Players, others turn out in record numbers to honor “6″

There were a lot of laughs and some tears, too, from the record crowd of more than 900 for the Bobby Cox Braves Hall of Fame induction luncheon at the downtown Omni hotel today.

“This is a day the family and I will never forget,” Cox said, after introducing — for the first time in such a setting — his entire family including wife Pam, his eight children and 14 grandchildren.

A record crowd of more than 900 turned out for Bobby Cox's Braves Hall of Fame luncheon Friday. The iconic former Braves skipper will have his No. 6 retired in an on-field ceremony before Friday night's game.

A record crowd of more than 900 turned out for Bobby Cox's Braves Hall of Fame luncheon Friday. The iconic former Braves skipper will have his No. 6 retired in an on-field ceremony before Friday night's game.

We’ve got time for a quick blog after driving straight over to Turner Field from that event, which lasted more than two hours and was rich from start to finish, attended by most living Braves Hall-of-Fame inductees as well as the entire current team and a future inductee, John Smoltz.

For about 15 minutes, Braves broadcaster Don Sutton sat on the stage with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Smoltz – one baseball Hall of Famer and three future ones, three 300-game winners and the only pitcher with as many as 200 wins and 150 saves.

A few quotes and anecdotes:

• Braves president John Schuerholz: “They broke the mold when they made No. 6… And as great a manager as he is, he’s a Hall of Fame person.”

• Hall of Famer Phil Niekro on Cox being in line for induction at Cooperstown in 2013: “Until then, we’ll keep the light on for ya.”

David Justice on Cox’s postgame interviews with the media: “Whenever we won, it was because of us. Whenever we lost, it was somehow because of him. We appreciated that.”

• Glavine and  Smoltz said Cox had only three rules: Be on time, play hard, play the game the right way.

But there was a fourth unofficial rule, too, which applied to pitchers, some of whom were accustomed to having specific roles spelled out when they were with other organizations.

“Do whatever the hell I tell you, that’s your role,” Glavine said of Cox’s fourth rule. Then Glavine told of a cruel-but-funny prank he and some others played on a pitcher new to the team, when they convinced him to go to Cox’s office and ask about this pitcher’s role.

“It didn’t go very well,” Glavine said, laughing.

• Among the many sending video-taped congratulation messages for Cox were Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner and Bud Selig. The commissioner called him a credit to baseball, congratulated him for his Braves Hall of Fame induction and said he’ll be in baseball’s Hall of Fame before long.

• Glavine, Maddux and Smoltz told stories, many of them familiar, and gave examples of Cox’s patience and how he was instrumental in their careers, particularly Glavine and Smoltz when they struggled mightily as beginning big-leaguers and Cox always stood by them and reassured them.

David Justice, seen here with Chipper Jones at last year's end-of-season Cox tribute, was back to speak at Cox's luncheon today and to take part in the worst-to-first '91 Braves team celebration Saturday.

David Justice, seen here with Chipper Jones at last year's end-of-season Cox tribute, was back to speak at Cox's luncheon today and to take part in the worst-to-first '91 Braves team celebration Saturday.

They also told of a few faux pas moments, and how Cox could make sure those incidents were never repeated without saying a word, sometimes using just an icy stare.

For example, once Smoltz made the mistake of flipping the ball to Cox on a pitching change, istead of handing it to him. This was  back when a frustrated Smoltz had lost 11 of 13 decisions midway through his fourth season (he finished 14-13).

“I was 2-11, things weren’t going real well,” he said. “I don’t think I did it intentionally, but one time I flipped Bobby the ball. You don’t flip Bobby the ball…. It was something where he didn’t have to say a word. You knew [that was a no-no] right away.”

Justice, part of the worst-to-first 1991 Braves team that’s also being honored this weekend at Turner Field, called Cox the greatest manager he ever had and said he loved him, just like so many other players in that banquet room.

Justice said there were two big helmet-throwers on the Braves back then, Ron Gant and Ryan Klesko. He told a story about the time Klesko threw his helmet and it rolled down to Bobby and might have nudged his leg, and how Bobby stomped on it angrily, as if trying to put out a fire.

“Klesko peaked down there, and you know that commercial about how you want to get away?,” Justice said, smiling. “Klesko wanted to get away. I don’t remember Klesko ever throwing another helmet. If he did, I know he didn’t throw it near Bobby.”

