Former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone on retiring manager Bobby Cox:
“With the exception of my father, he had more influence on my life than any man in my lifetime.
“Being by his side in the dugout for 16 years is what I remember, because every single game was as good as it gets for a pitching coach. It don’t get any better than that. But it was a privilege to be by his side for that many years. Taught me a lot.
“I realized it was special as soon as I became his pitching coach. Then as time has gone on … I wish I could do it again. It went too fast. [Mazzone pauses, choked up]. It flew by. It flew by. But I can say one thing: I had the opportunity to be the pitching coach for one of the greatest individuals I’ve ever met, not only baseball-wise but as a person. And had the privilege of coaching great pitchers.
“Let me tell you something – that 14 straight division titles, you’re a part of that, that’s history. I mean … you end up getting very emotional talking about it, to be honest with you.”