Braves quotes after Wild Card loss to Cardinals

**CHIPPER JONES

Of all the ways you imagined your career would end….

“This is not one of them. I can assure you that. It’s just one of those things that happens from time to time. You have a game defensively where you don’t make plays that you should. You give good teams extra outs, and it ends up biting you.

On the errors

“On my play, I made a good play on the pick got a two seam grip, and it just sailed on me, no other way to explain it. Looking back I realized later on that Beltran had to stop on the line drive, and if I had to do it all over again, I probably would have double clutched and made sure I got a four seam grip and give Uggla a little more time to get to second base, and give myself a better opportunity to make a truer throw. We gave up six runs on six hits, and I don’t know how many of them were unearned. But as far as I’m concerned the only one they should have scored was the homer.

On having a good season end by one sloppy playoff game and an umpiring decision

“Well, ultimately I think that when we look back on this loss, we need to look at ourselves in the mirror. We put ourselves in that predicament, down 6 2. You know, that call [infield fly] is kind of a gray area. I don’t know. But I’m not willing to say that particular call cost us the ballgame. Ultimately, three errors cost us the ballgame, mine probably being the biggest. Did it cost us one out? Did it cost us one run, possibly more? Yes. But I’m not willing to sit here and say that that call cost us the ballgame.”

What did you think of the fans’ reaction, and did you nearly get hit by a bottle?

“No, I was up under the awning. Mama didn’t raise no fool. But it’s disappointing anytime something like that happens. Obviously, delays in the game throw everybody kind of off their game. You never want to see something get violent like that.

“I know one thing is for sure, you won’t be able to say that Braves fans don’t care. They came out in full force tonight, 50,000 strong. We love each and every one of them. Obviously, you don’t want to see what happened there in the eighth inning happen. But when you’ve got a Game 7 and your whole season is on the line, obviously there was a call that didn’t go that did go against the home team. Unfortunately, things like that are going to happen.”

Your next-to-last at-bat, two outs, two on, a chance to make up for a lot of bad things

“Yeah, that one will stick with me because I got a pitch to hit, and that guy’s got a really good sinker. Moved up on the plate to kind of get it before it sunk too much on me. Moved up on the plate and was basically just trying to hit a line drive up the middle and the other way. That sinker is a heavy sinker, and I just couldn’t elevate it up over the second baseman’s head. I felt good in that situation. I felt like I got the pitch to hit, and I put a good swing on it, I centered it, and just right into the ground right at the second baseman.”

Has it sunk in as far as this is over, it’s done?

“No, I don’t think it will for a few days, maybe a week. I don’t know. As I told everybody today, I’m okay. I obviously wanted to move on. I wanted to come out here and play well. Today my heart is broken not for me, my heart is broken for my teammates and my coaching staff, and all these fans that have been so great to us this year. But I’ll be okay. It’s just one of those things. You come to the park, and I walk out of here knowing that I brought it every single day. I think when you walk out of here knowing that you brought it every day, it makes walking away on the final day a little bit easier.”

What was it like when you walked in the clubhouse after the game?

“Lot of shock. The people that were talking were obviously talking about the call on the infield fly. They’re disappointed. There are a lot of guys in there trying to lay blame, and I just kind of kept my mouth shut because ultimately I feel I’m the one to blame. That play should have been a tailor made double play, and they ended up scoring three runs and gaining momentum. Then Holliday hits the homer, and now all of a sudden we’re down two runs, and it just seemed like that play there turned everything. That’s what I’m most disappointed in, I think.

“Walking away [after] my last game, you certainly don’t want to go 0 for 5 [1-for-5 actually] and make an error that loses the season for your ballclub. That will be something I’ll have to deal with in the days to come.”

As a third baseman, have you ever seen an infield fly called that far in the outfield?

“I’m not going to say that I haven’t. I haven’t seen one called where the guy wasn’t camped. You know, normally when you’re that far out, nobody’s camped [underneath the ball]. But I saw the rule where it doesn’t necessarily have to be an infielder, it could be an outfielder who comes in and ultimately makes the play. But you really don’t see any clear indication that one of the two was camped.”

**FREDI GONZALEZ

What explanation that you were given for the ruling?

“It’s an infield fly rule. I was arguing or protesting that it was not an ordinary effort. I thought that the shortstop had to go way out there to make a play on that flyball, and I think we’ve got to take account of the crowd, 50,000 people yelling, and I thought there was some miscommunication between Holliday and Kozma. I went out there and protested the game, and they came in and talked to Joe [Torre], because the protest — obviously there is no game tomorrow, so it’s got to be done right there and now.

“So they came back and told me that they’re going to go with what they called it on the field. I thought the umpires did a nice job handling that with my protest, and calling, and trying to get information. Again, from where I was, I just kind of took a glimpse of the replay, I [think] we have a legit beef.”

Given everything that happened tonight, your defense played shoddy one of the rare times all season. Did it make it especially difficult because you did have a chance there against all odds to kind of come back?

“We had some opportunities to score some runs and we didn’t get the big hit when we needed to. What hurts, and you’re absolutely right, we lead the league in fielding percentage all year long, and today we didn’t handle the ball quite the way we’ve done for 162 [games]/ Every time we gave them an opportunity, they scored big runs against us.

“I thought Medlen did a nice job. We kept putting him behind the 8 ball, and he kept making pitches. But, again, we didn’t score runs. And we didn’t handle the baseball like we have …and it came back and bit us.”

Losing a postseason game, how much more difficult is it one of the one-game “series”?

“Yeah, maybe they need to tweak the rules a little bit as you go forward. But it was one game for both teams. So, that part was fair. Both teams had one game to play, and we didn’t play particularly well on our end, so the Cardinals go on to the next round.”

