Braves quotes after Wednesday’s 11-inning win

**CHIPPER JONES

On the game-ending home run

“Kevin [Barnes, radio reporter] just told me that was my 500th professional home run. I’m not going to get there [to 500] at the major league level, but to hit 500 homers as a professional is pretty cool.”

Nights like tonight don’t make you maybe reconsider retirement plans?

“No. Nights like tonight make me want to go to bed.”

“During one of the breaks Victorino was down there at the end of the [Phillies] bench and we were just kind of saying, you know, we were spent. It’s hot out there, and it was an emotional rollercoaster all night.”

“For us to fall down 6-nothing to Halladay and come back the way we did, time and time again after falling down, says a lot about this ballclub.”

Have you ever hit a home run immediately after hitting a would-be homer foul like that?

“No, I usually strike out.”

What were you thinking after the foul ball?

“Don’t strike out.”

“He was throwing me in early in the at-bat, and I just said, don’t leave yourself vulnerable to the outside corner. I wanted to make sure that I covered that area, and anything that he threw inside I was just going to try to stay inside and fight off. He eventually went out there.”

On having so many big moments this season despite missing a lot of games

“It’s been fun. I wish my knee would have allowed me to be in there more, because I feel like I have the skills to be able to play this game and play it well. But unfortunately at 40, my body just doesn’t allow me to sometimes. But when I am in there, I want to make a splash. And I think I did it tonight.”

“We’re leaving happy. We felt a little dejected there at 6-nothing, but once we got some things rolling against Halladay, we kind of gained some momentum.”

On the crazy nature of tonight’s game, where it ranks with him

“This game, it was the most psychotic game that I’ve ever been a part of. From 6-nothing, for us to fight back, take the lead, give it up, go down 9-8, then down 12-8, score five runs in the eighth to fight back and take the lead, lose the lead again…. It was just, for there to have been 28 runs scored – I dare say I don’t think that’s ever happened here – 36 hits, dramatic homers, just nobody able to put anybody away … You kind of had the feeling after eight innings that the team with the last at-bat was going to find some way to win it.”

**BRIAN MCCANN

Wildest game he’s played in?

“We played the Cincinnati game where Brooks Conrad hit a grand slam walk-off. It matches right up there with this one. This one was unbelievable. It had everything you could possibly want. It had two No. 1s out there. You’re expecting a low scoring game. I don’t even know what the score was, but we scored 12, 13, 14 runs each.”

On Chipper missing just foul, then two pitches later

“You don’t see stuff like that. You try to throw a cutter in on him, he pulled his hands in nice. Try to go away from him and he made him pay. What a cool moment that was not only for Chipper but for the rest of us to be able to enjoy that or watch that, to see him walk down the first base line like that. That’s a treat for all of us in here. What he’s done for his career. What he’s meant to this organization, to this city. He’s going out this year. That was one of the coolest moments I’ve had on the baseball field.”

On if trying not to hurt him at home plate

“I wanted to punch him in his face. That’s kind of how we all were. What a great moment. Everybody was really excited. No better person to do that than Chipper.”

On coming back on Halladay:

“Everybody put together good ABs. Everybody got on base. I know he tried to get the cutter in a little more than he did and he left it out over the plate. I was able to put a good swing on it in a big situation. That was good.”

On feeling the mood turn then

“Yeah, definitely. You give him a 6-0 lead you pretty much, I think he’s 140-0 or something, someone told me. When he gets four runs or something, he doesn’t lose. We fought back and we were able to tie the game up, then Chipper with the big homer.”

On the wildness of the game:

“It was just a weird game all the way around. Stuff you never see happened tonight. I’ve never been a part of a game quite like this before.”

On Bourn poking him in the eye, you all right?

“Yeah, hopefully. We were all really excited. Everything is good.”

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On such an emotional game

“I can’t even describe it. I don’t even know who started the game. I’ve never seen anything like this here. I tell you what, I’m so proud of those guys. Coming from six runs down against Doc Halladay and they battled and battled. We scored a six-run inning and a five-run inning and still had to play extra innings. I’m so proud of them. I don’t know where to start. Good for us that we’re smiling today, and happy we got a W because there was a lot of weird stuff happening out there. The heart that these guys showed today was terrific.”

