Braves postgame quotes after Saturday’s loss to Phillies

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hudson:

“Today in that one inning, the sixth, he gave up some balls that just got through the infield that weren’t hit at anybody, got some chinkers. He got victimized a couple times with that. I think he only got hit a couple times hard, the ball by Rollins and the ball Utley hit to right center field. Other than that he wasn’t getting the ground balls hit at people.”

On knowing it would be tough against Halladay, Lee, Hamels:

“You know what? Yeah, but we’re not swinging the bats. I mean it’s so easy to say ‘It’s Halladay and Cliff Lee and whoever is throwing tomorrow and the bullpen, this and that, but we’re just not swinging the bats at all.”

On if not being patient:

“No we’re just not scoring runs. We go to San Diego and score four runs in three games. And yesterday we scored five and just one today. It’s easy to say it’s the other pitchers, the other pitchers are better than us so tip your hats. But enough of that. we need to take care of our end of the bargain and get better at-bats, get some hits with runners in scoring position, that type of stuff.”

On situations finding players who are struggling:

“That’s one of those things, the baseball gods they find you, just like that guy who can’t play a position. All of a sudden you stick him out in left field, the first two balls are going to get hit to him nobody where you hide him. But we’ve got to get something going offensively to be able to compete. Right now our pitchers are going out there, if they give up two runs, three runs, they’ve got a good chance to lose the ballgame. So that’s not fair.”

On if he’ll continue to shuffle the lineup:

“We’re going to keep doing it, maybe find the right mixture. We’ve got some pieces. With Baker and Overbay and Constanza. We’ve got some different pieces we could do some other stuff.”

On if worry about slumping again going in September:

“I’m worried about our offense. I’m not worried about the other parts of the game. I feel like we’re healthy where we weren’t last year. I feel we’re pitching well, going into this series after the All-Star break we might have been No. 1 in pitching, somewhere around there. But I worry about our offense. It seems like our offense, when it goes bad, it goes bad. And we’re not keeping the line moving offensively and we’ve got to fix that, or rectify that somehow.”

MARTIN PRADO

On concern over lack of production:

“Yesterday we had a pretty good game offensively, but today was one of those games when you tip your hat. He was pretty good locating pitchers and you’re facing an ace like Cliff Lee and those guys that Philly has, we know that we’ve got to try to find somewhere, somehow score some runs. We didn’t do it today but I’m not concerned at all. I think there’s still a lot of baseball left. I think the offense is going to come around.”

On how you keep people from having thoughts of “here we go again:”

“People start worrying about it because teams are pretty close in second place. We’ve just got to come in tomorrow, keep playing the way we’re playing, don’t worry about what’s going to happen, just relax and try to make things happen.”

TIM HUDSON

On his hard luck:

“Well, honestly I wasn’t very good today either. It’s probably the worst stuff I’ve had all year, in my opinion. It was a battle. That’s what happens though. You’re out there battling and trying to make some pitches and try to do some things you don’t normally do. Sometimes luck just isn’t on your side. On the flip side, man, Cliff was really good. It’s one of those days where if I was good and I gave up one or two (runs), I’d probably still lose. He was really good today but they caught me on a bad day. It was a one-sided ballgame.”

On any concern in here heading into September slumping:

“Not on our end. Not the guys in this clubhouse. We’re not concerned with it. Obviously we’re concerned about winning ballgames and not losing, but we go out there and bust our butts every game. That’s all we can do. At the end of the day we either win the ball game or we lose it. But we’ve given our best effort every time.”

On how frustrating to walk in the opposing pitcher:

“It was frustrating. It was the pitcher and last I checked pitches on the corners were still strikes. I don’t know if they’ve changed the rules or not. I know I’ve had pitches called on me crossing the chalk line. Especially in that situation with the bases loaded and full count, I don’t think there’s a question in my mind he missed that pitch. But it was a close pitch. Obviously I didn’t hit my spot but a strike is a strike.”

On what he means not doing what he normally does when stuff is good:

“I threw a lot of change-ups. I was up in the zone a lot with my fastball. I didn’t have a real good fastball today. You start trying to do some things you don’t normally do. On the flip side of that the hitters aren’t used to seeing you throw certain things and top balls. That last inning was crazy, especially with the swinging bunt to load the bases. It was just one of those days, man. I hate it. I was doing all I could out there. It wasn’t very good. I’ll be the first to tell you that, but I was trying the best I could.”

PETER MOYLAN

On his return:

“Selfishly, absolutely amazing. The adrenaline was kicking like it hasn’t done for a long time. it was really, really good. I found it hard to contain myself to be honest.”

