Braves quotes after streak-busting win over Cards


On Uggla

“If you look at the past six, seven games, he’s walked. He’s been patient. They haven’t pitched to him much and today, they got in a situation where they pitch to him. That was a big blow right there. Bourny leading off the game with a home run. We played good baseball today. We didn’t break. We bent a little bit but we didn’t break. I thought Delgado was very good, other than the growing pains of (not getting) shutdown innings. We had two opportunities and didn’t get that done, but that’s a growing pain thing. He did a nice job.”

On Constanza’s run/speed being difference in the game (scored Braves’ 5th run)

“He lead off (two) of the at-bats. We’ll chalk it up that it worked today, hitting the pitcher eighth. It’s one of those things it’s nice for him to bring a little energy. He did that last year for us and he’s a good defender, he can run and puts the ball in play.”

On if we can expect Venters in front of O’Flaherty next time up

“We’ll see. We’ll keep working on that. Today I thought Jonny made some strides. Now we’ve got to get those ground balls hit at somebody. He’s getting ground balls, and that’s a good thing. And yesterday he got ground balls. So I told Jonny when he came out, I said ‘Hey, we’re getting ground balls which we weren’t getting before. Now we’ve got to find a way to put an infielder in front of them.’”

On if sigh of relief to snap losing streak

“It’s a sigh of relief every time we win a game. It doesn’t matter if we win 15 in a row or lose eight in a row. It’s tough to win major league games and when you get (one) against a good club that’s swinging it pretty good, when it’s over with, you don’t want to play another inning. We’ve got Huddy going tomorrow. We’ve got a chance to win the series and get back on track with a winning series.”

On Freeman’s goggles arriving, whether he’ll be in lineup Wednesday

“We’ll see. Bubba (trainer Jeff Porter) said it’s going to take a good day of batting practice just to wear them and get used to that kind of stuff, so we’ll see. I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not committing right now on that.”

On having Prado hit-and-run in the third inning with Bourn

“With Molina and Westbrook, they’re pretty quick to the plate so there was no sense of trying to steal a base there with Bourny, who would usually try to steal a base. So we did a little hit-and-run and were able to get those runners first and second. The second baseman did a nice job keeping that ball on the infield, keeping that double play in order. Then Danny did a nice job there.”

On Durbin quietly being effective

“Those middle guys, those guys in the sixth inning are unsung heroes. And it seems to me, knock on wood, he’s come up with some big outs for us, whether it’s one out or two outs to clean up an inning. He’s a veteran guy that can do that.”


On hitting leadoff homer

“I’m glad we got up 1-up, but I was just taking it as my first at-bat. We were able to jump out to a nice lead. They tried to come back, too. But we had given our pitcher enough room to where he could play with it a little bit. He held it down, then the bullpen came in and shut it down for us. Uggla was able to add a big three-run shot.

“We haven’t scored a lot of runs in the last week, so it’s kind of hard for our pitchers. They have to try to be too fine. It’s hard to pitch when it’s too fine [a line] all the time. We were able to get on top of them early and get the losing streak out of the way.”

On walking with one out in the third, before Prado’s hit-and-run single and Uggla’s two-out homer

“We’re just trying to work the pitcher, man. Today we worked him pretty good. We had some good at-bats against him. That was a good inning for us. We haven’t had too many innings [lately] where we scored multiple runs. We got three runs in that inning, so we were happy about that.”

On ending the skid

“We just have to continue to take it day by day. We won one game, that’s out the way. But we’ve got to start again tomorrow.”

On his power surge

“I’m just trying to catch the ball where it’s pitched. I’m not really trying to hit a home run. I see the ball, if it’s inside I try to turn on it. If it’s in the middle I try to go up the middle. If it’s on the outside I try to go the other way. I’m not trying to hit home runs. They just come when they come. I just try to hit the bat on the baseball. If I hit it off the end and get a hit, I don’t care. I get a hit. It don’t really matter either way. But when you hit a home run it does put one run on the board. But I’m not up there looking to hit a home run.”

