Braves postgame quotes after Wednesday’s win over Arizona

CHIPPER JONES

On feeling better at plate:

“Finally got my swing right. Feeling good, got some confidence. I got a good pitch to hit right there in a big spot and centered it.”

On Jones bopping around feeling better:

“This game is fun when you’re playing well and you feel like you can go out there and do some damage. It’s a situation where this is a big point in the season and I think for us, I need to be vocal, I need to be upbeat, I need to be producing, all those things. That’s what I’m trying to do, keep everybody up, keep everybody light, keep everybody in the game and hopefully go out and do my job well enough to help us win.”

On frustrated when balls to left didn’t go:

“Frustrated with myself because I missed them. I can tell you 95 percent of the time off the bat whether I got it or not, and I knew in both situations last night and tonight that I didn’t get them. Those balls are in my wheelhouse from the standpoint of that’s the ball that I hit out of the park to left field and to not get them and deposit them in the left field seats is frustrating to me, especially since it’s been a while since I hit one and production-wise it’s been down since I came back but I’ve got a good base under me right now and I know that if I get a mistake I can drive the ball out of the ballpark to all fields.”

On back-to-back deep starts by Hudson and Hanson:

“Real good starts. It starts with the starting pitching. Huddy and Tommy did their jobs. Tommy made really one bad pitch tonight but he was rewarded with a win. Now we’ve got to get some consistency out of the back three spots and if we do that, we’re going to win some games.”

TOMMY HANSON

On pitching aggressively:

“Those guys have been hot. I didn’t want to fall behind too many times and it got me through the sixth.”

On if their aggressiveness turned the tables on him in the seventh:

“Yeah, I wish I could have finished a little bit better. Those last two pitches weren’t quality pitches, got too much of the plate and then a pitch up that he hit out. Wish I could have finished a little bit better but it worked out. the bullpen picked me up and Dan made that great play.”

On if nine-win season puts him in contention for All-Star berth:

“I’m not worried about that.”

On Gonzalez’s goal for pitchers to go deep into All-Star break:

“We talked about that yesterday. Huddy did that and I tried to duplicate that. I tried to be aggressive and throw strike one.”

On Fredi saying as good as you’ve been in a while first six innings:

“I felt really great. I felt good with all my pitches and my command. When you have days like that I wish you could go a little bit more than 6 1/3 but it just didn’t work out today. But I felt really good all game….When you’re up 6-0 the last thing you want to do is walk guys. You want to be aggressive and throw strikes. There at the end it wasn’t ideal but I stayed aggressive and it just so happens they hit those balls well.”

On what it means to team when Chipper’s heating up:

“Just when he’s in the lineup, that means everything. It changes how their pitchers have to face our lineup and he’s a bat that can hurt you, especially when he’s hitting homers. It changes their game.”

DAN UGGLA

On the double play, with Andrelton:

“All I have to do is give it to him and he’s going to take care of the rest. I was just worrying about giving him a feed he could handle. He’s so quick it almost didn’t matter who would have been running right there.”

On keeping head in the game despite offensive struggles:

“It’s no secret that I’ve had my struggles at the plate the last three weeks but I’m going to fight. I’m always going to scratch. I’m always going to be in the game. I’m always going to do what I can do to help us win the game.”

On Chipper’s bat going again:

“Chipper is on a different level right now with how much energy he’s had the last couple days. It’s fun to watch. He’s been feeling great. He’s centering balls up. He’s been having great at-bats and I think he’s about to go off.”

FREDI GONZALEZ:

On biggest play of game: Chipper’s two-run homer in sixth inning or Dan Uggla starting threat ending double play in eighth:

“At the time, it was the double play. That goes to show you what kind of guy Dan Uggla is. He is struggling with the bat, struggling offensively and he doesn’t let [it affect him] on the field. He made a hell of a double play. If we don’t turn that, we still may be playing or we are behind the eight ball and we may lose the game. That’s what he brings to the ball park every day. He is struggling offensively and he doesn’t let that bother him defensively. For me, I know the two-run homer at the time made it 6-0 but that play, at that time of the game, was the game.”

On patient at-bats:

“We did. And you know what we did? [D’Backs starter Trevor Cahill] made an error and we capitalized. They out-hit us. We got a couple sac fly RBIs and we did a nice job doing that. It was nice to see that he made a mistake, walked a guy and made a mistake [throwing error in three-run fifth] and we capitalized on it.”

On Tommy Hanson’s performance:

“I thought the first six innings it was the best I’ve seen him pitch in a long time. Then, he got behind in the count a couple of times. Roberts jumped him there on an 0-0 pitch, probably trying to get a ground ball, and gave them three runs but he did a fantastic job. There have been a couple of outings now in a row where he has given us a great opportunity to win games.”

