Braves quotes after Monday’s loss to Yankees

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Delgado’s performance, being too excited

“I talked to the young man after he came out of the game, and he looked excited. He was coming out of his delivery, first time facing the New York Yankees and 40,000-plus in the stands, I think he got a little amped up for today’s game. It’s something he can learn from. But in all honestly, he made some pitches. They had the bases loaded twice and he got out of it just giving up one run. That’s a good stepping stone.”

On the game

“You felt like you were in the game the whole night. We hit some balls, some rockets at people. Mac – Swisher robbed him of a home run, and he hit another rocket to Teixeira in the ninth inning. And Simmons hit a line-drive double play, and Cano got somebody, too, on a backhand play. They made some defensive plays and we hit some balls hard right at people. That’s just the way it goes today.”

Had first batter on base in five different innings

“What’d they turn, three double plays? At least two. But you felt good. You had a chance to get them, and he wiggled out of it a couple of times, not by anything other than, we hit balls hard at somebody.”

So Delgado was overthrowing a bit?

“Well, he gets amped up. Not overthrowing, but you get away from your delivery a little bit. You get overexcited and walk away from your arm, is the term you use. And the ball is all over the place. But for the most part, we saw this type of outing early on in the year where he would give up a grand slam or a two-run homer. Tonight he pitched, he kept battling and kept us in the ballgame.”

Gearrin induced a couple of double plays in two innings

“Yeah, we’re scuffling with the bullpen situation right now because the last two games we had to cover [a lot of innings]. He did a nice job getting a ground ball. That was what our reports were, in Triple-A he was getting ground balls. And he did that today in big situations.”

On Delgado facing tough Yankees lineup, as tough as Texas one he faced in MLB debut

“We [Roger McDowell and Gonzalez] were talking about that. And we were looking at the age. We had a 22-year-old on the mound, 22 at short [Andrelton Simmons], Freeman’s 22, Heyward [22]. And I think their youngest guy was Nova, who’s 25. I thought the young man [Delgado] did good.”

**BRIAN McCANN

On hitting the ball hard with nothing to show for it

“I felt great tonight. I just didn’t have much to show for it. Hopefully that’s a sign of good things to come. Today is probably the best I’ve felt in a while. Just got to keep going. It hasn’t been the way I wanted to start the season. I’m two months in and when you’re not doing the things you’re capable of doing it’s kind of frustrating but got to keep grinding. It’s a long season. I’m going to turn it around.”

That kind of night for the team?

“Yeah, they did. and that’s baseball. You’re going to play games like this. You’re going to play a lot of games like this over 162 games where you hit some ball games and they get caught.”

On if Yankees got your competitive juices going

“No, I’ve got some mechanical things ironed out. The things that I worked on were definitely what was causing me not to hit.” (He didn’t want to expound on that subject.]

On Delgado’s effort to minimize damage

“Absolutely, he battled. He didn’t have his best stuff today. He had a hard time getting his curveball and changeup where he needed them to be. To go five innings and give up three runs when you’re battling. He never quit, and he made pitches when he needed to. It wasn’t his best, but he didn’t have his best stuff. I tip my hat to him. He kept going, he kept battling and he kept us in the game.”

**RANDALL DELGADO

On whether he got too amped up

“You could say that. I think sometimes I gave them too much credit with the strike zone, trying to be too perfect on the corner, like I have [in some previous starts]. That was the problem.”

“I was trying to do my job the best I could do. I didn’t feel like my pitches were running good tonight. I tried to keep the game close when my location wasn’t good tonight.”

On pitch that Ibanez hit out

“It was a mistake. I left a curveball up. Against those professional hitters I don’t want to make a mistake, and I think that’s what happened.”

Excited to face the Yankees?

“Yeah, they’re the New York Yankees. We respect that team. They have a lot of tradition. We were trying to get the win tonight, but we couldn’t. They made some good plays — the line drive to the pitcher, Brian McCann almost hit the home run…. We’ll come back and get them tomorrow.”

