Cox meets with players in emotional post-game scene Monday

Just eight days earlier, the circle of lockers in the main section of the Braves clubhouse had been a champagne-soaked mess.

Braves players lathered in beer were dancing, jumping, screaming, even at one point toppling a table in celebration of clinching the National League wild card.

But when Braves players from the 2010 team think back to the moment they’ll remember most from the end of the season, the most poignant time spent in that locker room, chances are the room will look a lot different.

It’ll be brightly lit, clean, and completely quiet – the moment from Monday night, when each player was seated at his locker. The Braves had just lost 3-2 to the Giants to get knocked out of the playoffs in the division series, and Bobby Cox took the floor for the last time as their – or anyone’s – manager.

“I don’t think there was a guy in here who could swallow,” Braves outfielder Matt Diaz said. “We were holding [tears] back, and then he got choked up a little bit, and then it was over.”

Chipper Jones said Cox managed to get out maybe 10 words. He was simply telling his players he was proud of them. And that was as far as he could take it.

For the first time in the 20 years since Cox first drafted Jones No. 1 overall in 1990 as Braves general manager, Jones saw him cry.

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

When Cox finally turned to go, to head down to the interview room for his postgame press conference, the Braves gave him a standing ovation.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the place,” Jones said. “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.”

Jones has been a part of 12 playoff teams with the Braves. He thinks this one is special to Cox.

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

Jones, Martin Prado, Kris Medlen, Jair Jurrjens, Eric O’Flaherty, Takashi Saito, and Billy Wagner all were lost to injury in the heat of the playoff run. Left standing, and maybe feeling the most emotion when it ended Monday, were players like Brooks Conrad.

A little more than 24 hours after his three errors at second base tarnished Game 3, Conrad’s emotions were still raw. Early Monday afternoon, Cox had sat down with Conrad and told him he was going to take him out of the lineup for Game 4, but that he supported him. On Monday afternoon Cox asked Braves fans, through the media, to do the same.

So when Conrad was asked about Cox late Monday night, it didn’t take long for the tears to come.

“I don’t think you see that a whole lot in this game,” Conrad said of Cox’s support. “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….”

Conrad paused. His eyes reddened. His bottom lip quivered.

“It’s pretty cool,” he continued. “He’s got every one of our backs no matter what. And…”

A full 10 seconds passed before Conrad could get out what he wanted to say next. It was what so many players had on their minds Monday night.

“I was proud to play for him,” he said.

358 comments Add your comment

Todd

October 12th, 2010
1:22 am

Thanks for the memories Bobby!

Josh

October 12th, 2010
1:25 am

wow. I just shed a few tears.

boots

October 12th, 2010
1:29 am

He brought many of us together through his career and service, and our city, and baseball, are better for knowing him. Thanks, Bobby, and good job to the team for a fun year.

kelly

October 12th, 2010
1:35 am

Damn, I’m gonna miss ya Bobby!
Thank you so much for ll the great years. Every singe one!
MK

KJS

October 12th, 2010
1:35 am

Thanks Bobby!!!

stella

October 12th, 2010
1:36 am

legend. what an amazing run. bobby we love you with all our hearts. no one will ever come close (and everyone knows it, too).

kaminari

October 12th, 2010
1:37 am

Wow, thanks for the quotes. Definitely worth waiting for. I wish the Braves a great offseason & hope that they feel proud of themselves. This was truly tough to take, maybe worse than all the other ‘finishes’. Can’t wait to see next years team. Just feels like so much was unfinished this year. Man.

kelly

October 12th, 2010
1:38 am

LuisG

October 12th, 2010
1:39 am

Bobby: Thanks for the memories!

scottbravesfan

October 12th, 2010
1:41 am

I’m not going to lie I teared up watching his press conference. We played better than the Giants tonight too damn bad we didn’t get the win. A shame.

#6 in our Hearts forever!

October 12th, 2010
1:42 am

Bobby, we will forever remember the so many great moments you have brought to Atlanta. Thank you for being our manager for so long. We will miss you so much.

