Braves quotes after Sunday’s loss to Nationals

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On getting “behind the eight-ball” by Hudson giving up 4 runs in 1st inning

“We battled back and made it a two-run game, and we had some opportunities in the seventh and the eighth, with what I thought were the right guys at the plate. Particularly there in the eighth, with some guys that can wear out left-handed pitching. And they wiggled out of it.”

On Hudson

“He gave us six. He stayed in the game, hung around and gave us some opportunities.”

What did he say about the first inning, what was his explanation?

“I didn’t even ask him. If I’m not mistaken there were a couple of doubles on a 1-2 pitches, I think Zimmerman hit on [on a pitch] that came back over the plate. I think Lombardozzi’s first at-bat was a 1-2 or pitch that kind of came back over the plate.”

On Simmons’ 14-pitch walk in 2nd inning having potential to change the game

“I thought it did. He had an unbelievable at-bat; we got the bases loaded and don’t get anything there. But he [pitcher Gonzalez] got taxed. I think he had 100 and something pitches in five innings or whatever he pitched. That was one hell of an at-bat. He’s swinging the bat well. Jason Heyward’s swinging the bat well. Chipper had a big double and RBI. And Freeman with a three-run homer.

“We swung the bats extremely well, but we just got behind the eight-ball there right out of the chute.”

On having more patient at-bats

“We try to do that every game. That’s something that Walk [Greg Walker] preaches, about grinding out at-bats. And I thought we did a terrific job today and last night with Strasburg. Here’s two guys that are used to going deep in ballgames, and we got them out of there fairly early. We got a win yesterday and we had some opportunities today. We just couldn’t take advantage with guys on base.”

On signing Ben Sheets

“I think it’s a great find by Frank and our people. Here’s a guy that I think everything is an upside, really. There’s not downside to it. He’s going to go down and I think the plan is to make two, maybe three starts in [Triple-A] Gwinnett and be ready right after the All-Star break, to come up and be ready to be in our rotation. If everything goes well. Two or three starts is 10, 12 days away, but I think it has a chance to be a great sign.”

On Braves All-Star selections

“These next three or four days the fans get to vote on another guy, and I really hope that Michael Bourn gets in there. Because you look at the list of the All-Stars that the fans voted in, Bourney is up there with those guys or has even out-performed some of those guys.”

On Bourn’s error today

“I think he got himself in no-man’s land. That ball is hit hard and it’s sinking, and he’s trying to make a play and he got himself where he couldn’t dive for it, and the ball just got by him.”

** TIM HUDSON

Was it anything in particular that went wrong in that four-run first inning?

“Just bad location, and not very good stuff. Just wasn’t very good.”

Weather have any effect?

“It wasn’t too bad. It was hot, but it was probably a little worse [Saturday].”

On giving up couple of first-inning hits on 1-2 counts

“Yeah, I got ahead of some guys and have just got to make some better pitches with two strikes. I just missed over the plate, up in the zone. Just wasn’t very good.”

On Zimmerman’s long home run

“Hanging curveball.”

You seemed to settle in a bit after the four-run 1st

“I was getting some quicker outs, but I wasn’t great all day. It’s one of those things where I made some pitches to have some quicker innings and keep my pitch count down, but they got some pitches to hit and they took advantage.”

**MICHAEL BOURN

On facing the Cubs again

“They’ve got good pitching too, and that’s what they beat us with last time. They beat us with good pitching, came in and shut us down two out of three games. But it’ll be a good series. I think we’re swinging the bats pretty good, and if we keep doing that, if we get hot, we can compete with any team.”

Anything you can put a finger on with Nationals, to explain the struggles against them?

“It’s just different things, man. They came out and jumped on us quick. We fought back. We didn’t get up, and that’s one thing that our team thrives on. If we’re down, we know we’re still in the game and we’re not giving up. We feel like we can come back. The energy was still in the dugout. I just that they happened to get a hit here, a hit there, and it solidified the game at the end.”

“They’ve got a good closer at the end, too. He’s not easy to get to. They’ve got a good bullpen. I think one thing that stamps them is their pitching. One through five [starters] they can throw anybody out there and you’re going to have a battle any night. They can score a few runs, and if their pitching’s on they’re tough to beat.”

On his error Sunday

“I gave them another run. Those runs like that, can’t have that happen. The ball hit and bounced a little bit to the side. I didn’t expect it to bounce that way, and it kept going after that. It was my bad, and I couldn’t do anything about it. We fought. But it wasn’t enough fight.”

