Cox, Braves quotes after series-ending loss to Giants

BOBBY COX

On how it felt at end of game

“We played a really good ballgame. And Derek pitched great, I thought. And we got the ground balls, they were just out of reach.

“We wanted this game big-time, to get back to San Francisco. It just didn’t happen. The balls were just out of reach for us, turning double-plays.

“I’m proud of the team. I told them that a little while ago. They’ve come a long ways with this team. They played their hearts out, and I’ll miss them.”

The fans called for you while the Giants were out on the field, and then the Giants paid their respects. Can you describe that?

“That was nice of them. These fans have been great. They’ve packed this place just about the last five ballgames. And we appreciate their support. I do, and the players. I have all through my career here. They’ve been just absolutely great.”

How aware were you of the Giants’ players all saluting you?

“I saw them. And I gave them a thumbs-up, too. They played good, tough, and they had good pitching. We hit-and-run there in the eighth inning, it was right at Renteria. It was anywhere else, we’re first and third and in real good shape to get back in. We just couldn’t do it.

“But that was nice, and nice gesture by the Giants. I love Bochy. He’s one of the best guys in baseball. If we couldn’t win, I’m glad he did.”

Now that the game is over, how are you feeling?

“Well, like I said, we wanted to win this game. I’ve been emotional when we’ve gotten beat in the World Series, and it feels the same. It doesn’t feel like this is the last time I’m putting [the uniform] on, but it certainly is, and I won’t put it on again.”

Did you address the players afterward, and what did you say?

“The best I could. Told them I was really proud of them [here Cox begins to fight back tears in press conference]. A grown man shouldn’t do this.

“But I can’t say enough about Derek Lowe. He’s going to be a 20-game winner next year, I think, if they get any support at all. He has really changed his game plan. He and Roger McDowell, and I can’t say enough about Roger and the entire coaching staff.”

BRIAN McCANN

“This bunch of guys in this clubhouse are amazing. We’ve played hard all season long. We had injuries that bit us late, but I can’t say enough about how hard we played all year. We showed up for 162 games.

“I’m honored to have played with everyone in this clubhouse and for Bobby … I’m going to miss him a ton. He’s a big reason why I’m here today. We’re all going to miss him.”

On Cox talking to team

“He came in here and talked to us for a second. Something I’ll never forget. He’s a legend, and I’m lucky to say that I played for him.”

“We just played hard. That’s basically what he said. I’m not going to get into [specifics]. He just came in here and talked to us.”

On tonight’s game

“We knew it was going to be low-scoring the whole time. Both teams have got great starting pitching, great bullpens. They happened to get a couple more timely hits than we did.”

“The way it all went down, going to the last game, we played as hard as we could. All season long, we never quit. A couple of our best players went down and guys filled in.

“We wish we were getting on a plane to San Fran right now.”

“I’m just honored to say I got to play for Bobby Cox.”

MATT DIAZ

“I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten choked up on a baseball field. Maybe when I was 12 or something. But when he tipped his cap [to the crowd] I got a little choked up. And then he came in here and said a few words to us, and I don’t think there was a guy in here who could swallow. We were holding [tears] back, and then he got choked up a little bit, and then it was over.”

(Here Diaz gets emotional, swallows hard, clinches jaw to avoid crying.)

“It hasn’t hit me that, no matter what happens for me next year, I won’t be playing for Bobby Cox. If you would have told me five years ago that I was going to get five years under him, I would have signed up for that immediately. It’s everything and more than I thought it would be.

“It hasn’t hit anyone yet that he’s not going to be managing next year. There’s a lot of us that won’t believe it until spring training rolls around and there’s someone else yelling at us from the dugout.”

On losing tonight, exiting first round

“It’s tough. We all had our schedules cleared until November. We honestly thought we were a team of destiny. We came up short a little bit tonight. We’re never going to make excuses. We fought through every injury we possibly could have fought through and still had a shot tonight to win this game. We didn’t do it, but we left it all out there. I know that for a fact – every player left it all out there.

“If I do sleep tonight, that will be the reason why. Because I know, as a group – we had Tim Hudson, who threw last night, not feeling great today, pinch-running, ready to score on a double to end the game. Wagner blows out [in Game 2] trying to field a bunt, then finishes the next batter. It was just one right after another of guys just gutting it out. People filling in.

“When I have a chance to look back on it, it’ll be awesome to look back on. But right now I’m just proud to have been a part of this group of guys that left it all out there.”

DEREK LOWE

On the loss

“This is kind of a tough one to swallow. You look at every game, I think they were all one-run games the whole series. I think the frustration of the what-if game is always the hardest to take right now, but it was just a tough series all in all. They seemed like they got some big hits in the series to add on an extra run here and there. There’s really nothing good you can say right now, these interviews don’t go that well right now. Probably in a couple days you’d get a better one.”

On the homer by Cody Ross

“We were trying to throw a front-door cutter to Cody Ross. We were able to throw it the first time up 0-1. Then we tried to throw it 0-0, thinking he’d take a strike and it was right down the middle, so. Personally I’ve two losses next to my name and it’s pretty hard to swallow thinking that out of three losses, I got two of them.”

On the seventh inning when Cox came to the mound

“I wanted to stay in because you always think you’ll find a way to get out of it. I fell behind 3-0 and threw a strike, and (another) strike who knows? But (it was called a) ball. The walk to (Aubrey) Huff put us a little behind the 8-ball.”

On what he said to Cox on the mound visit

“Normally when Bobby comes out you’re out of the game. I saw him halfway, and it was like, ‘Please tell me I can stay in this game.’ He said, ‘You all right?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, we can get a double play here.’ I think hindsight, that’s the beauty of baseball you can always look back and say if I’d come out of that game, we get a double play [from Peter Moylan], we win. But I think as a competitor you want to stay out there as long as you possibly can because you always think you’re going to find a way to get out of it. And that’s always been my mentality. Not having walked anyone to that point and walking two guys in the seventh inning wasn’t the way I’d planned that inning.”

On looking like he got punched in the gut after the walk to Burrell

“You put so much into these games. I’ve said, I know it’s getting monotonous, I love this time of year. There’s no better atmosphere than these type of games. Reality kicks in at that point that you’re definitely out of the game. That was your last pitch of this game. We’d just gotten a big home run to get the momentum on our side. Next thing you know we’ve got one out, and putting the reliever in tough situation. The reality that you’re game is over is always tough to take.”

On the emotions of Cox’s last game

“There’s so much emotion going into where we are right now. Obviously from a player standpoint frustrated at the way things went, ultimately understanding this is Bobby’s last game…We were dealt a lot of blows over the last month or so with injuries and we just found ways to keep winning and it ultimately came to a head today.”

