1:18 am October 12, 2010, by Carroll Rogers
October 12th, 20102:09 pm
Thank you Bobby Cox for the many years you spent in Atlanta.
I just don’t feel safe or secure going forward without Bobby. I always knew that as he skippered the team all would be well. Now, I don’t know anymore. Will the new manager treat our players right and fair?
Will the new manager take care of them and not let the corporation best them out of things. Will this organization still be professsional or will it go down too? I am not comfortable going forward without Bobby.
October 12th, 20102:11 pm
October 12th, 2010
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.
Hey SILLY , go to the forum of the phillies or blow that win nothing this year or the world series, when you have to confront to tampa or yankees until ahi arrived and that if anything come to the world series because SF is for your team, the phillies come to win now before ? Some losers.
October 12th, 20102:12 pm
thanks bobby !!
October 12th, 20102:13 pm
The king is dead – long live the king (Joe Torre)
October 12th, 20102:15 pm
This was a very special ball club who gave us all they could. I’m proud of them making it this far, even practically limping into the postseason. I haven’t been this proud to be a Braves fan since the 95 World Series. Happy retirement, Bobby! Thanks for the memories.
October 12th, 20102:18 pm
The Braves have had better teams but I don’t think I ever saw one that tried harder, played together better, than this one. We will miss you Bobby.
October 12th, 20102:20 pm
Carroll thanks for letting us share Bobby’s final moments in uniform and his goodbyes to his players and the fans. The quotes released a floodgate of tears that would not come as I left The Ted last night.
Though we had lost and our season ended on that field, what happened next made that seem trivial. As the giants began to come onto the field to begin their celebration, a chant rose up from every corner of the stadium, “Bobby, Bobby, Bobby” and a painful loss suddenly morphed into a tribute to a beloved man. He came out of the dugout and tipped his hat to the ecstatic crowd and even the Giants were swept away by the moment and joined in to salute him. As I left for the last time this season, I felt little sadness, though an errant tear or two did escape my eyes. No, I was just proud and humbled to have been there, in person, to witness the closing of a great chapter in the history of Braves baseball.
Bobby, may God bless you and Pam in your retirement years and may they be filled with happiness and enjoyment. You’ve both earned it.
I will miss you Bobby.
October 12th, 20102:22 pm
Great work, DOB
Enjoyed it all year.
Fitting story. I become emotional just reading it.
Grats to Cox on a great career. GO BRAVES 2011!
Now GO Falcons!
October 12th, 20102:23 pm
and thanks to Carroll!!!!!! I failed to read the heading before posting. Great work!!
October 12th, 20102:24 pm
Thank you Bobby, I am 24 and you are the only Manager Ive ever known to lead the Braves. You will be missed on the field but we are all excited you are staying just a little longer. We will win a Championship for you before you leave us. You have changed Atlanta in my short life time and taught everyone, even those not familiar with the game, an invaluable lesson of loyalty. This entire city will only become a better sports town now, because of you. We will miss you coach and tell our next manager, whoever it is, to always wear his spikes and fight for his players. Go Braves.
October 12th, 20102:26 pm
Let’s face it – Bobby was a 2nd string manager (after Joe Torre – a true Brave from WAY back!). Sure, Bobby is a terrific human being – loyal to his players, patient (to a fault) but he shoulda retired about 2 seasons ago, before senility began to seriously cloud his judgment.
Look at all the miserable failures during the playoff: OK – too many to list! Errors galore! Lack of total commitment to make crucial plays. Has-beens galore: Glaus, Lee………etc.
The Braves of 2011 will have a brand new look – they had better, for the sake of the Franchise.
October 12th, 20102:32 pm
Go phillies- you’re too much of a weenie to be a “tough guy” wanna be….typical coward! You feel the need to tell everybody how tough you and “south philly” are…hahaha you small, little man !! make good, one of your many threats to leave….tough guy
All oft he Cox haters on here remind me once again of why I would prefer to be a sports fan here rather than LA or NY or PHilly, if indeed a guy like Bobby would not last in a town like that. Bobby has more class in his pinky finger that some of the posters to this blog.
