Aug 29, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton (9) walks back to the dugout after the bottom of the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Chris Johnson And Terry Pendleton Altercation

Sep 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson (23) celebrates a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

After the last out of the ball game last night, Chris Johnson threw his helmet to the ground in the dugout and the helmet bounced up and hit first base coach, Terry Pendleton.  When both were heading back to the clubhouse in the dugout, Pendleton grabbed Johnson and looked like had a few choice words for him.

This morning Johnson went to the field with an apology in mind.


Supposedly Johnson spoke with media after they talked this morning and said everything was good.

When asked about his emotions getting the best of him, Johnson responded with, “hey, I’m a nut job sometimes.”

I think the clubhouse is a massive brotherhood that isn’t afraid to show emotion to one-another.  They have each others backs and will let the other know if something bothered them.

Don’t look into this altercation too much, I think it’s behind both of them and hopefully Johnson learned a lesson.

“There’s no question, it would have been a non-issue if not caught on TV,” Manager Fredi Gonzalez said of incident.  “Happens all the time in our sport.”

Also, after that slide into first base Johnson is nursing a jammed right shoulder and is not in the lineup for the final game of the season.  Hopefully this won’t linger and we will have Brian McCann and Johnson back for the playoffs.



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  • Chris Headrick

    Well, it makes sense to me that TP would have warned CJ about tossing his helmet. That can be dangerous. I still think the way TP handled it was awful, and potentially bad for TP. I’ve just never seen him act that way, and hope he never does again for his own sake. That can be a firing offense putting your hands on a player. World we live in now! Kinda funny too. Maybe it lights a fire in CJ for today’s game after having an o-fer

    • fireboss

      I still do not believe tossing a helmet, no matter how many times you’ve told the offender rises to the level of forgetting you are in public, on camera and grabbing him by the collar like that unless TP has a brain tumor that’s making him go crazy.

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  • fireboss

    BS flag on CJ sitting today. We need to win this and he has three days to rest. If it’s bad enough to sit today he should have been sitting before this. More to this than a sore shoulder and a bounced helmet no matter how much they protest

  • Lee Trocinski

    Much like the Gomez incident, both parties are at fault. Throwing helmets/bats/etc. on the field should result in ejections, and hitting coaches with helmets is unacceptable and should result in discipline. However, TP can’t be that aggressive in sight of the cameras.