Go Phillies

October 12th, 2010
1:45 am

Bobby Cox, as a player’s manager, was like the Braves’ Lasorda, although not as much as a cheerleader. Player’s managers aren’t always real leaders. They are enablers. Bobby, with the talent he enjoyed in the 90’s, should have won at least 3 to 4 WS. When players know that they will not be chastized, they sometimes get in a comfort zone and, depending on the player, don’t push themselves. I appreciate the emotions that he exhibited tonight, but I don’t think he held his players accountable for their missteps. He doggedly stuck with his line up, refusing to shake it up, until the very end. Sometimes, you’ve got to get their attention. The fact that he let Lowe remain in the game for that last batter speaks volumes. Lowe shoiuld have been pulled. That last walk issued by Lowe was disaster. Loyalty, at the expense of winning, is a fault that can come back to bite you in the a**.

Darryl Blackberry

October 12th, 2010
1:49 am

Goodbye, Bobby. And thanks to DOB for covering all of this. Can’t be easy when many of the players might not want to dredge up all that emotion.

the real Old Gold

October 12th, 2010
1:50 am

As we were leaving I saw the Giants stop their celebration and give Bobby an ovation, and for that I’ll always be appreciative.

I left the game not feeling disappointed, or sad.. just glad to have been a part of it all this season and glad to say.. I was at Bobby’s last game ever win or lose. Bring on 2011 and Go Braves!

T

October 12th, 2010
1:52 am

Thanks, DOB. Great article with the quotes. We’re all going to miss Bobby. I was at the game tonight and, like most of the people around me, got a little choked up at the end with everyone chanting “Bobby!”

PHIL

October 12th, 2010
2:03 am

That last walk wouldn’t have been so much of a disaster if the umpire hadn’t missed the call at second base that allowed the lead run to score. It wouldn’t even have been so bad if the umpire hadn’t missed the call that allowed the winning run to score in the first game. The officiating has sucked all through baseball all season. It’s time for instant replay reviews and electronic calling of balls and strikes.

Go Phillies

October 12th, 2010
2:07 am

I’m not so sure he missed the call at second. It could have gone either way. It did look like he was pulled off the bag as he caught the ball. Umpiring is umpiring–it’s hit or miss on both sides. The Braves weren’t being targeted. You’ve got to take the umpires out of the game by performing when you need to perform. I do agree with you that instant replay is long overdue, but I wouldn’t go so far as to advocate electronic calling of balls and strikes. You might as well substitute cyborgs for the players while you’re at it.

drbasic1

October 12th, 2010
2:14 am

Thanks DOB
Thanks Bobby
Thanks to all Braves players for making this a very special year, I guess i personally could not be more proud even if you won the WS. The heart shown by each showed there are still players who love to play the game and it is not all about your paycheck. As for the Giants, they earned my resppect for delaying their celebration to show respect for Bobby.

I look forward to next year with the anticipation of what to expect from the “new” braves, and the new team mat advance even farther, but this season no matter how far, will be hard to top.

Thanks again for the reporting and and thank you BRAVES!

Chpatt

October 12th, 2010
2:22 am

Go Phillies: get off this blog, and stop ragging on Cox. Give him a break and go complain somewhere else. just for once, leave us alone. Especially leave Cox alone.

Go Phillies

October 12th, 2010
2:26 am

Chpatt: Are you the blog police? I have as much right on this blog as some of your Brave’s fans have on Philly blogs. I’m not complaining–just stating facts and opinions that even most of your contemporaries have stated on this very blog. If the facts hurt that much, just ignore what I write, but don’t try to censor me. I will write whatever I please, whenever I please.

Chi-Town Braves

October 12th, 2010
2:26 am

DOB, thank you for being my morning “newspaper” everyday. For the past two years you have been my middleman for the Braves. My passion for the Braves has grown over the years with the more exposure I have attained from them either via Choptalk or the website, but your blog has been my direct connect to the team and I appreciate your work, thank you from Chicago!!

