Braves postgame quotes after Thursday’s win over Padres

CHIPPER JONES

On the night:

“It started with Medlen. Complete-game shutout. I think he’s more than stated his case to be in the rotation from here on out. Guy just wins ballgames. We know he’s going to keep us in the ballgame. It’s awfully comforting as an offensive player to know that your guy is going to hold them to a minimal amount of runs. Three balls flew out of the ballpark and Braves win and we win the series after dumping the first one, so it’s a good night all around. Everybody goes home feeling good.”

On how he keeps doing this stuff:

“I don’t know. Just go do my job. I think it’s more coincidence than anything. Obviously I knew there were going to be a bunch of people here for the bobblehead promotion. But it’s good. This place gets electric when the stands get full, and the first three games of the series, everybody was kind of laid back. So it was good tonight that they came out in full force, and if they have to make some silly bobblehead thing to promote, get people in the stands, then so be it. Keep doing it. You’ll keep filling up the stands and you’ll keep seeing good performances by us.”

On rising to occasion, liking the big stage:

“Like I said out there on the field, we get motivated to play every night. Every night we motivate ourselves in some way, shape or form. But there are certain nights where it’s special, whether you’ve got certain family members in the seats or it’s your birthday or it’s bobblehead night – whatever. And you always want to make a splash and bring people to their feet and tonight was just another one of the handful of games this year that have been awfully special for me.”

On Fredi saying I know he’s real because I’ve touched him:

“(Laughs.) I don’t know what to say to that. It’s flattering but they pay me to go out and do my job and trying to play third base and provide some offense here and there.”

On feeling adrenaline coursing through him in the dugout:

“Yeah I came back in and I was so jacked up after that first home run put us out 2-0 and again do something special tonight and I had a big ole glass of water I spilled it all over myself because I was shaking so bad just kind of coming down off that adrenaline high. So yeah it took me an inning or two to kind of shake that off.”

On if keeping a journal this season:

“No. Rob Smith our video guy does a good job of cataloging all that stuff on video and he gives it to us after the season’s over so we can…I’m a big positive reinforcement guy anyway. I want to see all the good swings. I don’t want to see all the bad swings. He gives us those videos and I’m sure that after the season is over I’m going to enjoy watching that one. There have been a lot a lot of special moments this year.”

On if anything creeps into your mind about giving this up too soon on night like this:

“No, I’ve made my decision and I’ve made my promises to my kids, and I can’t go back on that. The bottom line is if I could still go out there and play 140, 150 games a year, I wouldn’t be quitting, but I can’t do it. And it’s not fair to the guys on the club, it’s not fair to Frank, and Fredi and it’s just a situation where nights like tonight they’re really cool and I’ll never forget them but I’m ready to do something else.”

On seven hits off Marquis lifetime, four home runs:

“You run across pitchers that you see really well. He pitched me really tough the second at-bat. But the two at-bats where I hit the homers, he fell in love with a certain pitch during the course of the at-bat and just stuck with it. Eventually a good hitter is going to take advantage of that. The first at-bat it was a bunch of sliders, and he threw me a slider out over the plate that I hit out and then I think that he struck me out on fastballs the second at-bat and he got fastball happy in the third at-bat. So I don’t know. It’s just one of those stats that you can’t explain.”

On the ovation, the two curtain calls:

“It’s always great to be appreciated by the fans. I can feel it. it gets me flustered because I can feel it. I hear the chants. I hear the standing ovations. It’s a little overwhelming because this normally is a crowd that is pretty laid back, like Atlanta, like me. I would be the same way. For them to show their appreciation like that is really overwhelming.”

On the ovation going for first at-bat:

“I didn’t notice that. I think once you step in that box you’re locked in on the chess match before you and him. Jason has been around for a long time. And was an ex-teammate of mine. We talk from time to time and I certainly don’t want to hear about the strikeouts. I want to talk about the homers. You get a little extra motivated when you’re facing a buddy, an ex-teammate.”

On if notice the fans signs they put up on the big board for you:

“I have my back to it when I’m in the field but obviously when we’re sitting in the dugout it’s kind of hard to miss that big screen. I think the funniest one I saw tonight was a guy and his wife had two big pieces of cardboard and the guy was holding up a sign that said ‘Take my wife.’ And the wife was sitting right next to him with the same piece and it said ‘Please’ on it. All the guys in the dugout kind of got a kick out of that. I guess if you play well enough to make one of those poster boards and they bring it to the park then you’re doing something right.”