Do you think the umpires handled the interference call on Simmons correctly? And when the infield fly rule was called, did you think Sam’s hand was in the air late as the ball was dropping?

“I think the interference going down the baseline, I think they made that call right, and somebody came up from the clubhouse a little later on and said that Simmons was on the grass. The infield fly rule is to protect the runners, really. But I thought that Kozma went out there way too far for a regular, ordinary flyball, and I think you’ve got to take sometimes you’ve got to take the wind at Wrigley Field for an ordinary flyball and the sun, and I thought today the crowd. I thought we were going to catch a break there. Bases loaded and one out with McCann at the plate instead of second and third and two outs. But nevertheless, we didn’t score runs when we had a chance to, and we didn’t handle the baseball.”

On the Simmons bunt, did you call a safety squeeze

“Yeah, that was a safety squeeze.”

“Was Freddy Freeman running?

“Well, the safety squeeze, you’ve got the runner on third base and you’ve got to read. I think we were just a couple of feet from really executing that to textbook with the bunt. I think if Simmons gets a little more behind it, and gets past the pitcher a little bit, I think Freeman walks home.

“Looking back into last month in September, we’ve had some tough times scoring runs, and I thought it was an opportunity there to tie the ballgame with Simmons and try to sneak a run in somehow.”

Did you think your guys were as poised as they’ve been during the season, i.e. the three errors?

“The guys that made the errors are pretty shorthanded. Whether we were excited a little bit, you can’t fault them for that. We’ve got a young kid playing shortstop. We’ve got Chipper who is a veteran, and we’ve got Danny Uggla who is a six, seven year veteran, so you can’t blame them for being inexperienced. But I’m sure we were excited. It’s a playoff game, a one game playoff, and 50,000 people this the seats or whatever, 50,000 plus, and we just didn’t do what we normally do and it hurt us.

Did that response from the fans catch you off guard?

“Well, I think we have very passionate fans here in Atlanta, and I think I’m a little disappointed with the reaction of throwing bottles and beer cans and you name it. For me, that’s uncalled for. I think we, as fans, and I understand. I understand the disappointment. But we can’t do that. As Atlanta Braves and people from Georgia, it doesn’t look good, and I’m a little disappointed in our fans from that standpoint.

“You get people injured out there, and it can get scary. It really is when you’re standing out there, whether you’re a St. Louis Cardinal, an Atlanta Brave or an umpire, and you have these things coming at you, it’s a scary moment.

As a guy in charge of his team is this the kind of night you dread? A one game playoff, your team doesn’t play like it’s been playing?

“Well, it’s the nature of our game, of our business. It hurts. Whether it’s a bad call or a bad play or we didn’t get to drive in the run. Nevertheless, in my opinion, I think you’ve got to judge our team over 162 game season. I’m so proud of them. Anybody could have one bad game. Anybody could have one bad call, whatever, and go against you. But you win 94 games after the September we had last year, and you’ve got to tip your hat to this club.

“It hurts. It hurts losing ballgames the way we did tonight.”

**MICHAEL BOURN

On the infield-fly ruling

“I don’t even want to talk about it, man. Some things, I’ve learned since I was 22, 23 years old. I probably would have gone ahead and said the wrong thing [back then], but I know better. I’m going to step back and keep my mouth shut. It hurt us in the game, but we’re not going to talk about it.”

Have you ever seen an infield-fly ruling on ball that deep in outfield?

“No, but it happened tonight. They say there’s a first time for everything. I guess they made the first time happen today with that call…. But we had a lot of chances. We didn’t play our best game tonight. I think if we had to do it all over again, we’d do it differently. But guess what? Time can’t roll back, it rolls forward.”

**DAN UGGLA

On the loss

“It sucks to go out like that. We had a great year. That’s why this one-game play-in is so tough. It’s hard to kind of justify [hanging] a playoff run and the season that we had just on one game. Just for the simple fact, we didn’t play our best baseball tonight. There was an opportunity late in the game where we may or may not could have gotten back in there or taken a lead. Who knows? We’ll never know.

“For that to be Chipper’s last game … it sucks to lose that last one, especially like that.”

On the errors

“I felt really confident after Rossy hit that two-run homer. Gave Meds a little two-run cushion to work with. Not a great cushion, but still it is a cushion. And we had a little hiccup with the double-play ball. I was trying to catch it and just get one… I had a ball that ate me up a little bit. I just couldn’t get a grip on it. That’s the way it goes sometimes. Nine times out of 10, we all make those plays. But that’s the way it went tonight.”

On the Wild Card game

“You could look at it both ways. Obviously the Cardinals are extremely ecstatic that there was a one-game playoff this year. We would’ve loved to have it last year. Ultimately I think in the long run, with the way baseball is, it should be decided over at least a three-game series. But it’s tough, you can’t really do that because it puts the team that won the division at a disadvantage by sitting around for a week or whatever [while a Wild Card series could be played]. But it’s unfortunate that our season came to an end. And like I said, we had opportunities. We didn’t take care of the baseball. And it stings. It stings to have the season we did, winning the first wild-card spot by six games or whatever, and then to come down to this one game.”

**KRIS MEDLEN

On the infield-fly ruling

“I saw it. It happened. But I just keep going back to … I’m not a finger-pointer. We didn’t play well today. Obviously that call is magnified by the situation. But if we make plays earlier, if I make better pitches earlier, it’s a different game. It’s easy to point fingers. Was it a bad call? I’ll leave you guys to decide that. I just think we could have put ourselves in a better situation.”