MJ

October 12th, 2010
2:34 am

He was the best manager in baseball the last 15 years. Key players were lost every year to foolish trades, or to other teams who did not have the same salary restrictions as the Braves. But almost every year, he had his team in contention. This year, with no real #4 hitting threat, with a pitching staff that was hurt by injuries, and key injuries to Chipper, Marint, Billy W,etc, he did a masterfull job in the dugout. I, along with everyone in my family, will miss him forever. He was that larger than life figure who protected his players, & created an environment where only players with good atittiudes and a respect for the game were allowed to stay. He exuded class. His players loved playing for him, and he always trearted them with respect. A great leader – Bobb, well miss you forever. God Bless you my friend.

Blog Police

October 12th, 2010
2:40 am

Watch what you say, young man.

Red

October 12th, 2010
2:40 am

Go Phillies.

You have a right to say what you want. To come on a Braves blog, on this night, and bash Bobby, lacks any class whatsoever. You are an ass. Keep writing whatever you please, whenever you please. You will always be an ass.

Thanks for all the memories, Bobby!

PHIL

October 12th, 2010
2:43 am

GO Phillies if you’re not so sure he missed the call then you need to be an umpire. Replay showed it CLEARLY although it’s possible on your antennae and tube TV you couldn’t see it clearly. Dolt. It’s not the players who interpret the rules. Its the umpires and the whole season through all of baseball they have sucked. I didn’t say the Braves were being targeted.

Since you are obviously a Phillies fan, I can only hope that the umpires give the Giants staff a strike zone like the one once afforded to Lavon Hernandez against the Braves. At that point I’ll say to you “you have to perform when you need to perform in order to take the umpires out of the game.” And if you say ” yes you’re right we should have swung at those pitches that were a foot outside and hit them out to the opposite field. I don’t know why Howard didn’t do that.” Or maybe if Rollins tags someone out by 3 feet and he scores the winning run to send the Giants to the WS maybe you’ll say he should have tagged him at 4 feet to “take the umpire out of the game.” I’ll still think you’re a moron but at least you’ll be consistent.

1995 World Champions

October 12th, 2010
2:46 am

Wow, that really tugs at your heart-strings.. I was pretty down on Conrad a couple of days ago, but you have to cut this guy some slack. Had several of our players not gotten injured, especially the ones with the good “bats”, he would have only seen limited time, probably pinch hit, and pinch run situations. If anyone is to blame for our shortcomings, its Frank Wren. Made some atrocious trades, that turned out to be worse than percieved.. Derek Lee and Nath McClouth come to mind. He did what he was asked to do, and had nothing to do with the other 8 batters in our lineups watching pitches down the middle, and then swinging at strike three in the dirt. Give him a break. Thanks Bobby Cox for all the years, ups and downs, and know that from someone who saw you bring this team back from the depths of embarrassment in the early nineties, saw the amazing World Series win in ninety five, and the improbable playoff run in 2010, we all love and adore you as our Braves manager, and we will surely miss you. You have given us 20+ years of dedication, years of your life, and as a fan of the Atlanta Braves, we can always look back on the leadership you gave us, and the classy way you stood up for your players. Your Braves. Our Braves. Thanks Bobby, you will always be a hometown hero in the ATL.

chris

October 12th, 2010
2:48 am

It was sad watching it all end tonight; some of us remember Bobby in the late 1970s suffering through those awful teams before we really had a ray of light in 1980 then the strike shortened season of 1981. In reality he had laid the foundation even then for the 1982 division win. I remember even then feeling awkward watching him in a Toronto uniform. We will miss him here in Atlanta and he will always be part of this city, this team and baseball in general. No one will ever replace him – ever. As far next year, this team showed a ton of heart despite all the odds and injuries. If they can stay healthy, get a few bats, keep the pitching nucleus together over the winter, we will be back next October. The Phillies may be the team to beat these last few years but they will never match the Braves run of the 1990s and their time for getting whacked is coming- hopefully in 2011. WTG Bravos and thanks for a great season. We all shed a few tears tonight with Bobby. A legend has left the building and we are all damn proud to have been able to be part of his run here in the greatest city in the world and for the greatest team in the world

doc

October 12th, 2010
2:50 am

Go Phillies

October 12th, 2010
2:57 am

All of your attacks prove nothing more than you are all no better than the Phillies fans that you bash. Class? Are you listening to yourselves? You call me names, say that I am bashing Bobby (or “Booby” as a lot of your contemporaries on this very board have called him) fail to accept the facts as they are (one WS win when you were obviously the better teams in the 90’s) tells me that dedication and being “a good guy” far outweighs the performance of a team in your eyes. Hey, I’m all into the emotional part of the day, but for God’s sake, recognize it for what it is–that would be that this man has hoodwinked you for years, is a proven wife-beater (that may not mean much to most of you) and is a BS artist from the word “go”. THOSE facts will probablty put most of you over the edge. So be it. Don’t mistake facts for lack of class.