On when it hit him Cox’s career was over

“The last out. That is when you realize that not only is his career over, our season is over, that’s definitely a hard thing to swallow. These games are hard enough, pressure-packed enough to try to say let’s keep going for him, that adds even more, but we knew in the back of our minds eventually if we’d get to this point it’d be his last hurrah but hopefully it’s a season he can look back at and be proud of. I think he did a tremendous job with all the injuries and adversity thrown his way. He found a way to patchwork and get us all where we were.”

CHIPPER JONES

On the emotion in the clubhouse when Cox spoke to the team

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. I don’t think I’ve cried in uniform since I was about 8. You spend as much time with Bobby as I have, it’s hard. He’s been a father figure to me, he’s been my only manager. It’s hard to swallow that this is going to be the last time.”

On what Cox told the team:

“He told us how proud he was of his. I really think out of all the teams, he’s got a soft spot in his heart for this club right here. This club went above and beyond what was expected once the injury bug hit.”

On when it hit him that Cox’s managerial career was over:

“About five seconds after the game was over when the crowd started chanting ‘Bob-ee.’ It was apparent they wanted their skipper to come out and give them one last curtain call. None of the players left the dugout. It was a classy play by the Giants. They had just clinched. And they stood out there and saluted. I was proud of those guys as well. Again exemplifies what Bobby has meant to the game of baseball for the last 50 years.”

On Cox’s emotion:

“I’ve never seen Bobby crack. It’s tough to listen to and watch but again it tells you how much this game has meant to Bobby, how much this team and this organization has meant to Bobby, and how proud he was of this particular team. I echo the same sentiments. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. It’s still hard to believe now that it’s over that he’s not going to be in that manager’s office come spring training.”

More on Cox’s emotion:

“Bobby has always been pretty sure about what he’s going to say and he’s pretty matter of fact. He couldn’t get it out.”

On missing out on a chance to contribute:

“You would certainly like to think in four one-run ballgames you would have done something to help us win. That’s the sad part. This team played their butts off all year and unfortunately we just came into it less than full strength. You like to think if (Martin) Prado, myself, were in there, Wags, that the outcome would have been different. No matter, I’m so proud of this team. They exemplified what we’re all about. We know it. The fans know it. Bobby knows it. Just tough to swallow right now.”

On the loss to the Giants

“I think we were better than the Giants. I think at full strength we’re better than the Giants. Unfortunately we couldn’t prove that. They went out and beat us on the field and that’s all that matters, but in our heart of hearts we feel like we were a little short-handed and weren’t able to play up to our potential.

“There were certain things that happened during the series, we had opportunities to thwart their rallies and we didn’t make plays. If you don’t make plays you give a major league team four and five outs in an inning, you’re going to get beat, plain and simple.”

On if it was one of Bobby’s better jobs

“I think 99 percent of the rest of the teams in baseball with the injuries to the players we had injured, all those teams would have folded. There’s no doubt in my mind. That’s what happens when you’ve got gritty gutty ballplayers that leave it all out there every night. Tonight was no different. Those guys played as hard as they could. BMac made me so proud tonight, all the guys gave it everything they had. D Lowe, what a gutty performance by him. When you’ve got leaders like that, it’s fun to come to the ballpark and play with them.”

On the fans the last two days:

“The fans were unbelievable. Last night when Eric Hinske hit that ball out of the ballpark, that was as loud as I’ve ever heard any fan base in Atlanta. Tonight was no different. Those guys were awesome. I can remember years past first round of the playoffs we wouldn’t even sellout. There wasn’t an empty seat anywhere and they were all standing, they were all into the game. That’s the kind of home-field advantage you want, I feel that we’re going to continue to get and take advantage of in the future.”

JASON HEYWARD

On when Bobby spoke to team afterward

“Us as players we were quiet, listening, on the edge of our seats to hear what he had to say. He was just giving us appreciation like he always has. He didn’t have to do so, but he did again. It was emotional for him. We mean a lot to him, he means a lot to us.”

On having Cox his first manager:

“Whether he was first or last, I’m just thankful for the opportunity to play for him, to be around him for as long as you get to be around him, as long as a baseball season takes you.”

On the season

“It means a lot to be a part of a great group of people. I know this is my first season of major league baseball, but I would have to say this is the best group of people I’ve ever been around. We had a lot of fun, and we had a lot of passion, and we enjoyed playing the game.”

On fighting to make it close till the end

“Always. That’s what this group of people is about.”

More on Cox’s speech

“It was awesome. He didn’t have to. He never has to do any of the things he does for us, doesn’t have to express anything. He always comes up to the players, and he doesn’t have to do that. That’s just the kind of person he is, and I’m very appreciative of that.”

Feel fortunate to have played a season under him

“Most definitely. My first season, or any season. Being able to recognize what kind of person he is around the game of baseball, what he brings to the game, what he brings to the people he touches – it’s just an honor to play for him.”

On tonight’s game

“We lost. That’s the bottom line. You don’t want to lose your last game.”

On going forward

“I would say this season — what a starting point. What a year to build on. Lot of experiences, lot of fun, a lot to take from. And I enjoyed it and most definitely don’t take anything for granted, from opening day till now.”

What kind of impression did he make on your life?

“It’s reassurance. When you’re a young player growing up and you work hard and you hear the little things mean a lot? Bobby’s reassurance shows that’s very true.”

BROOKS CONRAD

On the season:

“Everything that this team has been through all season, being Bobby’s last season, it’s a really special year. Obviously it didn’t end the way we’d like it or he’d like it, I thought it was pretty special. We battled through a whole lot of adversity this year, everybody in this locker room did. It’s tough to walk away from this, but we have a lot to look at this year and say ‘hey, we really played well a lot of the season.’ We did a lot of good things and we had a lot of fun. We’ve got some things we’re going to look back on and remember from this year.”

On the ovation he got in the ninth inning, if he’ll take that into the offseason to help deal with memories from Game 4:

“Yeah definitely. Either way, it’s something to put behind you. That’s what I’ll try to do this winter, but it was really cool that they stood behind me tonight. I was just hoping for an opportunity today and I got it. I felt great up there. I had a lot of fun that at-bat, but obviously I didn’t do what I was trying to do but it was pretty cool of them to do that.”

On what it meant to play for Bobby:

“I don’t think you see that a whole lot in this game. It’s a cut-throat game. It can be brutal at times. And when you’ve got a guy backing you no matter what, it’s uh….it’s pretty cool. He’s got every one of our backs no matter what, and (choking up) and I was proud to play for him.”

PETER MOYLAN

On the clubhouse meeting with Cox after the game:

“It was emotional. It was something that you really wish you didn’t ever have to go through. I would have much preferred him coming in here to do that with a championship ring, but we played hard for six months and we just came up short.”