• Umpire Randy Marsh also had a video message for Cox, and said he went back more than 40 years with him, back to when Marsh was a rookie minor league ump and Cox was managing in A-ball.

“We had a lot of good times, and some disagreements,” said Marsh, who mentioned that he was holding a list of the career-record 158 ejections Cox collected, including the umpire’s name in each incident. “One thing about you, you always defended your players to the max. You were willing to get yourself ejected to keep your players in the games. And that was admirable.”

Marsh added, “And the other thing is, you left it all on the field… We’d have an argument and I’d see you after the game. ‘Hi Ran, how ya doing?’ And it was over.”

• Smoltz and Chipper each told the story of how Smoltz and Cox were ejected in a blistering hot day in Cincinnati after arguing (and making contact) with umpire Hunter Wendelstedt following a play at third base. Bret Boone slid past the base and Chipper Jones kept the tag on Boone, who was called safe.

Smoltz said Wendelstedt stepped on his foot; Chipper didn’t know who stepped on who’s foot, but said Cox came “waddling” out of the dugout and also got in Wendelstedt’s face and got tossed, too. Smoltz said he stayed on the mound for several minutes after being ejected, because, he said, “My manager told me, ‘you’re not coming out of the game.’ ”

Chipper, who told his version of the story today about 20 minutes after Smoltz did, added a couple of details, including Cox saying to Wendelstedt, son of legendary umpire Harry Wendelstedt, “You’ll never even be a pimple on your dad’s ass.”

Then Chipper added a previously unrevealed ending to the story.

Later in the game, Chipper said he was walking past the “dungeon,” which is what they called the dark, cool area at the bottom of the stairs leading from the dugout at old Riverfront Stadium.

Cox was seated on a stool down there, listening to the game after being ejected. He heard a crowd reaction and asked Chipper, “What happened?” and Chipper told him the Braves had taken the lead on a two-run gapper.

Chipper said Cox replied, “Alright,” and pumped his fist. “Alright,” he repeated.

Then, Chipper said he walked away and heard Cox shout up the stairs, “Suck on that, Hunter!”

You gotta love baseball. And Schuerholz was right about one thing: They broke the mold when they made “6.”

Cox was as fair and decent a guy as I’ve been around in 17 years covering baseball, and absolutely, without question, the most engaging and best “people person” I’ve ever known in sports.

That’s what many people outside the game don’t seem to understand — that managing a game, making pitching changes or calling for a hit-and-run, those kinds of decisions are not nearly as important over the course of 162 games as managing people.

Bobby did that better than anyone.

♣ Uggla’s hitting streak: As you surely know, Dan Uggla’s hitting streak is at 31 games entering tonight’s series opener with the Cubs, the tied with Rico Carty for the longest in Atlanta Braves history and one of the five longest ever by a second baseman.

Uggla enters Friday with a 31-game hitting streak that's the longest in the majors this season and tied with Rico Carty's 1970 streak as the longest in Atlanta Braves history.

Uggla enters Friday with a 31-game hitting streak that's the longest in the majors this season and tied with Rico Carty's 1970 streak as the longest in Atlanta Braves history.

I happened to have covered Luis Castillo’s 35-game streak in 2002, the longest by a second baseman until Chase Utley matched it. Or, I covered all but the final week of it. I was hired by the AJC and left the Marlins beat at the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel to come cover the Braves in June, when Castillo was approaching 30 games, if I remember correctly.

What I do remember was, the last road series I covered was an interleague series at Kansas City, where Royals legend George Brett happened to be seated in the pressbox. I asked Brett, who once flirted with a .400 average and who had a hitting streak ended at 30 games in 1980, about the difficulty of extending a streak beyond that length.

He said the pressure really grew exponentially around 30 games, because that’s when the media attention became national in scope, the spotlight much brighter than at 20, 25 games.

And this was long before the Online era of journalism.

As I wrote in my game story Thursday, Uggla’s hitting streak is only the 13th of 30 or more games since 1990, and nine of the others ended at 30. Only three went beyond 32 games.

We’ve already seen history in a way: Never has a hitter put together such a streak after being as cold as Uggla was before the streak began.

He was hitting .173, remember. And in his last 20 games before the streak, he hit .143 (11-for-77) with two doubles, four homers 11 RBIs, five walks, 23 strikeouts, a .205 OBP and .325 slugging percentage.