On  being up for the “Final Vote” All-Star spot

“It can go a lot of ways. He’s probably one of the best in the game. I’ve been playing against him since the minor leagues. We came up the same time almost. He’s an amazing player. you always want to be in there but at the same time those four days can be a good rest for you. I’d love to go to the All-Star game. Who wouldn’t? That’s a compliment to anybody. But if I’m not voted it, there’s nothing I can do about that but take those four days off. I’ll watch it, either from my house or on the berm.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On inconsistency of Braves

“We have the ability to play brilliantly. We also have the ability to bring out our inner Bad News Bears at times. It’s frustrating, but when you’ve got some young guys they’re going to make young mistakes. But we have a chance to really end the homestand against a team that we, on paper, should beat. So let’s just take care of business, and go to Philly and into the All-Star break on a good note.”

On Nationals jumping out to 4-0 lead in 1st inning

“For the second time in a row they ambushed Huddy early. They did it to him the last time they were in town, and today was just like his first inning the last time. We’ve got to get that ironed out, because that team’s in first place for a reason – they’ve got really good lock-down starting pitching. They’ve got a real good back end to the bullpen. It’s tough to string stuff together against them.

“I thought we did a good job once again of seeing a lot of pitches from their starter and getting him knocked out of the game early. But when you fall down early and then you make mistakes late in the game to give up a couple of runs late, it takes a lot of the wind out of your sails.”

On the Nats owning the Braves

“They’ve given us trouble for the last six or eight years, for whatever reason. I can put my finger on it a lot better this year and maybe last year than I could the previous four or five years, because they obviously have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. But it just seems like they’ve always hit our pitching, and it seems like their pitchers have always made pitches to get themselves out of trouble whenever we’ve threatened. So it’s just one of those trends that we have to turn around.”

“We’re 4-1/2 games behind the Nationals. They’ve been a better team than us through the first 75, 80 games of the season.”

Is it an honor even to be up for Final Vote?

“Yeah, it’s always an honor to represent your team, your organization and your league in the All-Star game. This being my last year obviously would be fun to go. I’d love to take my kids to an All-Star game, so we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s a win-win either way. If I get to go, then I get to give them that experience and have a little fun myself and if I don’t, we’ll find something else to do for four days.”

On Bourn also being candidate for Final Vote spot

“Bourny is certainly deserving. He and I were talking about it this morning. If you look at what he’s contributed to this ball club, he certainly deserves to go. It would not hurt my feelings whatsoever if Mikey got elected to the All-Star game. Well-deserved.”

On La Russa turning the decision over to fans

“That’s probably the hardest job, the hardest team to manage in all of sports, having to pick the reserves and making sure you’ve got everybody somewhat accounted for as a far as teams and whatnot and trying to spread the wealth around and then weigh that against the people that actually do deserve to go. It’s a tough job. I don’t envy him at all.”

On Been Sheets signing

“Whenever I think of Ben I think of him striking out like 30 of us in one game. I don’t know how many it was but it was a lot. He’s got the ability to be, he’s got dominant stuff. the question with Ben has been his health but when healthy he could be a true No. 1. Is he going to be that for us? I think most of us would be shocked if he was but I think he could be a nice piece to our rotation and help us win some ballgames down the stretch.”

**DAN UGGLA

On Nationals winning eight of last 10 against Braves; are they that much better?

“No. I think we match up really well against them. They are a great team, and Mike Rizzo’s done a great job putting this team together. He made a lot of great acquisitions in the offseason; I thought maybe the best one was getting Gio Gonzalez to solidify that rotation. And they’ve had huge years from Michael Morse last year and he’s coming on strong this year; just great signings like that. They’ve got the young superstar, Bryce Harper. Zim’s always going to be a rock. Just day-in, day-out, they’re a tough team.”

But you guys got to Strasburg on Saturday and Gio Gonzalez today….

“Yeah, I mean, like I said, I think we’ve matched up good against them. We’ve got great pitching as well. We’ve got guys who can swing the bat and do some damage. It’s just, for whatever reason, they got off to an early lead against us. Huddy shut them down after that, and we got back in it late. But it just wasn’t enough.”

On getting his first start in All-Star game

“Huge honor that the fans thought I was deserving enough to start for the National League. I’ve been to two other ones and this is my first time starting. Huge honor, very happy about it. I’m excited to get to Kansas City and represent the National League.”