On getting needed effort from starters:

“I don’t know if I challenged them, but I have them a goal, saying this is what we want. Tommy gave us 6-1/3 and we were trying to get him through seven and hopefully maybe he can get us to the eighth inning. He gave us a quality start. Hopefully that carries on to [Jair Jurrjens] tomorrow and so on and so on.”

On Chipper Jones heating up:

“Every time we give him a couple days with that knee he catches up and gives us good at-bats. Even in Boston, before the day off, I saw some good at-bats. He lined out a couple times, got a couple hits. Hopefully that way we keep him healthy and keep playing him with a day off here and there and keep him in the lineup.”

On offensive production:

“You like the at-bats that you are getting and the effort. You battle, you grind out and you stick your nose in there and keep the line moving. We did that today even though we didn’t get as many hits as we wanted to.”

On possibly resting Dan Uggla:

“We will think about that. Usually that’s been my M.O. We have to pick the right spot, the right situation. I think the kid throwing against us tomorrow, [Trevor] Bauer is a hard-thrower and usually Danny is pretty good with a guy with velocity. We’ll give him an opportunity. Usually a day off is kind of a mental break a little bit and guys bounce back from that. We’ve done that in the past. That could be something that we could do.”

On Jonny Venters:

“He gave up a home run to a pretty good hitter. He got a sinker that flattened out and got him in his wheelhouse. Keep running him out there and keep getting him through the hump and hopefully he can return back to the form he was last year.”

- Compiled by Carroll Rogers and Chris Vivlamore

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TheOnlyBravesFan

June 27th, 2012
11:05 pm

1st! Thanks Carroll and Chris. Great job as always

Uggla needs a day off

June 27th, 2012
11:18 pm

Put Prado at 2B and give Uggla 2 mental days off. Uggla is struggling again. 2 seasons–struggled 1st half of last year and is struggling again. All Star game for him is a joke. Voters must not have watched him play or everyone in TN is voting by internet at the public library.

go-BRAVOS

June 27th, 2012
11:23 pm

Great win, glad Chipper is heating up. Hopefully Fredi re-frames from bringing Venters in if the game is close, he has been tuurrrible this year. Maybe all the overuse is finally catching up with him, hopefully he can recover and at least resemble the Venters of old.

David the Shepherd

June 27th, 2012
11:32 pm

“I don’t know if I challenged them, but I have them a goal, saying this is what we want. Tommy gave us 6-1/3 and we were trying to get him through seven and hopefully maybe he can get us to the eighth inning. He gave us a quality start. Hopefully that carries on to [Jair Jurrjens] tomorrow and so on and so on.”—FG

Really? What the heck does that even mean? He’s set a goal for starters to go 6 1/3, or maybe 7, or even 8? This “manager” is a joke. Robo, you honestly believe the rhetoric this guy spits out? I guess since he makes so much $ being a MAJOR LEAGUE MANAGER that he knows what he’s talking about, right? Pathetic, dude. He knows just about every cliche there is to know and regurgitates it faithfully…that does not equate to being a successful motivator and gatekeeper of accountability. I enjoy the wins and suffer through the losses as much as anyone, but geez…give me a guy who can lead this team and we WILL see them make the playoffs. Fredi? NOT.

Largo

June 27th, 2012
11:48 pm

Nice shot, Chipper!

Quack Quack

June 28th, 2012
12:00 am

Good game Bravos!! Nice to see a couple sac fly RBI’s, and not leaving so many left on base.

Lets keep it rolling….

GO BRAVES!!

Quack Quack

June 28th, 2012
12:01 am

Yeah, nice shot Chipper. Maybe some hometown medication…..

ACE

June 28th, 2012
12:27 am

None of these beat writers will ask Fredi any tough questions win or lose. The usual cap tipping believe the back of the bubble gum card stuff. Maybe if Mr. Kimbrel joins in on the Harley rides with DOB and Fredi he can ask Fredi some tough questions.

peachstealth

June 28th, 2012
12:30 am

WE have triple digit temperatures forecast for the weekend. I would implore the Braves to consider moving games to night starts until this unusually hot weather subsides. Day game are going to be dangerous for both the players and fans.

David O'Brien

June 28th, 2012
12:40 am

Maybe if Mr. Kimbrel joins in on the Harley rides with DOB and Fredi he can ask Fredi some tough questions. — ACE

Wait, you want Kimbrel to add “tough question asking” to his duties, in addition to saving games? Now that would be interesting. We should run that by him, see if he’s open to it. After all, he does have his own weekly show on 680 The Fan. Maybe he could have Fredi on as a guest and Kimbrel could grill him with questions that ACE and Co. want asked?