During his 31-game streak, he’s hit .355 (44-for-124) with five doubles, 12 homers, 29 RBIs, 11 walks, 27 strikeouts and a .409 OBP and .685 slugging percentage.

And get this for oddities: Uggla has the exact same number of homers (12) and RBI (29) during 31-game hitting streak as he had in his previous 86 games.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. Freeman 1B
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. Jones 3B
  6. Gonzalez SS
  7. Ross C
  8. Constanza RF
  9. Minor LH

♣ Etc. Rookie Freddie Freeman hasn’t homered in 19 games, but has hit .365 with six doubles, six RBIs, seven walks, 19 strikeouts and a .422 OBP and .446 slugging in that span . He now leads MLB rookies in avg (.294), leads NL rookies in RBIs (57), and ranks second among NL rookies in homers with 15. Danny Espinosa (17) is only other NL rookie with more than nine…. Michael Bourn since the All-Star break: 24 games, .358 (38-for-106) w/ 6 doubles, 10 RBIs, 7 steals, 9 walks, .405 OBP, .415 slugging percentage. …The Braves bullpen leads the majors with 2.87 ERA and is tied with Giants with 41 saves. Jonny Venters, since getting four days of rest after the three-game stretch where he gave up six runs, six hits and homer in just 2-2/3 total innings, has pitched 18 consecutive scoreless innings with only five hits, 12 walks, 20 strikeouts in 16-2/3 innings in July and August, for an .093 opp avg. Craig Kimbrel has an .085 OA in his 26-appearance scoreless streak (seven hits, eight walks, 41 K in 25-2/3 innings) since June 14.

OK, I’m out of time. Let’s close with a tune by a great underrated band, Crooked Fingers, which you can hear it by clicking here.

crooked-fingers

“WEARY ARMS” by Crooked Fingers
Come on now and wrap your weary arms around the ones you love
Hold tightly, don’t ever let them go
You have many enemies for reasons no one’s certain of
So keep close only people you can trust

Beware of strangers knocking at your door
Old lovers, too
Don’t you think for one second they’ve forgotten you
They’ve forgotten you

(laptapdadada…)

So go on strike first, don’t be so scared of what you’re running from
You know, man, that what will be must be done

There ain’t no way they could ever prove
You’re so calm and cool
You’ve been waiting your whole life to make your move
So make your move

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

2,352 comments Add your comment

Blk09GT

August 12th, 2011
4:32 pm

Too bad I can’t be there. Thanks Bobby! Let’s win this one.

Hillbilly

August 12th, 2011
4:33 pm

Hey, Mr. Clean…you’re dirty now, too.

TennesseePaul

August 12th, 2011
4:33 pm

Thanks for the work DOB!

GO BRAVES!!!

TennesseePaul

August 12th, 2011
4:34 pm

Last 9 starts of the starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS
Bourn__ .308 .364 .359 0.723
Prado__ .282 .364 .436 0.800
Freeman .263 .317 .342 0.659
Uggla__ .400 .405 .700 1.105
Chipper .333 .350 .538 0.888
Seabass .268 .268 .439 0.707
Ross___ .176 .263 .294 0.557
Biff___ .455 .486 .606 1.092
Minor__ .231 .333 .385 0.718

MFin04

August 12th, 2011
4:35 pm

“Apparently yes, they are happy with the “out machine hitting in the middle of their order” or they wouldn’t have locked him up like they did.”

You don’t always pay a guy for his stats/production. Ryan Howard sells jerseys, is a face of their franchise, etc.

I mean the Braves certainly didn’t give Chipper his contract based on future production did they?

Efrim

August 12th, 2011
4:35 pm

And the next time I talk to Ruben, Jr., I’ll mention how you think he was wrong. I’m sure it will mitigate his response to future player negotiations.

So you think just because a baseball executive made a decision, that decision is right and isn’t worth a critical eye by fans who aren’t baseball executives?

Efrim

August 12th, 2011
4:37 pm

5 years/$125M (2012-16), plus 2017 option

signed extension with Philadelphia 4/26/10
12:$20M, 13:$20M, 14:$25M, 15:$25M, 16:$25M, 17:$23M club option ($10M buyout)

Other than Soriano’s deal with the Cubs, I can’t think of a worse one.

Fish Bisch

August 12th, 2011
4:38 pm

Zombierono owns us :(

Murph

August 12th, 2011
4:39 pm

Craig Kimbrel has an .085 OA in his 26-appearance scoreless streak (seven hits, eight walks, 41 K in 25-2/3 innings) since June 14.