“I felt good today. Just a little too fast. I was trying to make too-perfect pitches.”

85 comments Add your comment

Mister Frisky

June 11th, 2012
11:40 pm

I second Barry.

bostonbravo

June 11th, 2012
11:43 pm

Fredi is an utter bunghole as a MLB manager…a total waste…

Bob Didier

June 11th, 2012
11:46 pm

Fredi, you idiot. We could have won the game yesterday with Gearin. Tonight, we couldn’t score, so it wouldn’t have mattered who was pitching.

nashvillewill

June 11th, 2012
11:52 pm

It’s hard to compete against a team who has double your payroll. That is unheard of in any other sport. BASEBALL MUST HAVE A SALARY CAP. Else, we get this kind of matchup. The only way to compete against the big boys is with energy, enthusiasm, and imagination. Braves appear to have none. Monday is just another day. Yankees are not just another team. I look for Braves to get swept at home, and maybe win one against Orioles. Get a team with imagination and/or get a salary cap. I am very discouraged.

Gary H

June 11th, 2012
11:59 pm

Interesting – I didn’t hear any of you bozos during their winning streak.

nashvillewill

June 12th, 2012
12:00 am

Playing with imagination means attempts to steal, hit and run, use some speed, not just hope for a HR. Team pinch hitting average is .165, so that group is not helping. Release Hinske, Diaz, Wilson, Francisco (I cannot imagine a ML team interested in any of them). Bring in young talent; work trades using young pitchers; try something. This dog won’t hunt. Monday is just another day.

Venice Jim

June 12th, 2012
12:03 am

Glad to see all the intelligent folks hanging out here… :roll:

Scottbravesfan

June 12th, 2012
12:20 am

No one has ever won a baseball game with energy and enthusiasm. You can tell who has played sports in life and who lives in fantasy land by their comments. This is real life if you think the braves weren’t trying hard you are an idiot. McCann’s ball goes two inches further and swisher cant make the catch and it’s a one run game.

NorCal Brave

June 12th, 2012
12:27 am

It’s interesting how energy and motivation gets mentioned throughout the season with this team. I stubbornly believe that all these young players are excited about being in the majors, and want to bust their tails to stay there. Incidentally, the current Monday jinx doesn’t come close to matching the Braves dropping some 30 straight 1-run games on the road a few seasons back.

tom

June 12th, 2012
12:29 am

im pretty sure the braves have not beaten the yanks since the 1996 world series, am a wrong?

IowaBravesFan

June 12th, 2012
12:32 am

No shame in losing to the Yankees. The way it sounds from tweets i’ve read and these quotes, Yankees played great defense and had some good luck. Gotta tip your……never mind.

Mister Frisky

June 12th, 2012
12:39 am

Nashvillewill is right,the bench is an abortion.Flush everyone but Ross.Braves will not catch the Nats.Book it.

Brandon

June 12th, 2012
1:00 am

McCann had some really bad luck tonight. Braves tried but just couldn’t string anything together…I was a little disappointed in freeman swinging at those high pitches, but it is what it is. The yankees also had a ton of chances to put a bigger dent on the scoreboard but failed too. Cant win em all! But i have a feeling atlanta will dominate cc tomorrow…

rc35

June 12th, 2012
1:14 am

He’s definitely not a starter or an All-Star, but why the hate for Diaz? He’s batting .254 for the year, which is better than three of our starters Monday night (McCann .234, Heyward .246, and Simmons .219) and only one point behind Freddie Freeman (.255). I’m not arguing that he’s better than any of them over the long haul, BUT he’s not the incompetent klutz that some bloggers seem to want to make him. I just looked over Gwinnett’s stats, and there aren’t any outfielders there tearing the cover off the ball and poised to jump to Atlanta right now.

Rob

June 12th, 2012
3:26 am

First post nailed it. And to all, a good night.

Nova Scotia Steve

June 12th, 2012
4:39 am

Ask the Tampa Bay Rays about competing agaibst a team with triple their payroll. They are doing just fine.