On seeing Cox on the field with “Like a Rock” playing in background:

“There are no words to describe what emotions come through your head or heart, whatever it is. Especially for me, he’s given me every opportunity that a guy could ever want. He showed the faith in me so early in my career. He gave me the confidence to be able to go out there and get the job done. I’ll take that with me however long my career lasts. That will always be there for me.”

On all the one-run games, down to the wire:

“That’s the way we play. You lose two starting pitchers, you lose two No. 3 hitters, two third baseman, O’Flaherty, Wagner, it’s like (laughs) it’s hard to even imagine we got as far as did. We gave this series a good shake. We played as well as to be expected. All credit to them. They fought and fought and fought. It still doesn’t make it any easier, especially when you know you were one pitch, one strike, one hit, whatever it happened to be from who knows what.”

DERREK LEE

On his seven weeks with Cox and Braves

“Unbelievable. I understand now why they’ve been to so many postseasons. Because he makes it so easy on his players. It’s just a great atmosphere, a great, positive atmosphere to play baseball.”

On tonight’s game: “B-Mac put us on his back tonight. I wish I could have been there with him. We just needed some more runs. That’s the bottom line.”

Do you wish you could have played here longer, and for Cox longer?

“Oh, yeah. It’s just a good place to play baseball. I hate to see him retiring, because he’s good at what he does. You always hear it, but to get a chance to experience it, now I understand what all the players were talking about and why this team is always so successful.”

“We really wanted to send him out a winner. I mean, I know every team wants to do that. But it really was emotional when he came in here and spoke to us.”

DAVID ROSS

“I know a lot of us thought we were World Series-bound in the middle of the year. Some injuries just snuck up on us. Guys gave it their all. You can’t say enough about our pitching staff – D-Lowe, Hanson, Huddy, the bullpen….

“It’s just a stinky way to go out. It always hurts. With everybody loving Bobby so much, he’s like a dad to us. It stinks, man. It’s probably the one that’s hurt the most, that I’ve been a part of. It’s more emotional.

“I think we’re mad, but everybody right now is just in a … everybody is just sitting around the clubhouse, not knowing what to do. Nobody wants to leave. It’s hard to believe that it’s over. Everybody cares for everybody in this clubhouse so much, it’s just an emotional time.

“After everybody leaves tonight, it’s kind of, separate ways. You see faces again, but you don’t know who you’re going to see and who you’re not going to.”

And Cox won’t be back as manager

“Yeah. He’ll be around and stuff, but … They don’t make people like that. We were watching his interview and I was getting choked up. He turns attention off him and onto somebody else and the positives of that person….

“He’s a special man. They don’t make people like Bobby Cox. I’ve had two of the best years of my career under Bobby Cox, and he’s done nothing but be positive and puts you in the best position to succeed. There’s nobody better than that.”

On the postgame talk from Cox:

“I think everybody in here was emotional. It’s tough, a man like that pouring his heart out and can’t. Everybody has a ton of respect for him. You can’t say enough good things. You couldn’t replace somebody like that if they cloned him. He’s a special person. There’s only one Bobby Cox. Thank goodness he’s still going to be in the organization in some capacity.”

ERIC HINSKE

“I just think it boiled down to injuries, for us. Just too much for us to sustain as a team. We did the best we could. We had guys from a deep bench going out there and doing the best you can, and that’s about all you can do.”

“I don’t know if it would have mattered [if we lost] in Game 4 or Game 5. It would have been fun to play another one, get on a plane and do it again.

“I just think the magnitude of everything – Bobby and everything – you don’t want to lose. But only one team goes home happy every year.”

This loss feel different than other postseason losses for you?

“Well, the only other loss I had was in the World Series. This feels like losing the World Series, because it’s Bobby’s last year. He’s done it for so long. I guess that’s the only thing I can compare it to.”

On the Giants’ salute to Cox

“They stopped their celebration, took their hats off and clapped for him. He’s just a class act. He’s a special person. He’s a pleasure to be around, and he treats everyone awesome.”

On the team and what they have going forward

“I love it. Definitely a great nucleus here, a lot of young players, a lot of young flamethrowers, a lot of young position players … and an old one [he laughs, nods at Chipper's locker]. We’ll see.”

You’d be interested in returning?

“Yeah, I had a great time here this year. Definitely. We’ll just wait and see.”

BILLY WAGNER

“It’s hard to explain, because this team has been behind the 8-ball, with so many injuries. You lose a Chipper Jones, lose a Prado, lose Jair Jurrjens, Saito for some, and then you get in the playoffs and lose your closer. These guys never gave up.

“It’s kind of fitting that we’d be behind in our last game and have a chance to win it. It’s disheartening, but I think when you look at how guys have handled themselves, and how young kids grew up, I’d be excited for the upcoming season.”

“This team has only hit the tip of what it’s capable of. These young pitchers, this lineup, guys like Freddie Freeman are going to be added. This East Division is not going to be fun for anybody playing against them.”

On Cox’s speech to the players

“When you see a legend talk to you, I mean, you listen and you try to take in everything you can of his wisdom. He’s one of a kind. They’ll never be another Bobby Cox, who’ll have that much influence on your life and career, that even when you played against him, you were a fan of the Braves. They’ll never be another Bobby Cox.”

Giants  manager BRUCE BOCHY

on Bobby Cox

“You know, it gets emotional for me. I revere this man so much, what  he’s accomplished in this game. It’s going to be strange coming in here and not seeing Bobby on the other side.

“He took me to my first All-Star game. He’s a man I’ve looked up to, not just how he manages the game, but his team, how professional they are. They’re always in uniform. They play the game right….

“This year’s really remarkable, what he did. I know how banged up they were all year. Got off to a slow start.  Shows you what a genius this man is to get it back on track and get to the playoffs. He’s banged up in the playoffs [and] these games could have gone either way.

“I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss this man, again because I venerate him so much. I’d be lucky  to accomplish even close to have of what he’s done.”

152 comments Add your comment

Rick F

October 12th, 2010
2:33 am

Rick F

October 12th, 2010
2:34 am

Thanks for 25 great years, Bobby!

Najeh Davenpoop

October 12th, 2010
2:45 am

Wins and losses are stupid stats for pitchers. D-Lowe was arguably the best Braves player in the series.

LuisG

October 12th, 2010
2:56 am

Great quotes! Waited for more than 3 hours, but it was a 100% worth it.

chris

October 12th, 2010
2:58 am

Good point Najeh and agree. We probably are not playing in october at all had it not been for Derek Lowe’s September. For one, Im proud to see him turn things around so people who have been bitching about his salary can stop now. He’ earned it these past few months and got us unto the playoffs. See ya next year 2011!

Innocent Bystander

October 12th, 2010
2:59 am

Let’s do it again next year! See y’all in 2011!!!

sampf

October 12th, 2010
3:01 am

i love this team… looking forward to 2011

Jake

October 12th, 2010
3:07 am

Thanks for the memories Bobby…I grew up a Braves fan from about 1986 on. Remember the worst to first turnaround and the 14 division titles the World Series title. You are a hero to Braves fans. Great 25 years.