Blog Police

October 12th, 2010
3:01 am

douche alert

Go Phillies

October 12th, 2010
3:04 am

Blog police: Got vocabulary? More than two or four words maybe?

Tesha

October 12th, 2010
3:04 am

The first time I watched a Braves game on tv was way back in 92 and I was hooked. I was lucky, I got to watch and cheer for the Braves and Bobby Cox play their way to 14 consectutive divison titles and 1 world championship. At the same time I discovered my love of all things baseball and at 6 yrs old decided that when I grew up I was going to be an Atlanta Brave just like Chipper Jones(who btw was and still is my favorite player). So, my mom signed me up for T-Ball and learned that there was nothing better than stepping onto the field and playing ball (there was only one problem with my big dream and that was the simple fact that I am a female and girls don’t play MLB they play softball!). I went to a couple games almost every year during the ninties. And the thing that sticks out in my memory the most is trying get a glimpse of Bobby and Chipper and the few other guys I could recognize in the dugout between innings (I still do this when I go to a game) and i’ll hate not seeing Bobby’s face in the dugout the next I try to get glimpse of Chipper and the rest. I am glad he got to see one last post season(short lived though it was) in a Braves uniform and I wait to see what this team does next season whoever the manager may be. Thanks for twenty years of great memories Bobby and as always GOOOOO BRAVES!!!!!!!

Go Phillies

October 12th, 2010
3:11 am

Blog police: Apparently, you are pegged out at four words. Somehow, I’m not surprised.

Frank Thomas

October 12th, 2010
3:50 am

Go Phillies,
Why are you trying to put down a person like Bobby Cox? I have been watching him my whole life and have never seen another person in sports that even compares to his sportsmanship or support. He supported anyone and everyone in the right way. I would be willing to bet my savings that would never bet against the Phillies unless they were playing the Braves. The Braves organization does not have the best front office right now, and the Phillies have one that would spend billions of dollars for a World Series. Yall are the Yankees in the National League. We will see you next year. I wish that you could add a little class to National League ball, but I guess that you are just going to bitch like a Democrat while you criticize one of the best managers to ever come through Major League Baseball.

Frank

MitchC

October 12th, 2010
4:35 am

I’ve been a Braves fan for 27 years, and I’m 40 years old. Bobby has been the Braves manager for 20 of those years, half my life, and more than three quarters of the time I’ve been a fan.

Bobby truly is one of the greatest managers in baseball history. It seems surreal that it’s over. It wont hit me that he’s really no longer the manager, until probably sometime way into April next year, when I see another manager come out of the dugout, to make the pitching changes.

Bobby should be in the Hall of Fame, five years after he retires, and they should retire his number 6 next year, and not wait.

He is one of a kind. I hope he enjoys his retirement, but I will miss him greatly. His retirement is a huge loss for this orginization, and the game of baseball.

Matt

October 12th, 2010
5:31 am

I have been a Braves fan my whole life, Im 25 years old and have never seen another braves manager other than Bobby, tonight was painful….

bravesgrl4lifeeeee

October 12th, 2010
5:37 am

I have been a Braves fan since 1980. That’s 30+ years. I was 9 years old. I’ll be 39 in less than 2 weeks. For most of those 30 years, I have watched Bobby Cox lead a Braves team to glory, with a lot of hope and a lot of pain along the way.

Bobby Cox will go out as the most-loved and respected manager of all time. His players, all of them, from every era of this team, will make sure of that. I would bet that anyone who ever played for Bobby will tell you that he was the best manager they every played for.

