Chipper, Braves postgame quotes after Sunday’s win over Mets

CHIPPER JONES

On relief the weekend is over:

“Yeah, I had a lot of friends and family in town. Just a lot of attention that I’m glad is over and we can go to Pittsburgh and finish out the year and get ready for next Friday night back here when the fun is going to start.”

On if postseason tune-up for Medlen given atmosphere:

“Yeah had some electricity in the building tonight and Kris threw a great game again. The offense showed up. Big three-run homer by Rossy. But just a great weekend. Would have liked to have swept and given ourselves a little bit better opportunity to kind of make Washington nervous but have got to give some credit to those guys over there. They played a good game first game of the series. We bounced back nicely and got the last two.”

On Fredi offering chance for ovations:

“Well, I really wanted to finish the game. I told all the fans via twitter at the beginning of the week that I was going to start every game. I obviously didn’t know how things were going to finish but I never want to come out of a game. I want to finish it out and be out there for the handshakes after the game was over. To be honest with you, I saw us winning this game early and I wanted to go give my mom and dad a hug after the game. So if I take myself out of the game I’d be in here watching fantasy football.”

On moment with parents:

“I’ve been fine all weekend. I’ve been kind of cowboying up all week, trying to hold back the tears, but obviously when it comes full circle and you stand there in front of 50,000 people and tell your mom and dad that you love them and it means a lot to me, to have gone 35-40 years from the backyard in Pierson, Fla. and here we are standing in a big league stadium in Atlanta. And I have my own weekend, that’s bringing it full circle. I’m glad that they were able to make it up and share this with me.”

On playing a little better in the environment after third day:

“Yeah I tried to ignore it as much as possible just to keep myself into the game. But obviously getting a couple plays there in the first kind of got me into the flow of the game. I got down in the dirt, got dirty and made a couple nice plays that hopefully set the tone for Meds kind of get him off and running. They really didn’t threaten that much. The run they scored off him was unearned, so he picked right up where he left off. I seemed to calm down at the plate. I saw the ball a little better. I was swinging at everything all weekend, and trying to hit grand slams every time up. It’s just not possible. I just really wanted to see some pitches today and relax and try and go the other way and whatnot and try to get back in somewhat of a groove.”

On getting Bourn back in the lineup:

“I think that was big for us, getting Michael back into the swing of things before the posteason gets here. He’s our catalyst offensively. We’ve struggled at the top of the lineup for the last week without him. You see what he means to this offense when he gets back in there and we go out and score six runs.”

On Luke Bryan’s visit:

“Luke and I have been friends a long time. It’s nice during the course of the week T-Mac (Tracy McGrady) from the Hawks came out, Gonzalez from the Falcons came out. I know quite a few singers in the country music industry and Luke and I have shared a deer stand many times so it’s an honor that they came out to pay their respects this last weekend.”

On the love from the fans:

“Really overwhelming from start to finish. Really the whole homestand itself, especially these last three days. To fill the house with 50,000 people on a rainy, nasty Sunday afternoon, I’m honored, I’m overwhelmed. That last ninth inning it was hard to stay focused on home plate because you had chants everywhere, and I was misty, and I was trying to hold back the tears because I knew that once it was over I was probably going to let loose. So it’s been awesome. It’s been really awesome. And by the same sense, I’m glad it’s over.”

On thinking about that kicking dirt around at third in the ninth:

“Let’s get the game overwith. I want to win my last regular season home game. There’s no better way to go out. That’s what it’s all about. Certainly there would have been a damper on this day had we not won the ballgame but I think David Ross took care of that pretty early.”

On what his parents said back:

“Mom said ‘You shouldn’t have come over here.’ (laughing) She was going to lose it. Pops didn’t say anything. I think I’ve seen my dad have tears in his eyes maybe two or three times my entire life. But if ever there was a situation where it warranted a couple tears, that was probably it.”