The Braves pitching staff worries the hell out if me and they need to get their God damn bullpen straightened out either bring Meds into the rotation or move him back to the BP. Every night it seems they are short in the bullpen – carry an extra guy.

Good Lord.

ph

June 12th, 2012
6:02 am

nashville, you could just look at the Phillies for competing with a team double the payroll.

DoninAcworth

June 12th, 2012
6:06 am

Yeah, Monday night blues for us again. Did anyone else think Chipper missed a play or two? It’s the hot corner and well looks like he does better coming off the bench in “key” hitting situations. Just saying.

klmbbfan

June 12th, 2012
6:28 am

This team lacks the competitve spirit; to pitch inside, to slide hard into secon, to stair down a pitcher when he strikes you out on soft crap instead of his best fast ball. Uggla is the only one that gets it, he competes every night. No I am not an Uggla fan he just gets it. Freeman looks and acts like a sissy at 6′-5″ he should be a very dominat force at the plate he’s not Heyward at 6″-4″ should be a monster at the plate and in the field showing off his arm- he is a lazy bum he can’t chaange his poor swing habits and Freeman can you swing at a a ball over the plate once in a while you two need to get a better understanding of the strike zone. Man up men and play ball like it was intended.

WTF

June 12th, 2012
6:37 am

This was simple – good pitching beats good hitting. That’s it. Anything more is reading tea leaves. Good defense should be expected at the MLB level so even discussing it is irrelevant. Discussions about defense should only be when it isn’t there, not when it is. There are 8 guys out there positioned to be where a hitter is most likely to hit it. They were there; they caught the balls. Perhaps Tuesday will be our turn – we’ve been playing pretty good defense, hitting the ball and throwing the ball.

longtimefan

June 12th, 2012
6:50 am

It’s one game out of 162. It’s so typical-let the Braves have an off night or lose a few in a row and the bloggers come out about their no heart or they suck comments. The Braves have the third best winning % in the NL. Washington has been hot and they are only 3 games out of first.EVERY team in MLB has off nights or gets blown out during a long season-even the 200M payroll NYY. Give it a rest. And just how do you guys tell when or not a player is “playing with heart”? As a major leaguer you can’t constantly get up and down over the course of a 162 game season.

bostonbravo

June 12th, 2012
7:10 am

juan francisco…..lol!

Jerry in Tennessee

June 12th, 2012
7:11 am

Too bad Michael Bourn had a couple strike outs in his audition.

Braves Squawk

June 12th, 2012
7:32 am

Look , lets face it….Delgado, Teheran, Minor …all the “studs” that Frank WRen is sitting on….cant get out of the fifth inning….I dont know what Roger McDowell and Fatso are doing with these kids but it aint workin’……These guys have pitched enough already to at least pitch till the seventh inning of games….they blow out the bullpen all the time

Oh…and Mike Minor is another one….and he pitches tonite against the Yankees?? Good Gosh..!

Braves Squawk

June 12th, 2012
7:33 am

Kevin Youklis should be a brave, play third for chipper when he is out and can also play some 1B…
Get rid of Francisco!

Rme

June 12th, 2012
7:40 am

The Braves are a very yound ballclub. They have added excitement to the city for years and this year they are doing it again. Amazing how everyone turns negative when a game isn’t won. 162 games..you will lose some. The core of the club is great. Livian Hernandez should be released. Fredi, I feel, should be replaced with a Tommy Lasorda type manager. Someone with spunk and someone who is alive. Someone who will get fired up on great plays and hits. Someone who will go face to face with an ump and risk getting thrown out. The players need that and so do the fans. Bobby…you want to put a uniform back on?????? We’re spoiled…but check out where the hated Philly’s are!!!!

Buddy Landel

June 12th, 2012
7:41 am

ditto longtimefan

MikeY

June 12th, 2012
7:45 am

So we had our first batter on base in 5 innings…has Fredi never heard of bunting the runner over?