On the sinker still sinking:

“Yeah. I threw a rise ball. I don’t know where that came from (laughs). If I can harness that I might be able to get some more guys out.”

On showing yourself you can make an impact:

“I hope so. It’s why I’m here. I love to compete. The adrenaline that you get running out in front of those fans, you can’t describe it. It’s an amazing feeling. All the aches and pains seemed to go away.”

On how it felt this time compared to other comebacks:

“It was eerily similar to each time I came back because my first game was against the Phillies, when I came back from Tommy John was against the Phillies. When I came back from shoulder, it was the Phillies. There was a little bit of sameness about it, I don’t know the word. (Groundhog Day?) There you go. It’s an amazing feeling. I’ve put in some hard yards over the last few months so to come back and for Frank and Bruce and the rest of the guys to put faith in me to come back up and do it again means a lot.”

121 comments Add your comment

Edward

September 1st, 2012
8:25 pm

Edward

September 1st, 2012
8:27 pm

So if we miss the playoffs, is there any chance Wren and Fredi are fired Carroll?

Amber Girl

September 1st, 2012
8:31 pm

Cmon Edward, If they won 6 in a row, FG and FW would be the best ever, Chill out my friend.

bruce

September 1st, 2012
8:32 pm

Congrats Peter, Welcome Back!!!

Mr. Enigma

September 1st, 2012
8:34 pm

Damn, Fredi sounds PISSED. It’s refreshing. Nice to see him admit that cap-tipping is no longer going to cut it.

First order of business: make David Ross the everyday catcher, move Martin Prado back to second base, and make Reed Johnson the everyday left fielder. Dan Uggla and Brian McCann are black holes in the lineup and are showing no signs of improving. I don’t care how much $$ they are making. They aren’t earning it.

blairjoyfulsound

September 1st, 2012
8:36 pm

Fredi sounds like he is ticked. Even he isn’t taking his own “tip your cap” slogan now. Maybe this will spark a fire now. No more complacent manager, perhaps!

Earl

September 1st, 2012
8:37 pm

Glad to see Fredi say “enough of that” in regards to the hat tipping. That needed to be said a long time ago. But still don’t see anyway we catch the Nats.

Chas

September 1st, 2012
8:46 pm

I would have loved to hear from Brian McCan’t. I would have loved to know, with as worthless as he has been the 6 weeks, why he was starting against a lefty.
Huddy says that the guys in the club house aren’t worried, heading into September. He must mean that they are not worried about another collapse, because they already have collapsed.
These guys can whistle in the dark, right up to the day they have officially pissed away the playoffs (and they surely will). It’s who they are…chokers, headcases, and losers. They will always find a way to lose, when all is on the line.

Amber Girl

September 1st, 2012
8:50 pm

C’mon y’all CHILL OUT. IT IS NOT OVER. This comes from DUMB Amber,if I got confidence; so can you. I HOPE.

Busch Leaguer

September 1st, 2012
8:52 pm

So if Fredi really means it, Prado at 2b ,Ross at C Uggla and McCann to the pine.

Ken Stallings

September 1st, 2012
8:54 pm

Gentlemen,

It is officially bad! It’s not merely a three-game losing streak — bad enough but not the whole story. It is also a 4-10 record over the last fourteen games, and the worst part is that one must go back to August 14-16 to see when the Braves won their last series.

The only good news is that despite the Braves playing like utter crap for the last two plus weeks, they still have a two game lead for the first Wild Card. Problem is the Cards and Pirates are tied at the two game deficit. So, the Braves better get their act together real fast or they will be outside looking.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 1st, 2012
8:55 pm

The collapse started 2 weeks earlier this year.

Uggla has a 5 game hitting streak. (5 hits total)

Busch Leaguer

September 1st, 2012
8:55 pm

Amber Girl
At this time I am more confidant that the Phillies are in better shape to make the playoffs than the Braves.

Busch Leaguer

September 1st, 2012
8:58 pm

What is better for Uggla one hit a game in a five game streak ,or getting three hits in a game and still only having 5 hits in 5 games. the latter has been the normal for Uggla all year long.

Amber Girl

September 1st, 2012
9:00 pm

@MR Busch Leaguer It sure would be nice if everyone would quit being quitters. I love this team win or lose. You should too. If you would give them a little love,they might do better.

Bravepc

September 1st, 2012
9:05 pm

I agree. It is very nice to hear fredi say enough with tipping the caps. You really don’t want to have to play that 1 game playoff. But that is starting to look like our only option. There is still time but brave need to get the bats going tomorrow and hope the nats stay on this their skid. I still have hope go braves!