On dad getting in the cage with him Friday:

“Yeah, I was trying to slow things down and trying to figure out what the heck I’ve been doing wrong at the plate. (Work never stops?) I’ve got a job to do I’m not going to stop working just because I’ve got four games or a handful of games or 15 or 16 games left. The work never stops. I’m dedicated to my job and my craft and that’s not going to stop until the end of the season.”

On if anticipated Fredi asking if he wanted to come out:

“No I really didn’t expect him to ask. I know what he was getting at, but I don’t want to disrupt the flow of the game. We’ll save all the tipping of the cap and standing ovations for after the game is over. Let’s take care of business and finish it off and do all the other stuff later.”

On if this weekend was more than ever expected:

“I can’t really put it into words. The word that I’ve been using all week is overwhelming. I don’t know if I’m worthy of all this. I have my faults and whatnot but when you’ve got that much love in the building, you feel like you’re 10 feet tall. And when 50,000 people are chanting your name at the same time, that’s pretty cool. It makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. I got chill bumps more than a few times today. And as much as I tried to shrug it off and down play it there were a couple times where it was a little too much to handle.”

On if saw some of the signs fans were holding:

“It seemed like every sign I looked at had my name on it. I can’t thank these peple enough. I said it the other day, it’s not just the 40,000 or 50,000 people that are here in the stands. It’s the thousands and thousands of people listening on radio and the millions of people watching on TV. They’re all a part of Braves country; they’re all a part of my family. It’s been an honor to try and entertain them for a couple hours each and every night for the last couple decades. My goal every day is to go out and try and do something to lift them out of their seats. All in all it’s nice to be appreciated for that.”

KRIS MEDLEN

On the game:

“Obviously it’s a huge day. Me personally, sure, why not? But it’s overshadowed by Chipper for good reason. His last home game here. It’s unbelievable to see the support he gets. I’m really happy for him and happy for his career.”

On if this atmosphere helps prepare him for postseason:

“When I’m on the mound, the crowd doesn’t really faze me at all, but going out there and all that other stuff, I acknowledge it. I know they’re excited, and I’m excited too. But when it comes down to it, when I’m on the mound, I’ve got to zone in and block all that out.”

On what it means to him to set the record:

“I think the best part of about it. My name is in the history books but it’s a team thing. They’re team wins. I obviously don’t do it by myself. My swing is crap, and I’m not going to be scoring any runs. Guys go out and battle for me because they know I’m going to go out and throw strikes and try and execute my pitches. It’s been a fun ride, and I don’t think we’re done.”

On Thole foul ball:

“It’d be cool if I turned on it. I was way late. Before I had a chance to look up. I think it hit him in the ear. I think they said it bounced off the wall. I just wanted to make sure he was all right. From the mound I looked over at Ike Davis and asked if he was all right. He said yeah. You don’t ever want to hurt anybody in this game, especially after 2011 spring training with (Luis) Salazar. It’s just a scary situation. Just happy he’s OK.”

On if too busy to get chill bumps today:

“No. It was a really cool experience. Coolest experience of my life so far. And it’s something I’ll remember for sure. But like I said we’re not done and hopefully we have a lot more memories to make.”

On wanting to get Chipper some chances at third today:

“Well, he’s nimble over there. The game’s funny. The ball finds you in certain situations. And why wouldn’t it go to him?”

DAVID ROSS

On the home run being pretty good homage to Chipper:

“I was just trying to get him in from third. Uggs had a good at-bat and hit a soft line drive to the third baseman. I was just trying to get that run in, and then trying to get the ball up in the air and I did and it went out. I was running around the bases and the crowd was going crazy and I was floating around there. I rounded third and saw Chipper smiling that big. It was a lot of fun. I had a lot of energy coming in that dugout. It was kind of cool just to see how big of a smile he had on his face when I rounded third. I was kidding around early I was going to give him an “I love you’ sign if I (homered) but I forgot about it, I was so caught up in the moment.”