On the 3-error game last time to All-Star

“Unfortunately that’s what people remember me by, especially playing in Florida. That’s really the only time a lot of people around the country got to see me play. But that game was that game. I still loved the experience and although I would have liked to have done better, I still wouldn’t trade it for the world. To be able to experience that game in Yankee Stadium. I’m sure people are going to be talking about it and answer a lot of questions about it. it is what it is. I owned up to it that night and I’ll own up to it again. That’s just the way it’s got to be.”

On getting another crack to show people (nationally) who you really are

“Yeah definitely. I’ve been wanting to go back ever since and finally got a chance to do it this year.”

On possibility of Chipper getting voted to All-Star team on the “Final Vote”

“I think it would be great. Him and Mike B [Bourn] are both deseriving of it. Mike B has obviously put up a huge first half for us. And Chipper, just everything he’s done for the game. He just epitomizes the game of baseball, and I think it would be a great send-off for him, to vote him in for this last All-Star game, send him off on the right note.”

**CRAIG KIMBREL

On being named to original All-Star roster this time (not injury sub)

“It’ll be a little easier. Last year I flew back form Philly, got off the plane, got back on another plane and flew out to Arizona. I knew when we were on the plane….I still enjoyed it a lot last year but there might be a little less stress with the traveling and everything this year.”

On hearing name today as All-Star selection

“It’s pretty cool. It’s an honor any time you’re selected to a team like that. Hopefully we can go out there and I can help the National League team win.”

On going back again

“Having this opportunity again is awesome. Last year I really didn’t know what to expect. This year I have a little bit more of an idea and maybe I can soak it up a little more.”

**Nationals rookie BRYCE HARPER

on being one of those up for the “Final Vote” All-Star spot

I just found that out before the game. But, you know, it’s an accomplishment I guess but you got Chipper up there. So, I think a hall of famer should be able to go to all-star game his last year. If I was going to make a vote, I’d go vote for Chip.

Weird to go up against Chipper?

“I don’t think it’s strange. He should have already been in the All-Star game no matter what. He’s an All-Star and has been an All-Star for twenty years. I think Chip should be there and, like I said before, if I had to vote, Chip’s going.”

“It’d be great. I think it’d be a lot of fun to be out there around guys like that and stuff. But I think taking some time off and going home for four or five days I think would be good also. Like I said, I hope Chip gets in there and, you know, hopefully I can get in there. If I don’t, then hopefully it’s Chip.”

All-star game a goal?

“When my numbers were better, I think so. But been struggling a little bit for the past two and half weeks or so, so Chip is hitting .290 with 6 or 7 or 8, whatever he has, with 35. So I think he should be there.”

Add anything to be in this spot at age 19?

“I’m not going to say I’m not deserving of it. But I don’t think, I don’t know. (Laughing.) It’s just … I have no clue. I really don’t know what to say right now. I don’t know. Chip should be there. There you go.:

98 comments Add your comment

ACE

July 1st, 2012
6:19 pm

Let the cap tipping begin.

Mark

July 1st, 2012
6:21 pm

The comments about the losses and poor play are always the same. Excuses….

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 1st, 2012
6:23 pm

Conplain, Complain, Complain.

B_F 54

July 1st, 2012
6:25 pm

No Dan it wasn’t enough

ACE

July 1st, 2012
6:28 pm

Just hope that the Bourn and Chipper votes don’t cancel each other out.

ACE

July 1st, 2012
6:31 pm

Classic quote by Fredi, I didn’t even ask him.

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 1st, 2012
6:31 pm

Harper will get the vote because he is a media darling. Not deserving. But will get in.

MyThoughts

July 1st, 2012
6:43 pm

So Bourn and Heyward thought the misplay was funny huh ??????

Charles

July 1st, 2012
6:45 pm

I think,Freddi should have gotten Hudson out sooner than he did.Because He was sruggling and the heat did not help the situation.

Bro

July 1st, 2012
6:45 pm

Why do they keep running Venters out. Sent JJ down and let Venters continue to pitch even though everyone except Freddie and Roger knows he does not have it at this time. Still having problems with shoulder–you can tell because his arm angle is off a little bit. Throwing a little too much sidearm. Look at films Roger–hard to spot because he is off a little. Sore shoulder does not help.

Largo

July 1st, 2012
6:47 pm

I remember when Venters used to come into the game we would all cheer because we knew he would shut down the other team’s offense. How can a guy go from lights out to being a bum in one year? I cringe now when he comes into a game, knowing there is a 90% chance he’ll screw it up.