That’d be outstanding.

ACE

June 28th, 2012
2:00 am

Not him, his dad the one who was presented the Harley for Father’s day. Fredi is Kimbrel’s boss but he is not the boss of any of the reporters so what stops them from asking tough questions. You are right about one thing, running it by the closer would stand a better chance of asking a tough question.

David the Shepherd

June 28th, 2012
2:10 am

“Wait, you want Kimbrel to add “tough question asking” to his duties, in addition to saving games? Now that would be interesting. We should run that by him, see if he’s open to it. After all, he does have his own weekly show on 680 The Fan. Maybe he could have Fredi on as a guest and Kimbrel could grill him with questions that ACE and Co. want asked?

That’d be outstanding.”—DOB

No, I agree with you DOB. Kimbrel should not have to ask tough questions of an incompetent manager…that’s your job. Your defensive, smart-alec rhetoric is proof enough that you are offended by anyone who takes offense to your softball questions. The fact is though sir, that every time you let FG be held unaccountable for his actions is another example of how little you care to confront him. I encourage you to not hitch your wagon to someone who will be fired for his incompetence…instead, understand what your readers are asking of you and leave your pomp at the door.

JNick

June 28th, 2012
3:28 am

DOB, please ask McCann the question that so many of us are wondering – in reference to the article a few weeks ago about him “finally fixing the flaw in his swing” – um….really? Why is he hitting about .200 for June? And WHY does FG still insist on keeping him hitting 3rd or 4th????

NitroTwinkie

June 28th, 2012
3:40 am

DOB–really?! I’m not sure if you heard, but Kimbrel’s DAD is the one with the Harley now. Perhaps I could work for your team? I’d probably have less grammatical mistakes than Rogers…

And ACE, let’s be realistic right now. DOB doesn’t really have a Hog and doesn’t really ride. Look at that pretty boy smile on the column header. Haha. He doesn’t have the guts to ask those tough questions, let along pound the pavement. Do you ride, ACE?

chas

June 28th, 2012
5:47 am

if rest makes chipper better, then rest should help struggla. get him and mccann out of atlanta

Buddy Landel

June 28th, 2012
7:11 am

No punches being pulled today. You’d think we were on a losing streak.

Fire Fredi

June 28th, 2012
7:33 am

Dbacks Announcer Mark Grace after the Roberts Homerun:
“Well, I dont know what Roger McDowell went out there to say to Hanson…but whatever he said….was completely WRONG!”

Get McDowell outta here…hes ruined all our young pitching

Buddy Landel

June 28th, 2012
7:38 am

If a PC was fired every time an ANNOUNCER said this, no PC would last a year. I’m not thrilled with RM, but I don’t put much creedence into what is said by announcers.

Buddy Landel

June 28th, 2012
7:39 am

If you watched the replay, you will see that Hanson missed his target by at least a foot. Poor call by Mark Grace for not seeing that.

Good grief Charlie Brown

June 28th, 2012
7:49 am

@Fire Fredi: i agree with Buddy Landel. Hanson left the pitch up and Roberts sent it to the bleachers; he’s a first-ball, fastball hitter. if anything, you should wonder why McCann would choose to call that pitch in that situation. and if a PC was fired every time a pitcher left one up in the zone, we’d see one of them looking for a job every week.

as for all the comments on the post-game questions/quotes, it’s not a 60 minutes interview and DOB is not Mike Wallace.

Scjon

June 28th, 2012
8:01 am

I’m not sure if any of the “ask the tough questions” crowd has ever thought of two concepts. The first is what actual journalism looks like. I took two Journalism courses this summer and everything I learned was right there in DOB’s (Or Carroll) reporting. It is very rare to find that in any journalism let alone the more informal sports page. They are excellent and DOB writes one of the most entertaining baseball blogs in the MLB. Go read some others. Braves fans are lucky to have a pretty darn good writer doing their coverage. That being said though Vivlamore’s grammar is pretty bad in a I just used spell check and submitted it kind of way. The second point is that you cannot as a reporter continuously irritate your sources with borderline offensive questions or they will cease to become sources. Especially if you are doing so at the behest of a group of malcontents that comment on a blog. If you are a police officer and a reporter often asks you about your incompetence (perceived or real) would you really volunteer information to that person that is vital to their job? No, you wouldn’t. So let’s get off DOB and Carroll’s backs for a change and be glad we have a good reporter covering our team instead of driving him to someplace like St. Louis where people might appreciate him a bit more. We already know how much he loves BBQ so we couldn’t compete with that. He’d probably have Antico Fedexed out to him.
So thanks Carroll and DOB, I appreciate your work on a fan’s level and as someone who learned a little about journalism as well. Some of the best baseball coverage out there and I enjoy your work.

