Braves quotes after Wednesday’s win vs. Yankees

**FREDDIE FREEMAN

Is that the Jason Heyward you saw so much in the past?

“Yeah, when you take a lefty slider like that with two strikes and hit a homer, that’s something special. It means you did everything right. He’s been swinging the bat great for probably the last three weeks. It’s nice to see that he’s doing it every day.”

On his own performance today, after returning to the lineup Tuesday

“It’s just good to be back in [the lineup]. I always say the most repetitions I get the more comfortable I get. It’s been hard because I play three games and miss a week, and all that stuff. My timing’s a little off, the feel and everything. I’ve got to get back into it and get out there every day.”

“It’s just nice to get in there and help the team win, and hopefully we can go on to Boston and do the same thing.”

More on Heyward today

“He’s fouling off pitches, I think he fouled off a ball on the [at-bat] where he struck out, that seemed to be this far [about two feet] outside. He’s reaching everything. When he gets it in the strike zone, like he did with Logan, he’s going to do damage with it no matter what the pitch is, no matter what side it’s from.”

**JASON HEYWARD

On winning this series vs. Yankees after the bad homestand

“This was huge, to win some ballgames against good teams. It’s great to do it on the road.”

Feel like it’s first time you’ve been locked in in a long time, the homers and the mulit-hit games

“Stats-wise it’s been a while. It’s just good to have a routine, a rhythm, to go up there and trust myself, trust my approach. And just go up there and relax and try to put together a good at-bat.”

Freddie Freeman said you’re getting to everything at the plate right now

“It’s seeing pitches, seeing enough pitches. This is my first season playing through May and June [healthy], knock on wood. I just try and get better every night, keep making adjustments that you have to make.”

Lefty or righty doesn’t seem to matter right now who you’re facing

“All I can do is battle. The more pitches I see, the better chance I feel I have. I just have to go up there with the mindset to pay attention, focus on what they’ve done to try to get you out before. Try to get after them.”

On the ballpark and all the homers. Did it play small or what?

“It’s small to the corners. But give us some credit today, we swung the bat really well. And they hit the ball just as well a couple of times. It’s just that kind of ballpark, and at the same time you have two teams capable of hitting some home runs.”

**DAVID ROSS

On the win and the pitching

“I was really happy. Our pitchers battled today. Tommy was just up in the zone a little bit, gave up a cheap [homer] to A-Rod. He was up in the zone and they were mistakes, but… It was nice to get the win and win two out of three. You come in here and take two out of three, it’s a really big win for us, especially the way we’ve been going.

“I’ve been saying all year, when we’ve got everybody in there, with Freddie Freeman back, he’s a huge part of our lineup, let’s be honest. He’s a really good player, makes us really deep.

“Jason Heyward had a humongous game.

“I told our skipper later on, I don’t know if my heart cane take much more of these innings. Those last three…. Thank goodness Jason Heyward and Martin Prado came up big late in the game to get those insurance runs, so I could relax and be aggressive with [calling a game against] this lineup.”

On the heat, in the high 90s  today

“I don’t know if it’s my age or what, but it was one of the hottest ones I’ve ever been a part of. These dugouts here, this new facility was a saving grace. They have air conditioning in the dugouts, which wasn absolute life saver for me. I don’t know if I would have made it through.”

Big series win help get bad taste out of mouths after the homestand?

“It does. And like I said earlier, when we’re healthy and Freddie Freeman’s in there, Mac in there, Chipper wasn’t in there today but…. We’ve got a deep lineup when Freddie’s in there. If we do some things right here and there, we could have taken two out of three from them at home.

“Our pitchers are battling right now. Our bullpen guys are battling their butts off. I know they don’t feel comfortable but they’re really doing a good job of battling and staying in the game. You’ve got to give these guys credit for just [continuing to] push.

“We’ve been good on the road all year.”

Your lineup a lot different when Jason is hitting like he is now?

“Oh, we’re really good when Jason Heyward is swinging the bat well. You’re talking about him in the six or seven hole, when Chipper’s in there? We’re really deep and I would hate to be the opposing catcher calling a game against our lineup when Jason Heyward and those guys are swinging the bat well.”