On being a part of so many comebacks

“I was on the other end of it four or five years ago in Colorado. Big seven-run lead, and I think our closer back then blew it twice in an extra-inning game, blew it in the ninth and blew it in the 10th to lose it. I hope this is not just preparing us to go to Colorado in a couple days. Those guys out there were terrific. Chipper, he’s…big stage. That’s why we give him a day off every once in a while to keep him fresh and keep him in the lineup.”

On running out of players

“We had nobody else. Huddy. They were in that same boat. They chose to let Sanches hit there in the 11th, but hey we didn’t run out of players.”

On sixth inning vs. Halladay

“We did. I think somebody came in and said he was 107-0 with a six-run lead after so-and-so innings. We did a terrific job. We really did. we could have easily said ‘That’s Doc Halladay on the mound,’ we’ll take it in and go tomorrow. We didn’t do that. That’s why I’m so proud of the club out there.”

On Pastornicky’s three-hit game

“He’s been swinging it offensively. Man oh man he just keeps getting better and better and coming up with some big hits against some tough pitching. That’s nice to see.”

On Kimbrel’s emotions

“It’s one of those situations, O’Flaherty walks a leadoff hitter in his inning, and Kimbrel walks the leadoff man and it’s Juan Pierre. And he’s got what 10,000 stolen bases. You know he’s going to run. Other than that, he did a nice job. He kept the ball on the infield. The ball that Victorino hit up the middle. He couldn’t place it any better. Jack almost came up with that play. It was a funny game. You can’t pinpoint, saying this is where we lost the game or this is where we won the game. I think we won it twice and lost it like three times.”

On emotions high after Phillies’ winning streak against Braves

“We’re 1-1.”

On where it ranks all-time for him in craziness

“It’s going to be one of those games that we turn the TV on in the wintertime and they’re going to play this game with that channel and say what’s so weird about this game. I think it’s going to fall into that category.”

On Chipper’s season

“It’s great. I keep saying to you guys it’s not a farewell tour. It’s going to be a productive year. We’re going to give him a couple days here and there, maybe even three days and he’s going to do what he’s doing.”

On what he thought after Chipper’s ball went foul

“I was thinking, there’s no way. It was one of those things. He got his pitch and he missed it. he happened to get out in front a little bit. I’m thinking we’re going to start the runner with Danny, maybe he hits a ball in the gap, first and third or we can score him. Roll the dice at that point. He must have got another pitch because he didn’t miss that one.”

On Durbin

“He did a nice job for us. We want to lay off on him. We were ready to bring Delgado in the game and piece together Livan and Cristhian Martinez tomorrow for whatever. We don’t have to do that.”

On two good teams, rivals, going at each other

“Yeah, it’s fun. Driving in here a couple days ago, it felt different just because of the Philadelphia Phillies and their history and tradition of winning, and it’s a good ballclub, and I don’t care Howard’s not there, you’ve still got some pros on that field. They get after it. We’ve got guys who get after it. It’s just two good teams. And it’s going to be like this the whole year, between us two and the whole division. Washington. Mets are scrappy. And Florida is going to play better than they’re playing.”

On if any concern about O’Flaherty at this point

“No, not really, because he’s had some good outings. Just one bad pitch. This guy Ruiz, holy [bleep]. I don’t think I’ve seen him make an out.”

**TYLER PASTORNICKY

On Chipper’s homer

“Oh, God. It speaks for itself. That’s Chipper. It’s amazing, and it’s cool to be a part of, I can tell you that.”

On the comeback(s) and win

“It’s unbelievable to finish a game like that. That’s what you dream of as a little kid, to get to be a part of that. Hopefully we can keep that up. That was a lot of fun.”

Most people play a whole career without being part of a game like that

“It’s unbelievable. That’s the best game I’ve ever played in my life. It’s cool to be a part of something like that.”

On hitting the ball with authority, three-hit game

“The more I get comfortable, the more I can put my swings on the ball. I’m definitely there. I’m seeing the ball well right now. I owe a lot to Walk and Fletch [hitting coach Greg Walker and assistant Scott Fletcher]. Those guys just keep my spirits high. When it’s tumbling down, it’s nice to have that support system, where you know they have your back.”

**MARTIN PRADO

On coming back from two big deficits tonight

“This team goes all the way to the end. That’s what I like about this team, we don’t give up. Nobody wants to make a bad pitch, nobody wants to make an error, nobody wants to strike out with the bases loaded. But in the end, we put everybody on the same page, and we’ve got good results.”