Amber Girl

September 1st, 2012
9:09 pm

Yea!! for MR Bravepc. Gone to get ice cream and a good cry. Bye for now.

Preston Hannatized

September 1st, 2012
9:13 pm

It is strange to hear Fredi get a little annoyed. “You know what,” the questions are getting to him. Good job scribes.

Myke hawk

September 1st, 2012
9:14 pm

People saying about fredi sparking a fire in this team
Ummm you’d think that huge comeback vs the nats would’ve done that but it didn’t

Carroll Rogers

September 1st, 2012
9:14 pm

Largo

September 1st, 2012
9:17 pm

Prado says he isn’t concerned at all, there is a lot of baseball left and the offense will come around. I wonder what he’s been drinking. The offense hardly ever “comes around.” With 4 wins in 14 games this team doesn’t instill a hell of a lot of confidence.

Nerdville

September 1st, 2012
9:28 pm

Last night they played like dogs. Arf, arf. Tonight, Uggly set the tone in the first when he misplayed that grounder and the Fills ended up scoring a run. Huddy was off –was he choking? And as always against a leftie, the offense played like a bunch of girls. One thing I learned tonight; Reed Johnson ain’t no centerfielder.

Oh'man

September 1st, 2012
9:29 pm

@Largo, do not speak badly about Prado! There is an unwritten rule here about Prado, we do not speak bad about him — for obvious reasons!
But, anyways, wow at Fredi comments! I usually never read what he has to say because I know its going to be the old same cliches he always says but finally he is showing some emotion. People, do not let this team get you all worked up. The truth is this teams isn’t that good, even if they make it to the playoffs who are they going to beat? Reds, Nationals and Giants are a lot better than us. Prado and Chipper are the only consistent hitters we had for the past 4 years! And it looks like Bourn isn’t going to get that big contract he wants especially the way he is playing now, just awful since the all star break!

Ken Stallings

September 1st, 2012
9:29 pm

One more thing, of all those post-game comments, the only player to step up and say he played poorly was Tim Hudson. That’s not a surprise he would — he’s always a stand up type of man. But, why was he the only one?

Fredi Gonzalez finally expressed some frustration — something a few bloggers had been wanting to see. Finally, he called out the offense for consistently under-performing and putting the starting pitchers in a bad situation.

Huddy stepped up and said he pitched badly. He likely did. But, to win the game he would have had to pitch a shutout, and like Gonzalez said, that’s not fair to the starting pitcher!

Ron Hyatt

September 1st, 2012
9:31 pm

What a bunch of chumps. Welcome to September.

Chop Chop

September 1st, 2012
9:32 pm

It’s easy to say it’s the other pitchers, the other pitchers are better than us so tip your hats. But enough of that. we need to take care of our end of the bargain and get better at-bats, get some hits with runners in scoring position, that type of stuff.”

Fredi says this, but he follows it up with references to The Baseball Gods and how “it’s not fair” that our starters aren’t getting run support. I know Fredi’s mad and everything, but he’s contradicting himself a bit. Just say that you’re not getting the job done, drop five or six F-bombs, and leave it at that.

Chop Chop

September 1st, 2012
9:33 pm

And yes, it is petty to criticize a manager for not being angry in the right way, but he’s Fredi and I don’t give a damn. He’s never won anything. Until he does, he’s nothing.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 1st, 2012
9:36 pm

Frediot calls out the offense, but yet he runs the same idiots out there every night. Sit the fools, maybe they will spend more time in the cage when its not mandatory.

DaveinNEPA

September 1st, 2012
9:37 pm

Losing 10 of 14 at this stage of the season is totally unacceptable.

There was a stat thrown about on tv last night that McCann didn’t have an x-tra basehit the entire month of August. That too is unacceptable. Our so called RH power hitter is hitting about .205 and makes 12.5 mil a season, thats uncceptable.

What’s most unacceptable is that the Manager keeps “running them out there”. Hey Fredi…….wake up and smell the coffee……those guys are hurting far more than helping. Park their butts on the bench and put Prado at 2b and do a platoon in LF. The offense can’t get going with 4 automatic outs in it.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 1st, 2012
9:38 pm

Glad to see FG be candid!

Thank you! No crap, no rah rah talk.

Amber Girl

September 1st, 2012
9:39 pm

Had my cry and got my ice cream. It helped me but apparently not you clowns. Mom says be nice. How can I? You guys are so pessimistic. It is really pathetic. I want to be everyones friend. If y’all would show the Braves some love they might do better. All you can do is complain. Sorry, sometimes my emotions get the best of me. I want to be friends but it is HARD.

