough series. I think every time we play these guys — every time we play within our division. We’ve got a lot of good baseball teams and there are going to be a lot of good, close games.”

**JONNY VENTERS

On his two-run eighth inning, first runs charged to him this year

“I didn’t make pitches when I needed to. I made some decent pitches early in the count, then when I needed to, I didn’t. And they made me pay for it. That’s a good lineup. You just can’t do that against those guys.”

On getting out of some other jams this season after giving up hits or walks

“I haven’t had many clean innings this year and today I didn’t make pitches with guys on. They made me pay for it. There’s no excuse. Brandon pitched his butt off today and we were in the game here at [the eighth inning]. To let it get away like that is unacceptable.”

On his ankle after hit that caromed off it

“It’s fine. It kind of grazed off me a little bit. I wish it would have grazed off me into one of my teammates’ hands.”

Did you see it as strange inning, some bad luck?

“No. I mean, some things didn’t go our way, but at the same time I’ve got to make better pitches in those situations. I got some sinkers up in the zone and they don’t miss those pitches. I’ve given up plenty of hard-hit balls right at guys. I feel like I just didn’t execute when I needed to, and they hit balls where guys weren’t.”

**BRANDON BEACHY

On being more efficient by letting guys put balls in play like they did tonight

“That’s what I’m trying to do, and it’s working for me at times. And at other times, I need to get a little better.”

That goes back to not trying to strike everybody out, letting the defense work behind you, lower pitch counts?

“There’s definitely times where I’d like to be able to [strike some batters out]. My breaking balls just aren’t as sharp right now, and that’s kind of holding me back from putting away a few of the guys in those situations.”

On the game, pitching well most of the night

“Yeah, it’s a tough game. A well-played game. Hamels threw the ball really well. Got to put up zeroes to beat this team.”

Still the Phillies, despite being below .500 before today and in fourth place?

“Yeah. They’re missing a couple of big pieces of their team, but that’s still a formidable lineup they’re throwing out there every day.”

Pence a quintessential ‘professional’ hitter, to use a cliché?

“Yeah, he puts the bat on the ball. As the cliché says, you do that and good things will happen.”

On Phillies getting several hits to drop, bloops and hits through infield

“You know, there’s going to be those nights, either for us or tonight it happened for the other team. You take those where they come. I feel fortunate – they got a couple of those, but it evened out. They hit a couple of balls hard [for outs]. Tyler made an outstanding play, the catch Matt Diaz made … I mean, it all averages out.”

**MATT DIAZ

On the game

“They had a couple of balls fall in no-man’s land. We were the beneficiary of a couple of those, too. Once McCann hit that homer, I figured we were going to start rolling. I never tip my hat to many pitches, but Cole Hamels is one I will constantly tip my hat to. He beared right down after the McCann homer. He got in trouble there with two outs and made the pitches against Francisco.

“He [Hamels] is fun to play against because it’s always going to be a battle, but it’s frustrating as heck because he wins a lot of those battles.”

More on Hamels, after getting a 2-run lead

“He was pitching great. That two-run inning was kind of freakish. Then we came back and tied it. That’s the beauty of this Braves team – we’re going to fight. There’s nothing you can throw at us that we’re not going to keep fighting. We had Hamels on the mound, tied it up, Venters comes in a strikes out another guy and they [score the go-ahead run on wild-pitch strike 3]. It was just a weird game. They scored a couple in weird ways.

“Two runs off Hamels, you can’t be too mad. But then you’ve got to go get some runs off their bullpen.”

On Pence getting two hits where nobody was, through right side and to RF

“The one outfielder in the league who probably knows him best in the world is Mike Bourn, so we felt we had really good positioning on him. And still, it’s the right positioning but you can’t ever count on a bloop. He just squirted one through because our second baseman is playing up the middle, because he hits the ball up the middle. Our first baseman is guarding the line because he slices it down the line a lot, and I’m taking away the right-center field gap. So it just left a ginormous whole and he pushed one through. I promise if you ask him he’ll say he didn’t try to, but it got there.”