On seeing a non-R.A. Dickey-type pitcher throw five straight pitches of the same type:

“I don’t know. Maybe he’s thinking I’m going to adjust with him. I really don’t know. The only this is he struck me out with fastballs in and then the third at-bat tried to get me out with fastballs away. That’s my strength. I felt like he got away with one the second at-bat but I was going to be ready for it the third at-bat. I’d taken him deep on the slider and hadn’t offered at any of the change-ups that he threw me and then so I think he had just given up the homer to J-Hey and guys have a tendency to get mad after homers and throw mad fastballs.”

On if he sees a little Maddux in Medlen way he fields his position and throws strikes:

“Yes, he’s a tremendous athlete and the play he made to throw Marquis out at the plate I think impressed everybody. We were all yelling ‘first, first, first,’ just conceding the fact that the run was going to score and he made it look very, very easy. And you saw his ability to field his position, get off the mound and field his position away from the mound and that’s a rare commodity. Yeah I haven’t seen that since Doggie was able to do it so well back in the day.”

On then Janish’s play in the ninth that you gave the fist pump:

“Yeah that was about as good a game as we’ve played all year from a starting pitching standpoint, obviously we feel good about our chances when we put six runs up on the board, home runs, big two-run single by Jani but the defense when you’ve got a guy out there who’s attacking the strike zone, he was barely over 100 pitches. He keeps the defense on its toes and we’re in the game, we stay in the game, there’s not a lot of deep counts and walks and stuff like that and consequently that’s usually when you play your better defensive games.”

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Chipper

“I know he’s real because I’ve touched him. But some of the stuff he’s done is incredible. Bobblehead night, two home runs, 2,700 hits on a home run … and doing that at age 40. Good for him. And he’s having fun doing it.”

On Medlen

“First complete game and he makes it a shutout, which is outstanding.”

You ever think about asking Chipper if he’s sure about retiring?

“I kind of played around with him the other day about it, and he came out in the paper and said absolutely not. So I’m not even going to go there. Hopefully this year lasts a long time and we get a chance to enjoy him.”

On whether he expected this level of performance from Chipper this season

“If I said yes I would be lying to you. We were hoping to get the same production we had [from him] last year, which was good enough. But this year it’s exceeded our expectations. And he’s stayed healthy. He’s done a good job, we’ve done a good job getting him an off day once in a while to keep him fresh. We’ve communicated constantly about that. It’s been good.

“We need to ride him into I guess November now, first week of November.”

On Medlen getting it done in whatever role

“You know what he did today, and it’ll get overshadowed by the complete game and stuff like that, but he was able to do a complete game because he fields his position. Nobody else, or very few guys in our rotation, maybe even in the major leagues, makes that play early in the game when he throws out Marquis at the plate. Usually you go to first base on that play. I’m looking for the throw to first base, and he spins and throws to home plate. And Mac was ready for it. [Medlen] is a helluva an athlete, fields his position, holds runners, swings the bat, throws strikes so guys love to play behind him. All those are good qualities.”

On sending him back out in 9th

“We had O’Flaherty warmed up. We were going to go about 110 [pitches], I think that’s 20-something [more] from last time. It’s all fine and dandy trying to get the young man a complete game and shutout, but you have to also remember about his next start, and this is only his [fourth] start. But we were going to give him every opportunity to finish the game, and he made it easy on us. Paul Janish made it easy on him with that remarkable play at shortstop, and he just pounded the strike zone all night.”

On Heyward getting completely overshadowed with his three-hit night including a homer

“That’s OK. I’m sure those guys in the locker room won’t mind spreading all the [accolades] around.”

You noticed how Chipper seems to step up every time there’s a special occasion?

“Yes, I have. He raises his game. That’s why at the end of his career, [several] years down the road they’re going to put a plaque in the Hall of Fame. Because not many guys can do that.”

**KRIS MEDLEN

On getting to pitch the ninth inning

“I was enjoying going out for my last at-bat before I struck out [in the eighth inning]. But yeah, you walk out there and fans start cheering because they know you’re going back in [to pitch the ninth]. It’s a really cool feeling, being able to close out the game. If that ball snuck through on the play that Pauly [Janish] made, I think I was probably out of the game. I was real excited he made that.