On being a part of this weekend:

“This is one of the coolest things I’ve been a part of as a player in my career. He’s said it himself to see the love the fans have shown him, the appreciation they’ve shown him has been, it’s almost emotional for me. I can’t speak for other guys. But it’s like man, how cool is it for a city to show how much love they have for a person and what they’ve done for a city as a baseball player. it doesn’t get any better than that. And I’m sure he would say the same because it was a really cool thing. Tributes from everybody on the screen. I found myself between innings watching the tributes and not watching the pitcher. I got crossed up a couple times in between innings just watching the tributes. That was by far one of the coolest weekends I’ve been a part of and I’m glad we won today. And the crowd really really helps out.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Chipper making a couple of nice defensive plays to start:

“He didn’t want to come out of the game. I tried to pinch run for him and make a big ovation. Even in the ninth inning, I said ‘I’ll let you run out there and we’ll put a defensive replacement’ so he can get a big ovation, and he goes no, I’m going to finish it. That’s just the way he is. He’s just a baseball player. Good weekend for all that with him. The crowds were outstanding. It was nice. Medlen was terrific. We were able to get some runs, and get Bourny back in there with two knocks. It was a good baseball game today. Avilan was outstanding with two innings today. We didn’t want to use Kimbrel there in the ninth inning but we had to.”

On approach going to Pittsburgh tomorrow:

“If it’s three with three left (the division lead), we’ve got win that one and see what happens. Make it interesting anyway. But I think tomorrow we’ll stay with the plan. I’ll check with the Battleax (Chipper), see what he’s thinking, but that’s six in a row he’s played. Maybe give him a breather tomorrow.”

On if Bourn changed his mind in the cage this morning:

“We were hoping he could play today. We had to put a lineup up. I told Consanza if Bourny comes in and he hits some balls in the cage and he feels good, we’ll make the switch. That’s what happened. Bourny felt good, he comes in, he goes ‘I’m good.’ So that was an easy switch to make. He came in today, two good at-bats, two hits. It was nice to see that.”

On what he’ll do with Chipper beyond Monday:

“We’ll see. These games are important. As long as they continue to be important you’ve got to juggle his health with the importance of the game. But six in a row, I don’t think we’ve gone seven. For me you’re borderline, putting him in a situation where he could get hurt. I’ve been known to get talked out of those things as you well know with him. But we’ll see.”

On Medlen coming out after six:

“That’s another juggling act. We’re in a good situation to keep going forward. We wanted to give him about six innings and we were able to do that. Get the team a win and keep him right where we want him as far as pitch count and innings, so that was a good day.”

On if planning to throw him six innings either way:

“It’s one of those things you’re thinking division but you’re also thinking big picture. I’m glad it all worked out the way we planned it. Usually it doesn’t.”

On Braves winning 23 consecutive starts by Medlen:

“I’m glad to be a part of just watching him. Nothing to do but give him the ball most of the time.”

49 comments Add your comment

Fredi Gonzalez

September 30th, 2012
6:43 pm

Gotta tip your cap to Chipper for not listening to me.

lee maye

September 30th, 2012
6:58 pm

Let’s see how Monday goes. Nats not likely to lose 3 in row to Phillies, but it could happen. Could be that Braves and Nats have a one game playoff and Cards-Dodgers have a one game playoff on same day. Not likely, but possible.

chipontheroad

September 30th, 2012
7:06 pm

thank you thank you vera much(lip curl)

Chippa

September 30th, 2012
7:08 pm

What a weekend. I smell a World Series run.

Darryl Blackberry

September 30th, 2012
7:08 pm

Would love to see Francisco in there for two of the three Pittsburgh games. Give Chipper a rest.

stew

September 30th, 2012
7:20 pm

stew

September 30th, 2012
7:20 pm

stew

September 30th, 2012
7:20 pm

J J

September 30th, 2012
7:21 pm

Yea,let the hooters hero take his glorified ego trip and then maybe he will get the h…. out of town.

