Braves quotes after Saturday’s win vs. Rockies

**JASON HEYWARD

On his mammoth would-be homer ruled foul

“I’m probably the only one that had the best view from my bat to going out. I had it fair, going up and around the pole. But we just asked them [to review it]. If you can’t tell, you can’t tell. “

Did you look at the replay?

“Yeah, I looked at it during the rain delay. It was for sure, exactly what I thought – it went over and then kind of went behind it. That’s all right.

“Yeah, it felt good. It was windy as I don’t know what, which pushed [the ball] away. But still scored, got on base, did our business, put up some more runs. Very important to do there.”

On the back-to-back homers, big moment in game

“Yeah, we kind of had it going against us a little bit. We kept chipping way and chipping away, then we got to deliver some big blows. Tyler had another hit right after that, got [Moyer] out of the game and got into the bullpen and kept putting some pressure on them.”

**MATT DIAZ

“We came out this year and bounced back after [losing] our first four games. Now you know that we can bounce back in the middle of a game. We prefer not to, but we know we can if we have to. It’s really fun. The offense is clicking right now. The pitching is still our strength, and as they start going deeper in games it really could be a fun stretch for us.”

On his swing, getting it back lately

“It’s always a work in progress. In my role I have to be happy when I don’t get at-bats, because that means people are healthy and playing well. But to keep your swing you need at-bats, so Fredi’s done a really good job with players like me and Hinske of getting us those starts when he feels like it would benefit us and the team. And so far we’ve been able to take advantage of it.”

On not viewing another deficit as, we can’t mount yet another comeback

“The beauty is, once you’ve done something once, you draw on it. That’s why people have success off the same pitcher. You have something to draw from. We have something to draw from. We came back on Roy Halladay, so yesterday when we fell behind I think it was on everybody’s mind that if we can come back on Halladay, we can come back today. And today was similar – ‘if we came back yesterday and against Halladay, then sure we can come back today.’ Especially in this ballpark. No lead is overly safe here.”

On that opposite-field homer, was it longest one you’ve hit the other way?

“The ball never came down. It went from, ‘Oh, please get over his head,’ to ‘Oh, please get over the fence,’ to … ohh.”

**LIVAN HERNANDEZ

On getting his first save

“Maybe it’s going to be the last one.” [laughter]

Fun to be in that role tonight?

“Yeah, it’s nice. The first time I got the role of long reliever, I thought, I don’t know if I’m going to like it. But I have fun in the bullpen with the guys. We laugh and we watch the game, we enjoy every momen, we’re scoring runs … and I’ve started liking it. Maybe I’ll go do this job for a little more years.” [more laughter]

More on relieving

“Last year I thought about it and tried to do it, but it didn’t happen. It’s happening this year; they’re giving me a chance to do it. And I thought warming up [as a reliever] would take me longer, but I’m warming up really fast, and it’s nice.”

When did you know you had save situation?

“I’ve never been in this situation. I think Hinske told me, ‘Hey, first save.’ I said, ‘oh, yeah, we’ve got a three-run lead.’ And I found out when I started giving five to everybody after the game, someone said, ‘Wow, first save.’

“It took me like, 400-something games. But it’s very nice.”

** MIKE MINOR

On pitching at Coors Field

“I’ve heard a lot of stories about it, and tonight was the first time I’ve thrown here. Whenever the ball’s hit in the air, there’s always a chance [it’s going out]. Those balls tonight were no-doubters, but … I throw a lot of straight balls, four-seamers. Here, that’s not a good thing, to be a four-seam guy.

“It was just one of those nights again where I wasn’t really locating, and the breaking stuff wasn’t really breaking. I threw a couple of 0-2, 1-2 breaking balls that just wouldn’t do anything, just kind of spinners. Change-up the same way, it was just kind of flat.”

Coors Field make it hard to get bite on your breaking pitches?

“I don’t know if it was that or not, but they weren’t breaking, so…. But I don’t know if that [Coors Field effect] is true or not, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse.”

**FREDI GONZALEZ

Another 2-asprin night?

“No, none.”

What, you’re used to the comebacks by now?

“No, I’m not used to it, just numb.”

On coming back from big deficits past two nights at Colorado

“The last couple of days, you don’t give at-bats away, keep battling and battling, come up with some big runs, some big hits. Chipper with five RBIs. Hinske had great night last night and Diaz tonight with the home run and what, three hits? Bourney keeps swinging the bat. It’s good to see.”