He may have only won a single World Series, but to think of how many of his teams made it to the postseason under his management is simply astonishing. To actually believe that he is not one of the greatest managers in baseball history is to be beyond ignorant . . . it’s stupid. And as Ron White says, you cannot fix stupid.
Bob from Accounttemps
October 12th, 20102:34 pm
@Go Phillies: “Hard Knock” schools of Philly … on the Main Line? The only “hard knocks” thing I could imagine at a Main Line shool is when somebody dings your BMW – and that’s at the public school. Claiming that the Phillies are anything but the NL’s Yankees makes you lose whatever credibility you claim to have. Home grown talent, yes, but how much is Ryan Howard making now?? Trades for Oswalt and Halladay, yes, but for how much cash and coverage?
October 12th, 20102:35 pm
Congrats Bravos for a well played season. I am excited about the future of the team. I believe we can finally break the curse of the series of playoff losses that have amassed over the last 15 years and get a manger that can finally win in the playoffs! Get some good personal trainers and let’s stay healthy and have a great upcoming season. Thanks Braves you gave me many highs and lows this year as well as new usage of some old curse words that have stored away..
"Go Phillies" Hater
October 12th, 20102:37 pm
Go Phillies. I really wish i was in the same room with you and i personally would make sure you miss the playoffs and your beloved yet overpaid Phillies. You are scum! No better yet a LEACH! I wouldnt be so proud. I bet the manager of the Phillies would’nt be so happy with you if he were to read what your writing. Which is trash by the way. This board was for us Braves fans ONLY and not for you nor any other team lovers unless its to pay respect to Bobby. Theres a time and place for your bull shi*! This isnt it! Noone cares about you! DROP DEAD! Im sorry your mother neglected you as a child.
October 12th, 20102:38 pm
You gotta know when to fold ‘em – Bobby kept holding ‘em about 2 years too long! It just takes some of the shine off a brilliant career.
October 12th, 20102:40 pm
What a great manager. We will miss him. Thanks Bobby for the great times.
October 12th, 20102:46 pm
Thanks Bobby and all the 2010 Braves for a great year!
October 12th, 20102:53 pm
PLAYOFF MEMORIES: I’ve never seen so many pitches taken – right down the middle of the plate – only to be followed by wild swings at the next pitch about 2 feet off the plate! Jason’s uppercuts would give Sugar Ray a run for his money! The only hitter who looked like a hitter was McCann! To be honest, both teams played like minor league clubs (except for the pitching). The Phillies will make mincemeat out of the Giants.
October 12th, 20102:55 pm
Long time reader here, never have engaged in the conversations until now though. I’ve been a Braves fan since around 1980. I became a hooked Braves fan following the ‘82 season when TBS put together the documentary titled “It’s a long way to October”.
After reading a few posts on the blog tonight, I decided to chime in with my 2 cents worth. To any and all Phillies fans who are on here tonight making ANY derogatory remarks toward Bobby or any member of the Braves organization is 100% classless. While, yes, you have the ‘right’ to be here and to speak as much as anyone else, that comment sounds rather familiar to another sensitive topic that has been a national headline the past couple of months. The Muslim Imam in NYC has the ‘right’ to build the mosque near Ground Zero. Nobody disputes that. However, it isn’t the right that anyone who opposes it (which is by far the majority) dispute it. It’s the sensitivity of the matter.
Tonight has nothing to do with anything concerning the Phillies. Heck, I’ve yelled countless times at my tv while watching games over a lot of Bobby’s moves throughout the years. But, tonight is about giving the man the honor and respect for his career. Is he a God? No, not even close. He’s a human being who has made a ton of mistakes (as we all have).
Regardless of how many World Series folks say he should’ve won, regardless of whether he was programmed to be a great manager over 162 game season instead of in the shorter postseason, there was a reason players all around the league say they would love to play for him.
