8:39 pm October 5, 2012, by David O'Brien
October 5th, 201210:38 pm
The only reason there are foul line umpires in the playoffs are because umpires get bonus pay for playoff games and they have a union.
Who turns off a big game in the 5th inning? #notafan
Who turns off a big game in the 5th inning? #notafan…
October 5th, 201210:39 pm
thank God the Falcons play Sunday. the REAL ATLANTA team will beat the Redskins. The Braves just choke and choke. yet this year the Falcons are showing they care and are serious.
October 5th, 201210:40 pm
“So glad to see Chipper go out on a sour note. This is the guy who cheated on his wife and had a baby with someone else. Can’t stand the guy. Go Cards!!”
Yeah, perhaps a bit of karma happening. Many fans find a way to sweep this stuff under the rug, but it doesn’t go ignored by all.
The infield fly rule is stated: “as long as your p-n-s is longer than Joe Simpson’s and you hold your glove up in the air, it’s in effect”, Why is everyone so mad? I don’t comment much, but I know y’all like that one.
October 5th, 201210:42 pm
it was a good call,
and MLB stood behind a good call.
Atleast the trash throwing braves fans will have something to whine about for the next 6 months
what if, if being a very big word.
Word has it the umps though about changing the call until the braves trashed the field.
then rightly said they do not deserve to win!
Sid Bream's Leg
I hope Steve Bartman wasn’t at the game.
October 5th, 201210:44 pm
Winner sounds like a wuss. stfu and stop whining. the fans were AWESOME!!! i loved it!
To the so-called “GT and Braves Fan”. Get a life. Now you blame this on first the media, then political parties and then unions. You give Tech a bad name. The fans were classless; the Braves deserved to lose; it’s just a game. Mistakes will be made. People aren’t perfect; why is it so necessary that the game be fair. This is why soccer (real football) is the superior sport. Fans bitch about calls, but in the long run the game is won or lost; the season is won or lost during the run of play.
October 5th, 201210:45 pm
Mike, the bad call the Packers got lost them a regular season game…they can still with the Super Bowl, so it doesn’t really hurt them. They have done it before all on the road.
gaknight sounds like a retard. soccer fans in england and europe would have BURNT THE PLACE DOWN FOR THIS CALL! THEY HAVE DONE IT FOR MUCH LESS!!!
Infield fly call = BAD
Braves defense = WORSE
Fan reaction = WORST
I love the Braves like they’re my family, but throwing beer bottles on the field after a bad call was absolutely the worst thing that could have happened. Not easy explaining that to my kids. I was embarrassed too for all Braves’ fans and for my city. Joe Simpson calls it like it is, and that’s why he’s a good commentator.
October 5th, 201210:46 pm
The Braves were not playing well, and then the refs apparently started to make stuff up…
This is baseball. They aren’t “refs”, they’re umpires.
October 5th, 201210:47 pm
QUIT WHINING SUPA. KEEPS YA KIDS AWAY FROM FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES WHEN ALCOHOL IS FLOWING. YOU SHOULD KNOW ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN WHEN BOOZE IS FLOWING. GET REAL BUD.
I’m one of his few supporters…but still don’t see why Fredi would have Simmons bunt with Medlen up next…
NO MORE FREDI
October 5th, 201210:49 pm
Looks like Torre gets the last laugh (again) for getting fired by the Braves.
October 5th, 201210:50 pm
I love that someone named Hillbilly D corrected another blogger.
jase, you mom says it is past your bedtime,
you have to get up early to get to your McDonalds job!!!
Wrong. They were using 6 umpires in the World Series in the 1940’s. The Umpires Union wasn’t formed until 1970.
October 5th, 201210:51 pm
I’m a Nats fan, but wanted to take a moment to congratulate the Braves team on a tremendous season. I’m sure it sucks to have your team lose, but I’m envious of all the years your team has reached the post-season. Losing in the playoffs sucks, but at least you’re regulars. The last six to eight weeks have been pretty nerve racking for us in DC. It’s surprising to read so much negativity from the fans — you’ve got 94 wins after all. See you next Spring.