**TOMMY HANSON

On Yankee lineup

“It’s tough. And I didn’t have to face Teixeira either. The top of the lineup is, I mean, I don’t think I have to say how good they are. They’re unbelievable. They’re definitely tough to face.”

How’d you feel in the extreme heat

“I was fine. Just sweated a lot. I didn’t have too many long innings, and I didn’t have to hit. It’s not like I run the bases anyway.”

On giving up four solo homers

“It didn’t kill me, but it’s not ideal. But, I mean, what can you do? I was trying to throw my off-speed for strikes and they got to them. Well, two [home-run balls] were fastballs, and the one slider, one curveball. Obviously I wish those were down in the zone a little bit more, but they weren’t. Luckily the bullpen and the offsense picked me up.”

With Beachy out for season, must rest of rotation pick up the slack?

“I don’t think so. I just think each one of us needs to go out and give our best effort every fifth day. That’s all we can do. I don’t think anyone can go outside the box and try to be someone that you’re not. We’ve just got to be ready to pitch and go out and do your best, give our team a chance to win.”

What’s it like to see that, with Beachy having a breakout season and all?

“It’s never fun. Especially when you see it happen to a guy like Beachy, who works so hard and is such a good guy. It’s never fun to watch, because I think we all know at any time that could happen to us, too. It sucks. I feel really bad for him, but you know how Beachy is. He’ll be fine. He’ll work hard and get back. But obviously he wishes he was here, and so did we.”

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On the nine home runs by both teams

“Is that normal here for a day game?” [No, it’s a record for the ballpark.]

“That’s amazing. One, it might just have been the [close] fence in right field. But there were some balls hit pretty good today. And we survived. Tommy gave us five innings and we wiggled out of some situations. We’ll call a spade a spade – we got ourselves in trouble walking some people late in the game, and we did a nice job turning a double play and getting the win. And being able to add on some runs, too, late in the game.”

On Heyward

“He’s swinging. Yesterday he beat the Yankees with the bat and also with defensive plays, and today he just flat-out played good baseball. He’s been playing good baseball all year. And we can’t ask for anything more.”

On winning the series

“Two out of three. It’s good now to get on the train and go to Boston and win the next series. That’s what we shoot for, and hopefully we can get ourselves on little bit of a roll now.”

On managing a game when so many balls are flying out for both teams

“I don’t feel comfortable. Ask David Ross about that, because he came in about the eighth inning and said, ‘I don’t know how you do it.’ It’s tough. With their lineup, and you’ve got that [short] porch staring at you all the time. You walk somebody or make an error, it can be a big inning. And we kind of stayed away from that, other than late in the game we walked a couple of guys, with A-Rod at the plate it’s a scary moment.

“But hopefully now we can get a nice winning streak going.”

On better at-bats today

“Sabathia went a stretch where he got five or six outs in seven pitches [on Monday]. That’s not what we want. And today we battled. We got into some counts where we could hit, foul some balls off – and that’s what we were doing in April and May.”

“With their lineup, you’re going, we need to keep adding on. So it was nice that we were able to do that.”

On Brandon Beachy announcement (elbow surgery)

“He’s going to have Tommy John. It’s a shame, but Dr. Andrews confirmed what our doctors saw, and he’s going to have the procedure tomorrow. We’re going to miss him.”

“You can never have enough [pitching]. There’s 30 teams still looking for pitching.”

“I’m curious to see JJ. He won 15 games last year. He’s been pitching OK now, so I’m curious to see.”

**general manager FRANK WREN

On Beachy injury, surgery decision

“There’s different partial tears, [depending upon] which part of the ligament is torn. I think that also plays into the outcome.”

Tough on Beachy in middle of such a promising season

“Yeah, it’s tough. He was pitching well, really doing everything you could ask. Growing as a pitcher, growing in stature as a guy that you could really expect to shut the other team down. So it’s tough. Tough to lose him, and obviously tough for him.”

On Beachy’s symptoms, any going back recent starts?

