Thank you Bobby!

I’d like to take a brief break from politics to thank a man who has made a huge impact on the state of Georgia. The Braves didn’t make it this year, but still fought hard. We had a roster filled with injuries (Jones, Martin Prado, Kris Medlen, Jair Jurrjens, Eric O’Flaherty, Takashi Saito, and Billy Wagner all were lost to injury), but we still managed to get the Wild Card and force the Giants to Game 4.

2,504 Regular Season Wins (4th all time)

67 Postseason Wins (2nd all time)

14 STRAIGHT Divison Titles (1st all time).

THAT’S managing. A sincere thank you to Bobby Cox! #6 will always have a place in my childhood memories.

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17 comments

  1. polisavvy says:

    I couldn’t agree more. He’s a one of kind. I couldn’t help but get teary-eyed when I watched him try to hold the presser. And, hats off to the Giants for them giving Bobby a standing ovation, too. Very classy move!

  2. Baker says:

    With the unfortunate exception of John Rocker, can anyone think of a Brave that was around more than a year that was not the epitome of class and professionalism? No, Bobby would not put up with the crap many other managers decide it’s better to deal with, but ends up hurting the team in the long run. I think that is a big part of why the Braves were so consistent for so long. Think about the Red Sox and Manny Ramirez; he poisoned that clubhouse and they went in the wilderness immediately after a a couple successful years (granted they play in the same division as the Yankees). There are plenty of examples of shoddy behaviour by baseball players, but not by any Braves. It’s something that goes unseen and underappreciated because they’re not out there tooting their own horns, but I think Connie Mack, John McGraw, and Casey Stengel are smiling down from up there somewhere and saying Bobby did it the right way.

    • polisavvy says:

      Wow! What a wonderful post! You just brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for the great, well-deserved compliment for a great manager.

      • drjay says:

        having said that, i’m a braves fan and appreciate the job cox did managing over the past couple of decades, but let not get carried away in praise…

        • polisavvy says:

          Compared to some teams in MLB, he did keep Atlanta from having the number of controversial players that other teams had. You have to give credit where credit is due. He did expect more from his players than other managers as far as their behavior on and off the field.

  3. Baker says:

    One more thing, okay, two more.

    1) It’s the day after the guy retires, can’t the haters just let us bask in it for one got-dang second?

    2) When Bobby took over, no Atlanta sports team had ever been to a championship. The Braves were perennial losers. If you were talking to your buddy at the game, everyone could hear you because there were like 8 other people there. We don’t remember that because it was 20 years ago, but some historical perspective is required. So the guy only one World Series, it hurts, it’s Shakespearian in tragedy really (other than the Yankees, all of baseball is one Shakespearian tragedy after the other), but come on, he made baseball in Atlanta something people might want to go see. Think back to 1990 and where the Braves were and think to now.

    • kyleinatl says:

      And think where they’re going to be with a manager who doesn’t carry misdirected loyalty to players who in the end bring the team down come October (and I ain’t just talking about Brooks Conrad)…just saying, we don’t all wear the same rose colored glasses.

      • Baker says:

        I guess you didn’t read #1. You might not believe it, but I’m not even that big of a Bobby Cox guy, I just can’t believe people would be crapping on the guy the day after his retirement.

    • polisavvy says:

      Agreed. Some people show absolutely no respect for anyone regardless of their achievements. I guess they have short memories when the Atlanta Stadium was virtually empty at times and you could basically sit wherever you wanted. He’s not the man who built the Atlanta Stadium, but he certainly knew how to manage a team in order to fill it. He’s not perfect — no one is. The haters should sincerely give it a rest and quit acting so tacky. Bobby Cox deserves better than some of you are giving.

  4. Atticus Grinch says:

    I think Bobby Cox ranks right up there with Vince Dooley in the Hall of Fame as 2 of the most of good and solid and reliable yet overrated managers/coaches in Southern sports history. Dooley was elevated to greatness for a mere 3 years on the back of one player; Cox’s teams could ALWAYS be counted on to choke in the clutch. Just cant get excited over 14 division titles.

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