Longtime Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren on retiring manager Bobby Cox:
“On the road, the lobby get-togethers he and I would have in the morning, getting coffee. That became a regular practice, and we would talk about everything. We would talk about the game the night before. We would talk about the game coming up. We would talk about other games. We’d talk about television shows, politics, you name it. We talked about it all.
“But during those conversations Bobby opened up a lot on his thinking about the upcoming game, which gave you a lot of insight as to what was maybe going to take place that night, maybe reasons why things had been happening the way they had been. Things that he wasn’t quite so open about to the general media. Those are the sessions that I miss the most.
“When I retired that was one of the things I missed the most, just those sessions with Bobby in the morning on the road. It was a great time.
“The one thing about him that you marveled about all the time, was just his complete dedication to his job. I mean, he got up at 7 o’clock every morning, and he gets to the park at noon for a night game. But when he gets up in the morning, the first thing he’s thinking about is the lineup that night, or something he should have maybe done the night before.
“He’s 100 percent, 24/7, from the time spring training starts to the time that last out is made, his whole life is this team. And that’s him. And that’s been him.
“I met him the first time in the minor leagues; I was at Tidewater and he was managing Syracuse. So I met him then, and he was the same way. He was the same way then. I don’t know the hours he kept them, but I do know when you got the ballpark he was always there.
“And when you wanted to do an interview with him, he not only did the interview but as he so often does, after the interview was over he’d say, ‘Stick around, I want to ask you about your team.’ Always trying to get that little extra piece of information wherever he could get it.
“There’s a method to his madness.”
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