On Chipper homering two pitches after the long foul

“I don’t know, man. He has a secret. I’m going to find out.”

On being down 6-0 vs. Halladay, mood in the dugout

“When Chipper got the base hit, then Hinske got a base hit … we thought, hey, we score a couple of runs here, we’ve got a chance to come back. Then something like that happens, all of a sudden Mac hit the homer, it’s, ‘Oh, man, we did it.’ After that we let the game go on and we got a win in the end.”

**MATT DIAZ

On the crazy game

“Save for Rick Ankiel going splash down in the playoffs [division series at San Francisco], this was probably my favorite Braves game that I’ve ever been part of. Just because it’s an insurmountable lead against one of, if not the best pitcher in the game. We grinded back, we grinded back in so many different ways…

“Our team is built on pitching and defense, yet the offense was the thing today. That’s kind of the different vibe you feel with this team. There is definitely an offensive threat — especially with the middle or our order – that we haven’t had before, when you can go Freeman, McCann, Uggla, Chipper. I’ll stack that up with anybody. In years past, you don’t say that about our offense.”

On coming back from 6-0 to tie against Halladay

“It was like, reset, let’s just win the rest of the game.”

“It’s one of those where you’re like, surely Roy Halladay is not going to give up a grand slam. But in the back of your mind you think, ‘Well Mac’s definitely going to hit a grand slam here.’ You know what I mean?

“I’m so conflicted.”

**CRAIG KIMBREL

On the ninth

“You don’t want to walk the leadoff guy especially when he’s got speed like that. they say walks kill. The most important out in the ninth is obviously the third out but the first out too. You get that first out you kind of get a rhythm. Gave up a walk, it ended up like it did. All I can say is I love Chipper Jones.”

On visits from McCann and McDowell

“I was kind of everywhere there at first but they just told me to calm down a little bit. I did that. After the walk I was able to settle down. Little unfortunate the infield hit, Jack almost made an unbelievable play. It’s just one of those outings where your stuff may be there but they still get to you.”

54 comments Add your comment

JASON

May 3rd, 2012
1:05 am

WOW, WHAT A GAME! THANKS FOR THE QUOTES

J-Man

May 3rd, 2012
1:13 am

This game felt like a 7 game series all in 1 game

Mike S

May 3rd, 2012
1:14 am

Thanks for the quotes as always DOB. Now go get some rest. Quick turnaround in the AM!

Maka

May 3rd, 2012
1:14 am

Um, AMAZING. Seriously. Thought about turning the game off after going down 6 and then after going down 4. Prettttty glad I didn’t.

Choppinmama

May 3rd, 2012
1:15 am

And here is the early-Thursday quottage! Thanks, DOB for the fine work. Now just unroll your sleeping bag there in the press box and we’ll see you bright and early in a couple of hours for the rubber game.

Mister Frisky

May 3rd, 2012
1:18 am

Left the house tied at 6.What the hell happened.

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

May 3rd, 2012
1:19 am

Hall of Famer Chipper Jones folks.

Kimbrel better get his shyt togehter. Boy needs to conrol his emotions out of the gate.

Pastroniky needs to charge balls and not fade back on ground balls. BETTER ROUTS.

EOF WAKE UP.

CHIPPER SAVED THEIR ASSES. Still the best player on this team.

Tech Fan

May 3rd, 2012
1:20 am

Holy smokes! I am watching the game again on Sports South that was so good! Tomorrow at work is going to be ugly…

DE Braves Fan

May 3rd, 2012
1:22 am

So this game was stupid. It was a great win and all but seriously guys need to turn around the pitching. Tommy seems to focus on making his numbers look good as opposed to trying to get deep in the game. He had 27 pitches after getting strike 2 on hitters. 11 were balls and 4 were fouled off. To me he looks like he tries to pitch away from contact and now with his velocity I do not know if he can do that regularly and last past 5 innings

J-Man

May 3rd, 2012
1:27 am

I think Kimbrel wasnt warmed up. I mean we were down 4 runs so the closer isnt gonna be warming up but if you look at the rest of the inning nobody could do anyting with his stuff. its just a walk a SB and an infield hit can equal a run……tough job being a closer

Fresno Bravo

May 3rd, 2012
1:30 am

Chris bro, chill man. Just savor the freaking win and move on. That was a classic. Kimbrel is fine, it happens. The Rev looks like he may just be ok. I do agree with you on EOF though. That was horrible. But still, a thing of beauty tonight…

Hoss10

May 3rd, 2012
1:33 am

Mac on Chipper reaching home after walk-off: “I wanted to punch him in his face.”

