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Danny Espinosa doubles down on Braves comment

Apr 14, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

Danny Espinosa AP

You may remember yesterday’s post which dealt with comments made by Nats starter Stephen Strasburg and second baseman Danny Espinosa where both said they were not impressed by the Braves. Espinosa had said this, after the Braves took the first two games of the three-game series in Washington:

“They’re good, I don’t think they’re better than us,” Danny Espinosa said. “They’re a good ballclub, they have talent. They’re hot right now, they only lost one game, but they’re hot. It all evens out.”

The Braves stomped the Nats again this afternoon, completing the sweep with a 9-0 win. The Nationals dropped to 7-5, while the Braves bumped to 11-1, the second-best start after 12 games in franchise history. Espinosa did not back down from his comments when he spoke to the media after the game, though.

The two teams meet in Atlanta for a four-game series starting on April 29, so Espinosa won’t have to wait very long to put his money where his mouth is.

Espinosa, by the way, had to leave this afternoon’s game after being hit on the right wrist with a pitch, but x-rays were negative. Steve Lombardozzi replaced him in the game and would fill in for him if Espinosa needs to miss any time.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Sports Rivalry Lesson #1: Dont give your division rivals bulletin board material

    • pinkfloydprism - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Lesson number two for Danny… rigtht now, the Mets are also better than you.

      • bolweevils2 - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        The Mets currently have a better record than the Nats. The Mets are not better than the Nats. The Mets first four series included three of the worst teams in baseball; the Padres, Marlins, and Twins. Of course their record looks decent at the moment.

        (And I’m a Met fan)

      • pinkfloydprism - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Obviously… the Mets will probably not finish above the Nats when the end of the year rolls around… but right now, the standings say they are better.

    • bolweevils2 - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Well, yeah. That’s the unwritten rule for this kind of stuff. But does it really matter? Aren’t these professional ballplayers for the Braves already trying their best to beat the Nats? The theory that comments like these will spur the opponent to try harder against them implies they weren’t already trying as hard as they could.

      Besides, this is pretty mild. He admits the opponent is good but he believes his team is better. I’m sure the Braves all think the same thing about the Nats. They don’t say it of course, because of the unwritten bulletin board rule. How fired up are you going to get because an opponent said the same thing you think, even if it is an interview faux pas.

  2. romeisfallingagain - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    How’s the weather in that dream world you’re living in, Espinosa?

    You just got stomped and swept. Probably best to just keep your mouth shut for the time being.

    • evanwins - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Espinosa and the entire Nationals organization are in that fantasy world. All I have heard from anyone even remotely connected to this team is how great they are. They act like they’ve won the last 4 World Series.

      Listen to 3 innings of their TV broadcast. The announcers are in love with every guy on the team and the coaching staff. No matter what happens they insist on telling you how great the Nats are. It’s f’in hilarious.

      For a team that’s really not accomplished all that much they certainly are full of themselves. The reality is they are one season removed from a 8 year string of losing records and 2 years removed from a 93 loss season.

  3. jwbiii - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Neither Ladson nor Bowman had any quotes from Gio Gonzalez in their post-game writeups. I wonder if he was impressed.

  4. knowlegeforyou - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Coached by their PR guy probably. I’m a braves fan and I can say they are equally as good.

  5. macjacmccoy - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Strasburg and Espinosa then pointed out to left field, center field, right field, the dug out, the scoreboard, and then walked the interviewer to the locker room and said “Do they have these?” while pointing out 1 of the 50+ “2012 NL East Champion” Banners they have plastered all over Nationals Park. Jayson Werth who was in full view of Strasburg and Espinosa, was seen with a look of disgust and embarrassment on his face reminiscent of the look he wore after the last out of the 2012 NL Divisional Series.

    • chill1184 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      To be technically fair they have two division titles (1981 as the Expos) and a third if you wish to count 1994

      • thebadguyswon - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        They don’t even acknowledge their Montreal past.