On Diaz’s running catch just in front of the right-center wall

“Again, Mike does such a good job of positioning us. He’s a lot like Andruw Jones was in that respect. Playing with him is a lot of fun in the outfield. As soon as that ball was hit, he knew it, he goes, ‘I can’t get it, go get it!’ So I knew right away, it was my ball.”

96 comments Add your comment

JD

May 1st, 2012
11:07 pm

I’m never one to get worked up over one game but when does this thing we the phillies start to become mental. Or has it already?

JD

May 1st, 2012
11:09 pm

“with” not “we”

Mister Frisky

May 1st, 2012
11:20 pm

You will not win anything with Jack Wilson in a close game late.First big time pitcher they face this year and same results as last year.

legalbuzz

May 1st, 2012
11:21 pm

I was out so I couldn’t hear the sound buy why not Chipper as PH with two on and two out in the 8th for Juan Fransisco? Could he not play at all today? Maybe even Hinske at that point after going 4 for 4 yesterday? Just seemed like a logical move but it wasn’t made. Did anybody ask that, DOB?

Harpie

May 1st, 2012
11:22 pm

The Braves pitchng staff is starting to invent ways to lose games…

Durrtydogg

May 1st, 2012
11:28 pm

One thing lacking in all GA teams….heart. Blame the pitching. Blame the hitting. Blame Fredi. But the fact is we lack heart.

Overseas Braves Fan

May 1st, 2012
11:31 pm

Sometimes I wish my Braves are lucky than good. But being good will bring us more winning opportunities. I think they will be fine this year.

Durrtydogg

May 1st, 2012
11:32 pm

Its painfully obvious Fredi has no clue. He doesnt motivate his team at all. Can we get some emotion please??

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

May 1st, 2012
11:40 pm

Fire Gonzalez,

Get a guy in there to stand up to the Phils and get this team ready

Mister Frisky

May 1st, 2012
11:43 pm

Thank you Philly may I have another.

Mister Frisky

May 1st, 2012
11:48 pm

The domino effect of Chipper not being in the line up give them zero chance over 162 games.Throw in no Heyward,now you got even more holes.Speaking of Heyward,what’s wrong with this Nancy.22 years old,six five,240 solid muscle and can’t stay healthy.What will he be like at 32?

JAFO

May 1st, 2012
11:56 pm

MF how are you brother? The beat goes on. At least we were set up to win the game. That’s progress.

extremus

May 1st, 2012
11:56 pm

0-2 since Mark Bradley praised the Braves on how far they’d come since last season. I could almost swear the guy’s timing makes you wonder if he has a little voodoo doll with a Braves/Falcons jersey on it somewhere in his office. He probably sits there, types a line, sticks it, types another line, sticks it again…

Do us a favor, Mr. Bradley: post nothing but “glass half empty” blogs and the local teams will probably end up winning their respective championships, lol (Yes, I’m kidding, but it’s hard to argue against the strangely precise timing of so many Braves/Falcons swoons in concert with Bradley’s praise articles)!

Mister Frisky

May 2nd, 2012
12:01 am

@JAFO,How ya been?Braves got a tough schedule this month.We will know all we need to know by June 1.Have a good nite my brother.

CKBigoldi

May 2nd, 2012
12:10 am

Fredi said that we should win 2 of 3 from Philly. I hope this was the one that he was not trying to win.

JAFO

May 2nd, 2012
12:17 am

Doing well MF. Your levity and clarity always appreciated. Be careful out there… the ‘ real true fans’ are always ready to spin 0-8. Go get 2of3.

Scottbravesfan

May 2nd, 2012
12:25 am

That was the flukest game I have ever seen. BABIP was all in favor of the phillies and their weak hits.

kim

May 2nd, 2012
12:30 am

Not a pretty game tonight. This crap has got to change..just say Phillies and Braves go into shock!