“He never had the pain over the ligament at that point. The pain just came up in the fourth inning the other night. Every other time it was all in the back and the medial side of the elbow, which is where the spur is. So that was the first time we really had any indication of a ligament issue.”

Do you still feel like you have lot of pitching depth, or need to do something?

“I think we get through the next few weeks leading up to when the trading season really begins, and we evaluate what we have, how guys are throwing and who might be available. It was nice to see our guys bounce back the last couple of days here, because this is a tough place to play and they’ve gone some pretty tough pitching. And to bounce back and score runs, our pitchers did a fine job – this was a good series all in all.”

On evaluating Jurrjens in coming weeks

“I know Fredi said he’s looking forward to seeing him. I am, as well. He’s done enough in the last couple of weeks — with the exception of the game where he had the flu and probably shouldn’t have pitched, but he wanted to keep going – to give us some hope that he’s bouncing back.”

48 comments Add your comment

Runner-

June 20th, 2012
7:11 pm

Damn it Beachy…

PaulG

June 20th, 2012
7:16 pm

I bet there will be at least 10 misogynists who will want to fire fredi after the victory

Braveoneastside

June 20th, 2012
7:24 pm

Jason is obviously healthy again – his LeBron type talent on display here in the big Apple.
The guy reminds one of a young Willie McCovey with a glove plus speed. He and FF will anchor the lineup into the next decade – sit back and enjoy.
Let’s see what’s up with JJ – Fredi says he’s regained his velocity. With Chipper properly rested, maybe we can catch the Nats prior to All-Star game. Would also like to see Chipper named to the squad.

Barry

June 20th, 2012
7:34 pm

It’s good that they won the series, however, the Braves will not make the playoffs if they don’t fight and play with heart, passion and focus. All I see is a bunch of wussies except Prado and Bourn.

Stop being lame and beat the teams you’re supposed to be beat!

bob didier

June 20th, 2012
7:36 pm

Hopefully, Chipper will be named to the AS team but only pitchhit. He is likely to get injured again if he plays the field. As it is, he rests every 3rd or 4th day, anyway. Thought he was going to DH some in this series.

Barry

June 20th, 2012
7:40 pm

Another thing: Constanza-LF (not sure of spelling) should be on this team, period. His speed is phenomenal and it seems that each time he’s called up, the Braves play with a little swagger. As soon as he’s sent down, the offense grinds to a halt. Am I the only one who see’s how important Constanza can be, especially when others in the lineup are struggling?

PaulG

June 20th, 2012
7:41 pm

Barry…what are the items on your wussie inventory to detect them?how much lower a score did simmons or kimbrel get to be classified as wussies? Or do you just know who is or isn’t on your infallible intuition

DaveinNEPA

June 20th, 2012
7:53 pm

I would hope that some od the denizens of this blog would get off of Heywards case for a while. The guys has been playing pretty good lately.

Laughing out Loud

June 20th, 2012
8:23 pm

PaulG, you’re right. There will be at least ten haters before the night is over or the next game is played. Baseball is a game of patience which obviously most of the bloggers lack. Good to see the Braves win a big one today. Certainly is more fun than losing. But, patience my friends. Appreciate the effort each player makes toward a successful season. There were some high plays made today!

Jason H

June 20th, 2012
8:40 pm

Misogynists are men who hate women. Fredi’s an idiot and I’m not a fan, but why would misogynists want him fired?

;)

cowdogit

June 20th, 2012
8:45 pm

Beachy’s finished for a couple of years . Thanks McDowell , you are the Wasington National’s most valuable player .

apmatt22

June 20th, 2012
8:54 pm

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apmatt22

June 20th, 2012
9:06 pm

Been Braves fan since Lou Burdette won 3 games against Yankees in 1957. This teams problem is notpitching, they can not hit. The Braves have not been able to hit consistently since 2002. I respected Bobby Cox but if he had not had the pitching he had he would have won nothing. F. Gonzolez is a nice guy, just not a manager. Make Chipper manager, bring Constanza back for LF, move Prado to third and start Medlen and this team could make some noise.

rico43

June 20th, 2012
9:15 pm

To put Beachy’s injury on Roger McDowell in any way, share or form is beyond reason. You have one guy break down on a staff of 12 when when there are 29 pitchers currently on 40-man rosters who are recovering from Tommy John surgery. The human arm is not designed to handle the strain some of these pitches and pitchers place on them. TJ surgery works; in some cases it actually makes the elbow better, stronger.