DaveinNEPA

September 1st, 2012
9:42 pm

Maybe Ross needs to start playing against LHers and maybe for that matter everyday against all comers. At least he chips in on offense. I always thought he was better defensively.

Ken Stallings

September 1st, 2012
9:44 pm

Carol,

I posted this earlier and it appears my comments were removed. So, let me repeat. I say again, the first quote from Fredi Gonzalez contains a very obvious racial epitath. No joke! That phrase is not used any longer!

Replace it immediately with a replacement phrase such as “dying quail,” “duck snort,” or “flare.” That terms is racially offensive to people of Asian heritage. And I am shocked that the AJC staff and proofers did not catch that.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 1st, 2012
9:45 pm

Amber – this crowd ain’t for you if you take it like that…

Gotta be tough and mean here mostly!

Oh'man

September 1st, 2012
9:50 pm

@Ken Stallings, chill, the context that he used wasn’t intended to be offensive so there is no need to overreact. I do, however, applaud the concern that you have. : )

Amber Girl

September 1st, 2012
9:53 pm

@Mr vitriol spewer. My Mom told me to be nice and respect my elders. I am trying to do that. I can’t be mean to anyone except boyfriend, I guess I am just DUMB Amber and can’t express my opinion. I love all of you but you are not being nice .

Ken Stallings

September 1st, 2012
9:55 pm

AG,

I would appreciate not being called a clown! I have been very objective and restrained in my commentary on the team and frnakly I am more than a small bit confident that I’ve been a Braves fan longer than you have!

But, a 4-10 record and losing every series played over a two week period is just bad. The Braves are very fortunate to have maintained its lead in the Wild Card, but lost is the opportunity a hot streak would have had to close in on the Nationals for the divisions — something I never expected the Nats to hand to the Braves, but they did.

Shaprika

September 1st, 2012
9:56 pm

I hated that the Braves lost tonite but I’ve gotta say I enjoyed the TV broadcast on “big” Fox immensely. What a breath of fresh air it is to occasionally hear some OBJECTIVE game commentating versus the same old scripted, one sided dreck from the in-house guys.

Amber Girl

September 1st, 2012
10:09 pm

@MR Ken Stallings I very much would like to say I am sorry for calling you a clown, SORRY SORRY. I know you are just expressing your opinion. It might not be the same as mine,but I respect it. Sorry for getting so riled up. Mom says my young temper needs to be put to sleep. Again I apologize. I still got a hug left if you want it. Sorry, I guess I am to young to be on here. I want to ,but maybe I shouldn’t. What do you think I should do?

Dum-Bass

September 1st, 2012
10:16 pm

The ONLY ones I find more pathetic than the managerial wizard and the players right now, are the fans who pay hard earned money to go to games like today’s after knowing what happened yesterday. I don’t get the common sense and logic behind it at all. It’s almost inconceivable. Some families are probably spending money they could use for food, or new clothes for their kids for school, and not even thinking twice about it. Yes, there are some who can afford it and I understand that, but there has to be some in the categories I mentioned. I heard there was about 44,000 there today, but you know at least half of those had to be because of the “Leonardo Skynardo” concert(Italian Rednecks band). I have enough trouble as it is just watching this “crap” on TV, and if I had not been a Braves’ supporter for over 20 yrs. now, would not be watching. I have lived and died with them for years now but have just about taken my last breath this year. It all comes back to one person, the manager, and the team has now taken on his personality, as so often happens. There needs to be a name change to ‘THE ATLANTA ZOMBIES”.

Ralph

September 1st, 2012
10:21 pm

On if he’ll continue to shuffle the lineup:

“We’re going to keep doing it, maybe find the right mixture
———————————————————————————-
You friggin idiot, you have found the right mixture a couple of times and the very next day you changed it and put Struggla and Blind/Mac back in the lineup.

Tina Turner

September 1st, 2012
10:21 pm

Amber Girl

September 1st, 2012
9:00 pm

@MR Busch Leaguer It sure would be nice if everyone would quit being quitters. I love this team win or lose. You should too. If you would give them a little love,they might do better.
“Whats Love Got To Do With It” ????

Amber Girl

September 1st, 2012
10:21 pm

OK Guys DUMB Amber got the message loud and clear. I still love Y’all. Got to go. Good nite see ya tomorrow. XOXOXO GO Braves!!!

Quack Quack

September 1st, 2012
10:29 pm

Hey Amber Girl……You ask what you should do? Respect yourself!! Please stop calling yourself DUMB. I’m sure you’re anything but dumb.

GO BRAVES!!!

Brandon

September 1st, 2012
10:30 pm

Amber Girl – I enjoy having you on here! Stay around!