Holy moly! Amazing numbers from the rookie.

Just like Freeman, Kimbrel has come a long way since the beginning of the season. So great to see Braves’ developed talent take off the way those two have.

Go Braves!!!

flange1

August 12th, 2011
4:40 pm

Thanks DOB for the new blog!

Sounds like the #6 lunch was a blast.

Hope the fans blow the roof off the stadium tonight for 6.

njbraves

August 12th, 2011
4:40 pm

Any chance there will be video of the luncheon?

MatthewH

August 12th, 2011
4:42 pm

“Suck on that, Hunter” may become my go-to response on this blog.

One-Eyed Mac

August 12th, 2011
4:42 pm

Will the pre-game ceremony be streamed on the Internet for those of us outside the SportsSouth viewing area?

Efrim

August 12th, 2011
4:43 pm

Lew, honestly man, I think you take it too far with Shaun. Just because Shaun is running his mouth about OBP being the all mighty, doesn’t mean you have to knock it. Your posts were really good for a time, and you were posting triple slash lines as an indicator of performance. All of a sudden, it’s back to batting average and RBI just to spite Shaun. That’s weak, man. You were understanding stats a whole lot better, and I could see it in your posts. Don’t get frustrated with Shaun’s posts and change your way of thinking just because Shaun is being unbearable and argumentative. Like I said, you were formulating great posts about player performance and etc., but are now just fighting with Shaun about RBI and other things. You can do what you want, it’s a free space to discuss whatever you want, but I just personally enjoyed your posts prior to all of this.

Weaseal

August 12th, 2011
4:43 pm

Darn it I was hoping the be # 6

MaconBraves (RIP)

August 12th, 2011
4:43 pm

DOB–Thanks for passing along a few stories told today. Had me laughing here at the work desk.

One moment I’ll never forget about Bobby was the time he yanked Andruw Jones out of the game in the middle of the inning for not hustling after a ball that dropped just in front of him in center field. Can’t break rule #3 Andruw!!

Summer of George

August 12th, 2011
4:44 pm

I’m tearing up DOB…{ } Hugs Bobby!

Snotboogie

August 12th, 2011
4:47 pm

Other than Soriano’s deal with the Cubs, I can’t think of a worse one.

Vernon Wells – or are you only including contracts that looked bad when they were handed out. Even then, I think the Werth deal is going to look worse than Soriano’s with Joe Mauer’s ending up in the same neighborhood.

TennesseePaul

August 12th, 2011
4:47 pm

Soriano’s deal with the Cubs

Zito’s was pretty bad. Hamilton had a terrible contract. I believe the Big Z also has a bad one. Oh, and Wells. Awful deal there.

Run through all of those and then look at Uggla’s… it don’t seem so bad after all.

dogsbrekky

August 12th, 2011
4:47 pm

Great story Dave, thanks.

All my fellow Aussie Braves fans and world sports fans can see how truly remarkable #6 was…. he ranks right up there with Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Jack Cahill, Phil Jackson and co as the best of the best in world sports

Efrim

August 12th, 2011
4:49 pm

I think Soriano is the worst, followed by Zito in closely at second. Howard….close third. Uggla’s deal ain’t bad at all compared to their deals, indeed.

nola braves fan

August 12th, 2011
4:50 pm

DOB – great stuff on Bobby. Have you ever thought about doing a book on him and leadership style? (you should). I manage a large team for a well known company in town and I model my communication and leadership style after #6.

I think a book on Bobby’s style would do well… get on that for us DOB!

keep up the great work… and go braves

dogsbrekky

August 12th, 2011
4:50 pm

AROD’S contract is going to look like a $60M a year deal by the time he is totally run down by 2013… they have to pay him for 7 more years SEVEN plus bonuses at the phony hr levels..

he’ll be lucky to be still walking at Jeter’s age

Just Pat

August 12th, 2011
4:50 pm

DOB

Thanks so much for this blog in particular for those of us who couldn’t be there. I’m also going to miss at least the first half hour of the tribute tonight but am hoping it becomes one of the rain delay staples in the future so that I can see the whole thing.

Efrim

August 12th, 2011
4:51 pm

Yeah, Mauer’s deal is bad, but when it was handed out, not as bad.