On Chipper’s error in three-run fourth

“That’s a play that he makes 99 out of 100 times. It’s a play that he makes all the time. It’s why we play the game. It’s not the same every single day. Even a Hall of Famer can make an error. I think I need to do a better job with damage control, knowing I need to try to get out of that situation that I was put into. I let those runs in.

“Allen Craig hit what I thought was a pretty good change-up, 3-1, which really hasn’t happened all year. When we made mistakes, they capitalized on them. That’s the name of the game. They’re a good team and they’re not going to let you get away with stuff like that.”

Were you amped up more than usual?

“Honestly no. Two or three days ago I think I was nervous. I didn’t sleep well one of the nights. But once everything got situated I was fine. I just knew I needed to come in here and and do the same thing I’d been doing all year, and just execute my pitches.”

Nerves not a factor?

“No, I think it almost helped me. I had a great first inning. I felt the crowd in my chest. It was loud every pitch. It was awesome. They came out in full force. It was just a great vibe and something I’ll never forget, being my first time in the playoffs.”

“I talked to D-Lowe [Derek Lowe] yesterday, and he said once you get past the buildup, and once you get the ball and get on the mound it just goes back to normal. And that’s exactly what happened. I could hear the crowd and feel the crowd, but I felt normal.”

On Wild Card game

“The new playoff system obviously was good for baseball. It’s easy for us to be in this situation and say, oh, we shouldn’t have this one-game thing. If we won, we wouldn’t be concerned about it, so… The Cardinals were the better team today. It could be debated if they were the better team all year, but we’re in the situation we’re in, and we needed to come out and play better today. We didn’t.”

“It kind of leaves a sour taste in your mouth, but it is the game we play and we choose to play it.”

On the fans’ reaction to the umpire’s call, the bottles thrown on field, etc.

“Obviously the crowd was pretty fired up. I’m not necessarily embarrassed about what the fans did. They were obviously into the game and all that.”

On Chipper’s last game

“It’s unfortunate. It sucks for him to have to go out like this.”

**ANDRELTON SIMMONS

On the infield-fly ruling

“I was stunned. I couldn’t understand the call. I didn’t even know what happened. The umpire was saying I was out at first, and I was like, for what reason? Fly ball in the outfield, how can …I didn’t understand the call.”

Have you seen an infield fly rule called on ball in shallow outfield?

“I’ve seen shallow, but not that far out, pretty much in left field. I’ve never seen that before. I don’t think anybody had seen that before.”

Strange night for you?

“Definitely. I felt like I could have helped the team more. I felt like I let the team down on a couple of occasions. It’s going to be a tough night for me, for sure.”

On the bunt

“It’s a safety squeeze. I didn’t get it passed the pitcher or towards the line like I wanted to. I failed to execute.”

Did you know you were running inside the line?

“I kind of knew. I didn’t feel like I was all the way in, but, I mean, I wasn’t paying attention to that very much.”

**UMPIRE SAM HOLBROOK

On what he saw

“I saw the shortstop go back and get underneath the ball where he would have had ordinary effort and would have caught the baseball, and that’s why I called the infield fly.”

Is there a difference making that call starting from third base or left field?

“It’s all judged on what the fielder does. Once that fielder establishes himself and he has ordinary effort on the ball, that’s when the call is made. So it wouldn’t matter whether it was from third base or on the line out there. But, again, it’s all based on what the fielder does, that’s what I went on, and that’s what I read.”

When you saw it again, were you confident in the call you made?

“Absolutely.”

221 comments Add your comment

fight on

October 6th, 2012
12:01 am

first…damn shame boys. we’ll figure it out.

BravesDude

October 6th, 2012
12:06 am

Whats worse, this or that 1997 NLCS game against the Marlins that Livan Hernandez pitched with that 12 inch extended strike zone? Nevermind, definitely this!

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 6th, 2012
12:08 am

Holbrook is a jerk

John

October 6th, 2012
12:08 am

Holbrook is a pompous idiot.

Choppinmama

October 6th, 2012
12:10 am

“Nate McLouth was a great find by the ‘Birds” quottage on MLB.

James

October 6th, 2012
12:10 am

Wow, umpire still saying he made right call lol. That’s not the reason we lost but it pisses me off that he didn’t man up and admit a mistake.

Myke hawk

October 6th, 2012
12:11 am

Good riddance Bourn. Haven’t seen your offense since the first half
Being last in the MLB in avg with RISP was a clear sign this team wasn’t going to go far
A .231? Pathetic

Joe Braves Fan

October 6th, 2012
12:13 am

I’m not disappointed in the fans at all. They were pissed and deservingly so. The one thing people need to know about Die-hard Braves fans is that they know and understand the game of baseball.

They knew they got jobbed and they rebelled against “the man”

Gil in Mechanicsville

October 6th, 2012
12:18 am

SAM HOLBROOK Is dumber than a box of rocks. He knows he blew that call. He will never admit it because he is an arrogant buffoon By the way Atlantians, . I am proud of you for being fired up. If I was there I would have thrown stuff too. It’s okay to raise a ruckus when you are being hosed…

Biff Pocoroba

October 6th, 2012
12:19 am

You can argue whether or not the infield fly rule was the right call… it’s somewhat vague. You CAN’T argue that the call was made MUCH too late. The rule states that the call must be made immediately. Did anyone ask Holbrook if “immediately” means a half-second before the ball touches the ground? I am surprised that the Braves didn’t base their protest on the fact that the call was made improperly.

Bobby's Cox

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors?

Alaska Braves Fan

October 6th, 2012
12:26 am

We made errors we seldom make. Medlen was good, but not quite as sharp as he has been. The infield fly rule call was wrong. Still, we would have won if we had not erred and if we had hit better with runners in scoring position. Also, we have to give credit to the Cards for playing a good game.