Lobosolo

May 2nd, 2012
12:49 am

I sure am glad you sissy armchairs aren’t on MY team or God forbid I’d have to share a foxhole with you… … what a bunch of whiners… you girls will never have the capacity to understand or enjoy baseball for what it is… You bozos opinions change with every game! I’m beginning to think that you whinesters are just plain stoopid… no fortitude for you bandwagoneers in such a long season… sing it, Johnny, for all the little binky suckas……http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJKV7Xg8xhw

Go get ‘em tomorrow, Bravos… your real fans with sense know not to panic like some little scared puppy…

JAFO

May 2nd, 2012
12:53 am

Never have so many done so little with risp to…tip a cap

Dave

May 2nd, 2012
1:01 am

I’m sorry, did I read that right? Fredi says, when referring to Pence’s hits, “You can’t put them where he hits them?” Uh, if our second basemen was playing his normal position that ground ball would have went right to him. Why would you play him up the middle like that when Pence has already shown he can take the ball the other way?

DawgDad

May 2nd, 2012
1:18 am

“A couple balls got through the infield” — Get used to it.

Ty Cobb's Soul

May 2nd, 2012
1:21 am

let the cap-tipping begin

wayn-o

May 2nd, 2012
1:29 am

This one is on Fredi & the bench coach, what in the world was up with that defensive placement? What would of been routine out’s turned into doubles because there was no one on the right side of the field. stupid.

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Larry Parrish

May 2nd, 2012
2:09 am

4-for-36 with RISP. These are definitely my boys again.

J-Man

May 2nd, 2012
2:35 am

I underatand your gonna lose a game…….But this makes 8 straight. This was the kind of game where Fredi is a hindrance. I mean I was thinking why wasnt Chipper pitch hitting instead of Jack Wilson. Also Brian McCann needs to be droped in the order because all he does is swing for the fences instead of putting the ball in play like he did 2 years ago. Granted he did hit 1 over the fence but there was a spot where we had a Freeman on 1st ad no body out and if if just doesnt try to pull he doesnt hit into that douple play…….In fact, he needs to do like Hinske dod 2 days ago and throw a bunt when they put that crazy shift on him as well. But we need to win tomorrow and Hanson needs to show up big because were going up against Halliday. Also it looks like were a streaky team where we will win 5 in a row and lose 3 in a row.

J-Man

May 2nd, 2012
2:37 am

The Braves havent beaten the Phillies since my Birthday last year

J-Man

May 2nd, 2012
2:49 am

Well we need to break the Phillie Curse 8 straight loses and the main reason we didnt make the playoff this year. Also we are 2-6 against the NL East this season

Real Fan

May 2nd, 2012
3:33 am

J-Man, actually we are 2-5 against the NL East this year. Maybe 2-6 after facing Halladay tomorrow, but I am thinking positive that we will be 3-5 after tomorrow night.

J-Man

May 2nd, 2012
3:56 am

I stand corrected thanks Real Fan. We gotta do something to change things around.

clay

May 2nd, 2012
4:42 am

The braves are back to there old ways. We will be lucky to win one of these games. The phillies have halladay pitching tomorrow for them so that’s another L. And delgado pitches for us thur and you never know what your going to get from a rookie pitcher. 2-3 over the last five home games is not how you win anything. Oh well atleast we had two weeks of fun. Back to the same ole frustrating braves just like the hawks.

Buddy Landel

May 2nd, 2012
6:07 am

Dave

May 2nd, 2012
1:01 am

I’m sorry, did I read that right? Fredi says, when referring to Pence’s hits, “You can’t put them where he hits them?” Uh, if our second basemen was playing his normal position that ground ball would have went right to him. Why would you play him up the middle like that when Pence has already shown he can take the ball the other way?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
In the top of the 2nd, Pence hit a hard ground ball right past the mound. Uggla was waiting for it right near the 2nd base bag. Believe it or not, Braves coaches and especially scouts know a lot more about baseball than you do.
It is laughable the way this board changes after a loss. Like someone said earlier, I would not want any of you Negative Nancies on my team.

