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Chipper Jones calls out Melky Cabrera for taunting

Let’s get ready to run it into the ground!

Melky Cabrera has a thriving, costumed fan base at AT&T Park. But they aren’t so fond of him at Turner Field.

And that goes for more than just Braves fans.

“That’s Melky, and that’s why he’s not here anymore,” said Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, asked about Cabrera’s body language at several junctures in the Giants’ 9-4, 11-inning victory Wednesday night.

“He got a little happy when I think (Gregor) Blanco hit the home run. That won’t be forgotten.”

Cabrera, who had been intentionally walked in the 11th inning, appeared to make a motion with his hands near his groin region after Blanco’s three-run homer broke the game open. (It’s a pelvis-thrusting celebratory move that Cabrera and Blanco have done on many occasions earlier in the year.)

Earlier in the game and the series, Cabrera taunted fans in the left field seats when he pretended to throw baseballs to them. He also made a hand gesture in the sixth inning when Jason Heyward didn’t try to tag from second base on a fly ball to deep left field.

It probably wasn’t a coincidence when Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty went up and in and put Cabrera in the dirt in the eighth inning. Cabrera smiled as he rose to his feet.

Tim Hudson, never one to shy away from exacting justice over his career, is pitching for the Braves on Thursday. Cabrera probably won’t get too comfortable in the batter’s box.

Repoz Posted: July 19, 2012 at 05:46 AM | 49 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM (#4186892)
I completely forget he ever played for the Braves.
   2. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4186901)
For Braves fans that's a harder memory to repress.
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM (#4186902)
I had no idea Brad Penny was a Giant now.

“He got a little happy when I think (Gregor) Blanco hit the home run. That won’t be forgotten.”

Whoopee doo, tough guy.
   4. Fanshawe Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM (#4186903)
“He got a little happy when I think [his teammate] hit the home run. That won’t be forgotten.”


Baseball players are babies.
   5. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM (#4186910)
Guys don't like to be taunted. Film at 11.
   6. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM (#4186933)
shut up, Larry. You had your moment of bloviation for the month.
   7. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM (#4186940)
Cabrerra taunted the Braves. Tim Hudson will drill him in the back today. The game is called "baseball."
   8. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4186942)
I hate it that his bait is being risen to. Life's too short and bile's too precious to waste any of it with a mad-on for Melky Freaking Cabrera.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM (#4186966)
Melky calls Chipper out for sleeping with Hooters girls that aren't his wife.
   10. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4186969)
Baseball players are babies.

Well, you can't really expect a guy who insists on being called "Chipper" to act like a mature, grown man.
   11. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM (#4186975)
I see the idiots are still idiots.
   12. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM (#4186985)
If the listed stuff is the sum total of Melky's "taunts", Chipper seems easily taunted. Seems like stuff that's barely worth commenting on, let alone "not forgetting". Is this just Chipper playing to the fans here? I can't believe he could seriously care about this.
   13. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4186996)
Cabrera, who had been intentionally walked in the 11th inning, appeared to make a motion with his hands near his groin region after Blanco’s three-run homer broke the game open. (It’s a pelvis-thrusting celebratory move that Cabrera and Blanco have done on many occasions earlier in the year.)


I am not sure why this move isn't known as the "Derek Lowe".
   14. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4186998)
Chipper loves the sound of his own voice. You take the good with the bad, but, yeah, this is pretty embarrassing. Unfortunately this is what passes for leadership in the Braves clubhouse.

Happy to see Gregor Blanco having a nice run in SF. He was a fun player to have around.
   15. Lassus Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4187001)
I see the idiots are still idiots.

I'm not sure how this is difficult.

Chipper Jones' HOF baseball career stands on its own merits.

Chipper Jones is a loudmouth who cheated on his wife.
   16. JJ1986 Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM (#4187007)
Chipper Jones is a loudmouth who cheated on his wife.


Hasn't he been married to a different woman for a decade now?
   17. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM (#4187008)
“That’s Melky, and that’s why he’s not here anymore,” said Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, asked about Cabrera’s body language at several junctures in the Giants’ 9-4, 11-inning victory Wednesday night.
I'm a big Melky fan--and probably was his Chief Defender around here--but the reason Melky is not around anymore, Chipper, is because he hit .249/.301/.341 and ate his way through the the entire city of Atlanta. If Melky had put up a year in Atlanta like he is now, he'd still be there.
   18. Lassus Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM (#4187010)
Hasn't he been married to a different woman for a decade now?