MD Braves fan

July 1st, 2012
6:47 pm

Can’t put yer finger on it , Frediot? Its because competent managers are in the other dugout. That bunt, or non-bunt, on Friday is the difference between 2 out of 3 or 1 out of 3 in the series. You are a pile of dung. Hope Bobby enjoys the hand jobs.

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 1st, 2012
6:50 pm

Behind by 2 runs. Varvaro pitching well. Why waste a pitcher? Let Varvaro go as long as he can. That is stupid wasting a pitcher.

Ralph

July 1st, 2012
6:50 pm

There is only one excuse Mr Gonzalaz, they are just better than our stand pat team, PERIOD

wallypip

July 1st, 2012
6:55 pm

Watch these mo-fos get housed by the Cubs.

Rafael

July 1st, 2012
6:56 pm

Sure seems like we are Washington’s “rented mule” over the last two years.

Talk about “rubbing salt into an open wound”… the National’s announcers tell their fans “you are looking at your starting CF next year” whenever Michael Bourn is at the plate.

I appreciate the fact you signed Ben Sheets Mr. Wren, however; do you think you could EXTEND Michael Bourn????!!!!!!! I know Frank, he’s NOT “AFFORDABLE.” Looking forward to Mike Cameron as our starting CF in 2013 (THANKS Liberty CHEAPIA).

Matt Diaz and HIS .229 BA… “he rakes lefthanders you know.”

64 year Braves fan

July 1st, 2012
6:58 pm

Uggla, McCann, Venters, screwing this team up. All should be sent to Gwinnett for a couple weeks.
Why isn’t Simmomns batting in the middle of the order? He always has a great at bat and usually
puts the ball in play. He reminds me of a young Derek Jeter. Will be a great player.

MD Braves fan

July 1st, 2012
6:59 pm

Spot on, Rafael. Spot on.

Ralph

July 1st, 2012
6:59 pm

MICHAEL BOURN

On facing the Cubs again

“They’ve got good pitching too
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Now we have our excuses all lined out for getting swept by the lowly cubbies.

Bill M.

July 1st, 2012
7:00 pm

It’s over for this team. The Braves are boring with no life. The manager doesn’t help. The siging of Sheets means nothing. They need more help than him. I don’t think Wren wants to part with the young pitching. That’s why he signs these broken down pitchers. The hitting is pathetic when they have runners in scoring position. Wren go ahead and blow this team up and start over. Trade Hudson, McCann, Venters, JJ and Bourn. Bourn is not signing with the Braves.

MD Braves fan

July 1st, 2012
7:01 pm

64 year Braves fan, is Fredi the worst manager in the teams history?

74bravesjersey

July 1st, 2012
7:04 pm

Dang it! Tomorrow is monday, much as I’d like for a braves win, Hanson win #10, but we’re 0 fer the year. Can only hope to change that. @Ralph; No better said! Who else is better standing pat than our beloved Braves. Our beloved gm new nickname…….standing pat frank “unless discount rate has been washed up ballplayer signed” wren. Dang what a name, can we call you stand pat frank for short. He stands pat at a discount rate.

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 1st, 2012
7:05 pm

complain, complain. I am tired of hearing it.

truth5

July 1st, 2012
7:08 pm

how do you make the all star team barely batting 230 WTFFFFFF. uggla if you had any dignity, you would turn down the opportunity and admit you don’t deserve it!

G

July 1st, 2012
7:09 pm

So the answer to the pitching problems is Ben Sheets? Another winner by Frank Wren

MD Braves fan

July 1st, 2012
7:09 pm

Yer on the wrong blog Sweet Cheeks. If you know baseball then you should know this team is not built to win at the moment. Ben Sheets for some reason doesn’t give me wood. Maybe Kerry Wood.

Ralph

July 1st, 2012
7:11 pm

We are exactly at .500 ball for the past two months, we had a little hot streak there in April, if not for that hot streak we would be buried in 4th place right now, right where I predicted we would finish preseason, dam I hate being right all the time.

74bravesjersey

July 1st, 2012
7:14 pm

If they choose to let this go, call up the farm, might as well. Mabey some other young kid hungry to be here could bring life to this fizzled out club. We couldn’t budge up in the standings, our stand pat discount rate team just ain’t got enough juice. Simmons is the bright spot that the rest of the club can’t shake a tree at. I’ve been beggin’ for quite a while for Gattis to get a shot, I guess 25 is too old for a minor leaguer. He’ll go some where else if stand pat frank don’t want to give him a opportunity. It really wouldn’t hurt if he did.