Winchester

June 28th, 2012
8:16 am

“Keep running him out there” is getting to be as annoying as “amazing”. Please Lord, can this man just go away?

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
8:43 am

Stupid Moron Not Braves fan Go Braves!!!

Commenter

June 28th, 2012
8:48 am

You guys are going to eventually get the comments section shut down again…
It is beyond me why anyone would attack the reporters who get this information posted for us to read hours after the game is over. You could have the option of picking up the AJC in the morning and reading them there while you drink your coffee and fuss about how bad the braves suck (even on days they win).
Also, what else would you suggest to do with Venters? If you watched the game last might, he looked like the Jonny of last year 3 out of 4 batters. Fredi is doing EXACTLY what he should be doing and that is sending him out there again and again because dominant stuff just doesn’t disappear without injury.
And in response the anti-McCann and chipper people, I don’t think you realize how fortunate we are as fans to have these two guys in our organization.
Keep it civil…

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
8:51 am

I agree, Go Braves!!!

Lobosolo

June 28th, 2012
9:14 am

Wonder how well the shepherd tends his flocks… sitting on your behind and watching sure does give one lots of time to CRY, or convince oneself of imaginary expertise in many other fields one cannot do… go have a relationship with one of your sheep, whinester… Commenter, these are just folks that are so pussified in their approach to life that they find solace in nothing but crying and whining like old crones… bet their kids are gonna turn out to be real jewels, learning to cope with things they don’t understand by incessant blubbering… One thing for certain they are NOT, and that is “fans”…

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
9:18 am

Lobo be nice Go Braves!!

64 year Braves fan

June 28th, 2012
10:16 am

Trade McCann and minor leageur for Greinke. Braves win a larger % of games when Ross catches.
Much better defensively, calls a better game and now hits better.

64 year Braves fan

June 28th, 2012
10:16 am

Trade McCann and minor leageur for Greinke. Braves win a larger % of games when Ross catches.
Much better defensively, calls a better game and now hits better.

64 year Braves fan

June 28th, 2012
10:16 am

Trade McCann and minor leageur for Greinke. Braves win a larger % of games when Ross catches.
Much better defensively, calls a better game and now hits better.

64 year Braves fan

June 28th, 2012
10:16 am

Trade McCann and minor leageur for Greinke. Braves win a larger % of games when Ross catches.
Much better defensively, calls a better game and now hits better.

64 year Braves fan

June 28th, 2012
10:16 am

Trade McCann and minor leageur for Greinke. Braves win a larger % of games when Ross catches.
Much better defensively, calls a better game and now hits better.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
10:23 am

64 year Braves fan, Not good Braves fan stupid trade Go Braves!!!

David O'Brien

June 28th, 2012
10:33 am

Scjon: Thanks for the 8:01 a.m. comment. Nice to know there are some out there with such a genuine grasp of what we do.

David O'Brien

June 28th, 2012
10:36 am

NitroTwinkie: You stay up all night composing that 3:40 a.m. comment?

And if you want to go for a ride Saturday, let’s go. Name the place. If you’re within an hour of Atlanta, I’ll be there.

David O'Brien

June 28th, 2012
10:39 am

No, I agree with you DOB. Kimbrel should not have to ask tough questions of an incompetent manager…that’s your job. — David the Shepherd

David, since you don’t really understand our job, you might check with Scjon at 8:01 a.m. Unlike so many here who seem to thrive on telling everyone to “do your job” and “that’s your job,” when they really don’t have the slightest clue as to what various people’s jobs entail, he does have a good idea.

Or, just keep acting as though you do understand folks’ jobs you’ve never done before, David. Makes no difference to me.

Take care.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
10:52 am

DOB, and Carroll Excellent job. Good Braves fans. Go Braves!!!!

Braves Grrrl

June 28th, 2012
11:30 am

Carroll, Chris and David – Please don’t let the rantings of a few make you decide to stop offering after game quotes to those of us who really appreciate your time and effort.

NC Roseman

June 28th, 2012
11:39 am

Hey there DOB, your old freind in NC (Rocky Mt)…looks like they got you fired up today, no worries. Question for you please…any chance Medlen takes the hill instead of Minor on Saturday, cause if not, I am afraid that series is already lost, and it hurts so bad to loose to them Nats. Second question…who do you think is the front runner starter that the Braves have most on their radar? Thanks my man, your stuff is prime, regardless of what some may say. Put up a Doc Watson song, if you could, at the end of one of your bolgs, as a tribute. Would appreciate it.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
12:14 pm

Patience Roseman Wait and see Go Braves!!!

