A lot had to go right for the Orioles to squeak out Sunday’s 5-4 win, and Braves third baseman Chipper Jones wasn’t conceding anything to Baltimore. Jones had some harsh words following his game-ending strikeout by Orioles closer Kevin Gregg. Here’s what he told reporters afterwards.
“I know they’re balls,” Jones said of Gregg’s last two pitches, both of which caused him to try to trot down the first-base line and get a walk. “I’ve been here 18 years. I know what balls and strikes are. I know when guys are trying to pitch around me. [Home plate umpire Mark Ripperger] can stare me down all he wants. He made two bad calls.”
Jones didn’t stop there, saying “the officiating in this league is pretty substandard for the most part” and he was upset that Brian McCann wasn’t allowed to get an at-bat after him.
“I’m going to stick up for my team,” Jones said. “And if a guy is not doing his job then I’m going to say something. If I get fined, I get fined. I don’t care. I’m a competitor. And I’m out there busting my can from 1:30 to 5 o’clock today trying to win a ballgame and giving it everything I got.”