Braves havent been playing good lately, but neither have the nats, pirates, and cards. They all have losing records in the last ten games(with exception to the cards who are 5 and 5).

It would be unfair of me to start talking collapse or whatever for the braves when obviously the same argument could be made in regards to the other teams as well. This is still a different team from last season. This last month will be tough for everyone but I still have confidence in the Bravos!

Go Braves!

Busch Leaguer

September 1st, 2012
10:31 pm

I would love the Braves if Fredi would name Prado his starting second baseman .I would love The Braves if Fredi would let Ross play Catcher more than once a week.

BravesFanInBama

September 1st, 2012
10:35 pm

Amber Girl, are you 5 years old?

Clint Eastwood

September 1st, 2012
10:47 pm

As an out of towner I’ve always admired the Braves. The comments through the years from managers, players after the games are refreshingly honest where they give credit to the other guys while wishing they could do better. Be proud of them they have a lot of class. If my team can’t win, I hope the Braves do
If it makes you feel any better, Lee pitched 10 shutout innings against the Giants earlier this year and the Phil’s lost the game.

G

September 1st, 2012
10:57 pm

Has anyone met these “baseball gods” FG always talks about? This guy is the king of the bad baseball terms

G

September 1st, 2012
10:57 pm

Has anyone met these “baseball gods” FG always talks about? This guy is the king of the bad baseball terms

Brava

September 1st, 2012
11:17 pm

Thank you, Carroll.

Good to hear that Fredi is tired of cap-tipping. Now, if he’ll prove it by benching McCann and Uggla, maybe the Braves can get a win.

Largo

September 1st, 2012
11:30 pm

Oh’man. . .Didn’t mean for it to sound like I was bad mouthing Prado. He is my favorite team member and seems to do something positive in each game. Actually, I was talking about what was said and not the fact that “he” said it. Also, I’m sure the players search for things to say to the writers so they will go away and, therefore, it doesn’t always come out like they plan. Thanks.

SLBReb

September 1st, 2012
11:32 pm

Of course FG is not a happy camper. He sees the writing on the wall. He is not going to win coach of the year and this team has not been worth a darn all year after the top 5 offensively except for a couple of weeks from McCann. We sit around hoping to hit a homer and absolutely have no other offensive plan. Would have been nice if we would have pursued Pense and moved Prado back to second and cut our losses. Chipper needs to assert his leadership or his time will pass.

SLBReb

September 1st, 2012
11:32 pm

Of course FG is not a happy camper. He sees the writing on the wall. He is not going to win coach of the year and this team has not been worth a darn all year after the top 5 offensively except for a couple of weeks from McCann. We sit around hoping to hit a homer and absolutely have no other offensive plan. Would have been nice if we would have pursued Pense and moved Prado back to second and cut our losses. Chipper needs to assert his leadership or his time will pass.

lee maye

September 1st, 2012
11:46 pm

Don’t think it looked good for Hudson to be seen on the Auburn football sidelines tonight, just hours after losing a big game for the Braves. Making an awful lot of money to be cheering War Eagle after a big defeat by his slumping team.

Ken Stallings

September 2nd, 2012
12:02 am

What Huddy did after his start has no bearing on the game. Unfair to criticize him for supporting his alma mater.

Alaska Braves Fan

September 2nd, 2012
12:04 am

OK. Here in Alaska, it’s only 8:00 PM – midnight on the east coast. My current thoughts on the Braves: I’m an intensely ardent fan, and I rejoice when they win and suffer terribly when they lose. At this point, I’m thinking: They’re done. Three reasons, in order of importance: McCann, Uggla, Hanson. Those three pieces are essential, and they are not going to get better. Oh, there will be some times when each does something good, but overall, they cannot do what they need to do. Also, what they have left on the table already has killed us.

I’m a very positive, upbeat person, but I cannot put a good spin on this.

ABF

BravesfaninAugusta

September 2nd, 2012
12:08 am

McCann hasn’t had an XBH in over a month. He has obviously let his weight come back up and now is back to glasses. Every game it seems like he makes a poor throw to 2B on a steal or lets a ball get by him. If Fredi continued to play him more than Ross and the Braves don’t make the playoffs then FG should be fired

BravesfaninAugusta

September 2nd, 2012
12:09 am

Oh and ROLL TIDE!

Ranger Randy

September 2nd, 2012
12:33 am

No one should be untouchable. If they’re not doing the job, sit ‘em! It’s too late to try and let people work through their problems; every game is vital.