Unlike Dan Uggla?

“Well, he does it a little bit more often than I do. [Laughter.] He’s proven that year in and year out. So he can do his thing. I’ll just do what I can.”

On breaking the streak

“When you’re going through a funk you just want that one game to get it out of the way. We know we have a good team. We know we don’t have everybody at full strength, but we’re still good enough to win games. It don’t get any easier. Cardinals have Lohse going tomorrow; he’s good. Every day it’s a battle in the big leagues, man. It’s no days off, I don’t care what team you’re playing. They’re in the big leagues for a reason.”


On homering with two on, two out

“Any time you hit a three-run homer it feels good, because it’s either going to kind of separate you from your opponent or it’s going to put you right back in there. I was just happy to get a pitch I could handle and put a good swing on it. Gave Randall a little bit of a cushion.”

Nice to give him a lead, haven’t been scoring for him even when he’s pitched well

“Yeah, we haven’t. We haven’t really scored runs for anybody lately. Everybody knows how bad we’ve been scuffling. Ain’t no secret. Just to get this first one, kind of ease the tension, ease the pressure a little bit, remember what this feels like, I think was obviously a big night.”

More on relieving the pressure of a long skid

“It’s definitely going to relieve the pressure tonight. We’re not leaving with our heads down, walking back into the clubhouse after the game. It’s not any indication of what’s going to happen tomorrow, next week or next month, but it definitely kind of snaps that feeling of, ‘Oh, man, are we ever going to win again?’ I think we’re going to come back tomorrow and everybody’s going to try to build on what happened today.”

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Zac in Tempe

May 29th, 2012
11:11 pm

Eat it, haters.


May 29th, 2012
11:20 pm

Yeah buddy!!!


May 29th, 2012
11:21 pm

thank god. can’t lose them all I guess. let the ascension begin!


May 29th, 2012
11:24 pm

Wow, maybe some of the fans that have been tuning out can come back now. The apocolypse is over.


May 29th, 2012
11:25 pm


May 29th, 2012
11:26 pm

Glad to see Fredi finally call for a hit and run with Prado and Bourn. Please don’t wait so long to try it again!!!


May 29th, 2012
11:27 pm

Good to get a much needed win and to see some signs of life. I thought Randall battled out there and gave us a great chance to win the ballgame, still want to see more consistency from our offense really got a boost w Uggla but can never rely solely on 3-run HR. O’Flaherty pitching must better which is huge considering venters is scuffling. Where all my Chad Durbin haters these days? Enjoy the win got huddy tomorrow hopefully we take a series before Washington.


May 29th, 2012
11:29 pm

Wow!! What an amazing win! Just think how good we’ll be when Freddie’s new glasses arrive!! Just like Christmas!


May 29th, 2012
11:29 pm

What’s more frightening, Beltran’s bat or that mole on his right ear?


May 29th, 2012
11:34 pm

Willis – I don’t hate anyone but I will eat my hat on Durbin. His stats and word on the streets show him to have homeritus, but after a few outings he has done the job.


May 29th, 2012
11:34 pm

Zac is that what your mom taught u to say? I don’t think so. Shame on u..loser!
We all fans…we just hate to lose unlike the its ok we’ll be ok crap.


May 29th, 2012
11:47 pm

Fredi was a little too harsh on his comments about Delgado and the shut down innings. The Cardinal offense is the highest scoring in the league and can turn a game around quickly as we saw yesterday. The walk to Holliday was earned by a tough at bat by him, not a breakdown of control by Delgado. He fouled off some tough pitches and took a couple of really close ones. Beltran and Molina are very good hitters, and he limited the damage after that. A tip of the cap to Randall tonight.

I wanna be like Mike.

May 30th, 2012
12:07 am

Bourn is quickly becoming my favorite player. What a stand up guy. He seems like a leader in the club house. S/ one w/o the country club attitude is a nice change.