Well, sure. Not only that, he was like 14 years old or whatever when it all went down 100 years ago.

But still true, and still worthy of poking Sam in the eye with for laughs.
   19. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM (#4187012)
I see the idiots are still idiots.

Stop looking in the mirror then.
   20. SoSH U at work Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4187022)
Cabrera, who had been intentionally walked in the 11th inning, appeared to make a motion with his hands near his groin region after Blanco’s three-run homer broke the game open. (It’s a pelvis-thrusting celebratory move that Cabrera and Blanco have done on many occasions earlier in the year.)

Earlier in the game and the series, Cabrera taunted fans in the left field seats when he pretended to throw baseballs to them. He also made a hand gesture in the sixth inning when Jason Heyward didn’t try to tag from second base on a fly ball to deep left field.


Not worth Chipper's ire, let alone a ball to the earhole, but from those descriptions it sounds like Melky was acting like a bit of a dick.

   21. Cowboy Popup Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM (#4187025)
All of these things sound like Melky being Melky, which means having a ton of fun playing baseball and screwing around whenever he gets a chance. Melky rocks, but I understand why Braves fans hate him.
   22. Dale Sams Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM (#4187031)
Well, Chipper, how bout you and Melky have a race to decide it.
   23. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM (#4187040)
I'm a big Melky fan--and probably was his Chief Defender around here--but the reason Melky is not around anymore, Chipper, is because he hit .249/.301/.341 and ate his way through the the entire city of Atlanta. If Melky had put up a year in Atlanta like he is now, he'd still be there.


I suspect this plays a large, unspoken role in Chipper's anger. The, "Why the #### couldn't you play even a little bit like this when you were here" factor is involved. And the piece says vague, unsubstantiated things about Melky quarreling with Bobby Cox. I have to imagine those quarrels (and I'm just speculating here) were at least partially about Melky's weight and lack of effort in addressing it.

So, yeah, I'm willing to believe that Chipper, a frontrunner in the 21st century Bob Feller contest, is being overly sensitive here (I "watched" the game on MLB Gameday, so I can't really say). On the other hand, there's a special ring of hell for Melky Cabrera.
   24. cardsfanboy Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:03 PM (#4187041)
I see the idiots are still idiots.


I wouldn't say Chipper is an idiot, more like a whining little queen who needs to learn to man up.

Melky quarreling with Bobby Cox,


That can't be, Cox is the greatest manager of all time, and all of his players loved him to death. At least that is what Braves fans have told me for years. Personally Chipper is picking up the whining sack void in the Braves dugout since Bobby left.
   25. Dale Sams Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:03 PM (#4187042)
Is it like Homer's punishment with the donuts?
   26. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:08 PM (#4187045)
I see the idiots are still idiots.
   27. The Artist Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4187049)
Chipper Jones and the good ol' boy crowd are unhappy? maybe he should concentrate more on not making errors on every damn play to him, but hey, whining seems to be more productive. What is with these guys that think a baseball player celebrating is some sort of cardinal sin?
   28. Into the Void Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4187050)
Not worth Chipper's ire, let alone a ball to the earhole, but from those descriptions it sounds like Melky was acting like a bit of a dick.


He had done the "groin" gesture before. And here's the gif of him encouraging Heyward to try to take third on him. He was hearing it from the crown in LF all night so he got a little cocky. Not a big deal.
   29. SoSH U at work Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4187056)
He had done the "groin" gesture before. And here's the gif of him encouraging Heyward to try to take third on him. He was hearing it from the crown in LF all night so he got a little cocky. Not a big deal.


I didn't say it was a big deal. But as someone who's never been a fan of taunting, I'll stick with "bit of a dick." YMMV.

   30. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:32 PM (#4187080)
Oooh, now we have new and different idiots. Well played, "Artist."
   31. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4187089)
What is with these guys that think a baseball player celebrating is some sort of cardinal sin?

This was a giant sin...get it right.
   32. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4187107)
Let's all do The Idiot!