Not Wren’s fault, not Fredi’s fault, not even Holbrook’s fault (despite how angry I am about a guy with poor judgment getting paid to make judgment calls–tonight, Greinke, McGwire, etc.). Chipper is finally gone (a “winner”, but only once a champion). Uggla is strictly “you get what you pay for”. McCann has always been a DH who plays for an NL team. On any AL team he’d be a fantastic DH who could catch in a pinch. In the NL he’s a liability, especially if he ain’t hitting like an All-Star. The Braves will have a TON of money to spend next year. Here’s hoping they (for once) spend it wisely.
Adam Wainwright is a known closet h-mo
Hank the Hammer
October 5th, 201210:52 pm
No game is called perfectly. According to the strike zone chart on tv, Medlin threw about 20 pitches more due to strikes being called balls. He had at least 3 more batters struck out but the homeplate ump called balls instead of stikes. Would have been the difference of the game if the homeplate ump had been perfect or if some kind of replay or computer had been used to call balls and strikes.
An ump = mistakes. Sad but true.
Braves were Obamaized just like America………………….
Come on AJC, call it like it is. The photo caption says “Chipper hustles”. No he didn’t, he got lucky because he slowed down several feet before he got to first on that final at bat. If he had ran through the bag like we are taught, he would have been safe by a long shot. He gave up on it and assumed he was out. Not a good example. BTW, the entire infield made errors tonight, except for Freeman at first, including the pitcher(Venters). It was a bad call by the umpire by the game was already lost before that. Sad display of major league baseball. Makes it easy now to switch over to the Oakland A’s, so thanks Braves!
The fans were not just mad at umps call they were showing their frustration for Braves 17 years of choking. Have not won a play-off game since 2001.
Braves need to get over the BC days and get some new blood from other organizations.
Always love Chipper but he was a big disappointment as he played like he didn’t wont to be there.
Uggla I hope will be gone..for ball bag.
Sign David Wright and get a power hitting RF.If Bourn wants to much $$ get the kid FA in CF with Giants . Get rid of Hanson..ant the fat bench. Trade McCann while you can to AL.
Pope UGA XXIII
October 5th, 201210:53 pm
One of the main reasons I don’t care for professional baseball any
longer is all of this wild card nonsense. A sudden death playoff with
the fifth best team making the playoffs ?? Give me a break, please.
If you have to have a four team playoff, take the four teams with the
best damn records. Otherwise, just make it like high school basketball.
Every team goes into the tourney, then maybe the Astros get hot and
win it all.
I would like to think this is the peak of the mountain of crap Atlanta sports fans have had to endure in recent history, but I know the Falcons and the NFL are going to top this somehow. I just know this. I really need to be in Vegas when the Falcons host the NFC Championship. Easy money on the visitor.
Tonight I was proud to be a Braves fan. Can’t blame this one on them. They were loud and they showed the world we are sick of this playoff crap. Just happened to be the Cardinals that got 20 years of frustration taken out on them.
Not a fan of our manager and hope Frank will go get us Francona or even Smoltz. I don’t think Fredi can get us to the promise land.
October 5th, 201210:54 pm
FREDI has to be fired………Chippers last game was a complete disater…………all of his years of expreience….why do you swing at first pitch…the pitv=cher is scared of him ..but he swings at first pitch……..i just sick of the obvious….errors…………..
Thanks harper34. Good luck to the Nats. Beat the Cards.
Ken Stallings – sometimes a criminal act is not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do!
Oh yeah, and then there’s Bourn, who tried like hell the last week of the season to regain the NL SB title (and failed) because it’s the only way he’ll get paid what Boras is telling him he’s worth. Good luck in Philly next year, Mikey.
Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)
Losing like this would be unacceptable in any circumstance, but for the umpires to enforce a ruling that is clearly wrong no matter what the rules book says. What they did is WRONG and I can prove it……right here, right now.
Had this been game seven of the world series…….the umpires would reverse the call and call it an error and the runner would be safe.
October 5th, 201210:55 pm
MLB has hurt it’s product with this idiotic playoff system worse than the 1994 strike. Texas is about to be eliminated too. Two single games in one day lose two major markets. Couple that with Umps on the take and ticket and cable prices out of control. They will lose lots of fans. The trash on the field is a sign of frustration with the paying MLB fans. And we have to listen to pompous goofs like Joe Simpson as well? I have been a fan forty years. I am taking break from this crooked sport. Steroids, monopolies, crooked umps. Forget it.