“You can’t win unless the offense scores, and they did a good job. I mean, that old man over there is really good.” [smiles as he nods toward Chipper’s locker]

Tried to steal his thunder? [laughter]

“Yeah, right.  I need a bobblehead night so I can hit a couple of home runs. No, to watch that guy do his thing for however long he’s done it, and be able to be here for his last season, it’s one of the coolest seasons I’ve experienced so far. And we’ve got a lot to go.”

On how he felt, his performance

“I feet great. I was locating pitches and stayed out of the white, on the black, and when I did go on the white you saw them smoke a ball right into my glove that would have went through, and a shot to Mike B [Bourn] too. But I felt great. Mac called an unbelievable game. We were on the same page. I maybe shook him off once and everything worked out. It was an unbelievable feeling.”

On doing it on night when Chipper has two homers, gets 2,700th hit

“I mean, I’m not taking anything away from him and I’m sure he’s not going to try to take anything away from me … maybe [laughter]. I don’t know. But like I said, it was awesome to watch him do that, and it just happened to be on a start that I had. My best career start so far.”

Maybe you’ll be part of a trivia answer, who was pitching that day when Chipper had those two homers

“Actually I won [in] Billy Wagner’s 400th save, so that’s just another tidbit.” [laughter]. No, but like I said, it’s just an unbelievable feeling. I don’t even know what to say. Overall it’s another win, and we have a lot more to go.”

On making the throw home on grounder, instead of going to first

“I knew the pitcher was on third and at the time it was a 2-0 game and would have been a one-run game [if he scored], so I thought it was a pretty big run.”

On whether he likes starting or relieving more

“It’s been asked my entire career. I love baseball, I love the game, love everything about it. So I love being able to do all of it at a decent level that we’re at, and I’m just excited for the opportunity.”

On tying Smoltz’s record of team wins in 15 consecutive starts

“His was a little different because he had 15 wins [himself in the streak]. I don’t think I even have 15 in my career.” [laughter]

On if getting a petition together to tell Chipper to stay around another year or to:

“I’ve overhead some of the interviews. He’s stuck, he’s made his mind up. To see him out at the end of his career it’s a really cool thing for all of us to experience.”

On if think he clinched a spot in the rotation tonight:

“In the tryout for the rotation. I don’t think of it that way. I just try to simplify and know that when I get the ball I’m going to try and do my best and wait for them to take me out whenever that is.”

On how his arm felt after the game:

“I was probably out of the game when Paulie made that play, if it got through, but I felt like I could keep going. I felt awesome, knew the dudes were behind me trying to do their thing.”

**JASON HEYWARD

On having a big part on Chipper’s night and the win

“Action-packed game. Storybook career. He keeps adding to it. I’m just fortunate enough, blessed to be a part of it at this point.”

“For as many things that went on tonight, it was a quick game and that’s a credit to Medlen pitching well.”

On what Medlen’s done since moving to rotation

“It’s huge, man. He’s eating up a lot of innings for us and he’s really been efficient. He works quick enough for his defense to play well behind him. You see Paul [Janish] did it there in that last inning. It’s just a lot of fun playing behind him, because he can do a lot of things for you getting hitters to swing the bat and put the ball in play and move the game along.”

On hustling to turn single into double

“Hey just running. I know if I can get to second that’s another RBI chance for the guy behind me. Just trying to take what the game gives me.”

- Compiled by David O’Brien and Carroll Rogers

41 comments Add your comment

Matt

August 16th, 2012
10:54 pm

Matthew 19:30

OTP

August 16th, 2012
11:00 pm

Great edition tonight. Focus on Chipper excellent. Nice to not have to hear what Fredi had to say.

bravos10

August 16th, 2012
11:03 pm

Chipper is the best… Hope the Braves can send him out on top! The fans should pack every home game and enjoy #10 while they still can. GO BRAVES!!

CSpin

August 16th, 2012
11:08 pm

Matt, are you serious? That’s how you’re going to “witness”?

Please tell me you’re kidding in posting that.

Dave

August 16th, 2012
11:12 pm

Special night … Christmas came a little early at our house

N Nine

August 16th, 2012
11:41 pm

wow great work dob

lee maye

August 16th, 2012
11:41 pm

Janish is 2nd best defensive SS in the NL. And, Simmons is the best. Braves have best 2 defensive SS in the NL. Plain and simple. Anyone miss AGon?