Let's Go

June 12th, 2012
7:53 am

Braves Squawk @ 7:33am

The Red Sox are offering up Kevin Youkilis because his production and health are in steady decline and his contract for next year is a 13 mil team option or 1 mil buy out. The last thing the Braves need is another over paid player who’s better days are behind him. Youk is 33 and a long way removed from 08 & 09 when he was a stud. If the Braves have 13 mil laying around box it up and make a decent offer for Bourn.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

June 12th, 2012
7:59 am

With all the rain, Havana Fats has a hole in his spikes and his brain got wet!

Let's Go

June 12th, 2012
8:03 am

When is Roger McDowell going to be held to the same standards as the Braves Hitting Coach. These pitchers come out of the minors with great credentials and then all of the sudden they can’t pitch more than 5 innings or veterans struggle and then find it once they get away from Roger.

Please get rid of this no load before he screws up Kimbrel.

19DawgFan59

June 12th, 2012
8:21 am

DIDN’T CHIPPER SAY HE WAS READY TO GO ? WHERE HAS HE BEEN THE LAST 2 GAMES ?

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
8:28 am

As I said yesterday, Until they get the Chemistry back; That is the first loss of many in a row. At least 10.

farmerjoe

June 12th, 2012
8:41 am

Chipper is not ready for anything except retirement. He will continue to swipe at balls while getting out of the way and looking lost and out of position as he was on the play at third. Pinch hit Chippy–less chance of you getting hurt again.

Mikey

June 12th, 2012
8:44 am

Yanks leave 11 runners on base which is totally unclutch for any team with a payroll of $180 million. Any luck on some hard hit balls and the outcome is different. Kinder liked the bullpen results tonight with Livian given the night off after his grueling outing yesterday.

Mikey

June 12th, 2012
8:48 am

I was at the game, ball took a wicked bad hop and was crushed, but since you don’t like Chipper I guess it was routine.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
9:00 am

@Mikey I was also at game. Prado makes both plays easily. Enough said. Bench Chipper. Prado back to 3rd. Constanza in left. Get Chemistry back. Until that happens. Braves lose.

Bob Stewart

June 12th, 2012
9:01 am

Why do we have this bum, Livan Hernandez on the roster..if you want a losers bull-penk him, but should have been released long ago, over the hill…………

Blackberry Cobbler

June 12th, 2012
9:08 am

We had the first batter on base 5 times during the game. Man on first with no outs. Did we try even once to move the runner to second? Hey, dumb Fredi, that’s how you avoid the double play in those situations. What a retard!

Ebenezer Snerdberg

June 12th, 2012
9:09 am

Larry Wayne did get that leg out the way, but hell wouldn’t you? Prado needs to be our main 3rd base guy. If we had a manager with a brain ’stead o’ Havana Fats, he would figure it out.

Slide J-Hey

June 12th, 2012
9:28 am

Fredi just keeps the excuses coming..lol.
Amped up? did he say that twice? lol.
Him and McDowell talking 22 years old 4 times..thats smart..he just had to talk to Mc-D to know that? lol
Milky @8:48..it has nothing to do with “like” are being at game..replay shows he didn’t play it like he should have..get over it.Time to move on.
Fredi is not a good manager..period.

jj

June 12th, 2012
9:31 am

Whiskey agree Prado makes both plays..chipper didn’t want to get hurt again.

Slide J-Hey

June 12th, 2012
9:37 am

Lets all get “Amped up” for todays game!

Fredi needs to get Amped!

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
9:39 am

@jj When is management going to give us out team back? Until then we lose.

Tumbledown

June 12th, 2012
9:49 am

The Braves will do what they always do with the Yankees, roll over and beg for mercy. Yankees take at least five of their six games. Book it!

Reid in EAV

June 12th, 2012
9:53 am

I like to visit this blog when we lose, since everyone had such a wonderful sense of perspective… Eyeroll.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
9:56 am

Yankee Sweep, Baltimore sweep, Boston sweep. on and on and on until we get our team back. Chemistry means a lot. Wake up management.

terry bellamy

June 12th, 2012
10:04 am

sure am glad we saved our bullpen for this game instead of using them to try and save a game with a 4 run lead.