May 30th, 2012
12:12 am

To the Durbin haters: Durbin has probably been the braves most consistent reliever(besides kimbrel) and he has actually been quite unstoppable in high leverage situations. His first 3 outings of the season were bad, but since then, in 15.1 innings, he has a 2.98 ERA, allowed 9 hits, 13 k’s …In fact, in his last 9 appearances, 6.1 IP, 0 R,
1 H, 8 Ks, and 2 BBs. Maybe all the Durbin demotion talk can cease until he actually pitches like somebody that deserves a demotion. I’m not saying that his dominance will last, but at least acknowledge that he has been mostly good for the braves


May 30th, 2012
12:13 am

Bourn is a slugger!

Zac in Tempe

May 30th, 2012
12:15 am

I was just having fun. I didn’t think “eat it” was offensive, I assumed the “it” was crow.

Mister Frisky

May 30th, 2012
12:25 am

Best 1 and 8 team in MLB last 9 days.Go Braves!Give FG an extension!

YoungerThan ThatNow

May 30th, 2012
12:56 am

No loss is good and every win is great! This is a much better team than the previous eight games have shown… but win, lose or get rained out, I’m still with the Braves… have been since ‘66 and will be regardless of what happens. Don’t get me wrong I get frustrated too, but Mama taught me that sometimes it’s best to just keep your thoughts to yourself and hope for the best. Take any MLB team’s 3-4-5 hitters out of the lineup for a few days, and that team’s gonna scuffle a little bit… some more than others.

I just finished watching the Yankees and LA Angels… two of MLB’s highest paid teams… and even with the Braves rough stretch since they flew out of Tampa Bay, either one of those teams would swap records with the Braves faster than you can say “right now” and be glad to do it! Hopefully, this is as bad as we’ll see it this season for the Braves… everybody will be 100% soon and order will be restored in the NL East! I believe!


Brave Decisions

May 30th, 2012
12:59 am

Around The Horn

May 30th, 2012
1:50 am


I love this quote from Fredi, as it typifies the kind of brainless “we’ll see” approach that characterizes his managing:

“… so we’ll see. I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not committing right now on that.”

This same answer could be pretty much plugged for about any question asked of Fredi. Such is the wishy washy pablum of his responses.

I can barely read his quotes, as I find him so incredibly NON-CREDIBLE!


May 30th, 2012
1:51 am

A blind hog finds an acorn once in a while.Need improved pitching,hopefully the change will improve the starting pitching.


May 30th, 2012
1:54 am

@Around The Horn – well a lot does depend on how comfortable freeman is with the goggles and how well he is hitting. I have no complaint with fredi’s comment there. It makes perfect sense


May 30th, 2012
3:00 am

I think a lot of Durbin’s success has to do with him being put in the right situations.


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3:11 am











May 30th, 2012
4:01 am

FG needs to keep contanza in the nine hole. Speed back to back kills. He just needs to try and walk to get on in front of bourn and prado and we will be back to where we were before we started this damn skid. Just try it Fredi and see what happens.

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Bill M.

May 30th, 2012
7:11 am

I hate to be negative but the Braves have a long way to go. They need another OF bat. I’m not sold on Constanza. Need an outfielder that can hit and play good defense. Constanza will be fine for a few games. I think the pitching will come around, just need to score more to take pressure off pitching staff. McCann has been a no show more or less. Don’t know what his problem is.

PCOLA Braves Fan

May 30th, 2012
7:29 am

I like Constanza and he definitely gave us a spark last year. I do think he needs to have a bit more discipline at the plate. His last at bat last night was not pretty. If he starts letting those pitches go and gets on base with a walk he can be a real threat. GO BRAVES!!

Carl Farvman

May 30th, 2012
8:11 am

“This same answer could be pretty much plugged for about any question asked of Fredi. Such is the wishy washy pablum of his responses.”

Keep in mind, baseball players are the least educated of all professional sports. His intellectual capacity shouldn’t be a surprise.


May 30th, 2012
8:22 am

Good win, but I’m not going to be excited until the Braves show signs of consistently winning again. Can’t follow this up with another bad stretch. Time will tell if this will get them going again or if it was just the law of averages.

