First person Cox tribute: Jeff Francoeur

Former Brave Jeff Francoeur on retiring Braves manager Bobby Cox:

“In ’06, when I got off to that awful start, I remember Bobby calling me into his office and telling me ‘You’re going to play right field for me every day for the rest of this year. Just go out there, relax and have fun.’ That was him instilling confidence in me. For me it meant so much because at the time, you don’t know, getting called in, if it’s going to be ‘Pick your stuff up,’ or ‘You need to get going.’ You don’t know what it is. For him to say that meant the world to me.

Cox congratulates Francoeur after a game

Cox congratulates Francoeur after a game

“And then of course, probably the greatest story was when I got tossed the first time in ‘06 out in San Diego right after the All-Star break. I’ll never forget it. I got tossed and Bobby got tossed and we come in and I’m like, ‘What do I do?’ He said, ‘Go have a couple cold beers and get in the cold tub or something and relax. And then you’ll probably have to write a $500 check. Or you can do what I do, write a $10,000 one and tell them when it runs out, let me know.’ I’ve never laughed so hard, sitting there in the sixth inning.

“It’s always special to play against Bobby. There’s probably nobody that hurt for me more when I struggled than he did. He wanted me to do so well. For that, I’ll be forever grateful. He gave me so many opportunities to play, kept going with me. I remember last year late in the year when I did so well (in New York), he came up to me and was so happy for me.”

Previous tributes:

Pete Van Wieren

Umpire Dan Iassogna

Joe Torre

43 comments Add your comment

Metro Coach

September 24th, 2010
2:53 pm

Regardless of what you think of Francoeur or Bobby, that line about the check was funny.

Justafan

September 24th, 2010
3:08 pm

Not Funny to me….Good luck Bobby with the Dog Farm and Grand Kids.

One of Bobbys faults was letting players play when they needed to be on the bench, favorites. But Maybe next Mgr wont do that.

John

September 24th, 2010
3:24 pm

@Justafan – one of your faults is being an @ss

Rich T

September 24th, 2010
3:24 pm

There’s nothing worse in a blog like this – a tribute – than fans who can’t show some class. Leave the negative comments for the standard blogs.

gumbylovespokey

September 24th, 2010
3:45 pm

Rich T is right, go stick your head up your rear and take a good look aroung Justanass, and let us know when you plan to retire from the blog, we’ll start a tribute screen for you.
Bobby Cox is the reason for the baseball success we’ve had in this town, Joe Torre inherited his team he took to the playoffs in the 80s, John Schuerholtz inherited the organization he had built as GM and was intelligent enough to stick with it. If you notice how many former Braves, or players who came up through the Braves’ system were in the All Star game this year, it is simply a testament (no matter what you think of the game to game management) to the superior quality of the organization Bobby Cox has built from the bottom up.

Aaron

September 24th, 2010
3:46 pm

Got a great big grin at the check remark. Sounds like what my favorite NASCAR driver (Tony Stewart) would say/do.

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

September 24th, 2010
3:52 pm

Bobby never had to tell me to grab a cold beer

DIT

September 24th, 2010
3:56 pm

That comment about the check had me in stitches. That was awesome. Bobby will be missed.

Phukin Matt Damon

September 24th, 2010
4:06 pm

Gotta love a story like that. Nothing inspires a player more than knowing his boss has faith in them whether they’re doing bad or good. Maybe Joe Torre is planning on coming back to Atlanta to finish out his career…

Silver Creek Dawg

September 24th, 2010
4:27 pm

I wouldn’t worry too much about those guys pitching George.

With the way the schedule sets up because of the off day yesterday and the off day next week, Hudson, Lowe, Hanson, and Jurrjens will pitch 8 of the last 9 games. Another starter will only be needed once.

I’ll take my chances with that scenario.

Abnerish

September 24th, 2010
4:29 pm

All these guys that think Bobby is a horrible manager for sticking with a guy even when he’s struggling simply don’t understand the game of baseball. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the guy who was won 2500 games in the Majors knows better than anybody on this blog (unless Casey Stengel happens to be here). Disagreeing with a decision of his is definitely within your rights, but to question his ability as a manager is just laughable. The man took some pretty spotty teams to the postseason. Heck, have we EVER had a solid, everyday left fielder??

Mike S

September 24th, 2010
4:31 pm

Great stuff once again. Keep em coming Carroll!

jim

September 24th, 2010
4:40 pm

Comments like the ones from JF indicate why this team won so many division crowns. The likes of Reardon, McMichael, Wohlers, Rocker, Remlinger, Reitsma, and Farnsworth in the pen instead of Mariano Rivera are the reasons why we won only 1 WS. This year if we get to the playoffs we will be able to cover the last 4 innings of the game with a deep bullpen — like the 90 Reds with Mario Soto and the Nasty Bunch. Just get a few hitters hot and we might surprise. Go Braves. Thanks Bobby.

Abnerish

September 24th, 2010
4:50 pm

Good point, Jim. This team does have the capability to do well in the playoffs – just have to get there!!

Braveschick

September 24th, 2010
5:51 pm

Aaron – I can see Tony doing that too, haha.

This was great!