G

June 12th, 2012
10:08 am

Doesn’t matter how hard you hit it if it’s right at people it is still an out!!

Slide J-Hey

June 12th, 2012
10:15 am

Chipper didn’t wish to get hurt again thats why he screwed up two plays he should have made.

Mister Frisky

June 12th, 2012
10:22 am

Chippers done.McCann is a doughboy who Is already on the downside.What’s McCracker Barrel hitting since he came off the DL last year?What 210?Great guy to give a fat extension too.No pun intended.

RC

June 12th, 2012
10:31 am

Nothing against McCann, but he was NOT robbed of a HR. He was probably robbed of a double, but the replays showed that the ball wasn’t going over the wall unless it bounced off of Swisher’s head, Canseco style.

reckingball

June 12th, 2012
10:32 am

Bloggin’ & Cryin’
go braves

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
10:36 am

@reckingball Get back to me when they have lost at least 10 in a row.

FelixMillan

June 12th, 2012
10:44 am

The braves just cant beat the yankees..This has been happening since the mid-90’s so its nothing new. The yanks play an elevated game with an elevated payroll and thsi will not change. The only wat we win is if the Yanks have an off night. Tough talk but reality.

Larry

June 12th, 2012
10:45 am

Dave,

As I have asked for weeks now, can you ask Fredi:

1. What is his rationale for batting a slow running catcher hitting in the .230’s in the 3 hole?
2. Why isn’t he batting Prado, clearly our best all-around hitter, in the 3 hole?

There are either regular or situational viable options to put between Bourne and Prado: Constanza, Chipper, or, Simmons–why not?

My order against RHP:

Bourne
Constanza (or Chipper and move Prado to LF)
Prado
Freeman
Uggla
McCann
Heyward
Simmons

Against LHP:

Bourne
Simmons (or Chipper and move Prado to LF)
Prado
Uggla
Freeman
McCann
Heyward
Constanza

This manager is killing this team’s ability to mold a consistent batting order with his utter, unabashed stupidity.

Last night you witnessed the man, Joe Girardi, I wanted for our manager when he told the Marlins to stuff it and walked away on his terms, He’s sharp as a tack, keeps himself in good physical condition, has the respect of his clubhouse, and by his acumen, speech and vocabulary you can tell he’s just a sharp cookie!

And we have Fredi…

reckingball

June 12th, 2012
11:05 am

Whiskey @10:36am……..You are making some of the same kind of predictions that BravesFan?inWis. is always making.
Perhaps someone will dump some chemicals in the clubhouse, and improve that chemistry. haha.
Unless the ‘they want to lose conspiracy’ is still going on, it is possible for the Braves to get a W tonight.
go braves!

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
11:10 am

Never happen when team has quit. Get back to me when they have lost at least 10 in a row.

Don

June 12th, 2012
11:12 am

Fredi “It’s just one of those things”
Yes it is Fredi— If you hire a Bobby Cox clone, Surprise, Suprise – that’s what you get – a Bobby Cox clone.

David the Shepherd

June 12th, 2012
11:14 am

Well said, Larry. I don’t hate Fred and he’s probably a really good guy…he’s just not a really good manager.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
11:20 am

Hey David the Shepherd How is your girlfriend–Samantha

Ralph

June 12th, 2012
12:48 pm

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
9:56 am
Yankee Sweep, Baltimore sweep, Boston sweep. on and on and on until we get our team back. Chemistry means a lot. Wake up management.

YOU FORGOT: Devil Rays Sweep, Blue Jays 2 out of 3. I do agree though they will probably get swept twice by the Yankees, we are nothing more than a AAA team to the Yankees, they own us.

Ralph

June 12th, 2012
12:51 pm

Larry

June 12th, 2012
10:45 am

I will have to agree 100% with you on this one Larry.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
12:57 pm

@Ralph You are right but that was before management decided to change the team. They had to accommodate their 40 yr old player that needs to go home to his Hooter girl and quit trying to be big shot and act like he can still play.