On falling behind early

“What’d we spot them, five runs yesterday and six today? That’s not good. But I think today Mike got a taste of Coors Field a little bit, getting out there and you don’t really feel the ball, and all kinds of stuff.

“When I went out there in the fifth, it was a bad trip [to the mound] because the next guy hit the double and scored a run. But I said, hey, just hang in there. I saw the body language kind of get down a little bit. I said, hang in there. The good ones hang around in these games. We’ve all seen it with Maddux. Just hang around, your team’s coming back, learn from it. You’ve got a chance to go no-decision or maybe even sneak a win.

“But hopefully this is a big step in his maturity and learning as a young pitcher.”

On  Heyward’s towering shot that was ruled foul

“I couldn’t tell. It was so high on the foul pole. I went out there and I thought the umpire did a terrific job. That’s what the replay’s there for, and hey came out and … they only had two [camera] angles though. Tim McClelland, the crew chief, said ‘from the two angles we saw, we can’t go one way or the other.’

“But anyway, I’m glad to see [Heyward] swinging the bat a little bit.”

On not pitching Venters, using Livan after O’Flaherty knocked out by rain delay

“We’re kind of laying off him a little bit. Hopefully he’s available tomorrow. I think the last time he threw his shoulder or his arm wasn’t acting right, so we’re laying off of him a little bit. He played a little catch today and he’s going to throw a light ‘pen tomorrow in the morning and if he feels good then he’s available.

“I didn’t want to bring O’Flaherty back after the hour and 10-minute delay, with his chronic back. I don’t think it’s fair at all to do that. So [Livan] just went with experience to get through that part of the lineup, Tulowitzki and Helton, who handles him pretty good. He was able to close the game and got his first save ever. So I hope he doesn’t get a big ego tomorrow and come in and declare himself the closer.” [Gonzalez was joking about that last part]

68 comments Add your comment

Mike S

May 6th, 2012
2:14 am

Another amazing win. Thanks for the quotes DOB!

Mike S

May 6th, 2012
2:19 am

Great stuff from Livan/Fredi…

Darryl Blackberry

May 6th, 2012
2:21 am

Exhausting come-from-behind win…once again, thanks to Chipper Jones.

Man, am I glad he didn’t retire after last season. This guy’s bat with RISP is blessed.

Quack Quack

May 6th, 2012
3:11 am

Wow!! I came to Atl in Nov. 1990. Got hooked in the ‘91 worst to first season. This team is just too much fun to watch. Great ride for Chipper’s last season. Keep up the great numbers. I’m off now to the NHRA Southern Nationals finals today. I’ll be giving blame to Ron Capps for our Thursday shut-out. He threw out the first pitch. :-)

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
3:15 am

Im gonna call out the newest problem on this team, the Starting pitching
We are 26th in MLB in Quality Starts and if it wasnt for Brandon Beachy we would be 30th

Look at these numbers:
Tommy Hanson 3.74 ERA
Randall Delgado 5.14 ERA
Mike Minor 5.97 ERA
Tim Hudson 6.55 ERA
Jair Jurrjens 9.37 ERA

The Starters have got to pick it up because we are scoring more than enough runs and have a much firery team than last year. Also another problem has been allowing walks when reliever comes in it seems that we are seeing alot of 4-pitch walks when a reliever comes in.
But we have talent and its early but just our pitchers starters and relievers are not going after the hitters and allowing too many walks.

Now if the numbers do not change we will have to look for a trade and as a fan that loves to start speculating lol. Here are some choices we could go after.
Roy Oswalt FA
Jared Weaver LAA
Jake Peavy CHW
Bartolo Colon OAK
Wandy Rodriguez HOU
Edinson Volquez SD

I know we have Medlen, Teheran and Livan Hernandez who could also start, I just put these names up to start a fruitful debate and discussion.

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
3:17 am

Falling down 5 runs a game is not a formula for sucess…….pitchers need to get their act together and not expect the line-up to save their behinds every day.

Darryl Blackberry

May 6th, 2012
5:12 am

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_05_05_atlmlb_colmlb_1&mode=recap_away&c_id=atl

Apparently Jamie Moyer accused Chipper of a baseball no-no during last night’s game.

Which in and of itself is a no-no…

Lobosolo

May 6th, 2012
6:01 am

You tell ‘em, J-Man…. I’m sure the brass is hanging on your every word… btw, the other day you were wondering why Uggla wasn’t in position on a ball that went through… it was a hit-and-run and Uggla was doing his job covering the bag… for the love of mankind, please learn what these plays mean so you can quit posing ignorant questions….