Still, nice to actually see Kimbrel get a chance to save a game again. I was beginning to think they were going to have to send him to Gwinnett for him to get another save.

Carl Farvman

May 30th, 2012
8:31 am

Sigh of relief to end skid…..?

I don’t know, but I think we can predict the answer to this question without having to ask it.


May 30th, 2012
8:52 am

Hinsky is swinging at everything now – weakly. His funk will continue til he musters some confidence. Constanza looked similar, trying to foul off pitches that were six inches off the plate, and missing. He needs to be milking the walks! I guess they brought him up because they couldn’t stand Francisco at third anymore – can’t say that I blame them. It’s obvious that the staff are grinding their teeth whenever he’s out there. Even the announcers can barely hide their dislike. Not quite as bad with Minor, but he needs to find another team or throw no-hitters the rest of the season if he wants any love from the Braves. The Braves are heavy on attitude toward players. Not saying it’s good or bad because I’ve never run an organization like that (obviously) – just stating the fact.

southern hope

May 30th, 2012
9:32 am

Carl, is that true that “baseball players are the least educated of all professional sports.” I had actually not thought about that before…is that true….hmmm… many baseball players attend any college at all? That’d be interesting to find out….

southern hope

May 30th, 2012
9:43 am

Actually, I’m going to answer my own question….DOB, this would be an interesting column topic! :)

In 2009 (the latest year I could find), there were 1240 MLB players. 571 of them went to college (of those, 45 went to community college and another 56 went to junior college).

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Contract Year

May 30th, 2012
10:24 am

I love what Bourn is doing, but that man is paying for his next payday (which is what he should be doing). It will probably cause someone to vastly overpay this offseason. I hope it’s not the Braves.

True Falcon Fan

May 30th, 2012
10:42 am

I am a Braves fan too, However this Brave team and coach Freddie G – the next losing streak will be 16 games watch and see. Freddie G is NOT the answer! Maybe Wenny isn’t either??? I am here to tell ALL the Braves loyalest, until team ownership finds the right chemistry with G/M & Team Manager. There will be NO pennants in ATL in the near future for your Braves!

Go Falcons!


May 30th, 2012
10:51 am

@True Falcon Fan Who do you think you are calling yourself a Brave Fan? You have got to be kidding. A true fan stays loyal to his Braves, Apparently you need to go back to your sorry Falcons, and leave Braves alone. You are a troll. Go away troll. This is Brave country. Shi Hu True Falcon Fan. Go Braves!!!


May 30th, 2012
10:54 am

@ southern hope, let’s see nba 1 and done and sec football players go to college, sheesh..


May 30th, 2012
11:03 am

Last night convinced me that it is finally time to send Pastornicky back down to AAA and call up Andrelton Simmons. While Tyler may be the better hitter, Simmons couldn’t possibly be that big a drop-off (not that far to fall!!), and the improvement you’d likely see with the defense is more than worth it. Andrelton would probably get 2-3 outs per game that Tyler would not get. With our floundering pitching, that is worth it. Tyler is barely serviceable at SS. He has no range and a weak arm. It’s time to bring up a major league quality SS.

Dirty Dawg

May 30th, 2012
11:05 am

Don’t know how long they can go ‘one arm short’ in the bull-pen, but I like the set up with Constanza hittin 9th. You’re right about Hinski, playin every day doesn’t seem to agree with him at the plate. And I’d be starting Jack Wison every game. That or bring up the Simmons kid and send Pastornicky packing. The kid’s too much of a liability defensively. Whatever instinks he has are sub-standard…he’s got only an average arm and reacts poorly to balls hit his way – just watch the replays and see how long it takes him to move/react…and finally, he makes routine plays an adventure. Gotta believe the pitchers hate to see balls hit to him.

Dirty Dawg

May 30th, 2012
11:08 am

Abnerish beat me to the Pastornicky bit, but I promise I was in the midst of composing it.