JAFO

June 20th, 2012
9:21 pm

Atta boy Jason…well done

jim

June 20th, 2012
9:43 pm

I didn’t read through all the comments on the previous blog, but I was struck by the way Chipper now says that his timing is off both at the bat and in the field after the seventeen days on the DL, yet he put up real resistance to going out on a rehab assignment when he came off the DL and only played in 2 parts of games at single A. Maybe he would have helped himself and the team if he had spent a longer rehab regaining his timing.

Mark

June 20th, 2012
10:17 pm

In response to Barry’s comment, Constanza should not be on this team. You obviously missed how poorly he struggled in the final month last season. And then this year, he was hot for two games, then went into an awful slump before being sent down.

Yeah, he has great speed. Unfortunately, his speed is about the only way he can get on base (infield singles, bunt hits) . He draws no walks what so ever, and rarely hits the ball to the outfield. His speed alone is no reason to have him at the major league level.

Quack Quack

June 20th, 2012
10:19 pm

Tip of the cap….to all the Bravos!! Great game. Nice to see all the balls flying out of that park. Lets keep it up in Boston.

Good luck to JJ. With the chance of a lifetime, make the best of it.

Hang in there Brandon, you’ll be back better than ever.

GO BRAVES!!!

smallmouth6

June 20th, 2012
11:10 pm

Mark: You are wrong.

Alaska Braves Fan

June 21st, 2012
12:26 am

apmatt22: If the Braves are such poor hitters, what factors contribute to the fact that they have the third highest run total in the NL at 314, only 23 runs behind the league-leading Rockies?

ABF

Beltran's right ear mole

June 21st, 2012
12:27 am

QUESTION TIME

1. Beachy complained of pain in the elbow enough to keep him from starting in his regular rest a week or so ago. If it was bad enough for him to miss even a few days before this most recent start, did he get an MRI then or just after the most recent outing? If not, why? Seems like in this day and age if a player of Beachy’s talents and potetional future all of sudden goes a bit lame you’d get him an MRI pronto. Does it matter how bad this last start may have aggravated/torn the tendon? Or does the whole tendon get replaced so it does not matter?

2. Did you hear Frank Wren saying how “lucky” the Braves were to have Martin Prado? Frank “I have Martin Prado on the block – who wants him” Wren. That’s Frank “who’ll make me an offer on this Martin Prado?” Wren. Frank Wren said that without a bit of “I am glad I failed in my odyssey to trade him” in his voice.

Nevada Roy

June 21st, 2012
12:43 am

How about batting Heyward third for the Boston series?

Beltran's right ear mole

June 21st, 2012
12:58 am

How about batting Heyward third for the Boston series?

I’m in for that. If he continues to progress as most thought he would from the start, it is inevitable. He is just an outstanding baserunner ta boot.

Speaking of baserunning- it was nice to see Bourn get off his hind end off 1st and run today. I thought he was never going to try again and what a waste. Fredi should ORDER him to run. If Bourn is on his own he should not be cause he just stands there way too much. Someone should tell him to run. He’s been thrown out a few times but I know at least three of those times he was safe. Seems, umpires just think Bourn looks out on the bases if it is at all close.

Darryl Blackberry

June 21st, 2012
3:49 am

I also think Constanza should be on the team, albeit not on an everyday basis. Would be great to have what he brings to the table — a speedy pinch runner, defensive whiz in LF, and a platoon player against righties not named Eric Hinske — all rolled into one. I think the guy’s actually faster than Michael Bourn, even if Georgie can’t lay down a sac bunt to save his life.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

June 21st, 2012
5:59 am

GO BRAVES!

Fire Havana Fats!