Big John

May 6th, 2012
6:43 am

Moyer is an idiot. I loved Chipper’s quotes. Go braves

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
6:46 am

@ lobosolo, I dont recall calling out Uggla on any lack of positioning…………maybe you heard me say this in your imaginary world but whatever. But lets see who I have called out this season
1. Fredi……….obviously for his lackof passion, which he has since that Dodger series he been alot better andmore firery.
2. Pastornicky…..I said he couldnt hit major-league pitching, Fredi sat him in that ARZ series and since he hasbeen decent, still shakey with the glove.
3. McCann ……I said he needed to lose some weight to help his legs out for long term success and to make him more agile on defense. I also said that he needed to drop a bunt on that crazy shift these teams play on him…..2 weeks before Hinske did that and since Hinske did that bunt he has been on fire.
4. Jurrjens……posted a 9+ ERA and was sent to AAA and which even YOU admited I was right about him needing to be demoted to AAA.

But you keep imagining things I say just to make yourself feel better and call me an “Armchair blogger” or whatever lame excuse of an insult you can offer up. Sometimes I’m wrong, but at least I can have productive discussionswth people that disagree with me. However, you just want to post garbage up and not bring anything productive to the discussion. I’ve noticed this you never have any ideas, in fact all you do is call anyone that posts thing that not the usual “GOOOO Braves” dribble “Armchair bloggers”…………………..Your just too closed minded to have a meaning conversation with.

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
7:03 am

Once again I post up an opinion backed with stats and lobosolo posts a 3rd handed account of what I said in order to try discredit me……..hey lobosolo if I did make that claim on Uggla why dont you look up the post and reference it by putting the article, the date, the time, and which page you found it on…….thats how maybe we can believe you……..oh wait YOU CANT BECAUSE YOU JUST MAKE UP CRAP LIKE USUAL!!!!!!

Don

May 6th, 2012
7:15 am

well J-Man just throwed the challange to lobosolo……better go find that post lomohomo lol

Joe

May 6th, 2012
7:24 am

Everyone just going to gloss over the fact that Venters shoulder “wasn’t acting right.” Sounds like everyday Johnny may have finally been used up.

Don

May 6th, 2012
7:25 am

J-Man wanting a reference lol what are you an English teacher or a job application lol……you 2 guys are dorks

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
7:30 am

Vente doesnt have to be usedevery night. Remember last year lets keep him available to when we only need him. Actually a smart move using Livan to eat up that inning and a half

?

May 6th, 2012
7:38 am

SEND MIKE MINOR AND DAN (UGLY) UGGLA BACK TO T-BALL, WHERE ONE CAN LEARN TO PITCH AND ONE CAN LEARN TO HIT.

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
7:38 am

I wonder where the Francoeur fans are at
.248 avg 0 HR and 5 RBIs
I figured there would be some here still saying that he is better than Heyward.
He made the biggest mistake of his life when he didnt sign that deal back in 07. McCann had the same offer and signed the same deal.

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
7:42 am

Uggla just needs to be less aggressive and allow himself to have favorable counts then he can hit more. But you gotta admit that .262 avg is better than a .180 avg he had last year at this point

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
7:43 am

Also you dont pitch in T-Ball……I just noticed that????????? LMAO

Chris from the Rock

May 6th, 2012
8:20 am

Oswalt has publicly said he’d love to come to ATL. Wren has $3-4M left in the budget. And it doesn’t look like they’ll need to spend it on a hitter surprisingly. There could be a match come July.

El Bravo

May 6th, 2012
8:27 am

“In my role I have to be happy when I don’t get at-bats, because that means people are healthy and playing well. ” What a great quote by Diaz. A great part of this team’s success is guys on that bench that understand and embrace their roles (Diaz, Hinske, Ross, Wilson…)

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
8:49 am

Are there no Diaz haters today?

Smackerel

May 6th, 2012
9:10 am

J-Man – Pastornicky is a significant upgrade offensively from Alex Gonzalez last year. Small sample for this year, but TP compared to AG: BA .273 to .241; OBP .317 to .270; SLG .390 to .372; OPS .707 to .642. Pastornicky strikes out 16% of the time, while AG struck out 21.2% of the time.

The difference in two strike counts is astounding. TP compared to AG: 0-2 .313 to .098; 1-2 .300 to .133; 2-2 .350 to .120.

Greg M

May 6th, 2012
9:16 am

I hate to say this, but the Braves are becoming the NFL New Orleans Saints of baseball, no defense, but much offense. Go Braves!