Reid in EAV

September 24th, 2010
5:57 pm

Two schools of thought when it comes to managing: one is Billy Martin. In sum, yank players in and out of the lineup based on “what have you done for me lately” performance, castigate them for their failings, sell them out to the media, and get them playing hard out of fear and a desire to prove you wrong.

The other is Bobby Cox. Pick your players, stay with them, only yank them out of the lineup after you’ve given them every chance to redeem themselves. Go to the mat defending them, even if you have to prevaricate with the media. Handle any issues behind closed doors, with nary a public peep.

Given the two, I’ll take Cox every time. The first will get you results, but only over the short term.

Lobosolo

September 24th, 2010
6:17 pm

Nice to see NICE comments about our HOF manager, the a-hole at the top of the blog the exception… Thanks, Abernish and Reid, for your particularly astute posts… Justafan (of what, anyway?), go somewhere else and search for an iota of class….

Mutts

September 24th, 2010
6:26 pm

Justafan 3:08 pm: Why the negative post? Did Mom burn your mini pizzas?

turkeycaller

September 24th, 2010
6:36 pm

Bobby! Bobby! Bobby Cox!!! Larry! Larry! Larry Jones!

turkeycaller

September 24th, 2010
6:44 pm

Bobby Cox is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Robert

September 24th, 2010
7:15 pm

“Who among us would NOT want to have a “Boss” like Bobby Cox?”

Me.

At work the team’s success is what matters

If I am in the mood for cake ice cream and good wishes, I’ll go visit grandma

Ekim

September 24th, 2010
7:54 pm

So Robert, go see grandma. And don’t let the door hit you on the butt on the way out.

CaribouRancher

September 24th, 2010
9:28 pm

Francoeur’s a class act but Bobby’s the best. Best wishes…..

oscar meyer

September 24th, 2010
9:53 pm

@ Abnerish: Ron Gant played left field pretty well….

curious

September 24th, 2010
10:25 pm

many times while watching the braves play on tv, i would hear a voice utter words of encouragement to batters. after a few times, i realized it was bobby cox. a class act that should be copied by anyone in any type of management position. unfortunately, cox is one in a million. the bums i knew were more interested in covering their a**es instead of developing talent.

CjDawg

September 24th, 2010
10:27 pm

Thanks Bobby. For the memories, the wins, the nights of watching the Braves with a purpose and some semblance of being a part of something bigger. Man, I love sports. I love sports here in Georgia.

CjDawg

September 24th, 2010
10:28 pm

I like to hear Bobby’s voice from the dugout yelling, “Come on jonesie, ronnie, ..” before the pitch. Very noticeable.

BravoFan

September 24th, 2010
10:48 pm

Just D*mn Bobby!!!!!!!!!!! I like the advise about the $10K check :-) . Wish I could do the same to my co-workers.

CJ thomas Parkview?

September 24th, 2010
10:53 pm

cjthomas is that you, didnt u play with franc at parkview…… Yes bobby was the man. Too bad this year was a wash. The braves coulda had adam dunn as a free agent, oh well

Kauffman

September 25th, 2010
11:02 am

Those are the behind the scenes things that we almost never hear about, I love that comment on the check!! Priceless. No matter what team you root for you have to agree thats funny. No matter who said it lol.

Dennis

September 25th, 2010
12:47 pm

I am a geezer now, but remember watching the Crackers at Ponce de Leon ballpark and the first pitch at Fulton County Stadium. Count me in the group that appreciates Bobby Cox and the job he has done. He is a ballplayer’s manager and has won far more than others would have under similar circumstance. We may not get to the dance this year, but Bobby is a key to the season. He took a group of players that no one thought could come close and has had a heckuva season, win or not. Hats off to Mr. Cox..there will never be another like him.

TOMY FOURNIER

September 25th, 2010
1:00 pm

Moron Cox…go home and never…never come back!!!

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ATLgirl

September 25th, 2010
6:26 pm

i love these things! Frenchy was always one of my favorites, but he needed to go. that story is hilarious. all of these are making me emotional though. that last game is gonna be a tough one for all fans and players! getting tissues ready now.

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wjones

September 27th, 2010
1:50 pm

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wjones

September 27th, 2010
1:52 pm

“TOMY FOURNIER

September 25th, 2010
1:00 pm
Moron Cox…go home and never…never come back!!!”

Why don’t you either become a Phillies fan or kill yourself? Makes no difference to me which one you choose.

Another boss

September 27th, 2010
6:10 pm

Everyone has a boss, and its good to know they have your back. This is true for the players and it is true for Bobby. JS and FW have believed in Bobby and supported him as well.

That allows Bobby to focus on the long term and not yank players around. Sometimes I wish my boss would understand the difference between daily output and more long term goals.

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Tater the FORMER Bobby Hater

September 29th, 2010
10:32 am

I have been one of the most militant of Bobby’s critics over the years and I have always been quick to point out when his stubborn loyalty to his players cost the team wins. (I still shudder when I remember how he let Charlie Liebrant to pitch to Kirby Puckett.)

Lately, however I have come to the conclusion that maybe Bobby has been right all along. After all aren’t loyalty, kindness and patience toward a fellow human being more important than a few numbers in the win column? So I would like to apologize to you Mr. Cox for all of my judgemental remarks. Thank you for caring for your players. Good bye and good luck in your retirement.

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dautschance

February 6th, 2012
2:48 am

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