Ralph

June 28th, 2012
1:37 pm

Fruti wants his pitchers to go 7 of 8 innings, of course that depends on if they want too he will have to get their consent first.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
1:55 pm

Ralph not good Braves fan Go Braves!!!!

ACE

June 28th, 2012
2:31 pm

DOB, just because someone agrees with you and pats you on the back does not mean they have the grasp of a situation. This mutual admiration society is the reason why we can’t get any tough questions asked of the braves manager. There has to be some other questions that could be asked that don’t end with the reply of just keep running them out there, got to tip your cap and believe the back of the bubble gum card.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
2:39 pm

Don’t ask. Don’t tell. You will never know. Go Braves!!!!

BeltransRightEarMole

June 28th, 2012
4:44 pm

I asked the “analyst” but thought maybe y’all might a suggestion.

What must Uggla do to appease the SUN GOD?

In Miami on June 5, 2012 Dan Uggla smashed a homerun into that centerfield display with the ball crashing into the SUN!

Remember that?

In the 8 games ending with him smashing into the Sun, Uggla was 11 for 27 – a RED HOT .408 with 4 HRs and 12 RBIs!

Check my figures – but by my reckoning, since that day, Uggla is 7 for 59 – batting a COOL, no, COLD (as in no Sun) .119 with 1 HR 5 RBIs and 23Ks.

When do the Braves return to Miami and what does Dan have to do to appease the Sun God for this transgression?

scjon

June 28th, 2012
4:56 pm

DOB- No problem on the comment. I think your coverage is excellent.
ACE- Don’t think you possibly could have read my post. There is an excellent example of what happens when reporters over step their bounds with questions they ask coaches. It’s called John Torterella. He is the coach of the NY Rangers in the NHL. You Tube search him and you will see one of his press conferences, where he gives only yes or no answers. If there is a pause in questions, he leaves. That is what happens when people whose jobs depend on “asking tough questions” insult their sources. The sources retaliate making it impossible for that reporter to report anything worthwhile. Since you seemed to not grasp what I said earlier, I’ll break it down more. If I interviewed you for the today show and offended you, you would not come back. But if you were told you had to talk to me anyway by your boss how much information would you really give me? None. You would make sure you did not help me out at all. DOB, Carroll, and Chris work for the AJC not the Braves. Fredi Gonzalez works for the Braves and not the AJC or you. His boss is Frank Wren, not David O’Brien or ACE. Frank Wren may tell him he has to talk to DOB, but he sure as heck would make it so DOB would rather not, especially when DOB is asking him questions that make him look like an idiot. Now do you get it? DOB and Carroll have to foster relationships with these people to maintain the flow of information. If they bit the mouth that feeds them so to speak, they starve. So if they do what you suggest they would not be “doing their job” they would in effect end up losing their job because all players and managers would cease to talk to them. If you don’t like this concept then try to become a journalist and ask those hard hitting questions. We will all be interested to see how long your career lasts.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
5:06 pm

DOB and Carroll Excellent I agree Good Braves fans Go Braves!!!!

ACE

June 28th, 2012
5:20 pm

ACE

June 28th, 2012
5:20 pm

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ACE

June 28th, 2012
5:27 pm

Yuu must be joking. So these reporters should never ask a tough question?? Then why even bother with the press conference. It is always the same and will always be the same using your logic. Just post, keep running him out there, Got to tip your hat, believe the back of the bubble gum card. That is what seperates these reporters. Some are not afraid to ask the tough questions. They are not worried about remaining part of the good old boys society and like you stated they work for the AJC not the Braves. When these reporters break these stories about DLowe getting a DUI or Chipper getting seperated then are they biting the hand that feeds them?

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
5:29 pm

Yep They are. Thats no ask no tell. That smart. GO Braves!!!!

ACE

June 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

The only thing with these guys is ask the same get told the same.

scjon

June 28th, 2012
7:41 pm

ACE That’s exactly right. You can ask those questions if the interviewee is a one time deal for certain. But if you are expected to deal with this person on a regular basis then it probably is not a good idea. That’s the deal. DOB doesn’t make the news, he reports it. As for Chipper’s marital issues or DLowe’s DUI, that’s when you see the other side. Guys like Derek Lowe and Chipper Jones know that their personal lives can come into play. Both have been in the limelight in very unflattering circumstances. It comes with the salary. They know that stuff will get reported on weather the AJC does it or someone else. That’s part of the give and take.

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