Boca Baby

October 12th, 2010
3:09 am

This may have been Bobby Cox’s best year as a manager. And everything was setting up for an historic finish. But then Chipper Jones was lost. On top of this the losses of Medlin, O’Flahrety, Jurrjens, Prado and the most untimely of all, Billy Wagner. What we had on the field today was a shell of a team that once had a seven game lead on the Phillies. The truth is that a fully staffed Braves squad was better than Philadelphia. And the bottom line yesterday was that the Braves would not have lost that game had Wagner been available. But coulda, woulda, shoulda don’t cut it the majors especially in the playoffs. My guess is that Bobby Cox extremely disappointed, but not for himself, but for his players. This is who he is. This is who he has been all along. Bobby, you don’t have to hang your head and you can hang your hat any damn where you please. My hope is that we do not forget that we have become accustomed to a legend. And I would truly hate to be the guy who follows Bobby Cox.

Darryl Blackberry

October 12th, 2010
3:16 am

Is it wrong of me to want to think to next year? ‘Cause we’ll have a heckuva pitching staff with a renewed Lowe, Comeback Player of the Year winner Hudson, a healthy Jurrjens, a more capable Hanson, and the composed-beyond-his-years rookie ________. :-)

And if our new manager is anywhere near as good as Bobby, we’ve got a shot. We’ve got a shot…

myra

October 12th, 2010
3:20 am

This team capped off the greatest run in Atlanta pro sports: Thanks Bobby for all you do AND WILL DO in the future for the Atlanta Braves.
Thanks to all players of 2010 Atlanta Braves.
It was fun.

JoshTown

October 12th, 2010
3:22 am

Great quotes from the guys. Thanks DOB. Fantastic season and a fantastic career for Cox and Wagner. Bring on Opening Day.

kirkinga

October 12th, 2010
3:49 am

Hey DOB, I think you meant to say, Bochy hasn’t managed the Padres for a few seasons.

Mr. Enigma

October 12th, 2010
4:21 am

Eric Hinske has got to be back next year. What a great pick-up he was by Frank Wren. I can’t believe he was still a free agent until the last week of January.

tomahawkchop

October 12th, 2010
4:39 am

“You just have to tip your hat to that guy” Great run #6!

Bamafan

October 12th, 2010
4:45 am

Good luck Bobby and thank you for 25 years of braves baseball.

Bobby's Cox

October 12th, 2010
5:09 am

This is tough to swallow. It wasn’t earlier. Not yesterday. But hours later, it’s tough.

Chipper is right, we are better than the Giants. All the close calls went against us, the 9th yesterday. Damn. I hate situations like this, where you say coulda, woulda, shoulda, but that is reality. We could’ve won every game we played in this series, and the truth is the Giants had help in every game they won. You couple that with Bobby leaving and putting a stop to a team that wanted to prove so much more, and was capable despite the injuries, it’s tough.

Thanks Bobby for the best years of my childhood. Twenty years of awesomeness that I will never forget. Thank you.

Reggie

October 12th, 2010
5:47 am

Quotes on Braves loss to Giants. Bobby Cox…”well its still early, we gotta get Hanson ready to pitch game 5″, Brooks Conrad “put me in skip”, Kyle Farnsworth “i cant believe i left Kansas City for this”, Greg Norton “why does Bobby keep calling my cell trying to get me to pinch hit?”

ph

October 12th, 2010
5:53 am

I thought Bochy coached the Giants, he coached the Padres a couple years ago.

Marcus

October 12th, 2010
5:55 am

If the pitching can come back intact next year, we are good from starters to bullpen. We need some bats. All in all, this year was a fun ride. Even though I am a faithful fan, I haven’t gotten this feeling from the Braves since the mid 90s: edge of my seat late at night, yelling at the TV, next-day emotions tied to the events of the previous night.

Team thanks for the thrills. Bobby, thanks for the all the memories and dedication. You will be missed.

duker64

October 12th, 2010
5:55 am

Bobby , Thank you for so many good times . I have been watching this team since early 70’s watched Bobby come and go in the 80’s . Then take us on a run that will be almost never be matched. This man is what every player wants as a leader. I know that alot of people get on Bobby but I think he is one of the best if not the best at getting the most out of every player on his team. You always hear players say things about manager but never have heard bad about Bobby from our players.Says alot about the Man . Thanks again Bobby. Enjoy the new adventure and you will be a Brave for life……..

Lori

October 12th, 2010
6:11 am

What a great season, what a great manager, what a great team. The quotes and respect seen around the league for Bobby Cox prove what a class act he was! I am truly grateful to him for what he has meant to my family, his players and our city. Thank you Bobby – you shall never be forgotten!

Reggie

October 12th, 2010
6:20 am

Hey Lori was he a “class act” when he was hitting his wife?

GMCK

October 12th, 2010
6:33 am

well, baseball season is over..it was a good run.

LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!

bring on 2011

October 12th, 2010
7:02 am

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bring on 2011

October 12th, 2010
7:04 am

man if we’re gonna be relevant in the playoffs next year we gotta avoid the injury bug. most importantly we need a big bat in the outfield and work on improving our defense, which was really the thing that screwed us over this series

Chop It Up All-Star

October 12th, 2010
7:10 am

This was an amazing year!! So many come back and last at-bat wins. So many special moments. Great crowds and a great atmosphere. The emergence of Heyward and Venters. Prado chasing 200 hits before his injuries. Infante proving to everyone that he truly was/is an All-Star. B Mac and Lowe’s strength and effort last night. Chipper’s leadership from the bench, and that tear-jerking lead in to the Phillies series/season finale. The end of an era with Bobby. And the list goes on an on…

I can honestly say this wasn’t about the World Series for me – I understood that with all the injuries, it was longshot to even get to the NLDS. I simply enjoyed watching this team play, and though I’m sad that the season is over, I have never been prouder to proclaim that I am a Braves fan. This 2010 season will never be duplicated!!

Turtsnap

October 12th, 2010
7:12 am

Bruce Bochy is a class act. I have always admired his managerial style…… Hmmmmmm….

Charlie

October 12th, 2010
7:28 am

It’s over. Just as well. I kept waiting for 1 inning when the Braves hitters would show up. They never did. The position players, at the plate, have nothing to be proud of. (And what exactly is TP paid for?)) Chokers. That’s it. Heyward spit out the last month. He’s no Rookie of the Year.