That said, Go Phillies, please show some class. You can take your crappy comments now to San Francisco’s blog, but today, this is OUR time to remember the man who changed the face of Atlanta and the face of baseball. When the Phillies have a manager that stays for 20 years and made the impact that Bobby has, well, maybe then you will have something to come on here and brag about. For now, get the hell off our blog and don’t come back here until next season.

Thank you, Bobby Cox, for a lifetime of memories! It’s been fun!

Asheley

October 12th, 2010
5:39 am

Wow! What can you say after reading something so candid?? With tears rolling, I must say Bobby has made Atlanta proud for so many years. The Braves dugout won’t be the same next year and for seasons to come. Thanks for the memories #6

Tucker

October 12th, 2010
5:45 am

The reaction of the Giants was one of the classiest displays I have seen in 45 years of watching MLB. It was not only testimony to the character of the Giants, but testimony to the impact of Bobby Cox on MLB as well.

collegeballfan

October 12th, 2010
6:15 am

” ‘This club went above and beyond what was expected once the injury bug hit.’
Jones, Martin Prado, Kris Medlen, Jair Jurrjens, Eric O’Flaherty, Takashi Saito, and Billy Wagner all were lost to injury in the heat of the playoff run.”

These words by Chipper and O’Brien pretty well some it up.

I have always been a baseball fan, it is the greatest sport ever conceived. And Bobby Cox and Tommy LaSorda, are the two greatest ambassadors for baseball in my lifetime (I am a 1942 model). There is only one way to play the game, the right way.

We will not see the likes of Bobby Cox in Atlanta sports ever again.

crazy

October 12th, 2010
6:23 am

Go Phillies??? Im confused. Really wanna know why do you choose to come on this blog, on this night and disrespect a man that means a lot to us even if he doesnt mean anything to you. If he doesnt, That’s fine and we dont care because you have that right. But, for you to come on this blog, on this night and kick us when we are down because we lost the series and we are losing a hall of fame manager, regardless of what you think about him, I think is not only ignorant but like the previous guy said, it’s classless. But, then again it’s Philly!! I mean it doesnt surprise me. Meet me back here if the phillies lose. So i can rub salt on your wounds within 30 minutes of defeat stupid!!!!!

Chop It Up All-Star

October 12th, 2010
6:25 am

Well written DOB…I actually teared up reading it. This was a tough one to lose, and I don’t mean the game.

Bobby

October 12th, 2010
6:43 am

I can’t imagine the Braves without you Bobby. Thank you for all the memories.

oh really

October 12th, 2010
6:50 am

Go Phillies, this wasnt the blog for your rants, this was a tribute to Mr Cox
Its disrepectful and out of line,

CoxWasThe Braves

October 12th, 2010
6:51 am

I do feel this may have been Bobby’s greatest coachong moment. He can leave with his head held high with his last team. Great pitching, no hitting and lackluster fielding ended his career. They are some players on this team that should think twice when it comes salary negotian time. Most of you let a great manager,man down when he supported you the most

AJ

October 12th, 2010
6:52 am

Thanks Bobby!!!!

jw

October 12th, 2010
6:56 am

Question – For those who can’t imaine the Braves without Bobby ‘managing’ in 2011. Would you welcome Bobby back as your skipper if he – like if changed his mind – wanted to come back in 2011?

PJW

October 12th, 2010
7:00 am

No one got more out of garbage than Bobby Cox. He always played the hand he was dealt without complaint. He will be missed.

buck75

October 12th, 2010
7:02 am

Bobby, thanks for all you have done for the Braves and for Braves fans!

NativeAtlantaBornaBrave

October 12th, 2010
7:03 am

I love Bobby. I feel like at full strength will all our pieces we were the best team in the NL..It stinks that it ended the way it did, but I am proud of the braves and Bobby..You guys showed grit and heart! Lets win it all next year

Mark in Woodstock

October 12th, 2010
7:03 am

Bobby….you’re spoiled us with your professionalism and style….you’re a class act through and through…we were blessed to walk this earth at the same time as you.

Turtsnap

October 12th, 2010
7:05 am

When you look at the names that were lost late, and we still made the playoffs! That is a true TESTAMENT to the resolve of this team, and the ability of our HOF manager. Kudos Braves and Kudos Bobby!