May 30th, 2012
11:16 am

Guess we have the same instinks… Sorry, couldn’t resist! :)

Dawgdad (The Original)

May 30th, 2012
11:28 am

I was wrong about Durbin, he has shown that he has something left. Great for him

Constanza needs to play everyday, not that he is going to hit .400, but he showed last year and early this year that when used off the bench, he never gets in that hitting groove he finds when he plays regularly.

Have you ever noticed that when they lose, someone always says if I get that pitch down or if I make that play there, we win the game. But, when they win, they never say, if Uggs strikes out there we lose that game.


May 30th, 2012
11:29 am

OK ENOUGH DUMPING ON HEYWARD! Sick of it!. The guy is 22 and has only played 1 full year. 1!!!!! He was injured a large part of last year and you bozos think he is supposed to return to form in his rookie year when he was pitched a steady diet of fastballs. Let me see one of you blowhards get up and hit a slider or a sinker coming at you at over 85 mph. Better yet let me see you even hit a Livan Hernandez change up. Get off the man and let him find his way! He is doing what he can but you fake suckers need to lay off! Sick of you dumping on the Braves as well as our players. I hate my team losing as much as the next person, but I got to belive that McCann just does not stop learning how to hit after being a great hitting catcher for the Braves. And these others guys just dont fall in the I STINK section for having a bad few weeks, or a bad month for what it is worth. LAY OFF THE HOME TEAM!


May 30th, 2012
11:36 am

Good morning Rick, Go get these nonbelievers. I am with you all the way. Go Braves!!!

what of it?

May 30th, 2012
11:40 am

“It’s a sigh of relief every time we win a game. It doesn’t matter if we win 15 in a row or lose eight in a row.”

Judging by last september and the current 8 game losing streak, I think he might actually be serious.

Joe Bling

May 30th, 2012
11:51 am

Hey Rick,

The difference between Heyward hitting a slider or sinker and me doing it is Heyward gets paid a lot money to hit sliders and sinkers. That is his job, and he’s not doing it. I generally agree with you about the knee-jerk haters on this board. I love Heyward and I want to see him become the superstar I think we all know he could be. He’s just not getting it done. This past offseason was a very important one for Heyward, because the entire organization made it publicly known how much the team is counting on him to get it going and start driving in runs like he should be. He started off the season looking like he’d made a few adjustments, standing closer to the plate, and hitting the ball pretty well. Lately he looks like he’s dropped back into the same funk of last year and is again standing way off the plate. The lineup would be deadly if Heyward could hit .275 or higher with power, which is what he should be doing, and if he could hit lefties at all.


May 30th, 2012
12:12 pm

@Joe Bling Racist!! If you cant be a true Braves fan, then get off. Go away troll.


May 30th, 2012
12:54 pm

tommy u sound like lobosolo, & recker etc. tommy this is a blog for blogger opinions. u are not the boss and your opinion is no better than joe-blows–get it. stfu!


May 30th, 2012
12:55 pm

It’s hard to believe that some of you really think Fredi is going to let us know what he really thinks, is planning or really feels in these post-game interviews. “We’ll see” really means “I’m not going to tell you and the rest of the baseball world.” Just wish he would find another phrase besides “I’ve gotta tip my cap” when he really means “I’m pissed we didn’t win, pharfegnugen you.”


May 30th, 2012
1:00 pm

@Barack I do not have an opinion my friend, I am just tired of all these people who find fault with the team at every turn. If you are a true brave fan, you dont find fault. You love your team thru thick and thin. Apparently you are not a true fan Go away troll.


May 30th, 2012
1:02 pm

Not a hater – long time fan here.

There’s a bigger underlying problem here and I’d like the dish on the dirt.

This team is FRAGILE. Period. One little swoon and they skid out of control. That is NOT going to be fixed with patience or easy answers. The problem is you have to cure the cause and hurt players aint it.

This team GAVE UP last weekend – that’s a clubhouse problem.

I’ve heard alot of rumors about potential divides and lockerroom turmoil. Will somebody give us the goods please??