Haha priceless!

J-Man

May 3rd, 2012
1:33 am

I think that maybe we should let Medlen be the 7th inning guy and let EOF be the specialist. Because he has been hit……And I dont want to hear that Medlen gave up 3 runs tonight…….If pastornicky doesnt boot them plays he is out of the inning.

Fresno Bravo

May 3rd, 2012
1:41 am

J-Man, I tend to agree although it seems fairly simple to me. Venters in 8, Kimbrel in 9 as needed. Medlen, he is definitely available anywhere. O’flaherty and Durbin situational pitching in 6th and 7th. Durbin is a bit maddening, but he has his moments. EOF is generally deadly against lefties and can go a bit longer if needed, but isn’t really all that lights out for a whole inning. I assume Braves move this direction as season wears on, despite the claims that they are manged by monkeys

Overseas Braves Fan

May 3rd, 2012
1:45 am

Hope my Braves can still catch up with some sleep and come back to beat them again tomorrow. Oops, I meant today to beat them again.

J-Man

May 3rd, 2012
1:46 am

We havent heard about Peter Moylan for a while how is he doing with his rehab

J-Man

May 3rd, 2012
3:00 am

Phillie fans blaming Jose Contreras for this loss.

JC Boscan III

May 3rd, 2012
3:01 am

Bizarre game facts:

O’Flaherty, Medlen and Kimbrel — 3 innings and 7 earned runs. Yep, 7 earned runs – an ERA of 21.00 tonight. With each one of them, for some reason, you could smell the runs about to be given up before they happened. It’s like the Phillies intimidated them or something………

Yet, the oft-criticized Livan and Durbin — 2 hitless, scoreless innings, and Durbin gets the win after getting 3 outs on 8 pitches.

Then, our “weak-hitting” shortstop duo goes 4-5 with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Yes, even Jack Wilson got a hit late in the game…..

How often do you see someone just miss a homer with a foul in a clutch situation, or any situation, and then hit a homer in the same AB? NOT often!! Good job, Chipper. … GO BRAVES!!

Darryl Blackberry

May 3rd, 2012
4:57 am

Phillies sure know how to hit doinkers and bloops where they ain’t. You put guys like Pence and Victorino on your team, you’ll be no-hit proof, that’s for sure.

Just hope Chipper can play on Thursday. Never mind his presence in the lineup; his bat’s pretty good too.

wow

May 3rd, 2012
5:58 am

And that craziness is why baseball is the best. GO BRAVES

Felix

May 3rd, 2012
6:30 am

Wow! Had to go to bed after the 8th——-great to wake up and hear we beat the dang Fillies. What a game and great win.

Felix

May 3rd, 2012
6:31 am

And Durbin got the win? Crazy.

In Respect

May 3rd, 2012
6:52 am

Admit it. You gave up. This bunch has something. I like this team. Chipper. Awesome.

ToeMeetsLeather

May 3rd, 2012
7:17 am

Yep Respect, I did give up. Just like I had given up on Chipper giving us much this year. Hope he continues to prove me WRONG.

Kat

May 3rd, 2012
7:45 am

On if trying not to hurt him at home plate

“I wanted to punch him in his face”.

My fav quote! That’s friendship for ya :)

alanfalcon

May 3rd, 2012
8:20 am

Tyler,looks to be this years new star for the Braves, this kid is growing up in front of us and will only get better, he has shown the drive and determination that will help him to continue to grow and become a major contributor to this team.

Buddy Landel

May 3rd, 2012
8:51 am

Funny to read the comments from last night’s game, then reading these.

zgoldatl

May 3rd, 2012
8:54 am

Awesome game. Proud of the boys. Let’s win the series tonight and send an early message to the phillies

Double Zero Eight

May 3rd, 2012
8:56 am

Great win! Hope Chipper can stay healthy. I did not
expect them to win after it went to extra innings.
Glad to be wrong. This bunch showed me something
last night. They have mettle and don’t give up.