Larry

May 2nd, 2012
7:08 am

Old LoboDunbDumb and his daily dose of cowardly insults. Does anyone get the impression this dweeb is guy last or never picked and the odorous muck the girls all avoided?

Again, as I keep mentioning, managing hot offenses, shutout pitching–or both–isn’t the test of a manager; managing without one or both of these defines great in-game decisions or lineup strateg.

So, here we have a LHP and former World Series MVP that has owned the Braves the past several seasons. What does our manager do? He bats three lefties in the first 4 slots, including a #4 LH hitter hitting is getting .233. Dumb!

And where is Chipper Jones when you need him? This daily babying is one thing; to not have planned in advance for him to play in this game against an elite LHP was dumb, dumb, dumb! He would have looked good hitting #3 or #4 last night.

Without Jones, the lineup against Hamels should have been:

Bourne
Prado
Diaz
Freeman
Uggla
McCann
Fernandez
P-Nicky

601Braves

May 2nd, 2012
7:22 am

Tough loss but we’ll be fine. Just mental

mccann can't move

May 2nd, 2012
7:30 am

what is it about McCann and not blocking balls in the dirt with him body….he always try to catch balls in the dirt with his glove inside of blocking it with his body…same thing happened in Sunday game in the 9th.

bill

May 2nd, 2012
7:40 am

what the Hell. Isn’t it time to be P***d off at our results. Come on guys get some fire. Do something besides look lifeless against the good teams.

klmbbfan

May 2nd, 2012
7:46 am

McCann is a lazy catcher and his bat is suffering, yea he has hit some balls hard but he has rolled over quite a few the first three weeks of the season with men in scoring position and with hitters counts. Heyward- trade the lazy bum everytime he goes into a slump he has something hurt- what a sissy. I would be embarrassed to call myself a ball player if I were him. By the way Braves you can locate fastballs and get people out- how many more poor curve balls are we going throw that we cant get over the plate and when we do get one over the late it is usuaaly hit hard-STAY WITH THE HEATER RICKY

tennisbrave

May 2nd, 2012
8:03 am

Eight in a row for the Phils against the Chokes of September – 2011. You just gotta tip your hat to the Phils.

Buddy Landel

May 2nd, 2012
8:08 am

mccann can’t move

May 2nd, 2012
7:30 am
same thing happened in Sunday game in the 9th.
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That ball hit the batter and clearly change direction. Can’t fault McCann for that one , but/ bltch on……

Rafael

May 2nd, 2012
8:15 am

Comments from Fredi’s press conference Tuesday night:

When asked WHY “Double Play” Matt Diaz was allowed to hit against the RIGHTHANDER late in the game, Fredi said “Matty is my nephew. He rakes righthanders you know.”

When asked WHY washed-up STIFFS like Matt Diaz and Chad “Proctor” Durbin are STILL in the majors, Fredi said “Look, Matty is my NEPHEW and Chad is dating my NIECE. Besides, Frank says they are “AFFORDABLE” and that’s good enough for me.”

When asked WHAT it was like to portray Ricky Ricardo JR. on the “I Love Lucy” Show in the 50’s, Fredi said “I still like receiving my royalty checks.”

When asked IF Michael Bourn was going to be signed to an extension before he hits free agency, Fredi said “I told Michael there is some great restaurants in DC.”

tell it like it is.

May 2nd, 2012
8:20 am

8th loss in a row,now thats saying something! who did you say was going to win the east?

alex

May 2nd, 2012
8:24 am

regression to the mean…

tell it like it is.

May 2nd, 2012
8:30 am

This loseing skid vs the Phillies kinda reminds me of the Falcons losein 10of 12 to the saints,Its par for the corse here in the big A.

64 year Braves fan

May 2nd, 2012
8:34 am

McCann a big liability behind the plate. Slow & sloppy. Also kills to many rallies by hitting into
double plays. Braves a better team when Ross is catching.