Bottom of the 9th

October 12th, 2010
7:10 am

Bobby — True fans everywhere will miss you greatly. Take care.

Bottom of the 9th

October 12th, 2010
7:10 am

Bobby — True fans everywhere will miss you greatly. Take care.

Jack

October 12th, 2010
7:18 am

I don’t know if the city will give Bobby the keys to the city… but he already has the keys to all Atlanta Brave fan’s hearts!

jay

October 12th, 2010
7:29 am

If you weren’t here or not yet alive in 1991, you missed something special. All the playoff appearances were a lot of fun, but that year just thrilled the whole city. Tomahawks everywhere. It was the only topic of conversation anywhere. Something I’ll never forget. Thanks for the memories Bobby.

Marie

October 12th, 2010
7:30 am

Go phillies – GO TO HELL!

DHD

October 12th, 2010
7:32 am

I go all the way back to Bobby’s first game when Don Sutton beat Phil Niekro and Dale Murphy hit a home run in 1978. What memories!! It won’t happen again in this city. Thank you, Bobby!!

TJR

October 12th, 2010
7:33 am

I’m a Phillies fan first, but a fan of the game itself as well. As such, I can’t help but have tons of respect and admiration for Bobby and his tremendous career. You Braves fans had it good for a long time. Congrats Bobby and best of luck in retirement.

BobDawg

October 12th, 2010
7:36 am

…as Brian McCann said last night…Bobby Cox has left us in better shape and with a great Core of players going forward… He actually guided us thru the transition of missing the playoffs and restocking the farm to going back to the playoffs… Our pitching is superb and can’t wait to see Kimbrell throwing his 99 MPH heater next year!
Thanks Bobby!

Norcross in FLA

October 12th, 2010
7:37 am

It was time for Cox to go, but it is hard to see it end. The Braves will go on, but it will never quite be the same. People can criticize him, but he brought Atlanta a World Series title, 4 NL pennants, and 8 straight NLCS appearances. And he built the team that he managed in the 90’s. Glad he didn’t get ejected in the last one. Still remember Bream Cabrera winning the game for us 18 Octobers ago; I think that was better than winning the WS. Seems like since the World Series championship, I have watched the Braves more out of nostalga, wanting to relive those early 90’s moments. Those of us who suffered through the Nixon (manager) years, hoping against hope, will remember what he did. Happy trails, Bobby.

Mike H

October 12th, 2010
7:38 am

Thanks for all the great years Bobby. You’re the best! We’re going to miss you!

Bobby Cox

October 12th, 2010
7:38 am

Now I will have a lot more time to slap around my wife. No wonder she did not want me to retire.

rfgh

October 12th, 2010
7:45 am

I started medical school the year Mr. Cox took over the Braves. What a wonderful 20 years!

fan1

October 12th, 2010
7:46 am

Thanks Bobby!! You will truely be missed!!

Norcross in FLA

October 12th, 2010
7:47 am

I meant the Tanner/Nixon years, or something like that.
Those of you who criticize Cox for not winning more World Series, I think Cleveland would gladly be in our position of “underachieving” by winning one.

Randy P

October 12th, 2010
7:47 am

A Class Act for over 25 years. I will always remember him as the best Brave ever. A leader by example. Very few people can ever actually claim to be “Well-Loved”, by an entire town. Others say it about someone else, but few can say it about themselves. Bobby Cox CAN! HE HAS EARNED IT! Thanks Bobby. You will be loved and missed for a long time.

Tami

October 12th, 2010
7:56 am

I was a mess last night. I started tearing up in the 8th inning, but knew my boys could easily turn my emotions a complete 180 in a heartbeat. Sadly, they couldn’t. After that, I couldn’t stop crying. I really appreciate the gesture the Giants made to stop celebrating, turned and joined us all in clapping for Bobby. Class act all the way. Although the Phillies will likely win the NL Pennant, I’ll still be rooting on the Giants for that very reason. I don’t know how I’d want to see any other Braves’ manager but Bobby, but I’ll be OK soon. This team overachieved when the injury bug hit and tried their hardest for Bobby. I think that’s why walking away from the game for the last time was more emotional for Bobby than maybe he even expected. The one thing I keep thinking of – and which will eventually get me over this tear-jagged hump – is how great a team we’re going to have next year when everyone’s all healed. I just hope that the RIGHT person is chosen, and who will know how to manage them.