I’m really sad to have lost, but excuses don’t change a thing. Now, all of a sudden, we’re thinking about 2013.

ABF

Chop Chop

October 6th, 2012
12:26 am

Fredi’s sticking with the safety squeeze line. In that case, he is a damned fool.

Brava

October 6th, 2012
12:26 am

BREAKING: C.B. Bucknor, Joe West and Jerry Meals to present Sam Holbrook with MVU (Most Valuable Umpire) Award tomorrow.

Bravepc

October 6th, 2012
12:27 am

At least holbrook should be a man about it and admit it was a terrible call. There was no fielder under the ball and he called it a half second before the ball hit the ground. I understand people make mistakes but to say he saw the replay and he would call it again that is complete garbage. Of course mdl is not going to uphold the protest then they would have to look bad. F*$k bud selig and joe torres . And most of all f*$k sam holbrook you prick. Braves d put us in a bad situation but holbrook took away chances for the braves

Billy

October 6th, 2012
12:27 am

Umps and MLB sucks..just $$ honey MLB don’t give a damn for fans.

Chop Chop

October 6th, 2012
12:29 am

MICHAEL BOURN

On the infield-fly ruling

“I don’t even want to talk about it, man. Some things, I’ve learned since I was 22, 23 years old. I probably would have gone ahead and said the wrong thing [back then], but I know better. I’m going to step back and keep my mouth shut. It hurt us in the game, but we’re not going to talk about it.”

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Maybe you shouldn’t have been trying to hulk up on Motte’s fastball, dude. Try to put the ball in play and use your speed, why don’t ya?

Bobby's Cox

October 6th, 2012
12:30 am

The only objection I would have about the fans reaction is how it stopped the game & players get cold. But is was necessary, and that play stopped the momentum anyway. Something that bad deserves it. Atlanta fans are always criticized for not caring, and tonight they showed they care and won’t operate that BS. Also, people say they’re embarrassed cuz their kids were watching. That’s BS too. If your boss, your government, or anyone else hoses you like that, a statement needs to be made. Don’t train your kids to let people walk all over them.

gy6

October 6th, 2012
12:33 am

told you. last september. this march. chumps.

jared

October 6th, 2012
12:34 am

john schuerholz needs to go, he is worthless. You don’t need to apologize for the fans, you need to apologize to the fans. You’ve been terrible for over a decade. just leave….

ryan

October 6th, 2012
12:35 am

D.O.B great postgame comments from the CHOKERS has to be the three worst errors in one game as they all missed there target by 15 ft.

Bobby's Cox

October 6th, 2012
12:36 am

Hey Holbrook, the infield fly rule is to protect the offense you A-hole, not the defense. Now go back and look at that play for a 3rd time. If the runners could advance safely like they did, but yet a force out wasn’t made, tell me, whom did the outcome of your call really benefit?

Bobby's Cox

October 6th, 2012
12:36 am

Hey Holbrook, the infield fly rule is to protect the offense you A-hole, not the defense. Now go back and look at that play for a 3rd time. If the runners could advance safely like they did, but yet a force out wasn’t made, tell me, whom did the outcome of your call really benefit?

Bobby's Cox

October 6th, 2012
12:36 am

Hey Holbrook, the infield fly rule is to protect the offense you A-hole, not the defense. Now go back and look at that play for a 3rd time. If the runners could advance safely like they did, but yet a force out wasn’t made, tell me, whom did the outcome of your call really benefit?

STLatl

October 6th, 2012
12:42 am

Atlanta did what they have done best for the last 15 years… CHOKE WHEN IT MATTERS! Braves fans are a joke. The fact that people are making a huge deal about the game being a sellout shows you how pathetic your fan base is. The Cardinals are baseball in the NL. Sellouts are the norm in STL. Now everyone can get pumped about Thrashers Hock… oh wait. Didn’t they move?

Robert

October 6th, 2012
12:54 am

When the Braves go to spring training they should work on hitting with runners in scoring position. This ugly .231 RISP didn’t allow the team an attempt to cover up 3 fielding errors. Watching this team when they are behind they seem to lack confidence. In the 4th inning when Bourne led off with a signal there was no urgency to get in scoring position. How about a straight steal or hit and run. If the Braves would have been aggressive in the inning just maybe they could have scratched another run and been able to cover up Chipper’s error. I guess we will wait and see how upper management decides if a change in the dugout needs to be made. Any thoughts?

Darryl Blackberry

October 6th, 2012
12:56 am

There was a lot of anger in that crowd today. This is just one of many bad playoff games here in Atlanta, and it culminated in this. I can’t say that I blame any one of them.

I can say, however, that the infield fly rule was not created so that errors could be ruled outs. There was no way a double play could have occurred on that, so Holbrook shouldn’t have called it. The fact that Joe Torre would defend the umps doesn’t surprise me, but to say that he actually got the call right…? Unbelievable.

Michael Procton

October 6th, 2012
12:57 am

“I saw the shortstop go back and get underneath the ball where he would have had ordinary effort and would have caught the baseball, and that’s why I called the infield fly.”
Being as Kozma WASN’T ACTUALLY UNDER THE BALL, does this imply that any fly ball hit is an out as long as an infielder looks up in its general direction?

@STLatl

October 6th, 2012
1:03 am

Get a life and learn how to win like a man, idiot.