DMBJAMS

June 21st, 2012
6:10 am

Battling the battle can be a battle on he who battles. Battle. Battle.

Battling battle.

Buddy Landel

June 21st, 2012
7:01 am

Did any of the anti-Fredi posters hear his gloating about Heyward’s year? At least one poster always wonders why Fredi never says anything positive about Heyward and only gives backhanded compliments to him.

rc35

June 21st, 2012
7:17 am

It has become fashionable to complain about the commenters as well as the team on here. If an old fan could sit in his electronic rocking chair and philosophize for a minute, here goes:

Obviously, some commenters make more valid points than others. Pick the looniest one (by your standards), however, and you won’t hear a thing that wasn’t being said in barber shops or break rooms all over Atlanta in 1973 before we had ready access to the Internet or talk radio.

There are usually more complaints after a loss than a win. Well, that’s sort of the way things go. If a pitcher gives up 4 runs and we lose 4-3, he had a terrible outing. If we win 5-4, he battled and hung in there. Human nature, folks!

As various commenters have noted with different “spins,” baseball is played over a season of 162 games. So, no single game either makes or breaks a season–theoretically. Still, if you miss the playoffs by one game, say as way back in … 2011…ANY loss that year that could have been a win made a difference–blown save, RISP/LOB, critical error–that could have been THE game that wrecked the season. So, any time we recognize a game that “might have been” during a season, especially following a collapse like the one last year, it’s hard not to vent.

The fact that commenters care at all is a good sign for the team and the sport. One reason the Atlanta Flames now reside in Calgary and the Atlanta Thrashers are the Winnipeg Jets is that not enough people gave a hoot about goaltenders, coaches, and stickwork. As long as thousands of people in the Southeast are celebrating our homers, groaning over A-Rod and Leyritz, and wondering why a guy with a BA around .220 is batting third as our DH, there is identification with and attachment to a team that ultimately translates into that green stuff even Liberty Media can recognize.

Do some of the folks on here annoy me? Yep, but they were also annoying back in 1973 in the barber shop. Am I frustrated that Chipper came back too soon, out of rhythm? Yep, but it’s not nearly as bad as when a young (by managerial standards) Joe Torre brought Bob Horner back from the DL and put him in cleanup during the 1982 NL playoffs and we watched him hit harmless popups and strike out over and over again until we were eliminated (and didn’t make the playoffs again until 1991 and had to listen to Tim McCarver tell us what a baseball genius Torre had become). Do I grieve for Brandon Beachy? You bet! But we also saw injuries cut short the promise of Cecil Upshaw, and a host of others since 1966.

I was blessed to be present in the Stadium the night the Atlanta Braves won their only World Series. I’d love to see 50,000 more people get that opportunity this year. So, let’s cheer and fuss and pray and hope and help Fredi manage this team in the electronic newspaper, and who knows? If only the Nats will remember who they are, if we can get a hit off of R.A. Dickey now and then, and if all the other statistical probabilites line up, we might just win this thing! (At least if Fredi would drop McCann out of the three-spot, recognize the hot hand, get a decent pitching coach, learn to handle the DL properly, if Ted or Arthur would only buy the team from Liberty Media, if DOB would ask the tough questions, if Chipper would retire/get hot/manage the team/move to Montana, if Freddie Freeman would only wear glasses/contacts/get LASIX surgery, and if Bourn would run more/less/for Congress).

Play ball, y’all!

Bobby's Chauffeur

June 21st, 2012
7:20 am

Chipper should rehab (non game time) and play only as DH the next few games in Boston. Get his strength and timing back before he takes the field again. extra BP would help..

Ralph

June 21st, 2012
8:01 am

I didn’t see anything from JJ’s minor league stint that showed him to be any different than when he went down, tuesday nite he pitched 1 scoreless inning but he issued two walks. The gabe before that he pitched 5 scoreless innings then walked a couple batters then gave up the grand slam. I think bringing him back isjust a case of nessitty and wishful thinking. He will get bombed in Boston, better have Medlen loose in the first inning.