I don’t recall ever hearing (or reading) an interview of any newly acquired Atlanta Braves player who didn’t mention in the introductory news conference how excited they were to get to come play for Bobby. I also don’t recall hearing (or reading) any comments from departed Braves players who didn’t express appreciation and gratitude for having the opportunity to play for Bobby. I dare to say you can say that about any other manager (at least since Tommy Lasorda).
So, to wrap up my first real post (I did ask D.O.B. what the mood was like in the Braves locker room after Sunday night’s game, but that isn’t really interacting with the bloggers). Bobby, it’s been an honor to watch the manner in which you held your teams accountable. You taught them to respect the game, to respect their teammates, and to put their teammates ahead of themselves. The last of which is quickly deteriorating from the fabric of professional (heck, even college and high schools to some degree) sports.
Job well done, Sir!
October 12th, 20103:00 pm
Keith, thanks. But Carroll wrote this great story.
Well spoken, General Lee!
October 12th, 20103:08 pm
Go Phillies ……. Typical philly fan never happy, always cynical, and going through life with their panties in a wad.
October 12th, 20103:11 pm
A guy was out in second base by more then a foot. Go to MLB.com and watch the video and PAUSE at 0:13 second. This clearly shows he was out by 3 foot. Infante’s foot was still on base and ball is in the glove. Umpire missed it AGAIN.
Thank you Scalps.
Btw, one point I intended to mention in my post that I failed to include concerns ex-players. On the final Saturday of the season, Bobby Cox Appreciation Day, there were 75 former Braves players who showed up to celebrate that special day with Bobby.
There was 1 player whose name was on the list of those who attended that shocked me beyond words as I read the list. Gary Sheffield, who spent 2 years of his 21 year major league career in Atlanta, came back to pay homage to Bobby on that special day. I mean, the same Gary Sheffield who has been a few manager’s nightmare throughout his career came back to share in the celebration to honor a former manager!
This alone says more than I think those of us on the outside looking in will ever know about how his players felt about him.
October 12th, 20103:13 pm
Man, this is a tough crowd. Even with instant replay, most of you would be upset with the Second base call. And there has been a lot of hatred for Bobby this year, especially in September. So don’t act all innocent!
October 12th, 20103:15 pm
Umpire robbed us AGAIN AND AGAAAAAAAAAAAIN.
October 12th, 20103:20 pm
Jeez, I was 5 years old when Bobby Cox took over the team from Russ Nixon in June 1990. I turned 26 in August.
October 12th, 20103:24 pm
Thanks Bobby!! You have been the epitome of consistency. You taught us well.
October 12th, 20103:41 pm
Everytime I read one of these I just cry some more…and I’ll say it again: I have a huge soft spot for this Braves team, too! Some of the players weren’t even here a full season but I root for them just as much. Stories like Ankiels’ and Brooksie’s. I get choked up just thinking about when Bobby told Brooksie he had made the team and Brooksie was so happy because he had never before started the season on the major league roster. Guys who did more with less talent but all of the heart, spirit and grit you could ask for. I have had trouble rooting for some of the players on the Braves that I didn’t like for one reason or another but this team, I rooted for every single one of them. And it was so easy to do. Thanks again for a wonderful season. I was proud to root for you! Go Braves.
October 12th, 20103:47 pm
MattE D should be the 4th outfielder!! Gotta get that plug in for my favorite Brave, can’t help myself. He is a great clubhouse guy who’s been here longer than Hinske and I know, would love to remain a Brave in whatever capacity. Please resign him!!!
October 12th, 20104:16 pm
@ Robert , 3:08pm…Let me just say that Go Phillies is NOT a typical Philly fan. He’s simply a perfect example of the loud, obnoxious, bitter, cynical vocal minority that give the rest of us a bad rap. There’s people like that in every crowd, in every city, in every community.
October 12th, 20104:17 pm
Good Riddance! The drunk wife beater should have been sent packing from the game a long time ago.. Why he wasn’t is a mystery to me. He was a disgrace.
October 12th, 20105:17 pm
I am a San Francisco native, resident, and lifelong Giant fan. I have always felt since Bobby Cox started managing the Braves, that they were the G-men’s stiffest competition, year after year, consistently. Best to the Braves on a great season, and aloha to Bobby Cox, one of the greatest managers ever. I know I will miss him.