When they were handed out:

Soriano
Zito
Werth
Howard

I thought Howard’s deal was laughable when given. Worse, it was a bloody extension. They had the player under control with most of the leverage!

Just Pat

August 12th, 2011
4:53 pm

nola braves fan

Ditto on the suggestion of a book by DOB on Cox. I still have the one done by……wouldn’t ya know? can’t remember his name right now?……but a writer for the Braves back in the 90s.

Snotboogie

August 12th, 2011
4:54 pm

I thought Howard’s deal was laughable when given. Worse, it was a bloody extension. They had the player under control with most of the leverage!

What makes it unbearable is that inspite of that stupy deal, they managed to convince Cliff Lee to take less and join them – no immediate financial hamstring. Hope it shows up soon, though.

Snotboogie

August 12th, 2011
4:54 pm

he’ll be lucky to be still walking at Jeter’s age

He can always go back to playing poker. ;-)

"Chef" Tim Dix

August 12th, 2011
4:55 pm

“Suck on that, Hunter!” may become my comeback line for the rest of my life.

Just to be one of Chipper’s ears while with #6…

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 12th, 2011
4:55 pm

Good one, DOB. One of your best.

timthebrave

August 12th, 2011
4:56 pm

Got to win this one for #6. Go Braves!

Snotboogie

August 12th, 2011
4:57 pm

Morneau returning after neck surgery. Saw this in the same article.

Morneau and fellow franchise cornerstone Joe Mauer have only been in the lineup together in nine of the last 198 games, including the playoffs.

:shock:

nola braves fan

August 12th, 2011
4:58 pm

just pat… didn’t know there was one already written. (will have to look that up). thanks.

And for those of us in our mid-late 30s, we grew up with Bobby and the braves success. He tought us how to support and fight for your players. Praise in public (”c’mon Chip”) and punish in public (his famed office). A great leader for sure

Just Pat

August 12th, 2011
4:58 pm

Oooooooh……..looking BAD here. Sure hope it’s not heading for Atlanta!

Bat Masterson

August 12th, 2011
5:00 pm

Good stuff on Bobby Cox, DOb. Thanks

Just Pat

August 12th, 2011
5:00 pm

nola braves fan

The one I’m talking about wasn’t focused on Cox (although he was certainly featured) but rather, on the Braves. Darn it!!!!! Can’t believe I can’t remember the author’s name…..it’s semi well known, too. :-(

Just Pat

August 12th, 2011
5:02 pm

Of course, if DOB did one, I’d never forget HIS name since I’ve followed him here! :-)

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:02 pm

Efrim – I already said I wouldn’t have offered him the money they did or the years, but yeah, I know for a fact what the fans think rarely enter a GM’s decision.

Not sure why the fans opinion should matter – no matter what decision you make, some will like it some won’t. In other words, you’re damned if you do damned if you don’t.

And if you’d like, I”ll let you edit my posts for me so you’ll like everything I write.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 12th, 2011
5:04 pm

great story on Cox. For sure 1st ballot HOF. On another note, Heyward benched again by Freddie?? i thought there was some history between zambrano & heyward??

Tomahawkin

August 12th, 2011
5:05 pm

Bing!!!

Soldier—-

(Waving Arm!) “Get Out The WAYYYY! (Boom!) Pretty Boy Coming Through! Me And My Crew! We Swaggin In The Room!

Whats Up All?

TGIF And This is the Best Time of the year with both Baseball and Football being On!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 12th, 2011
5:05 pm

i’d rather have constanza play anyways until heyward can get his act together

Just Pat

August 12th, 2011
5:06 pm

Lew

Take that tongue outta your cheek! As an artiste, you KNOW you’ll never let anyone edit your posts! :-)

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:07 pm

And posting all of those stats – which I already understood for longer than some here have even been around – didn’t even make an impression on him, did they? He just continues spouting whatever he decided was right Sometimes, it’s just fun to give him back some of the crap he dishes out but can’t even come close to accepting when it’s directed towards him.

If I really give a person a hard time for no good reason, you of all people should know I’ll apologize and be sincere in that apology. Won’t ever happen with Shaun.

DS1

August 12th, 2011
5:07 pm

“You’ll never even be a pimple on your dad’s ass.”

#6 had Hunter pegged there!

:lol:

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:08 pm

Just Pat – But if I did, Efrim would be the editor.