One Big Dummy

August 16th, 2012
11:43 pm

Chipper wants Medlen in the rotation. Chipper is right. Medlen better stay in the rotation. Medlen might be the best pitcher on the team right now.

lee maye

August 16th, 2012
11:44 pm

Congrats to Rome Braves who have a 4 1/2 game lead in the Sally League 2nd half. Lynchburg won the 1st half of the Carolina League, so they will be in the playoffs as well. Lots of good young prospects at those 2 levels.

lee maye

August 16th, 2012
11:47 pm

Lots of pressure on Big Red tomorrow night. The other 5 guys in the rotation are pitching well, so Big Red must put his performance level where his mouth is. Needs to go at least 6 or it will be a short span for the 6 man rotation.

And, who will be the odd man out and sent to Gwinnett? Pastornicky or Gearin or Avilan?

Ralph

August 16th, 2012
11:48 pm

Only thing I can say about Medlen is that he should have been in the rotation from day 1, not being in the rotation probably cost the team enough wins to have put us even or better than the NATs, it only attests to the stupidity of Fred Gonzales. Everybody except Fruti and Frank knew this.

lee maye

August 16th, 2012
11:49 pm

And, say goodbye to Hinske, Diaz, and Jack Wilson, and JJ. They are goners for sure after this season.

lee maye

August 16th, 2012
11:52 pm

Agree with Ralph but Wren and Fredi don’t like to admit mistakes. Hence, that is why Uggla, Lowe, and KK kept getting chance after chance. And, McLouse. And, why Bobby didn’t go with Kimbrel much 3 years ago in the playoffs. Don’t need rookies when veterans are available was their philosophy.

ER Steve

August 17th, 2012
12:26 am

I heard a report that said the Braves wanted to keep Medlen in the pen to limit his innings and avoid a Strasburg situation. He is coming off TJ surgery. But bottom line he is a great young pitcher. And his attitude seems great. Happy to help out wherever.

I tell you what, watching chipper hit those home runs gives me chills. Been my favorite player since his rookie year when I was 12 years old. Going to miss seeing him play.

YoungerThan ThatNow

August 17th, 2012
12:41 am

We’re all gonna miss #10, even if some won’t admit it, but this being his last season has been fun to witness to this point. If everyone remembers correctly, the year that Hanson came up to Atlanta amidst all the hype, another pitcher was called up before he was. Yep… Kris Medlen. Even if he was so hyper that first start that he could have threaded a sewing machine needle, while it was running… he showed a lot of promise from the very start. And at the time that he went down with TJ surgery, he was arguably the best starter in the rotation. He’s never been weak… he just needed a chance to come out of the bullpen and show what he could do. I hope he stays in and keeps showing up like he did tonight!

GO BRAVES

Jaded

August 17th, 2012
12:49 am

This has to be Chipper’s most remarkable season, even moreso than 1999. You don’t put up a .909 OPS at age 40. It just doesn’t happen. Especially two years after what looked like a potentially career-ending injury.

I’m just in awe of what Chipper has done this year.

clay

August 17th, 2012
3:55 am

Chipper is our hero.

Lobosolo

August 17th, 2012
6:04 am

Ralph and Lee, 20-20 hindsight geniuses… ace disparagers….. only attests to the jackassedness of many of the “fans” on here….

NickGranite

August 17th, 2012
6:05 am

After the season? I doubt Jack Wilson stays the rest of THIS season. Are you going to replace Janish with him when Simmons gets back?

Lobosolo

August 17th, 2012
6:08 am

And lee, how is your team doing so far? Neck and neck with Larry the Limps? Oh, that’s right, you’re not a major league manager who has led his team to the top five in baseball (so far) this year, like Fredi has… Sniveling seems to suit you…

Debaser

August 17th, 2012
6:56 am

Medlen is our best starter. He must stay in the rotation. End of the debate.

AFSOC 1st Sgt

August 17th, 2012
7:44 am

Wow, tough decision coming when Simmons returns. What do the Braves do with Janish?

Ralph

August 17th, 2012
7:47 am

Lobosolo

Why don’t you take a long walk on a short pier!

Ekim

August 17th, 2012
7:47 am

Agree with Lobsolo about Ralph’s comment. Uncalled for. Make the decisions in real time, genius boy, and see how it goes.

Gernab Shepherd Dawg

August 17th, 2012
7:48 am

CSpin,

Leave Matt alone. I think what he’s doing is priceless. It sure beats the stupid “First” comments, doesn’t it? And it got me to look in my Bible to read what Matthew 19:30 said.

It’s all good.

Quack Quack

August 17th, 2012
7:49 am

Thanks Carroll Rogers for great interviews.