Ralph

June 21st, 2012
8:11 am

Darryl Blackberry

even if Georgie can’t lay down a sac bunt to save his life.

Whenever Georgie is asked to sac bunt he always tries to bunt for a base hit instead of squaring around and giving himself up to move the runner, a good manager would correct that problem.

Ralph

June 21st, 2012
8:16 am

Nevada Roy

June 21st, 2012
12:43 am
How about batting Heyward third for the Boston series?

Fruti is a slow learner (retarted), it will be September before he realizes that McCann doesn’t belong in the 3 hole.

Brave New World

June 21st, 2012
8:49 am

Wonder if the haters have hangovers after drowning their sorrows.

Barbara

June 21st, 2012
9:03 am

Great game bats come alive. But in the past after all the hits and HR they had trouble hitting again. Hopefully that won’t happen when we get to Boston. My thoughts are still the same about Fredi and McDowell. They still need to go bye bye. Please lose Hinske Jose is far better bring him up. Prado should remain at third and put Chipper as DH during the series with the AL. I really admire this team for what they accomplish with crap as a manager and pitching coach

arizona brave

June 21st, 2012
11:32 am

Hey Ralph,when is fruiti gonna learn Uggla should not be batting 4th?

Tamacun el vengador errante

June 21st, 2012
12:22 pm

En respuesta al despechado de EBENEZER parece que algun cubano te rompio tu corazoncito intentalo otra vez,deja tranquilo a Fredi y mirate a ti mismo pues nadie es perfecto, intentalo de nuevo .

Tamacun el vengador errante

June 21st, 2012
12:26 pm

Ralph parece que estas obsecionado con FREDI yo conosco un cubano que se parece mucho a FREDY sangra por la herida despechada.

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David the Shepherd

June 21st, 2012
2:22 pm

Hey Tamacun, en Inglis por favor.

David the Shepherd

June 21st, 2012
2:25 pm

Not a hater, just a realist. Fredi has got to go. If you believe FG will “lead” the Braves to a WS, then you are delusional.

Whiskey River

June 21st, 2012
2:52 pm

@David the Shepherd Completely agree except FG does not run things. Chipper is the BOSS

Kendell Jones

June 21st, 2012
3:14 pm

OK, lets get down to the nitty gritty. We have A guy on 2D.base b y the name of UGGLA who cannot hit. And the problem is we don’t have a hitting coach who can tell him what his problem is. The first chance the Braves get, they should trade him for a 2d basemen from some minor league team. All he is doing is going to bat, swing the bat three times and set down so he can rest before he goes back on the field. Get rid of him ASAP.

Whiskey River

June 21st, 2012
3:25 pm

Ask the BOSS Kendall

Alaska Braves Fan

June 21st, 2012
3:27 pm

rc35: AMEN!!!

ABF

Alaska Braves Fan

June 21st, 2012
3:29 pm

Kendell Jones: Please help me understand the mental condition from which the voters are suffering who have voted Uggla number one at 2nd base for the All Star Game.

ABF

John A.

June 21st, 2012
4:31 pm

I remember a time that pitchers would be in the minors if their ERA was above 3.5…….what has happened to pitching? Baseball has changed to the degree that hitters still are not suppose to be that much better than pitchers. What has happened to the fan base here in Hotlanta that accept the pitching that would make Glavine, Smoltz, Maddox, Spahn, Buhle, Burdett cringe at their performances? Not long ago (under Bobby and Leo) these pitching performances would not have been accepted. So what has happened? What has happened to the pitchers on this staff that were so good up until the collapse last year? This lack of performance runs much deeper than the lack of talent. These pitchers have the talent, but no leadership or guidance.

Look at the pitching staff of the Rangers…..Nolan Ryan had a talk with them and more or less told them he expected nothing less than what he did when he was pitching….it has worked, and look where they are. Roger was a lackluster pitcher at best when he was pitching, so what can he bring to plate? Why not approach Smoltz, Glavine or Maddox (his brother is the pitching coach for the Rangers) to coach the Braves?

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
10:22 am

Test…. scratch that

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
10:22 am

it worked…. back to normal

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