Party Time In Atlanta

Sep 26, 2012 -- 4:48pm

 

On Tuesday night, the Braves secured themselves a spot in the Postseason with a thrilling 4-3 walkoff win over the Marlins. The rally was started by the veteran third baseman, and was capped off by the 23 year old rising star as Freddie Freeman hit his first career walkoff home run. The win for Atlanta was their 89th of the season, and moved them to within four games of the first place Nationals with eight left to play. While it still seems far-fetched, the reality of a late surge at the National League East title doesn’t seem so far off.

One year ago, the Braves were limping to the finish line. This season, they’ve been together a strong September surge that has them feeling good about their chances in the Postseason. I had an opportunity to catch up with many of the Braves regulars, and here’s what they were saying about the opportunity to play in the Postseason…

Chipper Jones: “It’s a great feeling, I’m happy for these guys. We suffered through a pretty brutal September last year and these guys took the bull by the horns this September and made sure we didn’t have any hiccups.”

Craig Kimbrel: “When Chipper led off the ninth with that double, we had no doubt in our mind that we were going to come back. Freddie hit that ball to center, it was exciting, you couldn’t have written it up any other way. We’ve still got some a lot of work to do, we still feel like we can catch the Nationals.”

Jason Heyward: “It’s a great feeling. It’s a hard road, it hasn’t been easy to get here and the work is just starting but it’s been fun.”

Freddie Freeman: “I was just trying to get a pitch up so I can get Chipper in. In that situation you’re just looking for a ball up.”

Fredi Gonzalez: “You don’t know whether to laugh or cry or look for somebody to hug or slap in the back. It’s special and you’ve got to give a lot of credit to those guys out there.”

Chad Durbin: “The smell, the look in everbody’s eyes, the congratulatory hugs, everything from shaking the GMs hand to telling Mike Minor he did a great job this year, it means a lot.”

Tim Hudson: “It’s been a fun year. I feel like we’re playing some of our best baseball right now so hopefully we’re peaking at the right time. Hopefully it’s going to be a special run for us.”

Kris Medlen: “2010 I had to sit there and watch it, which was no fun. I’m just really looking forward to it, and looking forward to battling with these guys.”

David Ross: “That was a really big home run by Freddie Freeman. That was a lot of fun, I’m glad we did it that way rather than a blowout, it makes it all that more fun.”

Andrelton Simmons: “It feels great. The way we did it too was pretty cool, we couldn’t have dreamed it another way. As soon as he hit it, I was outside because I knew he got it.”

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