Jim Bob

October 6th, 2012
1:04 am

Stay classy Atlanta, stay classy. LOL.

nashvillewill

October 6th, 2012
1:09 am

Are we surprised, after watching this team for 162? Inconsistent play, failure to produce with RISP, terrible hitting by Uggla and Bourn, too many K’s, etc, etc. But the surprise was the defense (shades of Brooks Conrad, eh?), and, of course, the strange call in LF. But, ultimately, it was the team’s failures, not the umpires, that finished the season.
Going forward, it is my hope that they can unload Uggla and let Bourn go. With a little work Constanza could be the CF next year. Also hope Freddie and Heyward work on their approach and swings during the off-season. I am no fan of Fredi but this loss is on the players. (You could argue they not win the East because of his mismanagement of Uggla and other decisions, but his handling of pitchers was improved this year). Hate a one-game playoff and should shift at least to 2 of 3. Or get rid of Wild Card altogether, though the $ dictates otherwise. In short, MLB and Braves are a huge disappointment.

drbasic1

October 6th, 2012
1:09 am

forget the call……12 hits 3 runs……..so old same old…..nuff said

Baker

October 6th, 2012
1:10 am

Does Uggla stay with the Bravos? We’re paying the dude a boatload of money and he’s averaging .224 and 24 HRs with the Braves? .224?! Anyone making $13 MILL cant hit .224. And if you’re okay with that, youre running the team wrong.

Chippa's the man

October 6th, 2012
1:14 am

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

October 6th, 2012
12:24 am

Holbrook’s an idiot. The reason for the call is so you can’t double up a runner. Nothing was ordinary about the play. If you look at the runners they’re not on the bases, they’re 1/3 of the way like they would be on any shallow fly ball to the outfield. On infield fly rules, runners advance at their own discretion, and usually they’re on the bag so they’re no doubled off. That was no way ordinary you DipSh.t. How did this guy make it to the majors

Dave P

October 6th, 2012
1:14 am

Love you Chip. Will miss you so much. We got screwed tonight. Congrats on an amazing career and so many memories. You are one of the last pieces of my childhood. Hope you come back to Volusia County one day and I get to tell you this myself. Much love to you and your future endeavors. Bravos will be back at it next year…Prad, JHey, Freeman, Beach, Kimbrel, and Medlen are all young studs. Our best days are ahead. Already looking forward to the day when pitchers and catchers report. As Sutton says, Go Brave!!!!!!!

Thomas Brown

October 6th, 2012
1:23 am

So, what will I say when the Braves win ?

I am back. The Braves did not win. We did not hit. We also demonstrated as is seen on the “Braves blogs” what sorry fans you are.

Jay Dubu

October 6th, 2012
1:29 am

At least they celebrated clinching the wild card…that was our big moment this season!!

Day Old Fries

October 6th, 2012
1:30 am

12-27 in postseason since game one of the 1999 WS

12 and 27

pathetic.

Phillies guy

October 6th, 2012
1:36 am

That infield fly rule call was terrible. It was wrong. You Braves fans should be upset. And throwing things on the field is understandable in the passion of the moment in this one case. That call was atrocious.

OLDFAN

October 6th, 2012
1:38 am

Having been a Braves fan for many, many years I can agree that once again we got screwed. However, as always we leave runners on base time after time. Will NEVER forget watching Glavine, Smoltz and Madduz pitching their hearts out only to have runners stranded on base. Oh well, more of the same.

Dave P

October 6th, 2012
1:43 am

It’s weird that that we’ve been getting love from the Phillies fans. Bought time we could find something to agree on. Hope we made you all proud. We may not sell out like the Bank, but we have just as many passionate fans. I guess we should root for the East now…Go Expos?

JPnATL1980

October 6th, 2012
2:17 am

To Sam Holbrook: You are as stupid as you are blind, your a liar if you say you would make that call again, and how did you enjoy that infield fly trash you got hit with? I counted 4 direct shots. You belong with replacement refs, at home!!
Still that was not the reason we lost, poor defense, thats all there is to it….and a fire haired SS who is also lying when he says he didn’t know he was out of the base-path…still glad he’s on the team though, but grow up.
Finally, this was a bizarre game and it could only happen to my beloved Bravos..
Oh yeah….Uggla sucks….

Ekim56

October 6th, 2012
2:20 am

You can brag about being passionate fans all you want; it’s all fun and games until somebody gets clobbered with a bottle. No place for it. Boo, scream, turn your backs on the field, walk out of the stadium, whatever. Throwing stuff on the field is NEVER okay.

Ekim56

October 6th, 2012
2:21 am

Jim Joyce has class. Sam Holbrook, not so much.

thecoxman

October 6th, 2012
2:33 am

does anybody know how much old sam got for making that call. someone had a lot of money on the cards.

Impeller

October 6th, 2012
2:40 am

Go Chipper Go!!! And take Uggla with you. Please.

Watchman

October 6th, 2012
2:58 am

Wow. What a bunch of crybaby remarks in that article. It is obvious the Braves – as a whole – felt they had this game won before it even started. Ironic; the Phillies felt the same way in 2011 after this Cardinals team prevailed in the 5 game NLDS. Don’t put the cart before the horse, boys. With regard to the disappointment of a great 90-some win season hinging on the outcome of a single game, uh, maybe the Braves can explain WHY it should be best of 3. Um, the Braves, like the Cardinals, didn’t win a division title either and should feel grateful to have an opportunity to advance IF they can win ONE game. Single elimination Wild Card is the name of the game. If the Braves don’t like the format, well then win the division next time!!

Watchman

October 6th, 2012
3:02 am

So you’re getting love from Phillies fans? They can relate. They too had a preconceived notion in 2011 they were going to win the NLDS. Ah ah ah not so fast. Gotta actually PLAY the game ON THE FIELD, not in your feeble mind.

