Billy Wagner is not a sentimental guy
Posted on: August 28, 2010 7:41 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 8:08 pm
Intensity and focus are big reasons Billy Wagner became a record-setter on Friday night. And because of those same traits, Wagner was in no mood to celebrate the record.
The Braves' closer set a record for career strikeouts by a left-handed reliever, striking out the Marlins' Mike Stanton for No. 1,170. Umpire Tim McClellan stopped the game and catcher David Ross motioned to Wagner to throw the ball back so they could take it out of play as a souvenir.
Wagner, who was pitching in the ninth inning of a 7-1 loss just because he needed work, waved Ross off and refused to toss the ball. Not only that, when he fielded that same ball two batters later on a foul down the line, he tossed it into the stands.
"I said ‘We're getting our [butts] kicked, it's raining, let's go," Wagner told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's stupid. Who in their right mind makes a big deal out of doing something they're supposed to do in the first place? I’m out there pitching in a [bad] game; we're getting our butt kicked. It’s not worth it to make a big deal out of that. That’s embarrassing."
Without telling Wagner, members of the Braves' clubhouse crew got the ball back from a fan to give to him.
-- David Andriesen
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