Alex Gonzalez: what a joke he is. Total head case at the plate, and spits it out on defense. For all his good plays, he often manages to choke one, with the game on the line. He did again last night. And then failing to run out the ball he hit to short. Talk about a no-chrome loser. He’s all of that. What is his contract status for next year. Giving up Escobar for Alex the loser is one of the worst trades ever made.
And Melk Dud…how fitting that his ground out ends the Braves season. Lousy in the field. Terrible at the plate. I hope to Heaven he’s never in a Braves uniform again. He brings nothing to this team.

Game over. I hope we have some guys who can actually hit a baseball next year…guys that have a concept of the strike zone.

I wish Derrek Lee and Wagmer would be back. I don’t see Freddie as ready for everyday.

Resign or Re-sign?

October 12th, 2010
7:32 am

Real classy; Reggie!

Resign or Re-sign?

October 12th, 2010
7:33 am

Cox does “his best managing job” every year; he is the greatest. Still remember the thrills of ‘91, ‘92, etc. right through yesterday. Thanks, Bobby; for everything.

Felix Millan

October 12th, 2010
7:49 am

classy move by Bochy and the Giants.

Sid

October 12th, 2010
7:50 am

Bobby – you certainly made this year a memorable one for all Braves fans. Great career. See you in Cooperstown in five years.

siskel_god

October 12th, 2010
7:58 am

Alot of times as fans we get caught up in micro managing and second guessing throughout the season. If you look at this squad, and the injuries to the pitching staff and the lineup and what they accomplished it really is remarkable. This season was the most fun I’ve had as a Braves fan since 96 and I am super proud of these guys and can’t wait until next year.

Marvin Mangrum

October 12th, 2010
8:02 am

I am so sick of this!. You be the manager. Lee at first, Gonzalez at short, Diaz in left, Ankiel in center,Mclouth backing up, Cabrerra backing up Hernandez backing up, get rid of them, just sweep them out. Get the 83 cents they are worth and go to plan B. Took Glaus out to pinch hit Hernandez, really if you did not ever think about it it would be fine.Bobby couldnt hit when he could hit so hows a guy who never hits gonna play a few innings or one at bat and get a hit? Hinske did, Conrad did early. But no one else. The purpose of the game is to win it, in Little Leauge the purpose is to play everyone. Im glad this crap is gone and if they do this next year, I quit, no more. If you need to play everyday, win the starters job. And one more! Dumbest announcers I ever heard, just plain dumb. Hope they worked for free!

Resign or Re-sign?

October 12th, 2010
8:14 am

MM:

Hernandez had already been inserted as a defensive replacement for Glaus in the previous inning; NOT to PH for him! Get your facts straight if you are going to criticize!

Kat

October 12th, 2010
8:14 am

A ton of great quotes for the end for the end of the season. Thanks DOB.

aj

October 12th, 2010
8:17 am

Not much needs to be done pitching wise. Need a centerfielder and
some bench help. No question that this team played their hearts out.
I agree that Freeman may need more time at AAA. No question that
he is going to be a special player in this league for years to come.
Thanks, Atlanta, for making this season such an exciting one.

Feeanch

October 12th, 2010
8:25 am

DOB and Carroll, Thanks for staying up wayyy late to deliver the quotes. Great work, as always. I went to the last 2 games and it was hard to see Bobby waving goodbye to everyone. I’m 36 years old and have been a Braves fan since ‘79 when I can remember watching my first games on TBS in North Carolina. He’s pretty much all I’ve known. I’m sure all of the fans feel this way, but I’m just flat out depressed and want to lounge around all day. This feeling sucks. It will be a really interesting off-season. Lots of decisions to be made.

Bill M.

October 12th, 2010
8:26 am

I have been critical of the Braves & Cox but with all the injuries it was to much to overcome. They were better than the Giants. The Braves didn’t hit much the whole season. Congrats to the Braves, they played their guts out and to Bobby for a great career. It’s time to turn the page. I think this team can be better next season. Half of this team shouldn’t be brought back. I don’t want TP as manager and not sure about Fredi Gonzales. They have to get two OF’s with speed and some power. I hope they can get a good defensive SS. Pitching & Pen will be fine. I’m for trading JJ to improve this team. Let’s get busy and let the rumors begin. Go Braves 2011.

Resign or Re-sign?

October 12th, 2010
8:27 am

aj:

Agree pitching is great; but we need more than just CF and bench. Who plays first? Lee is a FA and I don’t see us re-signing him; Freeman certainly does not look ready. Who plays LF? Though I like JH; he is too streaky to allow for a lack of offense at either of the other OF positions. Can Chipper come back and play 3B? Do we leave AGonzales at SS? Neither Infante’ nor Prado has the range to play SS.
However; I think that these holes can be filled in the off-season if Wren is savvy enough. The main thing is that the pitching is excellent and pretty much set (who will close?); something most other teams cannot say.

Resign or Re-sign?

October 12th, 2010
8:29 am

Bill M.;

What are your doubts about Fredi? He did an outstanding job with the Marlins.

MGD

October 12th, 2010
8:31 am

And in the end – same as many times before. Excuses, excuses. It’s hard to win if you are unable to catch the ball with a glove almost 2 feet wide. (How much are they paid for that??) Only millions a year? Excuse me….

Ernest Housner

October 12th, 2010
8:33 am

God Bless you and your family SKIPPER!!! Hey Atlanta, when is the COX PARADE?

Breaker

October 12th, 2010
8:40 am

Stupid Atlanta reporters…Bruce Bochy is the Giants manager not the Padres manager. Did they not just see the tomahawks go limp under the GIANTS pitching? Woo Hoo. Go G-Men. Goodbye tomajokes!!

GMCK

October 12th, 2010
9:03 am

nice comment Breaker…. dont think your getting past philly. atleast we have a football team.

Larvell Blanks

October 12th, 2010
9:06 am

No quotes from Alex Gonzalez about standing there watching Renteria drop the ball, instead of running to first, thereby killing any chance at a rally in the 8th? Did anyone ask him about it? Or is that too non-feel-goody? Like my respect for Gonzalez, I am gone.

GMCK

October 12th, 2010
9:06 am

@Breaker … brooks conrad was your best player in the series… without him, philly will sweep you.

Bobby Coccyx

October 12th, 2010
9:14 am

They’ve all been great kids

ER in SC

October 12th, 2010
9:16 am

For all the ups and downs of the Atlanta Braves over the last 36 years; I am glad to say that I have always been a Braves Fan and will always be. Over the years you see guys come and go. Like when Murphy left, it was a blow to my gut. As much as I hated Bobby at times, the feelings were direct opposite most of the time. This last game he managed reminded me, in a good way, how the game should be played and managed. In a way it was like my old Little League games where the coach found a way to let everybody play and have fun.

DW

October 12th, 2010
9:18 am

Thanks for everything Bobby and enjoy your golden years. You may not be the manager anymore but you will be an Atlanta Brave forever. Good luck in the future and have some fun, you have earned it.

