The Nationals played have played some wacky games in their 10-plus seasons. Last September’s 14-inning win in Los Angeles might still top the list for me, but Tuesday’s historic comeback from eight runs down in Atlanta is up there.
There were several great reactions to Dan Uggla’s go-ahead — and ultimately game-winning — three-run home run in the ninth inning. Here are 13 of them.
“[Hitting a home run] was pretty much kind of all I was thinking about. Just chomping at the bit to get a chance, to get an opportunity to do something like that.”
Braves closer Jason Grilli
“That fired me up, to be honest with you. . . . I just looked straight in his eyes. You guys can’t write that any better. A guy that’s been through a lot the past few years. Just good for him.”
Listen to the call here.
“Swing and a LONG DRIVE, DEEP LEFT FIELD, WAY BACK, GOING, GOING AND LONGGG GONE! A TREMENDOUS THREE-RUN HOMER FOR DAN UGGLA. Here in his old stomping grounds in Atlanta. He has come back with a BANG and a ZOOM and a three-run homer here in the top of the ninth inning, and the Nationals, who were down 9-1 and 10-2 now lead this game by the score of 13-12. The first home run for Dan Uggla as a National, he gets a bear hug from Bryce Harper at the top step of the dugout. UNBELIEVABLE!”
Bryce Harper and the Nationals dugout
Here’s that bear hug. There were woos, f-bombs, high-fives and hugs — lots and lots of long hugs — in the Nationals dugout. Look at Matt Williams.
Braves TV guy Joe Simpson
“There are a lot of guys that I can think of on their club that could ignite them and get them turned around. I never thought it would be that guy.”
Braves radio guys Jim Powell and Don Sutton
“Driven,” Jim Powell said when the ball left Uggla’s bat. “A mile in the air, deep to left field. I think he got it. He did. It’s a three-run home run for Dan Uggla and the Nationals have the lead.”
[Silence, except for the boos raining down from the Turner Field crowd.]
“This is a bad dream,” Sutton said.
The Braves fan sitting behind home plate
After Grilli gets ahead 0-2, she claps in anticipation of an Uggla strikeout.
Braves Fans Who Hate Dan Uggla
There are a lot of them.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman
“As a friend, it’s tough, obviously,” Freeman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Uggla getting booed. “He played the game the right way, hustled every single time. Fans are going to react how fans want to react. It’s definitely tough, but he kind of shut them up in the ninth inning.”
Chocolate Syrup-Wielding Max Scherzer
“These are some crazy dudes in here,” Uggla said of Scherzer’s crazy postgame celebration. “They get excited and they love to show it.”
One day after expressing disappointment in Braves fans for booing Uggla, Jones brought up the 9-0 lead the Nationals blew against the Braves in July 2012 as Washington started to chip away at their early eight-run deficit on Tuesday.
Saving the best for last. Uncle Ray! I think we’ve all got chillbumps after that one.