Tired of the Braves!
October 5th, 201210:56 pm
I’m tired on these chokers! UGA, too!
“Adam Wainwright is a known closet h-mo”
What did I miss?
October 5th, 201210:57 pm
Call did not matter
braves lost all on their own…..
October 5th, 201210:58 pm
The O’s are winning over Texas..hope O’s win. They just said after game the would talk to umps in Atlanta and players from both teams.
I’m now pulling for Nationals, A’s and O’s
“Not easy explaining that to my kids.”
Oh the humanity!
October 5th, 201210:59 pm
Getting rid of Fredi will help but getting rid of Liberty Media will be the best thing for the Braves to be serious contenders.
Fire Joe Simpson. I never want to hear that guy again. He’s a complete traitor for REPEATEDLY calling out Braves fans. He’s the one who should be embarrassed – for not being able to say something new and just repeating his criticism over and over instead. If Joe Simpson is broadcasting Braves games in the future, I’m turning the channel. I hope others will boycott as well.
Big Crimson 75
October 5th, 201211:00 pm
We got the pitching next year.
Time to spend a little money.
Freddie is legit at 1st. Heyward in Right.
Singleton at Short. Prado to 3rd.
Goodbye Uggla. Let Bourne walk.
Spend some $$ on a 5 tool LF & CF.
October 5th, 201211:01 pm
Folks, somehow you have to get past this. The correct call was made.
You missed the fact that he has paid off two families in South Georgia not to disclose his fetish. It’s a fact.
Tough ending, wish the fans had not trashed the field-yet one may feel compelled to display anger after such a ridiculous call,after all no one was hit, the bottles are plastic….
Next year, thanks chipper,goodbye and Uggla, NO thanks and get the hell out of dodge,mabye center field-after bourne folded like an accordion (BASES loaded and strike three!!), offer 5-7 mill per year( I cannot believe I wrote that). Need a left fielder.
As for FG, He gets another year,as September was a very good job. Fire FW, somebodies head must roll and he has an excellent head of hair and should land softly…
As for Ted please come back to the TED and buy this team some great players, please
October 5th, 201211:02 pm
@Oren Speigler~ I agree with your sentiment, however, it does no good to tell fans about sportsmanship because they are rabid and completely unable to be objective and calm when “their team” loses. They are too emotionally connected to see and hear reason.
October 5th, 201211:03 pm
Adam W is a h-mo
CA are you a Idiot? That was not the correct call. read the book.
October 5th, 201211:04 pm
Lol. 4 seats for your family, 4 hotdogs and drinks, parking….$750 straight to the pockets of surly baseball players. Chippah throwing the game away and classless rednecks throwing their beer dregs onto the field…priceless. haha
While it’s true that was a bad call, the Braves threw away this game on their own. I am also tired of hearing how clutch Chipper is/was.
October 5th, 201211:05 pm
“Folks, somehow you have to get past this. The correct call was made.”
Mr. Law & Order over here…
Its Ironic that a year ago Sports Illustrated rated Atlanta as the worst sports city in the country. I can’t help but feel this week year after year. Its getting old. What a horrible way to end Chippers career, couldn’t do it for him of Bobby.
October 5th, 201211:06 pm
Ugh, seeing Chipper in an post-game Affliction t-shirt makes it easy to see him walk away as well…
Ty Cobb's cleats
MLB just wants your ticket money. They don’t want to hear displeasure over crappy umps. Hell they used to throw knives at players in the old days, not plastic cups.
October 5th, 201211:07 pm
Yes Bill, lets all go home and read a book
books will get you thru times of no brave baseball
better than brave baseball will get you thru times of no books
October 5th, 201211:08 pm
Sid, and what is your point?
The Brave Californian
HATE this one game playoff format! Instead of being able to come back tomorrow and right the ship, the ship is sunk on the very first day of the post-season. And baseball couldn’t have scheduled a 3-game series? So what if the season is 2 or 3 days longer. The reality of finishing well ahead of St. Louis in the win column, and then seeing it all go down the drain in a single game is very unfair, and, as I think Chipper said, it stinks!
October 5th, 201211:09 pm
I am so glad the fans trashed the field on that call. The call was blatantly outrageous! The cardinals and their fans can go suck it.