Rev. Paul M. Turner

October 12th, 2010
9:18 am

Hey Reggie, Have you ever heard of reconciliation and redemption? Mr. Cox had challenges like every other person in the world. He faced up to those personal challenges and did what one is suppose to do in those situations. Forgivingness is a powerful and wonderful tool of growth…you might want to give it a try.

Bill M.

October 12th, 2010
9:27 am

Resign or Re-sign—Fredi is a good guy but he may be to much like Cox. Good manager during season and horrible in playoff’s. I had rather have Fredi than TP.

Breaker

October 12th, 2010
9:35 am

@GMCK…a football team? How many Super Bowl rings do the Falcons have? Oh that’s right…ZERO!!!!

Rey

October 12th, 2010
9:38 am

MORE BRAVES QUOTES

ALEX GONZALEZ

On failing to run out the ground ball he hit out to short:

“Yeah, I was too busy whining. My head was in the clouds as its been for the past month.”

GMCK

October 12th, 2010
9:41 am

How many wins do you have….ZERO!!!!!

Nothing but Cox Apologists

October 12th, 2010
9:42 am

Cox did a good job this year but I am glad to see him go. 8 straight losses at Turner Field in elimination games, 5 straight first round exits, leaving Conrad in on Sunday after he had made errors in the two previous games, etc….. I am glad Cox is gone, he should have been fired 10 years ago. Hopefully, TP won’t be retained. 2011 here we come.

E-6

October 12th, 2010
9:44 am

I like what Fredi did with a team that was much thinner on talent than the Braves. Hope the team doesn’t hesitate in giving him the job while dumping some dead wood on the coaching staff.

BTW, our three mid season pick-ups in the playoffs – Lee .125; Gonzalez .200 and Ankiel .167. In the pen – Farnsworth did well – more than we would ever have gotten out of Chavez.

Breaker

October 12th, 2010
9:45 am

@GMCK…uh…that’s FIVE Super Bowl Rings for the 49ers, friend. And let’s see if the Falcons get any further than the 49ers this season. My bet is no.

Peter

October 12th, 2010
9:45 am

The bright side of TP being the manager…he won’t be the batting coach !

Nothing but Cox Apologists

October 12th, 2010
9:49 am

Cox is the worst post season manager of all-time. Sure, he’s a great “player’s manager”, but he’s a horrible tactician. Glad the guy is gone, aren’t you? Hopefully, Arthur Blank will buy the Braves as this is the last year of ownership for Liberty Media. Good riddance, Cox!!!!!!

MikeR

October 12th, 2010
9:50 am

It is very obvious that almost all the bloggers never followed the Braves prior to 1991 and know little about the history of the Atlanta Braves. Those of us that have followed the Braves since they moved to Atlanta in 1966 are fully aware that the 1969 team is the only contending team we’ve had that was not built by and/or managed by Bobby Cox. Even the 1982 team managed by Torre was built by Bill Lucas & Cox, as Torre himself has pointed out. Those of you who are glad Cox is gone, just like kids who move away from home for the 1st time, will soon realize just how good we had it. Those of us who followed the Braves since 1966 say welcome back to the days of managers like Eddie Mathews, Clyde King, Dave Bristol, Eddie Haas, Chuck Tanner, and Russ Nixon. Welcome back to 16 game losing streaks, 90 – 100 loss seasons, empty stands, and Atlanta being considered baseball’s hades. Soon you will all long for the days of Bobby Cox.

Peter

October 12th, 2010
9:51 am

Please FIRE WREN……for this reason alone………..

BTW, our three mid season pick-ups in the playoffs – Lee .125; Gonzalez .200 and Ankiel .167.

How do you trade Escobar and his upside, for a guy who is old, and past his prime ?

By the way what is the outfield for next year ?

Ankiel, Diaz and Hayward……to me that is scary at best.

Rich

October 12th, 2010
9:57 am

Lame Lame Lame, Best home record, can’t win at home, Lame…Blew a 7 game div. lead……Lame Alot of teams had injuries……not just you…… Lame Barley beat the Philiies second string to get in, and had to wait an hour then celebrated ….Lame………that stupid hatchet chop chant……MAJOR LAME…… No wonder 160 some yrs. ago Shermam marched thru your city, it’s easy, SF did it. LAME LAME LAME

E-6

October 12th, 2010
10:02 am

Mike R – One little addendum to your post. Chuck Tanner has just as many World Series rings as Cox and he did it with one Hall of Famer – Willie Stargell not four.

lee

October 12th, 2010
10:05 am

finally he is GONE!! no more stupid calls in important situations that throws away the games!! now the Braves will start winning games, playoffs games, and a few WS!!! Thank GOD Bobby is Finally Gone!!!!!!!!!

toby

October 12th, 2010
10:05 am

It was an accomplishment just to get this team in the playoffs….we have some good young players,great pitching staff,just need to pick up a bat ot two,and make a run at it next year.To bad,but injuries are apart of the game,but we just didnt have the fire power with what we were running out there….Thanks Bobby for 20 great years,hope you enjoy your new role with the Braves,and im sure you will still be helping us a lot.

DC Bravesfan

October 12th, 2010
10:06 am

Why would the Padres manager be there to comment on the game? OHHH…

baseball player

October 12th, 2010
10:07 am

Rey your an idiot who have obviously never played the game when Gonzalez hit the line drive on a hit and run like most players after you hit a rope you freeze then he ran it out to first. Your a moron and this
did nothing to lose this game. All you morons who have never played get a life. You couldn’t hit a whiffle ball.

reckingball

October 12th, 2010
10:07 am

Escobar was worse than Gonzalez.

baseball player

October 12th, 2010
10:09 am

Peter – ANother IDIOT – Escobar was a lazy no good thug. IF you can’t play for Cox you can’t play for anyone. He was lazy and played the game half ass thus traded.

Rich -Sherman marching through our city another IDIOT – This blog is full of them

reckingball

October 12th, 2010
10:09 am

baseball player……..It looked bad, but you are right.

Rey

October 12th, 2010
10:09 am

TO RICH:

If the Braves were @ full strength they would have swept the GIANTS. We gave the Giants heck with a bunch of bench players.

baseball player

October 12th, 2010
10:10 am

Lee- Another Idiot – What do you Coach your Girls Softball Team

Melky Way

October 12th, 2010
10:11 am

The Giants team showed alot of class honoring Bobby,as they should,I will root for them against the dreaded Phillies,I look forward to next year,and the New Manager.Thanks Bobby for all that you have done.Enjoy Your retirement. We will see you you in Coopers Town.GO BRAVES!

nc braves fanatic

October 12th, 2010
10:14 am

Watching Bobby Cox in the post-game interview, choking back tears, and saying “a grown man shouldn’t do this,” was one of the most powerful moments I’ve ever experienced. Congratulations on a magnificent career, Bobby. The Hall of Fame has a spot reserved for you.