What an awesome game by entire team. Everyone was dialed in. Congratulations to “Special K” on first complete game shut out. What a performance!! Chipper, Yikes!! I’m pretty sure I heard him say “Bobble This !!” J Hey, another All Star game.

Did you see the look on SD player thrown out by Janish? He could not believe it.

Lets Roll……

GO BRAVES!!

Gernab Shepherd Dawg

August 17th, 2012
7:49 am

Re-sign Bourn.

Quack Quack

August 17th, 2012
8:04 am

@Gernab Shepherd Dawg…

Yeah Sign him ASAP!!

How ’bout J Hey 20 HR’s. The real deal!! He is at 110% every game. How many here were ready to send him to where ever last season?

Good Grief Charlie Brown

August 17th, 2012
8:06 am

first, CJ goes ‘yicketty’…but that second shot was MAMMO! and Medlen, can’t say enough about the great job he has done; he has more than made his case to stay in the rotation.

damn what a fun game to watch. :-)

Bubba Bean

August 17th, 2012
8:16 am

Matt, loved the scripture. Very appropriate and gave me a smile this morning.

Chipper – first ballot HOF, absolutely no doubt!

Derrick Miles

August 17th, 2012
8:43 am

Why would you move Chipper to left field when he is an AllStar 3rd baseman, why didn’t Prado go back to the ultimate utility guy when he struggled in left field (not this year !) and why didn’t we plug Medlan back in upon getting healthy. Braves office have always had problems realizing when someone is killing it at a position, and they go down for any reason, plug them back in at that position because maybe, just maybe there was some ‘chemistry’ there ???

I miss seeing Prado kill it at 3rd, 2nd, sometimes 1st and didn’t he go shortstop there at one point??? He loved it, the fans loved it.

GaryinBham

August 17th, 2012
8:58 am

I took Matt’s scripture to hopefully not only be a devotional thought, but have relevance for the Nats

Kirk

August 17th, 2012
9:07 am

I guess all the trash the braves fans are on the falcons blogs trashing them. Go Braves!

Jasons Shrinking Waist

August 17th, 2012
9:47 am

Guys how bout some props for janish, hes been great defensively while we wait for simba!

Dirty Dawg

August 17th, 2012
10:45 am

Chip or Joe made the comment that when Jason Marquis was here one of the knocks on him was that he was stubborn…just refused to take advice (aka, coaching). Well it looked to me that he’s still got that NY-knowitall-streak. Either that or some of it has rubbed off on his catchers. He threw nothing but slow breaking pitches to Chipper in that first at bat..right up to the one he knocked out..seems that they simply don’t understand the concept of C Jones being one of the smartest hitters in baseball.

AGTFan

August 17th, 2012
10:50 am

I don’t mind people second guessing managers and GMs, but it seems like some of them (Ralph) try to turn every positive into a negative so they can spew their venom. It’s easy to say that not starting Medlen from the beginning cost us x number of games. How about some of the games that we won because we had someone so strong and versatile in the pen? Personally, I’m a better manager than anyone ever and a better headcoach too, as long as I’m in my easy chair and make all my decisions after the fact and never have to be accountable for anything I decided.

Largo

August 17th, 2012
1:25 pm

A most enjoyable game last night. Be hard to improve on that one.

toby

August 17th, 2012
3:26 pm

If ther was any doubt tat K.Medlin deserves one of the pitching spots for the rest of thi year and beyond,those doubts were wiped away las night!!!! He is and will is more consistent than Hanson without a doubt in my opinion!!

GuitarJohn

August 17th, 2012
5:12 pm

Wonder who our three starters will be when the playoffs roll around? Medlin should definitely be one, then maybe Sheets and Maholm. But who knows, Hanson won a lot of games this year and Hudson, too. Hudson scares me with those occassional disasters he has, though. I think Wilson will last the season. He will be our designated bunter, since he’s pretty good at that. Otherwise, we don’t need him. I would not be surprised if Chipper takes a year off, spends some time with his kids, gets bored and thirsty for competittion, and comes back for 2014. Especially if we can keep the team mostly intact until then. Pitching seems to be set. Dont’ forget, we will get Beachy back at some point next year, probably by the All Star game. I think the main priority in the offseason will be locking up Heyward and Prado to long-term contracts. Heyward is going to be a superstar and Prado is the ultimate team player. We pretty much have to have those guys. Bourn would be nice to have around, but those guys are more important.

God's Word says...

August 17th, 2012
6:47 pm

It’s cool when scripture is mentioned several times on a MLB blog!

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