Can’t wait for the NATS to wipe the floor with you.
Winner The damn rule book for Mr. CA..smart a@@
October 5th, 201211:10 pm
And chipper might go home and smack his wife around again….
October 5th, 201211:11 pm
and furthermore…Mr. Joe Simpson you are a good man. I grew up next to you and your family, but the only thing embarrassing tonight was you.
October 5th, 201211:12 pm
Bill game over, take your medicine
It was a good call, and it stands
October 5th, 201211:13 pm
I really does not surprise me why Atlanta, as a sports town, has only won one major sport championships. The Braves, Falcons, Hawks and all those failed hockey teams just can’t muster what it takes to win a championship………heart.
Don’t care who wins in the playoffs now.
Just hope the Nats don’t win a series. They should not come out smelling like roses for all the dumb Strasburg handling/decision/drama they made.
October 5th, 201211:15 pm
Terrible throw Chomper!! that is how I will always remember you!! should have been a double play but instead you throw it into right field!
and tell me why the hell was Simmons bunting with runners on 1st and 3rd with one out and the the pitcher batting next. if Freddie called that he needs to go! If not they need to teach Simmons how the game is played and use his head!
I know weeks ago that if we had to play a one game playoff against the redbirds we would lose. some how it don’t even feel like we made the playoffs! thanks bud !!
So many negative comments!!! Im not watching baseball the rest of the year. Its heartaching for all the fans!!! We should be still proud of them for what they have done this year! Think how the other teams feal that didn’t make it this far? Pittsburg for example 20 years & no playoffs!! We should be proud of our braves & just wait till next year, as for me no more baseball till next year!!
October 5th, 201211:16 pm
Bill, do you really have a clue. An outfielder can be involved with the in-field fly rule (2.00). The umpire can not call it until the ball begins to return to the ground, after reaching its highest point. Therefore, the umpire can not call it, until he determines that the ball is returning, and that the fielder (who can be an outfielder) made ordinary effort. The umpire judged there was a point of ordinary effort. He called it, as soon as he could. You can not call an IFR until ordinary effort and apex has been established. So, let me ask. Do YOU know the rule, or are you just so mad, you can’t think straight?
The only way to put an end to Bud Selig’s horse-bull is to alleviate MLB’s anti-trust exemption! It’s truly the only thing they fear! Do away with divisions, restore the balanced schedule (it will be difficult with two 15-team leagues, but not impossible given interleague play), and let the top 4 teams in each league make the playoffs. 1 and 3 play in the first round, as do 2 and 4. The winners advance, etc. Plenty of money and fun to go around, but not as much as chaotic gambling situations like having a clearly inferior 5th place team defeat a clearly superior 4th place team (that would have been a champion in some of the other divisions). In the current scenario, the Detroit Tigers have won their division and have home-field advantage in the first round, yet have the SEVENTH best record in the American League). Absurd!
October 5th, 201211:17 pm
That game was pure choke…don’t blame the umps…the braves had heimlic syndrome…they are the biggest chokers in the history of any sport. How many straight one and done losses did they say it was again? Blow 8 1/2 game lead last year…kick the ball all over the field against San Fran in last play off series…and spit the bit tonight with 3 errors…call it what it was they once again choked…they have Heimlic Syndrome….they don’t chew their food well enough…consumate choke artists…best I ever saw at choking!!!!
My son is an idiot. I apologize to all of you.
October 5th, 201211:18 pm
Count_Schemula, why must you insult me for stating facts? It was an umpire’s judgement. He made the call in proper time, and in the manner that it must be made.
October 5th, 201211:20 pm
Please remove “headlines” spam from the blog. Thank you.
Terrible game for the Braves and horrific call.
My son plays with Barbie Dolls. Should I be worried?
October 5th, 201211:22 pm
CA – if you were actually watching this game you would have noticed that the infielder never was established and the umpire waited until the ball was about to hit ground to make the call, which is far closer to the ground than at the apex of its return.