Can I say how much I love all the pride and glowing comments on this blog entry? Of course, there are a few biters, but I am proud, not only of Bobby and the team, but of how excited all of you are for next year. I am too. It was a brilliant season. It reminded me of Battlestar Galactica, with the grizzled old captain guiding a rag-tag group seemingly always on the brink of annihilation.

The Braves and their fans have nothing to be ashamed of from this season.

Finally, bring back Hinske and his enchanted bat! Man I loved watching him play this year.

CSpin

October 12th, 2010
10:16 am

lol @ “Padres manager Bruce Bochy”

Someone should’ve interviewed Yunel and asked how he enjoyed his time under Bobby.

reckingball

October 12th, 2010
10:18 am

Cox left the Braves a lot better off, than they were, before he returned for his second stint as manager.
I remember following the Braves prior to 1991, when the Braves finishing above .500, was considered a big accomplishment. They only did it about(something like), 7 or 8 times, between 66 and 91, and most of those finishes were just a few games above .500.

DAP

October 12th, 2010
10:21 am

mr enigma Eric Hinske has got to be back next year. What a great pick-up he was by Frank Wren.

i agree he was a great pickup, and advocated for him all last offseason, but i dont think he fits on next year’s team. the reason is because we will be starting a young left handed first baseman. hinske’s spot will probably need to be filled by a righthander who can play first. (cantu?)

bruce mac

October 12th, 2010
10:25 am

One word: Jason Werth (I guess that is two words)

Glenn Hubbard

October 12th, 2010
10:26 am

I don’t see the Braves doing much next season. 90 losses are in their future.This is a bad team and looks to get worse. You’re still going to have your bench playing everyday next year plus all the rookies.I can’t see Glaus returning or DLEE. Braves will screw up the bullpen I’m sure.Maybe the last you see of Minor. Hanson will have it worse next year. Beachy is due for some bad times. Lowe will take forever to get going and possibly will be the closer next year. Hudson will have more hard luck losses. Jurrjens will still be blowing 9 run leads if he is lucky to get any lead again. Conrad will lead the league in errors and will sleep good at night. This was a career year for Infante and Prado. McCann will hopefully be relieved every 4th or 5th day. Fundamentals will be lost forever both pitching and fielding. Washington will own this team again. Morton will no-hit the Braves for the Pirates. Anyone with any incentives in their contract will continue to ride the bench.

bruce mac

October 12th, 2010
10:31 am

Glenn, dude get another team to pull for (if that is what you call it)?

Doug

October 12th, 2010
10:33 am

Glen Hubbard you are stupid

Sean

October 12th, 2010
10:38 am

I’m a San Fransisco Giants fan. Have been since I was a little kid. Hoping this is finally our year. But my hats off to the Braves and Bobby Cox. Coaches like him are what make this the greatest sport ever played.

GTFan53

October 12th, 2010
10:40 am

So long Bobby. It’s been a great ride. My pick for Bobbby’s replacement:

Chipper Jones, Player/Manager

I know it sounds crazy, but for some reason I like it.

Chuck

October 12th, 2010
10:42 am

MikeR: great post at 9:50 – my thoughts exactly!
Conrad won a lot more games than he lost.
Everyone knew this team didn’t have the talent to win after the injuries, but it was so much more than watching a game being won or lost and evaluating on that alone. These guys were obviously playing their hearts out and gutting everything out possible. I respect our guys and was positively impacted by watching them play. It was more than a win or a loss. Great season!

Batcork

October 12th, 2010
10:44 am

The 4 in-game moments from last night that stick in my craw today…

- A-Gon’s stop-and-stare. THE most inexcusable play the entire series. At least a 50/50 chance he makes it if he runs. 2 on 1 out so much different from 1 on 2 out.

- D Lee’s K in the 8th. Stared at 2 hittable strikes. Swung at a junk pitch and missed. Indicative of what he and others did much of the series.

- J Hey’s K in the 8th. You knew the first pitch from Lopez would be a get-over and the rest would be unhittable junk, and sure enough it played out that way with J-Hey taking that first pitch. Where’s the scouting? Why was our team’s hitting approach so backward all series?

- Omar’s K in the 9th. Bless his heart. I really thought he would come through as he has so many times (e.g. extra innings vs. the Marlins a couple of weeks ago). But I think the crowd’s O-MAR chant got him too keyed up and he swung at a nowhere-near first pitch against a pitcher who had just walked two batters. Another typical Braves mental fail in the batters box.

1eyedJack

October 12th, 2010
10:47 am

This was a team you could love. In the coming years we’ll see just how great a manager #6 truely was.

clay

October 12th, 2010
10:55 am

I cant believe people on here. After everything, can’t people just give Bobby Cox one day. Just one day. Can’t he just have his moment for one freakin day. Bobby Cox is the best thing we have ever had for the city of atlanta for the last 25 years. Its going to be a rude awakening for all you haters next year when he isnt the one coaching the team and they are playing horrible (which I hope does not happen) you will be calling for him to come back. Please just give him his day. Come on people show some respect for one of the top 5 greatest managers of all time.

cleanuphitter

October 12th, 2010
10:57 am

Great year Braves,without injuries who knows how far we would have went into the playoffs.Will miss the best manager in Braves history! Thanks Bobby Cox for so many great and exciting years this franchise has given me!

Bill Mc

October 12th, 2010
10:58 am

Thanks Bobby !!! I’m not your biggest fan, but if players want to play for you and give their best, you must do something right. If you don’t look at individual calls or moves and take his entire career with the Braves, you have to admire what he did. Thanks again, Bobby ! Now, let’s move on. With our pitching, we have a great chance to compete next year. We will also could have a lot of addition by subtraction, e.g. McLouth, Ankiel, Cabrera. Hopefully Heyward learned something last night about not taking the first pitch, down the middle fast ball, or watching anything close go by with two strikes. I like our chances next year.
I think I’ll root for the Giants the rest of the way. They’re the underdogs and have a team similar to the Braves. They’ll need a lot more luck from here on out, plus I hate the Phillies.
Thanks again, Bobby !!!

Christine

October 12th, 2010
10:59 am

So much hate… I wonder what kind of vitriol you save for the teams you immensely dislike? Of course, half of the “Anti-Everything-Bobby Squad” are probably just trolls with nothing better to do with their time. Or hipsters.

Bobby, you’re the greatest.
Really.

I don’t own one Braves jersey currently, but I’m going to buy one with a #6 on it… for next year’s games.

JoJo the Godfather

October 12th, 2010
11:00 am

Thanks for the memories Bobby!

Now, get to work Frank Wren…We need a LF, CF, SS, 4th outfielder, backup SS, right-handed 1B/OF’er, and a veteran bullpen arm.