May 30th, 2012
1:09 pm

don’t have a opinion? how old are u 6 maybe 7. get a life idiot.


May 30th, 2012
1:12 pm

I have to agree with the Pasternicky comments, he has a 2nd basemans arm and no range, he missed 2 balls that should have been caught and we cannot afford to have such a poor fielding shortstop, he also plays to deep for a guy that has no arm.

John in Wichita

May 30th, 2012
1:13 pm

Thanks for the quotes, David. Bourn seems like a good interview.


May 30th, 2012
1:17 pm

I do not have an opinion on the Braves. They can do what ever they want. I love them no matter what. I believe in them. I have confidence in them. You apparently do not. As far as me being young. You are right. I qam a college sophomore.GPa of 3.44. Speak 3 languages fluently and love my Braves unconditionally. Now who is the idiot. Miki lau so tiki li te

Brickhead OKelly

May 30th, 2012
1:57 pm

:) Love em when da win and :( hates em when da loses……………Its just a stinkin game fellows

John A.

May 30th, 2012
2:29 pm

when is somebody in this organization going to kick some ass and take names? Josh Hamilton of Texas Rangers is playing sick and leads the majors with 21 HR’s…..doesn’t complain or whine, just plays. This team has no backbone, and definitely lacks professional play….Jason Heyward is an example….if he’s a professional i’m a Russian Motorcycle Cop.

Fredi seems to overlook the flaws that are being demonstrated daily to the (no nothing) fans. If we as fans can see these flaws, what’s wrong with Fredi’ eyes? Are they (eyes) in his ass? Frank should be held responsible for these failures, and we can’t leaave out John S. He is directly responsible for Franks lack of judgement……and to think he is the man that engineered the 14 straight division titles.


May 30th, 2012
2:30 pm

I didn’t see a replay of the Molina RBI single. Would Simmons (or Gonzo) have gotten to that ball? I thought it looked like a possible DP grounder when it left the bat, but it was scorched and not sure an average or better than average SS makes the play.
An ML SS should get an out on the Descalso infield hit, and there was another hard grounder, by Shumacher I think, that got past Pastronicky that Gonzo eats up last year. Simmons will be the SS next year, and possibly by the 4th of July or All Star break this year.


May 30th, 2012
2:39 pm

If you don’t have an opinion about the Braves, then what are you doing here? This is a forum where people come to express opinions — good, bad, or idiotic. You can challenge the opinions you disagree with, but not the right of people to have them. You are not St. Peter at the gate deciding who gets to enter or be expelled from the blog. Your education credentials are also irrelevant (and not necessarlily as impressive as others on the blog.) Like Casey Stengel once said of the old catcher Moe Berg — “He can speak 7 different languages, but can’t hit in any of them.”


May 30th, 2012
2:41 pm

Fredit is pretty dreadful. His quotes are so nitwitted. He’s whistling past the graveyard.


May 30th, 2012
2:52 pm

@jim You can have any opinion you want. I may agree. I may disagree. The only reason I spoke out was because I was challenged on my loyalty. So I fought back. I do not have an opinion because I cant change it. So I am just going with the flow and enjoy my team. Say what you want to say. I dont care. Just dont challenge my intelligence.


May 30th, 2012
3:01 pm

Barack @12:54pm………….”& recker etc.”
If you are referring to me, then say what you have to say, to me.
As far as I am concerned, people still have the right to say almost anything that they want to say in this country.
It doesn’t matter how ignorant or repetitive, that I think it is.
They still have the right to make fools out of themselves.


May 30th, 2012
3:47 pm

Constanza has no business playing MLB….. terrible defender, no plate discipline, his one skill is speed….. fredi is an idiot


May 30th, 2012
3:51 pm

anyone calling for Heyward to be demoted doesn’t understand baseball, he’s already been worth 1.5 WAR, 4th most on the team…… he’s been above avg in RF. stop looking at batting avg, get with the 21st century


May 31st, 2012
11:20 am

Good morning

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