Joe Hardy

September 2nd, 2012
12:38 am

What’s Bruce Benedict up to these days? Or Javy Lopez? Greg Olson? Del Crandall? They couldn’t do any worse than Brian McCann as rally killers.

least of the east

September 2nd, 2012
12:49 am

Braves have another option as catcher-Boscan. not a great hitter, but how much worse can he be than Mc Cann ?
only pitcher who has been solid all the time is Medlen. with a crap offense, that isn’t good enough. Beachy is gone for the year, Jurgens is useless, Hanson is regressing. that’s 60% of our projected starting rotation !
this team can say all it wants, but a replay of 2011 is in full mode.

NorCal Brave

September 2nd, 2012
1:30 am

Clearly time for Fredi to air it out in the clubhouse. When the Nats went into a 4-game skid recently, Davy Johnson gave the whole team an earful, telling one player, “if you don’t like it, then you get up here and manage.” These prima donnas wearing Braves uniforms have some nerve playing like crap every game, then telling reporters “all we can do is go out and bust our butts like we have been.”

darrell starks

September 2nd, 2012
1:36 am

Braves keep playing Mccann and Uggla , Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! Chipper deserve better.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

September 2nd, 2012
1:38 am

Like sayed before until Simmons come back look for this offense continue 2 struggle.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

September 2nd, 2012
1:41 am

Freddie must sit down Mccann and Uggla for rest of the season and starte Reed and Ross.

1. BOURN CF

2. SIMMONS SS

3. PRADO 2B

4. HEYWARD RF

5. CHIPPER 3B

6. FREEMAN 1B

7. ROSS CATCHER

8. REED LF

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Casey

September 2nd, 2012
2:04 am

@NorCal Brave “if you don’t like it, then you get up here and manage.”

Actually, he said “if you don’t like it, then you come down here and manage.” and he was talking to the GM.

Casey

September 2nd, 2012
2:13 am

At least, if the Braves do continue to collapse, Fredi, Wren, and Uggla will be gone for sure next year. I mean Jeff Baker? Can anyone tell me what Jeff Baker or Lyle Overbay are supposed to do for the Braves that they can’t get from guys they have and maybe some guys from Gwinnett?

Brave Guy

September 2nd, 2012
2:58 am

Look, the loss today was to Cliff Lee – one of the best pitchers in baseball. that’s gonna happen sometime. It’s not like Livan Hernandez shut us down or some blind grandmother on her deathbed was out there pitching.

Chc4

September 2nd, 2012
3:10 am

At this point you gotta think the team will decline the option on McCann for 2013.

Casey

September 2nd, 2012
3:33 am

Look! McCann is hurt! If any of you had ever played baseball, you would know it is hard enough to hit a 90 mile/hour fastball when you are healthy. You can’t be expected to do it when you have a bad shoulder. Any manager with half a brain would give McCann some days off and play Ross. But, we have Fredi Gonzalez, and he just says “just keep running him out there and hope he comes out of it.”

Will

September 2nd, 2012
3:41 am

After I tip my cap to the opponent I just have to say that as a lifelong braves fan I have been thru it all and there is no doubt in my mind this team is quitting again. The braves have never had much in the gut department but damn at least those teams fought or maybe were just too damn good to be touched til a playoff series. As a 90’s fan I know this team will never live up to that group but I do have a problem with this team. They are, at least to me, the best team on paper in the NL but they aren’t even close to that in reality. I’m just ready for football season, I am tired of being screwed over by this group. It’s pretty simple at this point bench Mac and uggla but that won’t happen cause they are gonna go down w their “best” even tho they are not putting the best team on the field. Uggla has been a joke for two solid years, b Mac has been a joke since July 11. It’s funny letting b Mac go was unfathomable to me 14 months ago now I’m all for it. I just hate this team. If anybody thinks they are winning a one game playoff then you haven’t watched the braves for very long….

Bill M.

September 2nd, 2012
5:49 am

I’m so tired of the quotes from the player’s & Fredi G.. They had better be worried. If they don’t make playoffs, there should be alot of firing’s. It’s not working with these players, go in another direction. Time to let Hudson, Uggla, Bourn, McCann, Hanson & Fredi G. go. Can’t blame injuries for McCann’s problems. He’s been going south for past few seasons. The Braves would be crazy to sign McCann & Bourn to long contracts. I’m worried about McCann’s vision, don’t think they are telling the whole story about vision problems. Time for a new direction and new owner’s.

Jerry in Tennessee

September 2nd, 2012
6:20 am

You cannot generate offense with three #8 hitters and a pitcher. That leaves only five hitters in the line up. No one can win with that. This leaves Fredi with quite a challenge but that challenge has to be addressed. His hands are tied right now at SS so to solve the problem something has to be done at Catcher and 2B. If he feels he has to go with McCann he might get by with six hitters until Simmons is back, if he replaces Uggla.