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
9:27 am

Greg M

Give them time, their offense will turn around.

Nova Scotia Steve

May 6th, 2012
9:38 am

The pitching numbers have to come down.

And so do the offensive ones as well. We need to get the hell out of Colorado. This style of baseball is just not sustainable.

Greg M

May 6th, 2012
9:42 am

I agree Nova..but like Oakland Raiders Owner used to say, “just win Baby!”

Greg M

May 6th, 2012
9:44 am

Enter your comments hereNo Ralf, let’s keep it this way. You will have to out score us.

Jim

May 6th, 2012
9:47 am

is it illegal to steal signs and communicate them?

Buckeye Brave

May 6th, 2012
10:05 am

Stealing signs is not illegal. It is an unwritten rule per se. If the other team catches you stealing signs, the opposing pitcher will usually plunk you.

Jim

May 6th, 2012
10:13 am

thx bb. thought maybe it was a new rule.

longtimefan

May 6th, 2012
10:25 am

Where are all the naysayers? Where are all the Chipper Haters? In 66 ABs he has 5 HR, 21 RBI and .318 BA. There were dozens of you guys several weeks ago saying Chipper was washed up, he was selfish, on and on. Where are you guys? What about the idiots who kept kept saying FW should be fired and questioning his trade Francisco and wondering why he didn’t sign another big bat. Braves lead the NL in runs scored by a significant margin and are second in team BA. I sure am glad FW didn’t commit 15-20M a year to Reyes at SS. Go look up his stats. And to the shouting blogger CHEAPIA LIBERTY who constantly rides Matt Diaz- Diaz is hitting .300 and look at the Phillies 180M payroll in last place and NYYs near the cellar. You can’t always buy a winner.
Come on back to the blog guys. Let’s hear some more of your expert analysis. I’m sure FW and FG are waiting.

Clayton

May 6th, 2012
11:04 am

J-man is not smart. Jared Weaver? Yeah I’m sure the Angels have made him available.

Bravefaninok

May 6th, 2012
11:09 am

Buckeye Brave

May 6th, 2012
10:05 am

Stealing signs is not illegal. It is an unwritten rule per se. If the other team catches you stealing signs, the opposing pitcher will usually plunk you.

I bet that was why Prado got plunked…..

Stiffneck

May 6th, 2012
11:17 am

Seems when Chipper plays the Braves have a chance. When he’s out the lineup look out. When he retires these guys are gonna be average at best.

Drex

May 6th, 2012
11:23 am

Folks who try to defend themselves and bicker and argue on the internet crack me up.

Skeezix

May 6th, 2012
11:32 am

The Chipper bashers have actually been quiet lately. Have they finally seen the light?

Brandon

May 6th, 2012
11:32 am

Prado got plunked because that pitcher didn’t know how to pitch.lolare

Knows Worts

May 6th, 2012
11:45 am

Minor joins JJ at Gwinnett to work on his control.
Trade Hanson or send him to Mississippi.
Delgado to the bullpen.
Medlen– move back into the rotation.
Give Teheran a chance in the rotation.

George Stein

May 6th, 2012
12:06 pm

When was the last time Fredi said anything nice thing about Heyward?

Brookhaven

May 6th, 2012
12:26 pm

The NL East is 5 deep right now. This is going to be a tough division to win; good pitching on all five teams. Glad the Braves clicked at the right time. I think that opening series with the Mets, who were predicted to be terrible, was an early wake up call. That 0-4 start may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. This Braves team looks like the 1995 championship team. Professional hitters, veteran bench who are happy in their roles and playing enough to stay sharp, deep bullpen with several guys who can start if needed, and top tier starters who are in their prime.

When JJ comes back – and I am confident he will – then the Braves have the starting pitching depth to weather injuries or funks that are going to occur this season. Medlen would be, at worst, a number three starter on almost every other team in baseball. This is going to be a special season.

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
12:28 pm

All you kool-aid drinkers out there must realize the season is still young, there is plenty of time for the bats to fall asleep again, leave us doubters alone, it is only us getting on the players ass that gets them motivated.

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
12:31 pm

Brookhaven

This is going to be a tough division to win; good pitching on all five teams.

Tell me Brook, where is our good pitching?

onlyonce

May 6th, 2012
12:33 pm

George Stein

May 6th, 2012
12:06 pm
When was the last time Fredi said anything nice thing about Heyward?

Fire Fredi, he might be a racist.