(OUT) Non-tender candidates/free agents: Matt Diaz, Melky Cabrera, Rick Ankiel, Troy Glaus, Eric Hinske, Billy Wagner, Takashi Saito, Kyle Farnsworth, etc…

(OUT) Trade candidates: Alex Gonzalez should have pretty good trade value with his salary & overall #’s, Nate McLouth & Kenshin Kawakami will have to be “dumped”.

bwash21

October 12th, 2010
11:02 am

Thank you to Bobby Cox for his dedication to the Atlanta Braves organization.

Looking ahead, there are pieces of this team we need to keep together. I really hope Eric Hinske is back. Glad we have Ross locked up for the next couple years to. What a great team guy and catcher. If anything ever happens to McCann, we are in good hands.

Gone from this team for sure:
Glaus
D. Lee
Ankiel
Wagner
Saito
Kawakami – I think they will eat his salary

I think Moylan, Melky, and Diaz are all arbitration eligible.
Jurrjens is represented by Scott Boras and it’ll be interesting to see what happens with him.

We are probably strapped with McLouth’s contract so I’m guessing we won’t be able to unload him and he will be on the team next season. I think Diaz is back too but both of them will be part timers off the bench.

Serious questions for next season:
Where does Omar Infante play next season with Chipper and Prado back? I think he’s proved he can play everyday or he will be a super utility guy to start the season. We will pick up his option and he’s still only 29.
We obviously need more power and Freeman isn’t going to provide more than 18 HR’s next year so it has to come from LF and CF which are the only 2 positions open to upgrade.

There are some OF’s available that might fit.
Carl Crawford
Adam Dunn
Jason Werth
Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel both have club options. Cuddyer’s is 10.5M though and I don’t know if they will pick that one up.

None of those are CF’s. We are lacking speed and power (you’d think McLouth would’ve been a good fit for both right?). If McLouth can come back and contribute it would be huge for the Braves.

We seeminglly have too many 4th OF’s in Ankiel, Diaz, Melky, and McLouth. Something’s got to give. I love Diaz but his .250 season, 7 HR’s, 34 RBI’s, and Bobby Cox not there for him doesn’t bode well. I would rather the casualty be Melky Cabrera though but he’s are only CF other than McLouth right now and all those guys can play LF as well as Infante.

Gone is Bobby Cox and in is Freddy Gonzalez.
What would make my day is Gone: Liberty Media and in: Arthur Blank – we need a face for this ownership.

What are everyone else’s thoughts?

Hosea Williams

October 12th, 2010
11:09 am

Thanks for the ride Bobby, I have been in Atlanta since the early 90’s and you made baseball fun. Oh……sorry if I hit your car in the parking lot.

Mr. Baseball

October 12th, 2010
11:16 am

I tip my cap to Bobby Cox for his success in longevity and number of regular season wins. I also admire him for the tremendous respect he has earned from his players and those around him. And although most of you here only wish to praise Bobby for his accomplishments, baseball – like all other professional sports – are measured by titles – the Yankees, Patriots, Lakers – these are successful teams and all those associated with those teams share that success.

Last night marked the sixth consecutive post season series loss for the Braves going back to 2001 when the team lost to the Diamondbacks in the NLCS. Since then, there were losses in the NLDS in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and now 2010.

It’s been said on many occasions that one of Bobby’s failings was that he was loyal to a fault. He would stick with a player, back up a player, support a player – all admirable qualities. But that does not necessarily translate to wins – especially in the post season. I also submit that management and ownership of this team is guilty of the same fault – as it was shown to Bobby. This performance in the post season would have (and has) sent many quality managers packing because ownership felt that the team was underperforming. One title in 15 trips to the post season could certainly be considered underperforming.

Six straight losses in post season series is not one bad call or one key player injured or in a slump – it is indicative of the character of the team and the manner in which they are led into critical must-win situations. Here, the record speaks for itself and it is unfortuate that Bobby will carry this with him – but that is the nature of professional sports.

Bobby will carry a losing post season record and just one title into the Hall of Fame, but the fans in Atlanta will all be left with the question “what if” for the years when the Braves went into the post season with three legitimate Hall of Famers in the rotation and a strong team yet came away empty.

Congratulations, Bobby. Your absence – good and bad – will be felt for some time

Bill M.

October 12th, 2010
11:17 am

I heard on radio that the Braves might be for sale. That’s to good to be true. Hopefully things will start moving pretty fast.

Christine

October 12th, 2010
11:23 am

Arthur Blank? New Owner? Yes Please.

Al

October 12th, 2010
11:26 am

Hey Chipper…just keep repeating over & over as you sit on your sofa and watch the Giants play in the NLCS..”the Braves are better than the Giants, the Braves are better than the Giants”.

Crowd at game 4: 44,000? No sellout. Nice. Way to support your Braves…what a pathetic joke. I have some suggestions on what you can do with your foam tomahawks.

iFrech

October 12th, 2010
11:27 am

too many things to say:

1. Thanks DOB and Carroll for the quotes. I don’t comment much but I read almost every single post-game quotes thread. Amazing!!!
2. Thanks Bobby. I’ve been a Brave since I knew of their existance in the 91 WS. Many here talk bad about him, but…what do you know about baseball? Pretty much everyone who IS ACTUALLY part of baseball and knows much more than any of you respects him and think of him as a great manager. Do you really think you know more than those guys?
3. If anyone was in the stands yesterday. I think it was really great that for the most part Brooksy didn’t get booed. Yeah, he sucked it up pretty good in the last few weeks on the field. But he had MAJOR impact all season long. Hope he can come back and help us off the bench.
4. I have a whole new respect for Derek Lowe, never been an anti-Lowe but his adjustments in september were great. When he saw Bobby coming out of the dugout to pull him, his reaction just says it all. He wanted to win. That attitude goes a long way.
5. Billy Wagner will also be missed.
6. Huge class act by the Giants, nothing against them. They played well, and they paid their respects to Bobby. I hope they beat the crap out of stupid little philly. Unfortunatley, as we see in the comments, some Giants fans are not as classy as their team.
7. I hope Fredi gets the job. I was talking yesterday to a friend who is a mets fan and we discussed the alternatives. He joked about getting Jerry Manuel. Damn…no! I see Chipper getting Terry’s job in a couple of years. And I hope Smoltz gets Roger’s as well.
8. These braves played pretty well. All things considered, they had what? 7-8 rookies in the post season roster? Lost Chipper, lost Prado, lost Meds, lost Wagner, lost Jurjjens. Those injuries came to bite us. Hard. Conrad is a good bench player, but…having him in an everyday lineup is not for a WS team.
9. Next year is gonna be great, all those rookies coming up. Kimbrel and maybe Venters closing. Heyward should be more experienced and have better numbers. What about sticking Omar in LF if Chipper comes back?

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