Ken Stallings

September 30th, 2012
7:26 pm

Most important that Chipper be ready for postseason becasue we’re going to need him to play all of those games, every inning. Good thing is the planned off days should help.

Bronke

September 30th, 2012
7:27 pm

Great win for the Braves and the Falcons and the Dawgs this weekend. Congrats to Medlen and the team for breaking the record. Love you guys and thanks for making this year fun to be an all around Atlanta fan! : )

Redneck Braves

September 30th, 2012
8:04 pm

So will they be changing any street names near Turner Field to “Chipper Jones Ave.” or something?

dawg51

September 30th, 2012
8:23 pm

hey j j…..go back in ur cave u nsensitive basturd

JoshTown

September 30th, 2012
8:25 pm

Great game for the Braves, a fantastic weekend for Chipper. We were Upper Deck, 24th row, one from the back of the stadium, and still had a great seat. Regardless of the Nats, they’re having a great season, and leaving September in style. Much love to #10, he rocked it for 19 years.

Quack Quack

September 30th, 2012
8:39 pm

WOW, what a weekend. Great game Bravos….Nice to have Bourn back, and awesome to see Simba getting his groove back.

Lets keep this rolling, still a lot of baseball to be played this season. Lets get “Hoss” that ring for a farewell send-off!!

GO BRAVES!!!

Nova Scotia Steve

September 30th, 2012
8:43 pm

Chipper will definitely sit tomorrow and probably Tuesday.

Then get him in there on Wednesday to face AJ Burnett. That’ll be a perfect tune-up for the Braves.

J J

September 30th, 2012
8:43 pm

Sorry won’t happen. As long as you got the Hooters hero on his ego trip, Braves season is over.

lee maye

September 30th, 2012
8:46 pm

JJ–you seem jealous or irrational or sick. Or, all 3. Better yet, why don’t you get the heck out of town.

J J

September 30th, 2012
8:51 pm

When he does nothing for you Friday, you will realize that he just wanted gory. The glory is gone now so he can go on back to his Hooters girlfriend. I will tell you goodbye . I have got a date at Playboy club.

Quack Quack

September 30th, 2012
8:52 pm

Hey J J. Isn’t it fun to hide behind a computer screen, and be a real “t”itch when you’re nothing but a real loser?

Quack Quack

September 30th, 2012
8:54 pm

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Got to get in bed before Mommy spanks you, or you get up late for the short bus!!

Dead Aim

September 30th, 2012
10:40 pm

JJ, are you out of your meds? Seriously, should you be out on unsupervised leave from the facility? I don’t understand the petty, childish comments directed at a guy who has apologized enough for his personal life. Grow up and stay off your mom’s computer.

reckingball

September 30th, 2012
10:51 pm

JJ, why does a Cardinal fan like yourself, want to come on a Braves blog?

serbok

October 1st, 2012
12:55 am

Enter your comments here

serbok

October 1st, 2012
1:05 am

Chlp! Enjoy Yor Life Son!!!!!!!!

dont let the witches with there are good

Keeep on earning your ~whitches are fun “-)

JW

October 1st, 2012
8:57 am

I should probably know this, but what happens if the Braves win out and the Nats lose out and they have the same record? Would there be a one-game tiebreaker on Thursday, or would the Nats get the division based on them having a winning record against the Braves?

bucky oneil

October 1st, 2012
9:54 am

At the game yesterday with the whole family. Great weekend for BRAVES FANS. Not so much for JJ and other haters.
Got tickets for Friday’ game as well.
JJ – don’t know who your a fan of, but the way this season has turned out, we BRAVES FANS certainly have enjoyed it. Sorry you can’t appreciate the historical aspect of this. Too bad…..

Quicherbichin

October 1st, 2012
10:20 am

The only way J J is anywhere near the Playboy Club is to take out the trash, himself included… I hope he doesn’t forget to throw himself in the dumpster along with the trash.