Largo

June 12th, 2012
1:02 pm

I’m all amped up, think I’ll tip my hat.

Ralph

June 12th, 2012
1:03 pm

I can’t wait for DS1 to jumb in and contradict everything everybody posts.

Ralph

June 12th, 2012
1:26 pm

Big game coming up tonight for both Minor and Medlen, the outcome could determine the fate of one or both of them. No matter what happens tonight Hernandez should be the outright loser, notice I said should be, not will be, Livan has been sneeking around taking some pictures of Fruti.

Andy

June 12th, 2012
1:36 pm

Hi Ralph, Going to ask a quick question before Whisky finds out I am on. What is your opinion is wrong with Braves right now?

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
1:45 pm

Andy, you know better. Get off and go home and stay there NOW.

Ralph

June 12th, 2012
2:11 pm

Andy

My opinion isn’t any better than all these other folks on this blog but I think the biggest thing they are lacking is CONFIDENCE. They have room for improvement in several areas but all teams have that but they are basically sound enough to get one of the Wild Cards and that is about all we can hope for.

Ralph

June 12th, 2012
2:14 pm

I get the feeling that Andy and Whiskey River are one and the same person, anybody else think the same way?

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
2:15 pm

@Ralph Thanks for answering her. She knows better to be out here. I sent her back home.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
2:19 pm

@Ralph, No we are not the same. Andy and her husband are in the witness protection program. I am their protector. I can not help them unless the do as judge says. If you don’t believe that. Ok thats your choice.

reckingball

June 12th, 2012
2:38 pm

Wowsowowso
go braves!

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
2:46 pm

Good luck with that reckingball.

Ralph

June 12th, 2012
2:47 pm

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
2:19 pm

Be careful, some smart hacker may come along and track you down and blow all three of you away.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
2:51 pm

Thanks for the warning, but if they stay put, we will be OK.

Ralph

June 12th, 2012
2:52 pm

Don’t be too sure, I already know where they live.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
2:59 pm

I dont think so. But you think you do then bring it on.

Ralph

June 12th, 2012
3:00 pm

They live in the same place where you live, FANTCY LAND

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
3:03 pm

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
3:09 pm

Fantasy Land or as you say is a long way from PANAMA.

panamajack

June 12th, 2012
3:23 pm

Lokk out now, Panama is a much better place than Fantch Land, you can play out all your fantacies there.

Ralph

June 12th, 2012
3:25 pm

Enough of this crap!

Yankman

June 12th, 2012
6:40 pm

I’m a Yankee fan my whole life. Loved my team even in the terrible lean years that we experienced in the late 60s-early 70s; much of the 80s and early 90s until we found the groove again. Just love the game and all team that play the game well. So your team loses last night in a shutout and for too many of you it’s as if they committed some intolerable sin. You have a good young team (I wish we had more young talent on the Yankees now). You didn’t exactly get romped and your pitchers got out of trouble with multiple double plays that were hard for Yankee fans to watch. Your record is good and you are in the running for post season. And you have your own icon, Chipper, who is on the verge of retirement but still no slouch. Just ask the pitchers, not so many of these fools who call themselves fans. So why all this nonsense griping? Imagine if your own job performance was PUBLICLY followed, assessed and scrutinized each and every day? You think you’d stand up to such scrutiny? I bet the biggest complainers here are the very ones who most suck at what they do, whether they’re leading a company, preparing someone’s tax returns, teaching in a school, patrolling a neighborhood, driving a truch or serving coffee at Starbucks. Whatever. The big talkers, big complainers are usually the most ineffective people. So just go home and keep your silly, less than brilliant commentary to yourselves. This Yankee fan respects the Braves and all players who strive to play the game well – which is most of them. But this Yankee fan has no respect for stupid fans who fill these comment pages with junk. Get lost. No one needs to hear from you. Ever!

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