Ah ah ah, yeah, yeah yeah...
   33. Dan Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM (#4187114)
Cabrerra taunted the Braves. Tim Hudson will drill him in the back today. The game is called "baseball."


It's the 7th inning and I don't see any HBP in the box score. I guess the Braves don't play "baseball".
   34. Mike A Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM (#4187117)
Chipper is right, Melky was acting like a WWE wrestler. Respect the game and your opponents. The goading of Heyward was particularly unnecessary.

Melky Cabrera has shot past Bret Boone and Jason Marquis to become my least favorite ex-Brave. I can't believe the guy has the gall to act like that when he lazed his way through an entire season in Atlanta, giving at best minimal effort and making Andruw Jones look like Adonis.

   35. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: July 19, 2012 at 02:19 PM (#4187139)
What's a suitable, public response by the Braves that doesn't involve plunking, but DOES piss off Melky?

EDIT: Maybe putting up "highlights" from his Braves season, on the jumbotron, every time he comes to bat?
   36. Cowboy Popup Posted: July 19, 2012 at 02:20 PM (#4187141)
What's a suitable, public response by the Braves that doesn't involve plunking, but DOES piss off Melky?

Calling in a bomb threat to his favorite club on a weekend night.
   37. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: July 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4187148)
What's a suitable, public response by the Braves that doesn't involve plunking, but DOES piss off Melky?

Calling in a bomb threat to his favorite club on a weekend night.
Winner!
   38. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4187150)
It's the 7th inning and I don't see any HBP in the box score. I guess the Braves don't play "baseball".


It has been disappointing in that regard, yes.
   39. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 02:32 PM (#4187155)
Of course, the Braves' institutional memory is long. I'm sure Melky will get his due eventually.
   40. Jim Wisinski Posted: July 19, 2012 at 02:54 PM (#4187176)
Personally Chipper is picking up the whining sack void in the Braves dugout since Bobby left.


After Chipper retires they could always bring in any number of ex-Cardinals to fill that void.

Or Youkilis if the White Sox decline his option.
   41. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: July 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4187204)
It has been disappointing in that regard, yes.
How's his neck?
   42. Tippecanoe Posted: July 19, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4187331)
I actually watched the game. After a fairly major pose-and-strut on a first-row solo homer, he did the thing with Heyward, which looked like a taunt. After that I thought for sure he'd get drilled, but it was late in a tie game, so it will most likely be tonight. Cabrera was definitely over the line, in my opinion.

On the other hand, Chipper should know better and keep his mouth zipped. It does sound whiny after a game you lost.
   43. Barnaby Jones Posted: July 19, 2012 at 05:03 PM (#4187361)
Melky Cabrera has shot past Bret Boone and Jason Marquis to become my least favorite ex-Brave. I can't believe the guy has the gall to act like that when he lazed his way through an entire season in Atlanta, giving at best minimal effort and making Andruw Jones look like Adonis.


What he said. I'm pretty sure this is the driving factor behind Chipper's grumpy old man routine.
   44. jingoist Posted: July 19, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4187364)
Maybe we can get Anna Benson and Chipper together; or even better we get Kris to give Melky some financial advice.
That way we can get the protagonists from two threads to suffer a fate they seemingly all deserve.
   45. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 19, 2012 at 05:39 PM (#4187406)
Cabrerra taunted the Braves. Tim Hudson will drill him in the back today. The game is called "baseball."

Melky went 2 for 3 with a walk, playing baseball. Sam Hutchinson struck out, again.
   46. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: July 19, 2012 at 09:10 PM (#4187599)
O'flaherty went up and in?

First i've heard of it. That ball was up, but over the middle of the plate.

Of course, melky dove back like someone left a sandwich behind him.
   47. PerroX Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:30 PM (#4187704)
Melky eating pine tar. No wonder he was so fat.
   48. PerroX Posted: July 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM (#4187708)
Maybe putting up "highlights" from his Braves season, on the jumbotron, every time he comes to bat?


Melky turning a double into a home run

Melky didn't piss me off last night, the Braves walking Melky and then giving up three run jacks to Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford did that.

Do your talking on the field, Larry.
   49. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM (#4187714)
Oh, yes. The worst throw in baseball history. I had almost forgotten about that.

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