Tumbledown

October 1st, 2012
10:31 am

Here is an inetesting tidbit, at least to me. Everytime MLB expands the playoffs, the Braves are involved. In 1969, the league expanded to the NLCS and ALCS, and the Braves lost in the NLCS to the Mets. In 1995, MLB added the divisional series, and we know the good guys won it all. And now, the Braves in all likelihood will participate in the Wild Card in its first year.

Not sure what this means, but hopefully, the result will be similar to the one in 1995.

Skeezix

October 1st, 2012
10:32 am

Congratulations to Chipper.
Most importantly– Medlen is super, Bourn is back, the Braves won another series against the Mets and the offense looked better.

bucky oneil

October 1st, 2012
10:33 am

reckingball – Always wondered about your handle …. Knitters fan?

Tumbledown

October 1st, 2012
10:34 am

Tumbledown

October 1st, 2012
10:37 am

Here is an additional note to the tidbit referenced above. The divisional series was supposed to take place in the strike-shortened year of 1994. The Braves were on track that year to get the sole wild card birth. Anyway, enough of my trip down memory lane.

J J

October 1st, 2012
10:54 am

Good luck Friday-LOSERS

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doug

October 1st, 2012
11:40 am

Chipper Jones and Eddie Mathews, this life long Braves Fan has certainly been spoiled by Third Sackers. Thank You Chipper…

bobby

October 1st, 2012
11:40 am

With all the emotions, I am surprised that Chipper could have hit a basketball. All the references to Medlen and Doggie, they are two entirely different styles of pitchers but time will tell. Medlen could very well be almost as good as Doggie.

reckingball

October 1st, 2012
12:04 pm

@10:33 am……….Don’t know what a Knitters fan is.
Please be so kind as to explain it to me.
go braves

reckingball

October 1st, 2012
12:07 pm

Is it something like a crocheting fan? Because I don’t know what that is either.
Can you explaing what a Crocheting fan is, while your at it.
go braves

bucky oneil

October 1st, 2012
1:26 pm

reckingball –

See link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCvpaJFgaCo

DOB knows the Knitters

Freddy

October 1st, 2012
1:26 pm

Glad to have witnessed the last reg season home game for Chipper .What a great,class baseball pro.His parents are always there for the big ones.He has 4 sons ….where are they ?

DonofAcworth

October 1st, 2012
1:37 pm

Keep the stadium warm cause we’ll be right back to take on the Cards and do a little pay back for that smart crack one dummy made about “after we finish off the Braves!” LOL

Carl Farvman

October 1st, 2012
1:50 pm

“Keep the stadium warm cause we’ll be right back to take on the Cards and do a little pay back for that smart crack one dummy made about “after we finish off the Braves!” LOL”

The Braves seem to be positioned favorably to take the other WC team and move on. But most fans understand how unpredictable a 1-game series can be in baseball. I don’t like the format at all and thought, initially, that it was a joke when I first heard about it. MLB wanted more to play for late in the season and they also concluded that no WC team necessarily deserves to move on. So MLB doesn’t care if it seems a bit primitive.

J J

October 1st, 2012
2:26 pm

bye losers you had a nice ride,but hang it up. its over.

Carl Farvman

October 1st, 2012
4:03 pm

“bye losers you had a nice ride,but hang it up. its over.”

Man, this guy is probably looking for some trees to poison.

reckingball

October 1st, 2012
4:12 pm

He’s a Cards fan.
Part of the Samantha, Amber girl, POPS, Molly Moe, Whiskey River, Angel wings, etc., list of characters.

J J

October 1st, 2012
5:39 pm

who let you out of your cage? Better go back to school and learn about what you are talking about. The only people i know that you mentioned are Amber girl. Molly Moe And Whiskey River. But it doesn’t matter. You are convinced . Thats Ok. You can really cry a little when the Cardinals whip your Hooters Hero.

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