Watchman

October 6th, 2012
3:08 am

Phillies Guy: the MLB network broke down the infield fly rule call quite well. The umpires explained it all quite well in the post game presser. It was stated in the presser that when play was stopped after the call, ALL the umps unanimously agreed the proper call was made. The Braves lost the game due to much more than a controversial call. The lost the game because they played like the Houston Lastros or the Chicago Flubs. Period. And as for “passionate fans”, there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for littering the field, ESPECIALLY in a post season game! Classless Braves fans!! Far worse then Philly or Chicago fans.

John

October 6th, 2012
3:32 am

It is HILARIOUS to hear Philly fans saying that we have no class for littering the field when we all know that riots would be occurring in Philly if that call had cost them a series!! Go to HELL Philly fan. Im sorry that Braves fans quit being wet towels and finally showed passion and commitment to their team!! Yes the Braves had 3 errors but that call was a game changer! The call was late, the player was NOT underneath the ball and the ball was far to deep in the outfield. Torre and all of the umps can go to hell because they KNOW that was a bad call!

John

October 6th, 2012
3:35 am

and that comment was not directed to Phillies guy. You actually understand what passion is!

Scrambled eggs n Bacon

October 6th, 2012
3:36 am

Great game st.louis go home lose to Nats 3-0 in NLDS plays Giants for NLCS…and in AL since Texas pulled a atlanta brave they choke too… Baltimore vs Ny yankees and detroit vs Oakland…..Oakland vs Baltimore for ALCS …..in world series Washington vs Baltimore for world series and Nats win there first world series …..over Baltimore 4-2…..But like said if st.louis wins opener then You could see st.louis win it all…..also Frank Wren should be fired he told You and AJC rear kisser we better players we goin all the way yep all the way to spring trainin….and i love it fans throwin stuff wish one hit That turn coat braves accouncer Joe simpson he was a ass on TBS givin fans grief ….being critical of braves offense funny when he was doin game for sportsouth he never blasted manager plays….Joe simpson we had wish a bottle hit you!

It's a hole

October 6th, 2012
3:41 am

Just crawl back into that hole. We know it too well!

It's a hole

October 6th, 2012
3:41 am

Just crawl back into that hole. We know it too well!

cruisin' the field

October 6th, 2012
3:49 am

the fans just gave back to the game what they got out of it.

omar

October 6th, 2012
4:18 am

go f yourself, Brilliant a**hole

ricky aldridge

October 6th, 2012
4:28 am

Holbrook is either lying or too proud to admit he was wrong. The shortstop never made it back to the ball,and he made the call way too late. I think the game was rigged,plain and simple. Money(the love of) has destroyed America’s game.

Thomas Brown

October 6th, 2012
4:35 am

The call was correct once a fielder could reasonably get under the ball, which he did, in fact 2 did.

Thomas Brown

October 6th, 2012
4:39 am

It made no difference.

The difference was when Chipper Jones threw the ball to Dan Uggla for the double-play followed by the pop-up to left field Martin Prado let bounce and hit the fence over his head. That’s 3 outs, not their big inning.

Also, Dan Uggla took a 2-strike pitch directly into the mitt held there from the beginning and got a walk. Was the pitch off-the-plate ? Yes, barely. Then, the back-up catcher gets 4-strikes or the game is 1-6.

Brilliant!

October 6th, 2012
4:46 am

Ricky borrow some money from your mom and buy the MLB network. They showed on replays that the ball landed exactly one step to Kozma’s left from where he was standing when he abandoned the fly ball he was camped under.

They’ll also show you replays of other infield fly rule calls made by umpires throughout the baseball season that are ALL made with the exact same timing as Mr. Holbrook’s call….because that is how they are taught to make it.

When you buy MLB network they show baseball games every week where you can learn the rules and understand when they’re called correctly.

Happy Watching!!

Paul May

October 6th, 2012
4:50 am

Come on people, this is not about an umpiring call. This is a team that did not hit with risp all season. Stop blaming others. What happens in a one game playoff is magnified, the good and the bad. The players have to accept responsibility. Same old story for Atlanta. Kinda like the 1990’s all over again.

son's who?

October 6th, 2012
4:54 am

Am I the only one who feels the the fans were really frustrated by yet another poor showing by the home team in the playoffs, and the bad judgement call in the eighth inning was merely an excuse to vent their continuing frustration?

Jim Edwards

October 6th, 2012
4:57 am

That ump never made the signal for infield fly until he saw it was going to drop beyond the fielders grasp. Horrible call. Worst call I’ve ever seen. Bet on the Cards. The fix is in. It’s the only way to explain it.

StoleOurMOney

October 6th, 2012
5:19 am

First, terrible call on Simmons bunt. That was a Cardinal error. Then, terrible call on a misplayed ball to the outfield, another Cardinal error. Those 2 calls took at least 2 runs off the board, probably 4,5 or 6. Both calls made by THE SAME UMP.

Game was fixed. Fly ball to left field, completely misplayed by the outfielder…CALLED AN OUT?

Game was fixed, and MLB had plenty of time to fix it and CHOSE to not get it right. Game was fixed, and MLB is now no different than Wrestling. What a joke. No more baseball for me. We paid a lot of money for those tickets only to see the first time a player was called out on an untouched fly ball hit to the outfield in baseball history.

And these idiots wonder why people threw stuff? Because we just paid hundreds of dollars to come see a “game” that was predetermined yesterday. And they wonder why people are upset? Everyone at that game should have been given a refund. We paid to see a game. What we saw was a fixed contest with a predetermined winner…that call is HARD PROOF.

Adios, Braves. Adios MLB. After taking off work and spending $1,200 on this trip, well, we won’t be coming back to any more baseball games.

smallmouth6

October 6th, 2012
5:24 am

Sam Holbrook: Absolute idiot.