George Stein

May 6th, 2012
12:59 pm

I certainly would not accuse him of being racist, onlyonce, but it sure seems as though he has an axe to grind. I mean, from batting him seventh (which makes no sense) to never saying anything positive about his play (which has been terrific this season) to double-switching him out of the game on Friday, it just makes me wonder what’s going on behind closed doors.

katherine

May 6th, 2012
1:02 pm

LOL oh come on Ralph….you really think you motivate the players? I think that they are motivated by their coaches and themselves….not by men being debbie downers on a blog

Jbailz23

May 6th, 2012
1:06 pm

Any news on the lineup for today??

longtimefan

May 6th, 2012
1:37 pm

Ralph, really? The players don’t care what me or you say-especially you since you are a doubter(as you call yourself). And if you are going to question our pitching, then you have to give kudos to uor hitting (leading NL in runs scored). You can’t have it both ways. Makes no logical sense. Of course, nobody knows how the season will play out. But as a Braves fan for more than 4 decades, I like to hope for the best and root for my team. I cannot understand the people who come on these blogs and constantly criticize and find fault with everything on the team. The “fans” who point to the occasional trade or signing of a FA by FW and say he sucks, fire him, clearly don’t follow MLB or other teams. No GM bats 1.000. Look around at other teams before you criticize our GM.

jim

May 6th, 2012
1:38 pm

EOF has not been the same guy he was last year. No one can repeat that level of success, but so far this year has been too hitable. If Venter’s shoulder soreness (after his earlier biceps soreness proves to be more serious or more long-term, this BP strength becomes a weakness. Medlen becomes an essential in his BP role. People still want to demote Delgado even after he has been the only effective starter since Beachy’s Friday night start. He had one bad inning in Ariz. and a not very good outing against Pittsburgh, but has been pretty solid overall.

Bill in VA

May 6th, 2012
2:10 pm

Just asking, have any of you guys looked at Freddy Freeman’s stats for the year, even after an 0 for 5 last night, compared with the Yankees first baseman??? I just looked and got that warm fuzzy feeling. Thanks for what you’re doing, Freddy!

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
2:31 pm

@ Clayton…..I never said we were gonna try to get Jared Weaver. I was pointing out that he might be a pitcher that could become available because the Angles are a bad team and I dont see them catching the Rangers or a Wild Card spot. And if they are gonna continue to be way out of contention they could be sellers and then Weaver might be available. Besides I said I was speculating, therefor its not a science.

jim

May 6th, 2012
2:36 pm

The Angels just signed Weaver to a long-term deal on favorable terms because he wanted to be in LA. Given they also signed Pujols and Wilson, it is unlikely they anticipate being a bad team for a long period and need to rebuild. Weaver is not available in 3 months or even 3 years. They might want to solicit takers on the Pujols contract upon further review.

Wee Willie Keeler

May 6th, 2012
2:54 pm

Blog late yet again.

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
3:12 pm

Is it ok if I hate it that Fruti didn’t draw Hinskie’s name out of the hat today?

longtimefan

May 6th, 2012
3:16 pm

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

OK then, i’ll just drink some of your kool-aid and love it.

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
3:23 pm

This is our ACE pitching today, hope he doesn’t get 5 runs down the 1st inning, then again maybe thats the only way we can win.

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
3:27 pm

jj

May 6th, 2012
3:28 pm

Hey,any word on JJ last night?Thanks to anyone with info.Go Braves

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
3:29 pm

Where is everybody, sitting on the home page waiting to be lst on the new blog I guess.

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
3:30 pm

JJ is pitching today, 2 runs allowed through 4 innings.

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
3:32 pm

Ralph

May 6th, 2012
3:50 pm

After two slug-fest games now we have a pitchers duel.

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
3:55 pm

Freeman should be the starter in the All-Star game at the moment…….Probably wont get i because Reds fans have a history of stuffing the ballots for their players

George Stein

May 6th, 2012
4:25 pm

Brian LaHair, Joey Votto, and Adam LaRoche have been better than Freddie, J-Man.

J-Man

May 6th, 2012
4:41 pm

Are you serious
I might give you LaHair but I can make an arguement that Freeman has almost twice as many RBIs
But you cant tell me that Freemans numbers are not flat out better than Votto and LaRoach.
Also Freeman is a better defensive 1st Baseman than all of them

George Stein

May 6th, 2012
5:17 pm

Yes, I’m serious. And I don’t care about RBI.

Have you been watching the others play enough to make any judgment on their defensive performance?

Alex

May 7th, 2012
12:31 pm

J-Man, you do know that Freddie is the worst statistically rated first baseman in the NL, right?

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