It's hard to see him in this Aug 1, 2013, photo but Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen is giving right fielder Justin Upton a drink of water after his home run against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning at Turner Field.
TV cameras caught Kris Medlen feeding a cup of water to Justin Upton in the dugout Friday night after Upton’s first inning solo home run against the Marlins. But Medlen said he’s done his hydrating “celebration” ritual a handful of times with teammates B.J. Upton and Brian McCann.
“It might have started with BMac because BMac hit a home run and I was just like ‘Man, he looks tired, running around the bases,’” Medlen said.
Medlen said he gave B.J. Upton some water in Philadelphia on his home run Aug. 4 before the umpires ruled it a double after reviewing it on instant replay.
“I told him to like get it back up because it didn’t count,” Medlen said, demonstrating with a gagging sound.
Just add it to the list of hugging, collar-tugging and hand-shaking celebrations the Braves have become known for.
“Who knows how we come up with any of those - it just happens,” Medlen said. “It’s one of those random things you do when you’re going crazy, doing the same things every day.”
Note: When the Braves 14-game winning streak ended with a 1-0 loss to the Marlins Saturday, it was longest winning streak in major-league history that ended with a 1-0 loss, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The previous record of 12 straight wins before a 1-0 loss was also held by the Braves’ franchise. The Boston Red Caps suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Chicago White Stockings on Sept. 8, 1877, in the National League’s second season. In fact, only one other team in the last 29 years has had a double-digit winning streak end in this manner. That was earlier this season, when the same Braves lost 1-0 to the Royals after having won their previous 10 games.
The Braves haven’t been able to acquire the ace they might have wanted for the top of their rotation, but they secured the depth they needed Monday with the signing of free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd.
One week after the Braves were eliminated by the Dodgers in a four-game division series, Braves general manager Frank Wren met with the team’s beat writers and discussed the 2013 season and the team’s needs going into the offseason.