Let's be honest!

October 6th, 2012
5:40 am

The braves were not the better team for one. And the errors put them in a postion to lose! Now as far as the call. Yes it was a bad call. Yes we got hosed. I will go as far as to say this was what baseball wanted. A conspiracy brings publicity. Publicity brings dollars. I believe also the baseball powers that be really didn’t want the team from Atlanta to succeed. Typical northern bias! If the ball had dropped one foot from the outfield wall, I am not sure the umps wouldn’t have called an out!

Let's be honest!

October 6th, 2012
5:45 am

This looks like what you see at a wrestling match. It looked like the umps stole the game. I wonder how many baseball fans have lost trust in the game, and probably won’t come back. Looks like a waste! I am done with it.

mjn99

October 6th, 2012
6:09 am

The umpires did not lose this game., the players did. They did what they did the past two years and that is waste opportunities that the Crads didn’t. End of story. Did anyone who watched this team over the past few years honestly expect anything else. I didn’t.

Preston Thompson

October 6th, 2012
6:24 am

While all you folks are hot and spouting off, like I’ve said all year these players won’t get it done and they didn’t. When you have a team with the mindset they are all home run kings all are hero’s, this is what you get. Simmons has had so much hot air blown up his butt he thinks he’s superman, and act’s like it. And Mr Uggla, mercy dude, it’s time to go.

At any rate anybody that doesn’t think this team needs a makeover really needs a head check. Two player that can run with speed and y’all are pissed at um.

By the way, who plays third now. Some patch work crap of frank and freddie or a real third baseman? So many places to fix and nobody available. My my what a mess of a team. So many home run kings and no hitters.

Oh, you did see a hitting team in the Cards. Singles and doubles. They win you ball games. Just wait till next year, right?

Braves Cleanup Crew

October 6th, 2012
6:43 am

I knew there was a lot of trash in Atlanta, but it was all at Turner Field last night. Braves fans are ass stains. Glad to see you showing your character to the rest of the nation. And I’m even more glad to see that you just plain lost. No one deserves it more. Chipper’s probably crying in his corn flakes this morning.

The Atlanta Braves… the nutsack of the National League, tired, sweaty, and draggin’ way behind as usual. Enjoy the post season!

Maggie

October 6th, 2012
6:53 am

SAM HOLBROOK is an idiot – BRAVES CLEANUP CREW – you need another job if you dislike the way BRAVE fans react to such a bad call. CHIPPER JONES – how would the game have played out if you hadn’t that error.

Tampa Gator

October 6th, 2012
7:10 am

The Braves embarrassed themselves on the filed.

The Braves fans embarrassed themselves in the stands.

Too bad, because that was the most passion a playoff crowd has exhibited since the worse to first fans in 1991.

Pud Selig

October 6th, 2012
7:13 am

Sam Holbrook , Joe Biden what’s the difference?I can’t tell

bill

October 6th, 2012
7:29 am

When a man makes a mistake he owns up to it. When a piece of crp umpire makes a mistake from now on when he lies about it we will call it a Sam Holbrook. The umpire at third was totally peeved that he made that call and at least two others wanted to kill him too. Be aman not a walking lump of crap.

StLouisLifeTimeFan

October 6th, 2012
7:31 am

I have been a Cards fan for as long as I can remember, and have empathy for Braves fans especially considering the unique circumstances surrounding last night’s play in game. However, Braves fans who are saying @$%# Bud Selig, the umps, Joe Torre (perhaps fans forgot that he played and managed in Hotlanta), etc. forget that the average season attendance in 2012 was 27k (60% capacity). So, why are fans (50k or so) who showed up last night, many for the first time this season so incensed. Perhaps it would heop if fans supported the team all season, like some other fans for example a smaller city that put over 3 million fans in the seats in 2011 averaged 40k per game or 91%. .

Bill M.

October 6th, 2012
7:32 am

I’m proud of the Braves and the fans. If this happened in another city the fans would have reacted the same way. The game was lost from errors and lack of hitting with runners on. Something needs to be done about the infield fly rule.John Schurholz get out of Atlanta. The fans are great. Please get Joe Simpson & Joe Torre out of baseball. Now what will the Braves do this off season. I think it’s time to cut ties with McCann, Hanson, Uggla and any other dead wood. Did anyone see McCann putting eye drops in his eyes? I think he has vision problems that’s not going to get any better. I would not invest alot of money in him.Do something with Uggla and put Prado back at second. They will need 2 OF’s and a 3rd baseman. They need one power arm. That’s asking alot & I don’t think it’s possible with that bunch out in Colorado qwning the team.

StLouisLifeTimeFan

October 6th, 2012
7:34 am

My bad. The 40k and 60% stat is for 2012 season in the Lou.

bill

October 6th, 2012
7:35 am

how can Fredi call a safety squeeze in that situation . He s the dumbest manager in baseball. Why did he not talk to Holbrook and say just admit you kicked it and its over. Lie like you are lieing and I stay out here til you toss me. It is why in sports nothing matters except the score.

bill

October 6th, 2012
7:35 am

how can Fredi call a safety squeeze in that situation . He s the dumbest manager in baseball. Why did he not talk to Holbrook and say just admit you kicked it and its over. Lie like you are lieing and I stay out here til you toss me. It is why in sports nothing matters except the score.

Fly OnThe Wall

October 6th, 2012
7:36 am

Another hard pill to swallow last night. Lots of blame to pass around. It’s tough to be true Brave fan, just like it’s tough to be a Auburn fan this year and Dale Jr. fan….but I remain loyal to my teams through good times and bad.

