Washington – The Nationals honored retiring manager Bobby Cox in what might have been the final road game of his career by presenting him with a framed American flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month.
Cox was joined in a pre-game ceremony by Braves chairman Bill Bartholomay, former Braves president and current president of the Nationals Stan Kasten, Nationals owner Mark Lerner, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and Nationals manager Jim Riggleman.
They stayed on the field for a video tribute and a serenade by a Navy band.
“That was outstanding,” Cox said. “I never expected anything like that. Probably don’t deserve it, but I’m honored that they did it.”
After the game he was greeted by Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who went over to shake hands with Cox while the rest of his teammates were celebrating their win.