Cox honored with flag from U.S. Capitol

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.

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Gary H

September 26th, 2010
6:58 pm


September 26th, 2010
7:01 pm

Cool of Pudge.

Younger Than That Now

September 26th, 2010
7:06 pm

Pudge is a tough hardnosed competitor and a classy guy… didn’t surprise me when I saw him heading that way after the game.

Ken Stallings

September 26th, 2010
7:10 pm

Pudge performed a sumpremely class act after the game! I cannot recall where an opposition player left his own team’s celebration to congratulate the opposing team’s manager!

Braves Fan in PA

September 26th, 2010
7:22 pm

If Teams really wanted to honor Bobby they could have given us their signs before the game… well the way things have been going it probably wouldn’t have helped :(


September 26th, 2010
7:24 pm

A tip of the hat to Pudge. Better win 5 of 6. Or more.


September 26th, 2010
7:30 pm

I too was very impressed by the classy gesture from Pudge. They’ll meet again in Cooperstown no doubt.

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September 26th, 2010
7:35 pm

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Reginald Denny

September 27th, 2010
12:46 am

Losers honoring one of their own.

Panhandle Joe

September 27th, 2010
8:56 am

I’m sure the ceremony for Bobby at the Ted on Sunday will be a memorable event. I hope it’s a full house with SRO sold out.

Say what you want about his post-season record, but he has helped provide the Braves’ fans with a lot of good baseball. He’ll never be forgotten, and a bronze statue would be a fitting tribute.

I’d give anything to be there myself.


September 27th, 2010
9:42 am

@Panhandle Joe: The celebration for Bobby will really be on Saturday, the 2nd since it’s Bobby Cox Appreciation Night. I learned that it’s either sold out or almost there. I had wanted, though, to go to the Sunday game as well, but funds are a bit low for me now. My family & I bought our Saturday tickets waaay back in August. I had hoped the Saturday game would be a pivotal division-clincher game versus the Phillies, but sadly it’s not going to be after all. So, we’re just showing up to faithfully root on the Braves anyway, and send off Bobby in the manner he deserves. I just can’t believe it’s already time for him to retire. It sure has gone by fast.


September 27th, 2010
10:07 am

Hey Reginald—you are a MORON!!!


September 27th, 2010
9:39 pm

All three games this weekend are sold out. I tried to get tickets a week ago and ticketmaster online said there were none available for all three dates. That’s why the Braves are trying to build the Marlins series up as an appreciation series as well. Although I don’t live in Atlanta so I will not be able to go. I’ll just have to go to the playoff games. As long as the Braves show something against the Marlins they should still win the wild card. The Giants and Padres play each other this weekend and it’s going to be really difficult for both of them to get two playoff spots.


September 27th, 2010
10:45 pm

I got my tickets when I went for the Glavine tribute lunch. Could only get dugout level for the Fri game, Sat and Sun had to go to the terrace level. I heard it’s SRO now and close to sold out for that!

I hope I get to see Wagner pitch one more time.

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