Tami

October 12th, 2010
7:59 am

@Marie: You’re NOT welcomed on this blog. Your comments were ill-timed and inappropriate. You are not a true baseball fan. Do not ever come back to this blog. Stick with your team’s blogs.

al

October 12th, 2010
7:59 am

We love you Bobby!!!!

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Elizabeth

October 12th, 2010
8:04 am

Thank you Bobby!!!!!!!!!

Roll Tider

October 12th, 2010
8:05 am

Agonizing weekend of sports. Of course, I would have preferred the Braves were headed west today for game 5. But, that did not happen. They gave it all, and Bobby was there cheering them on till the end. Nice guys do win in the end. Just not the obvious ways sometimes.

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WOW!

October 12th, 2010
8:11 am

How long would Bobby have lasted in NY or LA?? The fans and media would have been all over him 15 years ago, he had the best staff for 10 plus years and could only get it done once. WOW! The ATL Media are such softies….

Enjoy Retirement

October 12th, 2010
8:13 am

Bobby Cox – Greatest REGULAR season manager in baseball history. Post-season? Not so much.
Why is that? Perhaps, slow and steady wins the race, but the playoffs are a drag race and his managing style doesn’t work in a 5 game series.

Bravesfam

October 12th, 2010
8:14 am

Bobby Cox IS the Braves. What wonderful memories, but time moves on. Good luck Bobby and thank you for EVERYTHING! We Love you!

Mutts

October 12th, 2010
8:14 am

Thank you Bobby for everything. You gave us so much more than wins and playoff games. You gave us life lessons on character and loyalty. I am so proud of you and this team. You are a winner and a sure Hall of Famer.

quake

October 12th, 2010
8:15 am

Exhausted from being at the game last night…..certainly wasn’t hoping that it would be
Bobby’s last. We had hope right up til the last batter in the bottom of the ninth….I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. Thanks, Bobby, for everything. It’s been some ride.

Bravesfam

October 12th, 2010
8:16 am

Wow, Guess what you AREN’T in NY. You are in Atlanta. Don’t the Mets wish they could have made it to the playoffs 15 times in 19 years. BTW you are welcome to go back to NY anytime you like. Don’t get on this board and start about Cox, not today!

Mutts

October 12th, 2010
8:17 am

Tami (7:56 am) Great blog!

i was sleeping when sid slid

October 12th, 2010
8:17 am

THANKS FOR BEING A CLASS ACT AMONG SO MANY FOOLS!!!

Wade

October 12th, 2010
8:18 am

There are those who detract Bobby for not winning more World Series. Let me tell you something, Bobby Cox is a CLASS human being who happened to be a baseball manager. Thank you, Bobby, for your years with the Braves. Enjoy retirement because you’ve earned it! Thanks for touching so many lives!

Sanjeev

October 12th, 2010
8:19 am

The Atlanta Braves – the only team in pro sports that celebrates playoff futility. Cox is in the same category as Marv Levy, Dan Reeves, Flip Saunders NOT Landry, Siefert, Bellichick, Torre, Scott Bowman, Phil Jackson, etc.

Felix Millan

October 12th, 2010
8:20 am

Class act Bobby. Go Phillies and those of his ilk could learn alot from you.

Go Dawgs!

October 12th, 2010
8:20 am

I don’t have any great baseball memories that don’t involve Bobby Cox. And Brooks Conrad, we forgive you, buddy. I hope you can make the team next year and redeem yourself in a big way.

bob

October 12th, 2010
8:22 am

Now that Bobby has sailed into the sunset, does anyone think Chipper announces his retirement within the next few weeks? I just think that maybe the second blown ACL might have done him in, but that he didn’t want to steal or even share the spotlight with Bobby.