ACE

July 1st, 2012
7:16 pm

One bad decision after another and all Fredi gets is softball questions from the AJC.

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 1st, 2012
7:18 pm

Where should I go Md? I know we are not going to win this year,but maybe Sheets is a start. (I don,t know him)

timS

July 1st, 2012
7:19 pm

well I am 56 and have been a Braves fan since they moved to Atlanta wish we still got radio broadcast here in North Florida. As for all the complaints about Gonzalez I don’t know if he is a good manager or not but I do know this you are only as good as the people around you. Liberty has not given him much to work with washouts,has been’s,and never will be’s. I still love my Braves its just a shame when corporations such as Liberty Media own professional teams they don’t care about them it is all a tax write off.

Ralph

July 1st, 2012
7:34 pm

I will greet the arrival of Ben Sheets with the same enthusiasm as the arrival of Livan Hernandez.

ACE

July 1st, 2012
7:37 pm

Rodney Ho plays in the ALTA league maybe he could come over and lob Fredi a few questions.

panamajack

July 1st, 2012
7:37 pm

Yeah Ralph, I wonder how much they are paying this dumpster prize.

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 1st, 2012
7:39 pm

Ralph, You are really not enthusiastic. Maybe you are right. I don’t know Ben Sheets.

Jack Lill

July 1st, 2012
7:40 pm

BrAves still need va mgr

nashvillewill

July 1st, 2012
7:53 pm

Braves need another starter so sign an injury-prone 35 year-old who hasn’t pitched in 2 years? What does that say about this organization?
Braves are simply inferior to the Nats (and probably the Mets): time for major changes to salvage something of this year: release Diaz and Wilson; trade Hinske to AL team for a mid-level prospect. Pick up what you can if anyone becomes available and if not, try Mejia, Gattis, and some of the other “young” players and determine if they’ve got anything. Mid-twenties ballplayers should be ready for the big team or ready to go find something else to do.
Send Venters away or to DL, just get him off the roster; he is a disaster.
Bourn does not merit AS consideration; Chipper probably does. I suggest not signing McCann or Bourn and looking elsewhere up the middle. Uggla is bad enough. Speaking of nondeserving AS status, how can Uggla show up with a straight face? Who voted for him? Surely not Braves fans who watch him strike out and overswing every day.

Jaded Braves Fan

July 1st, 2012
8:06 pm

Just too many guys having down years this year. McCann, Uggla, Freeman, Hudson, Jurrjens, Minor, Venters, O’Flaherty and the entire bench have all disappointed, to varying degrees. I’d say that Prado and Simmons are the only players on the active roster that have exceeded expectations to date. Everyone else is performing about as anticipated.

I doubt enough of these guys can turn it around for the Braves to get to October, but that second wild card spot is still begging to be grabbed by somebody, anybody, so we’ll see.

Tana

July 1st, 2012
8:07 pm

Nashville you are a tool. You aren’t even a Braves fans if you think the whole team has to go.

Slammin' HELMETS, and breakin' BATS!

July 1st, 2012
8:27 pm

Gonzalez: “I didn’t even ask him.”

LOL, what a goofball.

Stuart

July 1st, 2012
8:29 pm

Tana, not the whole team. Just a majority. Nashville was right.

Nerdville

July 1st, 2012
8:32 pm

Wow, today’s game was real impressive. Way to get the home crowd fired up Braves.
Ben Sheets?? Don’t fall for it Braves fans. With Sheets they are just throwing the fans a bone. Might as well bring K.K. back. This is still basically the same bunch that choked last September but now minus Beachy. Sheets is no Beachy.

Sick of our bandwagon fanbase

July 1st, 2012
8:33 pm

Name says it all. We have the most negative fanbase in baseball. Am I sick of Fredi? Yes. Am I ready for Venters to go down to AAA to get his head right? Yes I am just sick and tired of all of the negativity. Especially during games. If you expect the team to lose even when they are ahead, then stop watching. The people who do nothing but complain are also the only ones who call in to sport talk radio to whine and never show up to games and support the team. Just shut up and go away.

Nerdville

July 1st, 2012
8:34 pm

Enter your comments here

henry tn

July 1st, 2012
8:34 pm

we will be lucky to get a cubby split and get 1 of three against the phillies….

J.S.

July 1st, 2012
8:37 pm

J.S.: Now tell me again Frank why you signed Sheets?