MrATL85

May 3rd, 2012
9:06 am

On hitting the ball with authority, three-hit game

“The more I get comfortable, the more I can put my swings on the ball. I’m definitely there. I’m seeing the ball well right now. I owe a lot to Walk and Fletch [hitting coach Greg Walker and assistant Scott Fletcher]. Those guys just keep my spirits high. When it’s tumbling down, it’s nice to have that support system, where you know they have your back.”

We got ourselves a hitting coach boys!

Kevin

May 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

I don’t think anyone has mentioned it yet, but I thought that the Rev’s AB against Holliday was the turning point. He was down 0-2 and faught back with a couple of fouls and finally got the single to right. Then it seemed that the team really fed off of that. 3 guys later and Mac goes yard. Great game all the way around. Also, what about that GIFT k of Rollins in the 9th??

Al

May 3rd, 2012
9:14 am

For all you Chipper haters, TAKE THAT!!

DawginLex

May 3rd, 2012
9:22 am

Most fun I have had watching a Braves game in a long time.

Listening to Chipper talk after the game was priceless. That guy HAS changed over the years, and for the better.

I will enjoy this year and pay attention even more now because we get to enjoy Chipper’s final ride.

KJB

May 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

Man there were a lot of key atbats in the game…..Pastornicky had some good atbats 3key hits, McCann’s grandslam, Freeman’s good battle for a rbi sac fly, Prado coming along & thank God we finally got a leadoff man in Bourn & of course the future hall of famer Chipper….but I was really impress with Jason Heyward’s 3atbats….a pinch hit 2run single & 2walks…..he looked like he had great confidence at the plate….looks like a comeback yr for Prado & Heyward….I’m a proud Braves fan!!! A diehard Braves fan since 84′!!!!!!

Turtsnap

May 3rd, 2012
9:32 am

Keep in mind for Kimbrell, this was the first time he faced the Phils since the last game of the year. I am sure his emotions were all over the place. He will be fine. Look at it this way for the Braves – they are 1/2 game out of first place and their pitching still isn’t where they need it to be. O’Flaherty, Venters and Kimbrell haven’t found their stride. When they do, watch out.

Great game. I am exhausted today just having watched it. I can’t imagine how both teams are feeling having played it!

RedFox

May 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

I really wish Fredi would stop sitting Pastor late in the game. The kid is never going to learn if you always sit him for some old washed up lame ass.

tweety

May 3rd, 2012
9:44 am

Hanson concerns me

64 year Braves fan

May 3rd, 2012
9:44 am

We have a young shortstop who looks like a decent hitter but he is not a good fielder, no range etc.
Wish we could combine his offense with Alex Gonzalez defense. Also something is wrong with
O’Flaherty.

Samantha

May 3rd, 2012
9:55 am

Good morning Blog, What a fantastic game! Great Brave comeback. Go Braves!!!

Fastball

May 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

Kimbrel needs to understand that the inning starts when he starts pitching, not when someone HAS to come to the mound and tell him to calm down. wtf

U said what???

May 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

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

Samantha

May 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

Why is everyone complaining? We win> Go Braves!!!

dap01

May 3rd, 2012
10:26 am

Hanson’s delivery is painful to watch.

Mister Frisky

May 3rd, 2012
10:52 am

Hi Samantha,That was shocking last night.

U said what???

May 3rd, 2012
10:53 am

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

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

U said what???

May 3rd, 2012
10:55 am

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

Samantha

May 3rd, 2012
11:00 am

Good morning MF Got my swim in. How about you> Fantastic game.

Mister Frisky

May 3rd, 2012
11:03 am

Samantha,Gonna swim tonight.The U said what??? Is hilarious.

Falkor

May 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

Awesome Win! Let’s not follow it up with the offense being shutout or the pitching getting knocked around. Bullpen needs some rest I assume…

Samantha

May 3rd, 2012
11:12 am

Yea he is. I think he has personnel problem. Sorry Cant talk now. See you tomorrow. Go Braves!!!

SHAYNE IN TUSCALOOSA

May 3rd, 2012
11:44 am

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO SKIP- YOU CAN NEVER PROMISE TO PATRONIZE THE SPONSERS AND GO WALK THE DOG WITH THIS 2012 TEAM.

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