Mikey

May 2nd, 2012
8:45 am

Venters gives up his first runs of the season, we are facing one of the best pitchers in the league, we are missing Chipper & Heyward in the lineup and we lose on a strike out passed ball.
Beachy pitched his heart out and McCann is ripping the ball. That’s baseball. See you all tonite.
Ps. Home plate umpire had no clue where the strike zone was last night.

Game Changer

May 2nd, 2012
8:46 am

Braves have been lucky so far facing weaker opponents and missing the top pitchers in many series:

Dubbla the Claw, Freeman, Francisco, Heyward: STRIKING OUT 30% OF PLATE APPEARANCES

THIS IS NOT BIG LEAGUE HITTING

Buddy Landel

May 2nd, 2012
8:50 am

Rafael at 8:15- That was as funny as a funeral. Keep your day job.

Jake

May 2nd, 2012
8:51 am

There were two clear fielding errors that allowed the winning runs to score. The first, McCann’s failure to get down and block the ball rather than trying to catch it. Yeah, the pitch was low, but good catchers block those low throws rather than trying to catch them. As others above have noted, that is a consistent failure of McCann’s. It happens every few days, including Sunday against the Pirates.

Second, that wasn’t bad luck on the ball that hit Venters’ foot, it was the result of poor fielding position. His momentum carried him off the mound and turned sideways to the plate and the ball. Compare that with the way Greg Maddux used to follow through, facing the plate, glove ready. It’s why Maddux was multiple times Gold Glove winner, and why Venters didn’t have bad luck, his positioning was bad and it cost the team a run.

This is fundamental stuff, and the good teams don’t beat themselves with mistakes like that.

jim

May 2nd, 2012
8:52 am

In the previous blog, DOB or Carroll quoted Fredi as saying lsat night was a scheduled day off for Chipper after playing three straight against the Pirates. WHY? Doesn’t he read the upcoming matchups? Why not sit Chipper against a RH pitcher on Monday and have him available to play against Hamels and the Phils?

Buddy Landel

May 2nd, 2012
8:52 am

tell it like it is- your grammar teacher called. She’s pissed.

jim

May 2nd, 2012
8:54 am

Agree on the home plate ump. I think ball 4 to Mac and aq strike call on one of the Phil’s hitters were makeups for the call on the previous pitch that he realized he blew.

jim

May 2nd, 2012
9:06 am

Venter’s position after the pitch has a lot to do with how his pitches move. He is sacrificing fielding position for movement. Bob Gibson would be another pitcher with similar follow through. Maddux had different mechanics and got movement (mostly left-to-right) from his grip. Maddux had textbook mechanics and had great talent. Venters does not have HOF starter ability. He is very effective with his mechanics, so don’t try to change him and take he very occasional bad with the good.

john

May 2nd, 2012
9:19 am

We are back to cap tipping. We are good at it.

WOW

May 2nd, 2012
9:41 am

but…but…Mark Bradley said that the Braves are the bestest team ever.

henry tn

May 2nd, 2012
9:43 am

let’s face it fans the phillies just has a better team than the braves no ifs and buts….

Game Changer

May 2nd, 2012
9:53 am

Stats dont lie fans, very rarely do they change>

ie: Francouer 253 obp below 300 pull hard for this kid but it will never get much better if at all

Frank Wren: in over his head
F Gonzales: in over his head
Many of the players are in over their head.

A major league team needs quality in left and right field each contributing 20 plus HR’s a year. All Atanta has is a Major League CF, heyward should be traded asap.

Infield is a mess except for Freeman who had better not catch the STRIKE OUT BUG from fellow teammates.

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
10:11 am

Good Morning blog. Where did the bats go? 2 runs doesnt win any game.