Frank: He was once a good pitcher Uncle John.

J.S.: Geeezzzz

Nope

July 1st, 2012
8:42 pm

“Gotta tip your cap. It’s not easy to hit those high ones right over the plate. “

Yerp

July 1st, 2012
8:44 pm

“Sick of our bandwagon fanbase”, why don’t you shut up and go away. It’s your pollyanna attitude that lets Liberty get away with a low budget product.

Sick of our bandwagon fanbase

July 1st, 2012
8:51 pm

Yerp – You are exactly right. I should shout to the mountain tops how sick I am of every single bad thing that happens. I should complain on every blog. I should rant and rave on Twitter. I should change my status of Facebook. That’ll teach Liberty Media a thing or two. We’ll show em. A billion dollar company obviously cares what the fans think. SMDH. You know who probably does care what the fans think? The players. Do people honestly think that they don’t read blogs and listen to talk shows? Why would they go out there and try hard when their own fans won’t support them and expect them to fail?

Ekim

July 1st, 2012
8:52 pm

How many of you whiners were actually at the game today? How many games this season? If attendance was up, maybe we could compete better in the free-agent market. I know, I know… you don’t want to waste your hard-earned dollars on a pathetic team. But it’s a two-way street. Are you doing your part?

18,796 there.

ACE

July 1st, 2012
8:56 pm

Got to tip your cap, Got to keep running him out there,Got to believe the back of the bubble gum card and to add to this great list of quotes by Fredi G. I didn’t even ask him. Of the AJC reporters could say that everyday.

Ekim

July 1st, 2012
8:59 pm

I personally LIKE the fact that Fredi doesn’t call out players in public. I liked the same thing about Bobby Cox as well. There’s a time and a place for everything, and I don’t think a public forum is the place to express displeasure with an employee. You want Bobby Valentine? Woooo Hooooo!

I know, I know. You demand ANSWERS. I think not; you wouldn’t be satisfied if you heard them.

ACE

July 1st, 2012
9:10 pm

I don’t want Fredi to call out players, I would like to hear him explain some of the decisions he makes. Like PH Hinski with no outs and a runner on second instead of bunting him over.

BRAVESFAN

July 1st, 2012
9:12 pm

For the “Final Vote” I voted for Chipper over 25 times today, what is the limit? Come on Braves Fans show your support for Chipper!

Yerp

July 1st, 2012
9:15 pm

‘Why would they go out there and try hard when their own fans won’t support them and expect them to fail?” Uh, because they’re professionals who get paid to do a job?

JAFO

July 1st, 2012
9:19 pm

“swung the bats extremely well…” which game was that blutarski? 0-8 RISP

Sick of our bandwagon fanbase

July 1st, 2012
9:20 pm

Whatever. Typical fair weather fan. Let us all know how your sharply written blog comments toward Liberty work out for you.

Angelo

July 1st, 2012
9:28 pm

Why can’t the braves beat Washington Nationals.

Sick of our kool-aid fanbase

July 1st, 2012
10:18 pm

I’m tired of the kool-aid drinkers saying we are going to the playoffs, when we can’t even play good in our own division. I’m also tired of the kool-aid drinkers, making excuses every time we lose a game. Braves fans act like we are the only team in baseball that suffer from injuries. EVERY TEAM endures injuries. The good teams are the ones who can play through the injuries, for example the Nationals. We cannot, hence the reason why we keep coming up with excuses. Just remember kool-aid drinkers, only losers keep making excuses.

Charlie

July 1st, 2012
10:48 pm

Uggla doesn’t deserve to be on the All Star team. He certainly IS NOT All Star worthy. He says the Braves match up well with the Nats. REALLY? Maybe look at the record the last few years. STUPID thing to say.
IF the Braves DO match up well (as Uggla maintains), the only explanation for all the many loses, is that the Braves seldom make the big pitch, get the big hit, or play defense. (See: Bourn’s defense the past 2 games.)
Winners find a way to win. (Nats) The Braves find a way to lose. It’s what losers do…they choke. They spit out opportunites, just like they did last September.
The Sheets deal is typical Franki Wren…on the cheap, with EX-good players. Sheets won’t get the Braves to a playoff berth.
The CHOKER TEAM of 2011 is still in place, with the same results.

bulldozer

July 1st, 2012
10:57 pm

i love how our 7th best player makes the all-star team, yet our first best doesn’t

Mister Frisky

July 1st, 2012
11:45 pm

Im sure DOB has already written the obituary of this team ready for print October 1st.