October 5th, 201211:24 pm
There is no way that an umpire can blow a call that bad unless there is a payout involved. A little league ump doesn’t blow a call that bad…this ump will probably get a suspension and knew he would bear the wrath of fans and the league office before he made the call. Months or years later you may hear of a payment to a Swiss or Cayman bank on the behalf of this ump…maybe not the mob is pretty good….all of the umps at this game should get a suspension for not overturning the call…We don’t need additional umps to make horrible calls ..4 is plenty…The league office(Torre) wouldn’t have overturned that call if the ball had landed on the warning track…it’s all about the money …go ahead and put Rose and shoeless Joe in the hall of fame…MLB has no shame
I agree with David. That was a bought call.
October 5th, 201211:26 pm
I wonder if that call would have been made against the Yankees?
Trashman, I have watched it many times already.
October 5th, 201211:27 pm
NOOOO WAY! FOR the yanks though-for sure.
Joe Braves Fan
The call was bad, the defense was worse.
Braves fans should roast Joe “high road” Simpson. He’s a disgrace to Braves baseball. His “high and mighty” shtick is as stale as a 3 week loaf of bread. Either be the passionate voice of the Braves and their fans, or get the hell out Trader Joe.
October 5th, 201211:28 pm
Everything’s fine. Everything’s fine. Nothing to see here.
Dear Atlanta Braves: Feel free to buy out Joe Simpson’s contract and get rid of him. After his crap tonight, I do not want to ever hear him broadcast another Atlanta Braves game.
Chipper and I have something n common…..this was both our last Braves Game. After being a Braves fan for 35 years, I am done. If MLB won’t get a replay system in place then what is the point of going? Just flip a coin and decide who will win…..it will be simpler.
Freddie Gonzalez is a gutless coward. The umps intimidate him and it shows. How he can remain in the dug out after that call??? He is the only manager who would be there. Every other manager in MLB would have made the umpires kick them out.
For the Braves, City of Atlanta and MLB security to treat this game like a regular season game is a joke. MLB manipulated the playoff games to cause tension of a game 7 situation. They did not have the security to match a game 7 situation. Thank god this happened in Atlanta. Anywhere else a riot would have occurred and people would be dead. The idiot who manages the 750 club should be fired. If they can’t figure out to pull the ketchup and mustard bottles after the first ones were thrown then they are a just a moron
October 5th, 201211:29 pm
Plastic bottles have killed many a fan at sporting events over the years. This was flat out dangerous!
The infield fly rule was correct. We choked with those errors. I just wish General Sherman would have also taught us some manners when he came through in ‘65. No such luck. Guess I have to retire from this joke of a town.
October 5th, 201211:30 pm
Why don’t we have replay in baseball?
# get the freaking calls right
Larry – the infield fly was not correct.
Joe S. Must GO
Nice job…….I liked you…emphasis on PAST TENSE.
Dan The Man
For starters, the Braves were in this situation because they committed 3 errors and if the defense played their game, you would not have been freaking out on a call by the UMPS. Plus, read the rule book, they made the correct call.
Best way to sum up the fans is DISGRACEFUL. An embarrasement to the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Everyone of you who participated in that display should have been arrested. Where, on earth was security, cause on the TV, it looked few and far between. Across the country, the Braves fans have been mocked for years with the stupid Tomahawk chop and now this classless incident. Shame on you-you call yourself fans. No Way you are not fans, fans dont throw objects and put your team and the visitors team in danger and to have this be remembered as Chipper Jones last game is ashame.
October 5th, 201211:31 pm
I embarrassed myself tonight.
Bad calls or not, the Braves choke more than anyone (other than the Indians). Chipper, don’t let the door hit you on your butt on the way out you lousy jerk. Chips, your a loser and will always be a loser.
and what kind of manners does a man have who burns down a town?
you are the epitome of what is wrong with society today.
October 5th, 201211:32 pm
From Freddie Gonzales on down, this is a team that lacks grit. It lacks a street fighters “kill or be killed” mentality. The front office better get some passionate character guys on this team that want to kick some ass.
I thought they would have learned that by now.
October 5th, 201211:33 pm
If the ball is in the middle of left field how is it an infield fly?
They didn’t lose on that they lost because they wet the bed
Hey Braves watch Orioles havent been in playoffs since 1997 and they will not choke.The umps didnt cost us this game it was are defense. Theres no doubt in my mind if Simmons wasnt out McCann would of most likely hit in double play because we cant hit with runners in scoring position.Im with most the hell with Bourn with two strikes on him you know a strike out is coming.Go A”S and O”S. OH FIRE FREDI
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