Mister Frisky

May 2nd, 2012
10:15 am

I think after the month of May the rebuilding can begin.I’m with Game Changer,This team is a sloppy hot mess and will be under 500 come June.Freeman and the kid SS stay.Prado needs to be shipped out or moved to 2b,he sucks in LF Dan the Caveman Uggla needs to go to the AL to DH along with Mc Cann.Bourn is dead man walking as far as re upping with the Braves are concerned.Hudson would probably take a trade to a REAL contender considering his age.The wild card n the equation in Nancy Heyward.He needs to man up or move out.Like the guy, but Braves need him out there everyday.And the cherry on the banana split is the releasing of Wilson,Die az,Gascan Durbin and Lifat Hernandez.

Mister Frisky

May 2nd, 2012
10:21 am

Hi Samantha,It’s the Phillies.The Braves always double up on the depends.They soil themselves just being on the same field with them.

Buddy Landel

May 2nd, 2012
10:23 am

Game Changer

May 2nd, 2012
9:53 am
Infield is a mess except for Freeman who had better not catch the STRIKE OUT BUG from fellow teammates
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That’s funny. Freddie catch the strikeout bug from teammates?? Guess who leads the team in strikeouts? Freeman with 28

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
10:33 am

@mF i think they are beginning to show that they are the same old Braves from last year. CHOKE TIME. How are you MF?

Mister Frisky

May 2nd, 2012
10:43 am

I’m good Samantha thanks.Got my swim in already.Enjoying my morning.

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
10:48 am

Got mine in too. When are the braves going to learn. If they dont score 4 or more runs they lose. The ocean water was cold this morning. Go Braves!!!

Buddy Landel

May 2nd, 2012
10:50 am

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
10:11 am
Good Morning blog. Where did the bats go? 2 runs doesnt win any game
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What was the Marlins score last night?

Mister Frisky

May 2nd, 2012
10:53 am

Samantha,Much respect for hittin the Pacific.My old body needs 82 and indoors.

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
10:59 am

Sorry buddy, Didnt catch score.

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iTiSi

May 2nd, 2012
11:41 am

It would be much less work if the AJC sportswriters would just record and save FGs comments after a loss and use them over and over. He always says the same things.

Largo

May 2nd, 2012
11:50 am

Hey McCann, get your big ass in front of those balls in the dirt and stop trying to snag them with your glove. Won’t you ever learn?

DawgDad

May 2nd, 2012
12:49 pm

“Infield is a mess except for Freeman ”

Expensive mess, at that.

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
1:03 pm

@DawgDad, Freeman is also the only one hitting.

TPic

May 2nd, 2012
1:11 pm

All you need to know about the “leadership” on this team is to listen to Fredi Cox’s quotes afterwards. His team always seems to hit bullets right at people and the opponent hits turds that fall. His hitters did a terrific job and had a great approach. Nevermind the result was 2 runs scored, one of whch came on a tater. Instead of blaming a pitcher who had an off night for the loss, how about blasting your line-up for another pitiful pereformance? You aren’t supposed to win when you score two runs. By the way, it was clear early on that Venters wasn’t at his best. Perhaps a pitching change was in order? Oh, wait – Venters pitches the 8th inning, only the 8th inning and all of the 8th inning.

TOMY FOURNIER

May 2nd, 2012
1:12 pm

Same theater…same actors…same movie…same results…same sh……Atlanta suck and I saying the same…this team is a pretender….never be a contender, not with that sissy players…are a bunch of lazy clown and jokers…I am a Phyllis hater and Atlanta fan, for more of 50 years and in the last 10 years…is the same every years…crying and crying and they never do something to put a great team in play…just “TRASH”…AND I SAID!!!!

Tumbledown

May 2nd, 2012
1:14 pm

Until the Braves show they can compete with teams like the Phillies, Cardinals, and Yankees (on the schedule) and actually win games against them, I do not see them as a championship team. I do not care what stats you may have, the Braves need to be able to score late in games against these teams and scratch out wins.

JAFO

May 2nd, 2012
1:14 pm

Every game should begin with a roster wide cap tip to the opposition before first pitch. Just in case.