no way

July 2nd, 2012
12:13 am

Enter your comments hereSADLY, THE BRAVES NEEDS ONE PITCHER AND ONE BATTER BECAUSE IF THEY TRADE FOR ONE PITCHER LIKE GREINKE OR GARZA THE OFFENSIVE ISSUES WILL BE THE SAME AND IF THEY GET ONE GOOD BATTER THE PROBLEMS IN ROTATION WILL BE THE SAME

SO : OR THE BRAVES MAKE 2 TRADES (BATTER AND PITCHER) OR BETTER THEY DONT NEED TO NOTHING AND DESTROY THE FARM SYSTEM…

MAYBE IS GOOD FOR THE ORGANIZATION THINK ABOUT THE NEXT SEASON:

TRADE BOURN, HUDSON AND MCCAAN…AND ADQUIRE TOP PROSPECTS OR MLB READY YOUNG GUYS….

Larry

July 2nd, 2012
3:18 am

Dave,

Why don’t you run a poll on Gonzalez:

1.) Retain Fredi through this and next season
2.) Retain Fredi through the end of this season.
3.) Terminate Fredi at the All Star Break and pursue Terry Francona or another manager

Want to bet me #3 gets the majority vote? Name the amount!

man and dog

July 2nd, 2012
6:31 am

Larry – pencil me in for #3 !!!!!

reckingball

July 2nd, 2012
6:48 am

Kleenez anyone?

Winchester

July 2nd, 2012
7:18 am

Is everybody about tired of all the excuses given by this team? Tired of the whippings?

Here come the Cubs. I wonder what they have in store for the Braves? After all, management did nothing over the winter because we had such great pitching and such big bats at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Le Fan

July 2nd, 2012
7:28 am

Are you reading these quotes?? Are you READING these quotes??
These guys talk like everything is great; like we are seven games up in first place; …oh, we are hitting the ball…..oh we have a great pitching staff….oh..oh..oh

Read Fredi-idiots quotes a few times….. THIS MAN IS DELUSIONAL!!! He has no pre conceived notion of what is going on out there on the field!! He is a joke!! GET RID OF GONZALEZ …ITS THE ONLY HOPE FOR SALVATION!!!!

bruce

July 2nd, 2012
7:51 am

Thanks Dave, appreciate the quottage. I did not realize we were 20 games out of first place. Read a few comments to find that out. Thanks for burying that news.

milesarcher33

July 2nd, 2012
8:26 am

You really do have to tip your cap to the Nationals. They played well, got timely hitting, pitched great, both starters and bullpen and took control of the games they won. The Braves lookd fine, no complaints. We just hit a hot team at the wrong time. Of course, the Nationals have been hot the entire season and are in first place for a reason. Go Braves!!!!

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 2nd, 2012
8:29 am

If you say so.

mike

July 2nd, 2012
8:34 am

You folks take sports seriously, don’t you?

Marc Schneider

July 2nd, 2012
8:35 am

“Talk about “rubbing salt into an open wound”… the National’s announcers tell their fans “you are looking at your starting CF next year” whenever Michael Bourn is at the plate. ”

What the hell are you talking about? I live in the DC area, watch the Nats games. I’ve never heard them say that and it would be ridiculous if they did. That’s nonsense.

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 2nd, 2012
8:39 am

@Marc Schneider They have said and evev Bourn said it. Bank on it. It will happen. You must have been living under a rock. BOURN WILL BE A NAT!!

hunter55

July 2nd, 2012
9:14 am

Just look at the NL east and be honest, the Braves by far have the worst manager not just in the NL east but all of baseball. Add that to the fact that our GM is out of his leaque, and that my friends is the major problem with the Braves. Have you ever seen a manager that looks more lost in the dugout than FG, Once again I quote the Miami Herald, ” FG was fired because of his lack of management skills during the game” guess what they haven’t gotten better.

Gary

July 2nd, 2012
9:24 am

Hitting is what the problrem is especially with men on base…….find a right hand hitter…………………

Nevada Roy

July 2nd, 2012
10:43 am

I’m going to miss Chipper’s frank and insightful comments in 2013 in reports like this.

Fats

July 2nd, 2012
11:40 am

I concur with Nevada Roy……………Really miss the deep insights from “Bones” Jones like his hoping Ben Sheets will strike out 30 batters in one game. Geez :)

Buddy Landel

July 2nd, 2012
11:53 am

Marc Schneider- You have to consider the source of that quote. I would much rather trust Rosie O’Donnell to guard a plate of brownies than trust anything Rafael says.