October 12th, 20105:23 pm
Thanks Bobby Cox for the autographed Baseball Card you sent after I complained about Leo’s filthy mouth around the kids!
October 12th, 20105:54 pm
TJR is correct. Most Philly fans are rational and decent human beings. But, you do have a element that seems to relish the boorish jail under the stands rep that Philly has gotten, like this Go Phillies loser running his mouth behind the safety of his little keyboard.
On the blown call. Wow, I didn’t see it when it happened. Sick with the flu and was in the bathroom. But seeing it today, that’s just really bad. To have a legend like Bobby Cox’s final playoff appearance marred with 2 obviously blown calls that may have well cost him the series is beyond stupid. If MLB doesn’t institute replay next year, it will just cement the fact that Selig is a complete, total moron.
And so many props to the SF Giants and their amazing display of class last night. To put off a celebration to stand and show respect to Bobby makes the Giants the team I’m rooting for going forward. Although, as much as I hate to admit it, it’s going to take a near miracle to knock the Phillies off.
NO MORE BOBBY
October 12th, 20106:23 pm
I realize I need Bobby like Batman needs the Joker. Come back!
October 12th, 20106:30 pm
its a sad day when bc is no longer managing. thanks bobby, for all you did for the atlanta braves. it will never be the same again without you at the helm.
October 12th, 20106:41 pm
I remember really bad Braves teams in the 70’s and 80’s. Bobby (w/Scheurholz) helped turn that around. Based on what his players all said, win or lose, you cannot top a legacy like that.
Thanks, Bobby. Hope you get into Cooperstown with Glavine, Maddux and/or Smoltz.
October 12th, 20107:44 pm
Thanks, Bobby Cox for turning the city of Atlanta around with good baseball. The Braves became a beacon of the South. I have been a Braves fan since 1991 when the run got started. It is gonna be kind of weird not seeing Cox in that dugout. This was Cox’s weakest playoff team. From June-August the Braves were the best all around NL team, but they ran into a wall with all the injuries. I believe if the Braves were better manned with Chipper Jones, Martin Prado, Chris Medlin, the Braves probably would have held onto the division lead and held off the surging Phillies. I thought that if the Braves got into the playoff they would be very difficult to beat at home. I don’t know what the future holds for the Braves, I still see the Phillies dominating the division for about 5 more years. The Marlins and Nationals are going to get better. The Mets are in a chaos. I would love for the Braves to get someone who is less of a players’ manager, no knock on Bobby, and someone who is sterm and who wants to win over 100 games a year and win the World Series every year and not just get into the playoffs and lose. I wouldn’t mind seeing them give the job to Terry Pendleton because he was a great leader, a good player who was tough and who wasn’t afraid to get dirty. I want to see the Braves be more aggressive at the plate and who are a tough out at the plate. Sure a couple more plays here and there, the Braves would have won a 2 or 3 more World Series,but that is the past.
October 12th, 20109:24 pm
An amazing class act, down to the very end. Pinch hitting Brooks in the 9th was pure Bobby Cox, standing by his players to the end. We will miss you!
October 12th, 201010:12 pm
@ Go Phillies:
If you have the nerve to come on this blog and bash this teams manager, EXPECT people to defend themselves and their team. You claim they are “attacking” you, when in reality, they are merely defending their manager and themselves. If you come on this blog with the intent to antagonize, expect some retaliation.
YOU are the one who is classless, and, being a fellow PHILLIES FAN, I also ask that you leave this blog. You are giving us a bad name, to say the least.
October 12th, 201010:32 pm
And Also, about the your talk about growing up in South Philly…
…Is that supposed to impress us or something?
about your talk* rather
October 12th, 201010:38 pm
You are the only Braves manager that my kids of 21 and 19 have ever known. You are the only Braves manager that I ever wanted to know. What a great man and manager. Thanks for all you have done!!!