NV 049

August 12th, 2011
5:10 pm

Efrim .. I think the Mets are still paying Bobby Bonilla that has to be ranked high as a bad deal

Breaking News: Mets To Pay Bobby Bonilla Millions Through 2035 …

Mitchell

August 12th, 2011
5:10 pm

Any chance Jason hits another canon shot off Zambrano tonight?

I guess he’s not in the line-up is he?

Well, if the game is like most nights when the Braves return from a roadtrip it will be all Zambrano.

But if tonight is anything like Opening Day 2010, a J-Hey-Zambrano rematch won’t be possible.

Tomahawkin

August 12th, 2011
5:10 pm

D.O.B.

Every year I give you Props at the end of the Year and During the Holidays for the Blog you provide us, especially for the out of state fans who don’t get all the games, But This Blog Was on Point! One of your best of all time…

You seem to be loving this year watching the team daily as opposed in years past since you started it in 2005? You seem more mellowed out this year in your blogs and responses? :)

Just Pat

August 12th, 2011
5:12 pm

Mitchell

Ahhhhh…..but tonight they have an added incentive with #6 in the stands.

Tomahawkin

August 12th, 2011
5:13 pm

Bravesgirl4life will be at the Game kickin it with The Infamous “Thanks Bobby!” Crew

Led by my Man Scott Munn and Beverly Pino…

Gotta Give Them a Stupid Shoutout, They Took me under their wing when I first went to the ChopHouse! I hope They Show The Thanks Bobby Crew on TV, Because they Will be in Full Effect Mode, Bank On It!

Anyone else going to the game?

monty

August 12th, 2011
5:13 pm

Was Robert at the banquet or No More Bobby?

Heisenberg

August 12th, 2011
5:14 pm

From Jason Starks column on http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/rumblings110812/mlb-postseason-problems-revisited

• One executive did tell us this about the early-August waiver scene: “The Yankees and Red Sox are claiming everyone who can pitch at all.”

Please tell me Derek Lowe has been placed on waivers.

k23talley

August 12th, 2011
5:15 pm

Lew, you just proved my point, by the 12 yr old comment, you’re wrong and you go to immature comments, because you have nothing to back up your reasons.

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:16 pm

k23 -Whatever. Thanks for your opinion.

BFChris26

August 12th, 2011
5:17 pm

New Blog!!!!!!!!

Let’s Go Braves!!!!!!!!!!!

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:17 pm

I will go hide my face in shame and never post again. Yeah, right.

Fish Bisch

August 12th, 2011
5:18 pm

Robert was there.
He is a closet Bobby Fan.

BFChris26

August 12th, 2011
5:19 pm

Dan Uggla on Intentional Talk showing off his guns 8-)

noliee

August 12th, 2011
5:21 pm

you really think the Braves are just gonna dump him for salary relief in the middle of a post season run during a season which has had many pitcher injuries?

bart

August 12th, 2011
5:23 pm

I think most thought that Uggla’s bad start was an aberration and that things would even out a bit as the year went on, but damn – who would have expected this! I hope he can keep it up for a while longer – makes a nice story.

usnavyvolfaninva

August 12th, 2011
5:24 pm

We just need the Phillies to lose.

Mr. Enigma

August 12th, 2011
5:24 pm

While we’re talking about Bobby, how do you think he would have handled the current Heyward/Constanza situation?

I remember last year, McLouth was have an Uggla-esque first half. He bullishly insisted on playing McLouth over Gregor Blanco, who was smashing everything and causing way more chaos on the basepaths. I remember my girlfriend damn near started crying when I told her Blanco got traded to the Royals (I, myself, almost cried because Rick Ankiel came back in the deal).

Would Cox have continued running Heyward out there and kept Constanza on the bench? I remember it was like pulling teeth to get him to realize Francoeur lost it.

Fish Bisch

August 12th, 2011
5:24 pm

Suck it Phillies!

k23talley

August 12th, 2011
5:26 pm

Lew, I enjoy a good debate we can agree to disagree, let’s just leave out the immature stuff that’s all

monty

August 12th, 2011
5:27 pm

The night they had the slight rain delay at the beginning, Radio guys(Lemer and the other announcer) were talking about Bobby and the war room,(his office)and they both said that some of the best times of their lives ever(could really tell it in their voices) were when they were down there listening to and visiting with BC. Pretty cool.