Le Fan

July 2nd, 2012
11:54 am

@”Heywards Sweet Cheeks”??
What kind of names is that?
What does it REALLY mean???

Le Fan

July 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

jim

July 2nd, 2012
12:26 pm

From Chipper’s quotes —It’s frustrating, but when you’ve got some young guys they’re going to make young mistakes.

Excuse me, but Heyward scorched the ball all day, Freeman had 3 hits including a 3-run homer, Simmons drew a walk after a 14-pitch AB, went 1-3 and played flawlessly in the field. Varvaro had 2 shut down innings. Just which younger guys made mistakes? Bourn had a a big error and 3Ks, Uggla swung and missed more than a blindfolded kid trying to hit a pinata, and it was Chipper and Uggla who screwed up a DP grounder that allowed another run to score. Hudson let the game get away in the first inning, and Venters put it out of reach in the 9th. If you are going to make excuses, then start blaming the Vets who are not carrying their share of the load. Today there were no young mistakes, but quite a few old ones.

Mellie

July 2nd, 2012
12:50 pm

I agree. Chipper blaming the young guys is getting old.

Fats

July 2nd, 2012
12:52 pm

@jim………………..Re:

Uggla swung and missed more than a blindfolded kid trying to hit a pinata

The way Uggs is hiiting…………….I takes my chances on the blind kid

:) Uggs is looking like Popeye . He needs to get some R and R. He is the toughest on the team,but he needs rest

TPic

July 2nd, 2012
1:00 pm

From Chipper’s quotes —It’s frustrating, but when you’ve got some young guys they’re going to make young mistakes.

And when you have old guys who can’t play anymore you have Ole’ Jones sidestepping anything that comes within 10 feet of him. For someone with bad knees, he sure can get the hell out of the way of a grounder.

TPic

July 2nd, 2012
1:06 pm

I find it ironic that most of the players taking accountabilty for their play (Beachy, Venters, Kimbrel) are pitchers who don’t play everyday. And the regulars (Jones, C., Heyward) are never to blame for the team’s shortcomings. It’s always someone else’s fault, or at least nothing that they did that led to a loss. Until a team has leaders (people who accept responsibility for results) it will never win consistently. Of course that mindset has permeated the organization ever since the Fat Cheerleader was managing. Now, with Fredi Cox, it’s more of the same. “What did Hudson say about the 1st inning?” “You mean I was supposed to ask – what that something I should have found out about?”
Hilarious. Can you imagine managing someone at work who completely screws up at the beginning of their shift and when the boss wants to know what happened, you tell him you didn’t ask?

Fats

July 2nd, 2012
1:08 pm

Some of the AJ sports writers need to ask FG,” How does it feel to be the only winning team in Major League baseball with a losing home record?”. 18-20 don’t cut it …………:(

Fats

July 2nd, 2012
1:11 pm

Good points TPic…………………….I am also getting tired of “Bones” Jones giving advice to other players,when this guy is dogging it like no body’s business :)

Whiskey River

July 2nd, 2012
1:14 pm

Count Dacula

July 2nd, 2012
1:14 pm

When I hear Freddie and players talk about losses, I feel like I am watching Groundhog Day

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 2nd, 2012
1:30 pm

Get rid of Fat Freddie, Get rid of The veterans. Keep the 4 kids. Build around them. Let’s win this in 2013.

Rick

July 2nd, 2012
2:41 pm

Fats, the White Sox also have a losing record at home and both the Cards and Red Sox are just at .500.

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 2nd, 2012
2:50 pm

@Rick Correct me if I am wrong, but don’t the 3 best teams in BB have winning records. Yankees, Texas, and the Nats. That is why they are so good. THEY WIN AT HOME.

MDBravesFan

July 2nd, 2012
2:59 pm

Live in a MD suburb, which got slammed by a storm, just as Braves were getting slammed by Nats. Guess I was lucky to lose power so wouldn’t be forced to listen to idiot Nats’ announcers. And since power still not restored, I’ll count myself lucky not to be able to see them lose to the Cubs (my hubby’s fav team). It has indeed been a frustrating week….

Rick

July 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

Jason, yes obviously teams should be winning at home. I was just pointing out to Fats that his statement was not correct.

Le Fan

July 2nd, 2012
4:08 pm

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 2nd, 2012
5:18 pm

Whats up Le Fan.

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5:30 pm

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