I am all for letting Uggla work through his slump if there are six of seven other hitters contributing, but you cannot win with five contributing. It is not about Uggla now. It is about putting a line up in the game that gives us a chance to produce some offense.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
7:20 am

Fredi’s feel’n the heat, oh my! what to do, what to do, still gotta finish that box of crackerjacks fredi, then have a closed door bull session w/ da’ boys. Let em’ know you’re jobs on the line here fella, tell ‘em they’s gotta start hitt’n or else! or else what fredi? else what? I dunno, gotta get a box of crackerjacks for the road here, ya’ll get my answere tomorrow.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
7:23 am

Mejia, & Gattis deserve a call as well.

mjn99

September 2nd, 2012
7:26 am

Jerry in Tennessee,

you’re so right. If you watch the games, any rally is instantly stopped becaue your 6 through 9th hitters are useless. I get so tiered seeing the 1-5 guys get on and then three straight outs. Add in those games where the top five have a bad night and shutouts happen. At this point, I would bench McCann, Uggla and move some of the top five through out the line up so to give them something through out the line up. Any oppossing pitcher has to only get through the top five and then can relax through the rest of the inning. It is getting sickening watching 45% of your line up constantly get out. And Uggla needs to have a bat cracked over his head everytime he swings for the fences. He actually looks like a liittle kid jsut swinging as hard as he can while not even looking at the ball.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
8:11 am

Day before yesterday, (I love chipper), but he was blaming the pitch’n needs to make adjustments, after the 1st loss. See, they face great pitch’n, I mean guys who are crafty, they pitch. they know what to throw on any given situation, they’ve been aces, these guys must have a basic scouting report on the Braves hitters. Change speeds on them, offspeed will get ‘em fish’n, they’ll try to out guess you on you’re next pitch, most of em’ are zoned in for fastball, hope’n you don’t throw any breaking stuff, if you do they hope to touch it, cause they got there manager who’s throw’in straight batt’n practice pitch’n before the game, they need a coach or another pitcher to throw batt’n practice that makes the ball move, change speeds on them, so they adjust, have an approach up there. Straight stuff (& fredi’s no pitcher,he was a minor league catcher at best)that fredi’s been throw’in been gett’n everybody off there offense. It ain’t work’n. Fredi might need to put in a special request for Tommy G. Jay Howell, or some ex-pitcher to throw batting practice if he can’t or prefers not to use any of the staff. Whatever they been doin’ ain’t been workin’. They need to prep up on ball movement, offspeed, fredi may need to consider to get all the helps he can to get this enimic offense goin’ if he wants to keep his job. Seem like Walk & Fletch probably los’n there grip on things. The approach isn’t there. Oh what to do?

NorCal Brave

September 2nd, 2012
8:15 am

Casey, thanks for correcting my quote. My point still stands that it’s time for Fredi to demonstrate some emotion about the team’s attitude.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
8:21 am

Get Mad Fredi, Get out of the box of Braves professionalism of not hurt’n some feel’ns & be human for once. BE FRUSTRATED, GET DISCUSTED, like a regular person, & say I’m tired of it! Guy’s you are better than this man, CMON! Let everybody hear it. This team needs some emotion Fredi, be human for once step out of the box, BE REAL for a change, & challenge them to do someth’n about it, DADGUMMIT!

Lil Wang

September 2nd, 2012
8:25 am

Its good to hear Fedi call out the pathetic offense for a change. Cliff Lee has a losing record. He’s not an ace against good hitting teams…

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
8:30 am

Hey Fredi, If you just get REAL(for once), Quit the Bland Professional junk, mabey this teams gotta shot. This whole city is steep w/ Bland Professionalism, that it stinks. Then folks on here & at the park might think ali’l better about’cha Bud. Get out of the box & save you’re job, cause’ this same ol, same ol’ ain’t work’n.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
8:40 am

NorCalBrave; You said it, they need it.Some Butt chew’n is in order here, if fredi doesn’t do it, then Frank better be on him & da’ boys, Like on Moneyball( man I love the movie) The GM had to take matters in his own hands since the mgr. wasn’t squared w/him on the approach fot the team.

PaulG

September 2nd, 2012
8:42 am

So yelling & screaming at players, getting all emotional , calling out your players in public is a fine strategy ? How about reading the psychology & management literature on how to handle people.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
8:42 am

uh oh, spelled fot, meant to say “for”, excuse me.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
8:51 am

@PaulG; That’ll be a very good read, it’s not about the yellin’ & screamin’ & no, there’s alot or too much monotone, everything’s hunky dory while the ships sinkin’, use the psychology & management lit would be very handy, but we’re human, it wouldn’t hurt to let people see the venting when it’s called for, let people see the other side of ya too. There’s alot of venting on this blog, ‘how bout some passion, & sure there’s a balance, but show some heart about the situation to get some fire lit into the team. There better than this.

