Three minutes before midnight Monday evening, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox added yet another reason why he’s destined for baseball’s hall of fame; his 2,000th win as the Braves’ manager.
David Ross’s bases-loaded infield hit with one out in the 15th inning brought merciful conclusion to a 7-6 Braves win against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field, where several thousand fans stayed till the end of the marathon.
“Just another notch in his Hall-of-Fame belt,” said Chipper Jones, whose third homer in two days helped the only major league manager he’s played for reach another milestone. “He’s the best there is, and we’re all happy for him.
“Sorry it took five hours to get it for him, but I think he’ll take it.”
O’Brien, David (2009-6-9). “Braves win extra-innings thriller over Pirates“. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Let’s just, for a moment, forget all the questionable decisions Bobby Cox has made during his long managerial career.
To quote the band Nickelback, look at this photograph:
Between 1991 and 2005, the Braves won fourteen consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and one world championship.
To put it another way, the Braves captured their first division championship when I was seven years old attending Woodland Elementary in what was then unincorporated Sandy Springs. The team won their last N.L. East title in 2005 shortly before my twenty-second birthday and just a few months after Sandy Springs residents overwhelmingly approved incorporation of their community.
While the Braves roster changed many times over the years, one constant remained the same; Bobby Cox at the helm.
Before Bobby retires, I’d like to see the Braves win one more world championship. Until then, I’ll just enjoy hearing him cheer his players on from the dugout, watching the patented “Bobby Cox waddle” out to mound for the Cingular Wireless “Call to the Bullpen” and seeing him ejected from the game in –what is now– record-setting fashion.