    • thebadguyswon - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      That’s the problem I have with this crew and why I find them so easy to hate. They act like they’ve won something.

  6. mississippimusicman - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Meanwhile, from today’s postgame Braves quotes (via AJC website):

    Fredi Gonzalez:
    Both teams (Braves and Nationals) are real good ballclubs. We’ll see what happens the rest of the summer and how it unfolds.

    Paul Maholm
    It’s going to be a battle all year. They’re a great team.

    BJ Upton:
    It’s important to get out to a fast start, especially against those guys. They’re a very good ballclub, and the goal is to pretty much not let Gio get settled in. If he can get settled in, he can be pretty darn good.

    Jason Heyward:
    This is week 2, man. The first series against them. A sweep is a sweep. That’s that. But it’s a long season. April’s April. We’ve got to keep this going. We’ve got to keep guys healthy and keep having fun and keep rolling. We’ll see where we finish up in September, but if it’s like this then obviously we’ll feel like we have a lot of good chances.

    That’s how the pros do it, Danny.

    • mississippimusicman - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Well crap. Forgot to close a bracket.

  7. melkipershero - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Its not how you start

    Its how you finish

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Is that so?

      2012 Nats over there first 12 Games – 1st place
      2012 Nats over there last 50 games – 3rd place

      • melkipershero - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        The A’s disagree

    • evanwins - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      What about how you play in the middle? The middle really doesn’t get any respect.

      • cktai - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:58 AM

        You know who were good in the middle? The 2011 Red Sox.

  8. rockthered1286 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Espinosa was also quoted as saying “sorry, Kevin Bacon was not in Footloose.”

    • mississippimusicman - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      I actually liked that Craig Brewer remake. The South is certainly a credible place for that story to have taken place.

  9. steelers88 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    This is why I hate the Nationals!

    • section138 - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      *This* is why you hate them? Because of some rote, innocuous, trained comment? Phew, I thought it was because of something serious… Like them eating enjoying brussel sprouts, or something. (Those things look like little cabbages, but taste different. Now THAT’S something to hate.)

      • evanwins - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        Maybe “this” is their extremely unwarranted and unearned “natitude” that collectively and individually they are God’s gift to baseball?

        That’s pretty much why I hate them.

        It would be a different story if they won the division 5 years in a row. Or won a League Championship a couple times in those 5 years. And maybe even won a WS in that time….But they haven’t.

  10. ziplock10 - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    As a Nats fan, I ask this in the name of Frank Howard…..

    STHU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. surefooted1 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    This is what happens when you have a young team full of stars. They eat up what is being said about themselves.

  12. flsocstr - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    outside of harper, error mongrel Zimmerman and strasburg can you really say this team is full of any stars?

    • Kevin S. - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmerman are both top-15 pitchers in the NL, probably top-10. After that, maybe not so many stars, but a lot of solid pieces and very few holes.

      • GoneYickitty - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Gio & Jordan were top 15 NL pitchers last year. Unfortunately for them, I think they both had career years, especially Gio. I would not place them in the top 10 this year by any stretch of the imagination.

    • ziplock10 - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Error mongrel Z??? He just had surgery. If you’ve watched any Nats games, he is brilliant! He has struggles in these 12 games. There’s a few more left for him to redeem himself….

      Oh BTW… He has won the Golden Glove and Fielding Bible awards…

      • evanwins - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        Yeah, he’s the best…I know ’cause I heard the Nat’s TV announcers say so.

        Right after he threw the ball into right field with 2 outs in the 9th they said “Ryan Zimmerman is gorgeous and I could just eat him up. Mmmmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmm. Even when he makes an game tying error and throws to the wrong base his motion is sooooo fluid and his footwork is perfect.”

        “I hear that when he poops on kids with cancer they are instantly healed. I want to have his butt babies”

        So you just know he’s something special.

  13. bravojawja - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    This must be that “Natitude” I keep hearing about and seeing all over their ballpark on TV every time another Braves hitter puts the ball over the fence.

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