October 12th, 201010:39 pm
Thanks Bobby for all that you have done and what you brought to the game. May God continue to bless you. It is a sad day
Also…if you did grow up there, as you say…you would know that it’s not smart to antagonize a group of people. It only makes you look like a fool, and gets you beat like a fool.
October 12th, 201010:43 pm
I ve never been prouder to be a Braves’ fan than right now….NEVER….YOU GUYS DIDNT WIN THE SERIES, BUT YOU WON OUR RESPECT!!! You guys stuck together when nobody gave u a chance, a true testament to your, our leader, Bobby Cox. I will never forget this team, or this season…..THANKS GUYS….and THANKS Bobby…….love u guys….
October 12th, 201010:50 pm
Thanks Bobby from a 30 year fan that could kick the crap outta Go Phillies just for fun at any time. Put me in coach…
October 13th, 20101:58 am
Bobby, we all are going to miss you soooo. You made baseball a number one sport here in Atlanta and all across the nation.. Just wonder what it going to be like not having you as part of the team anymore. I am all the way on the west coast in Calif. and never missed a game on TV or the computer. I have to say Thank you Bobby for bring us all these years of fun and enjoyment. Now, its your time for some relaxation and I wish us the best in the future. Again, Thanks and you will be highly missed.
hey hey its Fat albert
October 13th, 20105:47 am
Well again i not see who phillie wrote was bad here yet…Just remember 68 wins in Postseason his great wins bad ideas trade half farm system to Tezas they in ALCS vs Yankees this weekend and Phillies n Giants biggest mis-match ever.frenchy goin to play chance for a WS title he sayin i sure glad mets n cox trade away from TP n i hope he not kept and we get a better Hittin coach.But also cox lost 71 postseason he no1…so we they give him a award for most losin games n Torre won 86 postseason he second behind casey stengel the yanks all time great manager!But he should had won more W.S. Titles but alas he did not but remember thanks to Cox n friends he did make Torre the greatest manager of the 90’s with Ny Yankees…..I hope rangers beat yankees to n win over SF giants if Phillies make it phillies win 2nd W.series Title in 3 years…Bobby we love u as a man n a lovin coach to u players but u cost us titles to teams not been there…and i really get tired of blamin umpires again and no we not need a robot callin strikes take fun see players are manager get in a heated arguement (sorry spellin is bad so excuse me) no way umps are human beings they make errors as we do!
I do me best in typin folks
October 13th, 20105:54 am
Enough said Bobby cox is atlanta savin grace of Franchise as Ted turner was to when he bought team in 1976….Both are the best in Georgia for even thou Ted lives in Montana so what!
The Booby and Brooksy show
October 13th, 20107:59 am
Conrad is still a Bum.
Sons of Rick Matula
October 13th, 20109:05 am
Interesting quote from Aubrey Huff in a Tom Verducci piece at SI.com – on facing Kimbrel in Game 2: “That guy’s stuff is nasty,” said Huff, who whiffed against Kimbrel in Game 2. “I had no chance.”
So why didn’t Bobby leave Kimbrel in to pitch to Huff in Game 3? Dunn and done.
Bobby’s a HOF manager but he outthought himself at times with his BP moves.
October 13th, 201011:17 am
Hey, Carroll wrote this one folks
The unsung hero of this blog
October 16th, 20103:16 pm
bobby worked with the tools that he had this series. Even the analyst said we were the most undermanned team in years. And we still made every single game a 1 run nail biter. there was alot of bad calls in this series. the first game cost us that one run. the second game he missed the call at first saying he didnt get pulled off the bag. the last game he missed the call at second when his foot was on the bag. lol alot of in consistency with the umps in this series. two of the calls were made by one ump. But no excuses. We had a great run this year and will have alot more in the years to come. Glad bobby is staying on as an adviser. But he will be missed in the dugout. Thank you Bobby.
October 16th, 20103:22 pm
And the phillies do look good this year. I dont think they will win the WS. Not the way texas and the yanks are playing. But the phills have had a good four year run. But do it for 14 yrs in a row then come talk to us. But good luck to everyone in the rest of the postseason.
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