TomTomClub

September 2nd, 2012
8:55 am

Curious comment from Fredi when discussing situations finding players who are struggling-”Just like that guy who can’t play a position. All of a sudden you stick him out in left field, the first two balls are going to get hit to him.” Sounds like he’s referring to Hinske. My question is why is this guy still on the team when he can’t play a position and he’s hitting below .200?

Preston Thompson

September 2nd, 2012
9:10 am

Speaking of Prado, him saying he’s not worried. We just need to keep doing what we’re doing. For real? Are you kidding? It’s like around the house here, I say something the the wife says, “now that’s not positive”? We’ll no it ain’t. But it ain’t a lie either. Can folks face the truth, this team just don’t have the personal nor the management to do what’s needed to win. Oh, and the downhill thing, it started last year with the blowout and hasn’t stopped. It’s the same team, remember that.

Oh, too let me through this out. How bout doing whatever it takes to get David Wright from the Mets to handle third when Chipper’s gone. He the best to be had. So you gotta trade Heywood, do it.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
9:16 am

Seems like they’ve got a number of hitters if around .200 or under the mendoza line on the roster, & calling up another mendoza line hitter because of his decent catching skills(Boscan) but can’t call-up a guy who hit over.300 down at gwinnette(Mejia ), also had 24 roundtrippers, a rh thumper off the bench or could play OF, a couple of young threats who are hungry, yet fredi’s worried about the hitt’n geez!

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September 2nd, 2012
9:16 am

CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHERE THE ILLEGAL CUBAN PLAYED PROFESIONAL BASEBALL. THAT WOULD BE FREDI THE CUBAN BARF BAG.

Amber Girl

September 2nd, 2012
9:18 am

Good morning everyone, Ftrst I would like to say that I apologize to anyone that I offended with my actions last nite. My temper tantrum was uncalled for. Again I AM SORRY.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
9:21 am

Fredi, let somebody else throw batting practice. Come game time, what they are facing ain’t you! Get a pitcher, an ex-pitcher whatever compatible throw’in offspeed pitches, & change of speeds. The Braves have a hard time w/curveballs,change-ups, corner pitches, you name it,

double

September 2nd, 2012
9:24 am

Well Cox spoiled them.Required them to shower before each game,since he had to kiss their A he wanted it to be clean.With Freddi some must not have showered,These are grown men,and should take pride in their work,give it their all.Excuses & Errors.

The opposite

September 2nd, 2012
9:26 am

BMac is hurt and unproductive. Understood. I just don’t understand why Ross is not playing and who is constantly referred to as the best backup catcher in the league. What’s going on??

Jasons Shrinking Waist

September 2nd, 2012
9:31 am

Last year i lived and died with each painful game in september.
This year? No way. i learned my lesson. Right now I could give a crap about these losers.

Ps.. This winter, McCant talked how he takes the blame for the collapse in aug n sept n how he was gonna make sure this year is different. Hes doin a helluva job so far…171 batting avg since august.
Do we really want to sign this clown to five more yrs?

Davey Sprocket

September 2nd, 2012
9:48 am

Will – you really thought the Braves were the most talented team in the NL, on paper??? No wonder tehre are so many delusional fans on here. Face it. The team had obvious holes based on performance just last year – several players were in obvious decline – and the pitching staff had not done anything to warrant the hype. It was all “Hope and Change” type of optimism, and we know how THAT works out.

poolcue

September 2nd, 2012
10:09 am

ITS OVER WITH BOYS —PACK IT IN !!!!! everbody getting long term deals this winter . fredi will get new 3 year deal, team is making bucks with these and others rejects. no changes for next year.

Amber Girl

September 2nd, 2012
10:18 am

C’mon y’all IT’s a new day. How about a new attitude? Lets Go Braves!!!

alex

September 2nd, 2012
10:28 am

Amber Girl,you think Hudson is hungover after partying with his sideline-Auburn friends last night? I like your optimism,find a worthwhile object for your admiration.

Amber Girl

September 2nd, 2012
10:46 am

@alex I am just expressing my opinion.and trying to be nice. Trying to learn about the Braves.I have not been a Braves fan but about 2 yrs. You guys are not helping with all your pessimistic attitude. I love all of y’all but I guess I am too young to understand. Sorry if I upset you.

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