I still love the Braves.

Thanks for the memories Chipper, come back and coach when your ready.

StLouisLifeTimeFan

October 6th, 2012
7:36 am

Haveing a bad morning. Too much partying last night. 40k and 90% in 12 in St. Louis. I know, I should be an umpire. Go Falcons! Go Hawks! Sorry, can’t say Go Bulldogs!

bill

October 6th, 2012
7:40 am

DOB what the hell was fredi thinking with a safety squeeze with a no hit pitcher up next. If I am wrong explain it to me. Fredi is an idiot.

bill

October 6th, 2012
7:44 am

I have been a Braves fan for forty years and they continue to depress me time after time. Last year they choked yesterday they choked.
Why should I pay to watch them after all these years of promises and disapointment and next year UGGLA is right back at second. If your work was as bad as Fredi and Dan you would be unemployed.

dejavualloveragain

October 6th, 2012
7:44 am

Well, another loss for the city with the worst overall playoff sports record in the ENTIRE country. Guess we need to build them a new stadium like the Falcons. Do the fans a favor, sell the team and move it. Seems nothing good happens in Atlanta until the team or players move elsewhere and then they start playing for real.

bill

October 6th, 2012
7:48 am

The Braves announce
rs thought Simmons bunted on his own and said it was a rookie mistake. Fredi admits he called it and you can here

Braves announcers call simmons bunt a rookie mistake but when they discover Fredi called it yo can hear crickets chirping in the announcers booth. I bet Skip was shaking his head from the perss box in the sky.

crickets chirping in the announcers booth

mike

October 6th, 2012
7:49 am

What a game. To bad the Braves have to lose the whole season on a one game playoff. I have a hard time believing that the call was the reason that the game was lost. Having watched the game there were multiple mistakes that were made. By almost everyone. The hardest part of the game to watch was the fans throwing trash at the players. This town that has a proud baseball tradition, The fans on this day gave the rest of the nation a reason to look at us like we were all ( People of Walmart ).

Joey

October 6th, 2012
7:55 am

Hey, Brilliant!, I wonder if the ump has gotten death threats, you know, like the “classy St Louis fans” made back when they got a bad call:

“In the immediate aftermath of the 1985 World Series debacle, Denkinger received many hateful letters (including death threats) from Cardinals fans.”

Yeah, really classy.

And you are full of crap about the bad call – the longest fly ball anyone can remember when the infield fly rule was invoked was 178′.

Last night’s fly ball to left field was measured 258′ from home plate.

Got another lie to tell, or insult to throw.

CamiloAtlanta

October 6th, 2012
8:00 am

You just knew it would end this way. The curse continues.

Gritz

October 6th, 2012
8:03 am

Reading the player’s comments I noticed that while Chipper owned up to his error and poor play Uggla would only use the word “we” when referring to same.

That not only shows the difference between Chipper and Uggla as ballplayers, it shows the difference between the two as men.

Ralph

October 6th, 2012
8:07 am

It would be great to get rid of Uggla and his $13mil payroll but who in their right mind would take them?

Gritz

October 6th, 2012
8:08 am

And for 2013?….It will probably be worse or the same as it was this year…indifferent owners at Liberty, mediocre general manager, lower tier manager in Fredi, offensive black holes in Uggla and apparently now McCann…

The only bright spots I see are Heyward, Freeman and our pitching. There will be way too many holes on this team for it to be a serious contender in the NL, and Liberty won’t crack the wallet open any further to change that. At least I won’t have to watch Bourn strike out any longer with bases loaded. Enjoy your Yankee pinstripes Bourn…

rfgh

October 6th, 2012
8:09 am

What really ticks me off, is the absolute power these idiot umpires have. With the technology available, they should all be unemployed. Holbrook’s arrogance, as with all these pompous jerk umpires,only makes it worse. It would make you appreciate their tough job if they would ADMIT it when they make a mistake. But, they NEVER do!!!!

mike

October 6th, 2012
8:11 am

Poll question for this morning. Who thinks the call was the reason The Braves lost?

rfgh

October 6th, 2012
8:14 am

There is never one reason for a loss. There are plays/decisons that make the list of reasons unneccessarily longer.

Ralph

October 6th, 2012
8:14 am

A year without Uggla, Chipper, McCann D Lowe and JJ, $54million, what could we buy for that? Some might say a whole team.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

October 6th, 2012
8:14 am

U dont win when u dont hit with men on base
Same tired story all year

See yall next spring, maybe

mike

October 6th, 2012
8:17 am

Thank you rfgh. Just tired of reading about this one call. Many reasons but I do believe that everyone needs to vent ( They have the right to ) Just like I have the right to be tired of all the blame on one call.

fan

October 6th, 2012
8:18 am

Weird managing, unbelievable errors, a bad call, early lead – what a way to end the year.

Lawton

October 6th, 2012
8:19 am

here’s how you know the umps knew it was a bad call, fredi tried to get tossed and they wouldn’t throw him out. Reliford walks into the media room with the rulebook in his hand and a chip on his shoulder. More than any other sport, baseball umps tend to be arrogant little babies.

Gritz

October 6th, 2012
8:19 am

One last vent for me….While overall I agree with Joe Simpson’s comments about the throwing of trash on the field after the phantom infield fly rule call (it was classless and dangerous) there was something about Simpson’s eagerness to chastise Atlanta fans and occupy the ivory tower of piety that rubbed me the wrong way.

I’m sure TBS told Simpson before the broadcast “Hey pal, you’re not the “Braves announcer” for this game. You’re an impartial “national announcer.”

Simpson took the advice a little too easily and joyfully for my taste…..

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