Tumbledown

May 2nd, 2012
1:15 pm

By way of clarification, I do not see the Braves as a championship team.

John in Wichita

May 2nd, 2012
1:18 pm

I’ll tip my cap to Mr. O’Brien for working OT and posting the quotes, even though I didn’t get to them until the next day. Great reading, David.

abc's of baseball

May 2nd, 2012
1:21 pm

I’m glad Jack Wilson was getting key at bats in close and late situations. And I’m also extremely glad Francisco was up with 2 men on in the 8th, with Hinske and Chipper on the bench.

Thanks Fredi, for all that you do.

TPic

May 2nd, 2012
1:21 pm

JAFO, that’s an excellent idea. It would save me from having to read all the players and manager saying it following each loss. Bear in mind, though an opposing flamethrower from the other side may take offense and bury the leadoff hitter.

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
1:22 pm

@Tumbledown I completely agree. You can not rely on pitching and the homerun. Put the game in motion and get your 4 runs without the HR. Then when it comes you score runs. All the pitching in the world does not help if you do not score.

TOMY FOURNIER

May 2nd, 2012
1:26 pm

EAT CUBANITO GONZALEZ….WHY HIM???…ASK MR. PROSTATIC COX?????/…IS A SHAME!!!!!

Tumbledown

May 2nd, 2012
1:47 pm

Last night’s game just reminds me of the typical Braves’ game played in past Octobers or last September. The score is tight late in the game with the Braves failing to maximize their rallies. The other team, however, scores late and makes the most of its late inning rallies. I don’t think that this comes down to examining the teams relative physical skills. Rather, it appears to be more psychological. I just want the Braves to come through in the clutch against teams like the Phillies and the Cardinals. They need to build some mental confidence now or will once again fall short late in the season.

Bronke

May 2nd, 2012
1:53 pm

Hey guys, I am not just picking but McCann looks lost at the plate. since last year he has not been focused and is hurting the team despite the homer yesterday. Does anyone else agree that Ross should get more playing time? He is by far the better catcher. I still believe McCann can be good but needs to iron out whatever is ailing him right now. The Braves need more timely hitting and better defense at catcher at this time!

JAFO

May 2nd, 2012
2:06 pm

The PA announcer, “Please stand and tip your caps…”

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
2:15 pm

Are we tipping our caps to all the other teams? It is definitely not to the Braves.

Mister Frisky

May 2nd, 2012
2:21 pm

What up JAFO,Watching the Dodger presser.Our old friend Stan Kasten says money is no object.Time to start shipping some of this deadwood out west.

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
2:27 pm

Welcome back MF. Who do we want to send out west? I say all of these so called hitters.

JAFO

May 2nd, 2012
2:33 pm

How are you MF? I’m headed to the Ted for HvH tonight. I never much cared for kastens personality and the napolean complex but he does seem to build the right way wherever he goes.

Mister Frisky

May 2nd, 2012
2:33 pm

Hi Samantha,Let’s start with the catcher.He might not like it though,no Cracker Barrells in Los Angeles.

Mister Frisky

May 2nd, 2012
2:37 pm

Good JAFO Thanks,The Dodgers are looking to spend big time.I’m hoping Wren could use LA as a dump.

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
2:39 pm

If we send the rightfielder, third basemen, shortstop and Manager with him then we will be OK. I am tired of hearing this team running their mouths and no production.

JAFO

May 2nd, 2012
2:39 pm

Nice shot of Mccourt and magic last night. Mccourt shouldnt be allowed to set foot in the ravine.

Chad Durbin

May 2nd, 2012
2:44 pm

If they had pitched me last night instead of Venters we would have won.

Samantha

May 2nd, 2012
2:48 pm

Chad Makes no difference who he pitches. Score 2 runs . You lose.

Mister Frisky

May 2nd, 2012
2:52 pm

JAFO,Mc Court was rockin the new girlfriend.A cool billion still comes in handy.

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