Enjoy Retirement

October 12th, 2010
8:26 am

It is a sad fact that ports “success” is measured only by winning the championship. Aren’t we constantly reminded in football how Dan Marino never won a SuperBowl? As many of you point out, Bobby Cox is a wonderful person, and a great manager, but his “success” will be measured with a footnote: He had the best record in the ’80’s with Toronto (yes young children, Bobby coached in Canada) and the best record with Atlanta for 2 decades, yet this “success” resulted on only 1 championship ring – when it probably should have been 5, or more. But in any case, To Bobby: Live Long and Prosper!

how2fish

October 12th, 2010
8:26 am

Thanks Bobby for all the memories and for all the years…14 Division titles is a feat that will never be equaled and this year may have been your best as a manager. I thank you for the class and quality of the teams you brought us and for your quite leadership. May the Lord love you Bobby Cox the city of Atlanta certainly does!

Steve

October 12th, 2010
8:27 am

Thanks Bobby! You will be missed and I know your players will miss you. There will never be another Manager like you in a Braves uniform.

Brave Dreamer

October 12th, 2010
8:29 am

The man is a Legend!

After the game my wife ask me if I was Ok and I had to choke up and say yeah knowing I wasn’t….As a baseball player who never played for the man but knew he was what ball players need as a manager to succeed, I hope Atlanta knows what just left the building.

Now the kinda funny and weird part, I dreamed me and Bobby were driving together in a Jeep and he drove off a bridge into a river and were sinking in the car under water and neither of us tried to get out………then I woke up.

What the hell was that about? Oh well, I dreamed the Braves won the World Series too recently….

meh

October 12th, 2010
8:31 am

it’s gonna be strange not seeing Bobby out there next year.

guy

October 12th, 2010
8:31 am

I cannot thank the Braves organization enough for supporting Bobby Cox all these years.He is the best of the best and a truly class act. People like Bobby Cox,Furman Bisher,and Dale Murphy only come around just a few times in life. Thanks for the memories!

Buzz Kill

October 12th, 2010
8:31 am

WOW! and Sanjeev Puck you in the middle of Peachtree Street at high noon…. you couldn’t be bigger tools..you know it, I know it the whole world knows it!

Vixzilla

October 12th, 2010
8:32 am

Nice write up David.

Nick Dima

October 12th, 2010
8:32 am

16 division titles 1 world Series win. That is absolutly awful. Then after about the first 5 their was no fan support cause he couldn’t win a World Series. He should have retired long ago. It’s more of the fact that Cox was not a good strategic manager. I know that hurts but it is a fact. Bobby is a stand up guy a players coach but it don’t win championships!!!!

Michelle

October 12th, 2010
8:35 am

Go Phillies: I’ve got alot of words, unlike some, but I certainly won’t waste all of them on you. I will say that you are a worthless, disrespectful piece of crap for coming on here spouting your negativity on a blog that has nothing to do with you. This one is for fans of the Braves and of Bobby Cox. I think most of Atlanta would join me in saying “Go home you cold-hearted Yankee piece of crap!!”

Tone

October 12th, 2010
8:35 am

I fail to understand why you Braves fans thinks that Bobby Cox was a good manager. He was a horrible manager! He should’ve been fired 12 – 15 years ago. I read earlier “because of Bobby Cox the Braves won 11 straight pennants and a World Series.” Should’ve read in-spite of Bobby Cox the Braves won 11 straight pennants and a World Series. Under his watch the Braves constantly unachieved and choked just about every season. They almost choked this year and missed the NLDS. He’s the Lenny Wilkins of Major League Baseball. Bobby Cox a good manager….give me a break!

BraveinPA

October 12th, 2010
8:36 am

Dave- any rumors who may fill the shoes? I wish Bobby well. It has been great watching over the years- we have been spoiled for so many years with our Braves so it stings even more- I WILL NOT PULL for any Philly TEAM- it is so amazing to hear the rudeness of alot of Philly fans I know-but they all call it here in Philly- PASSION- well maybe the Falcons will open a can up on the Eagles this weekend while the Giants are raking on the SILLIES!!!!!!

donnie

October 12th, 2010
8:38 am

I tell ya, you aren’t a sports fan if ya didn’t tear up at the press conference OR this article. Way to go DOB, THAT’S some journalism. Thank you for all your coverage!

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