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:27 pm

OK, but just because you said so.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 12th, 2011
5:28 pm

enigma- cox would’ve stuck w/ heyward…sometimes his loyalty can be his flaws. gotta love the way constanza has been playing

NV 049

August 12th, 2011
5:28 pm

Nolie …you really think the Braves are just gonna dump him for salary relief in the middle of a post season run during a season which has had many pitcher injuries?

answer is NO …

T for Texas

August 12th, 2011
5:28 pm

Thanks for the new blog, David.

All Hail “6″!

k23talley

August 12th, 2011
5:29 pm

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:30 pm

Any time – I’m nothing if not an obliging person. Just ask anyone.

monty

August 12th, 2011
5:31 pm

Dang Lew, I don’t know what you posted that has a couple of people so upset, but it almost makes me want to look it up and read it. Almost

Just Pat

August 12th, 2011
5:31 pm

Gotta run. Enjoyed visiting for the short while I had. Have a good weekend and GO BRAVES!!!!!!

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:32 pm

monty – I’m not so sure. Might have to go back and look myself. I think it had something to do with Shaun and since I just gave him grief without any stats to back it up…….

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:33 pm

But I’m remorseful. Really I am. Seriously.

T for Texas

August 12th, 2011
5:33 pm

cox would’ve stuck w/ heyward…sometimes his loyalty can be his flaws.

Not to stir up an arugment, Dr. Nosiewater–But you do see the inherent irony in that post, here on a day where we all celebrate Bobby’s genius, do you not?

monty

August 12th, 2011
5:34 pm

Just Pat

No need to apologize for being who you are. Have a good one.

monty

August 12th, 2011
5:37 pm

Lew

Maybe it’s just pregame jitters. Everyone’s on edge.

Tomahawkin

August 12th, 2011
5:37 pm

brb, Beer Run!

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:37 pm

monty- Yeah, those off days are killers. We need our Braves’ fix – soon.

Bobbys' Chauffeur

August 12th, 2011
5:40 pm

Goals for tonight :

6-0 score bravo’s

Uggla extends his streak

No one gets hurt

Minor gets a complete game

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 12th, 2011
5:40 pm

agreed T- Cox is a beloved icon for the Braves…BUT…just sayin, he would’ve stuck with heyward. Love Bobby, but I’m glad Freddie G has the guts to bench a player when he’s not performing to expectations.

Tomahawkin

August 12th, 2011
5:40 pm

monty

“Was Robert at the banquet or No More Bobby?”

Where Has Robert Been anyway? Does He only come on during the Day when I’m not here?

I haven’t seen Robert since he got Bozo’d about 2 months ago for cussing out about 4-5 bloggers at once over a simple difference of opinion

Bay Area Steve

August 12th, 2011
5:44 pm

I’d let Lowe go, right now. For nada.

I certainly understand those who feel different, and know I may be wrong. (And, I darn sure hope he has last year’s September in him, one more time.)

Where I become confused: when Efrim says he’d trade guy in the winter for half his salary, but wouldn’t let him go now to recover all his salary. I guess he’s thinking we’ll get a future major league guy, but I suspect the Braves will pay as little as possible, so the package they’d receive would be quite light.

CB

August 12th, 2011
5:49 pm

BAS,I am with you on Lowe going for nada. Put him on a skateboard and give him a push.

summer of 91

August 12th, 2011
5:50 pm

sad I cant be there this weekend, go bravos, sweep em

ray k.

August 12th, 2011
5:52 pm

Bobby was one of a kind.
And devoted he was. Not a knee jerk emotional type.
Speaking of which… after looking at Kimbrel’s stats, I can’t help but shake my head when I think about the thunderous outcry in here 2 1/2 months or so ago, when, after 2 blown saves, people were demanding he be removed and replaced by Venters.

Tomahawkin

August 12th, 2011
5:54 pm

ok, I’m back

Snotboogie

August 12th, 2011
5:54 pm

If they put Lowe on waivers, I would assume they’d wait to make sure JJ and Hanson are fine before doing so – since teams will have only 48 hours after the claim to complete the deal.Lowe might go on the waiver wire towards the end of August so that we’d only have to deal with a month without him. And hopefully by then Bedard hits the DL (again) also.

ray k.

August 12th, 2011
5:55 pm

The Mets are a pimple on Chipper’s arse.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 12th, 2011
5:55 pm

They should have invited Angel Hernandez to the banquet……….then threw him out.

Lew

August 12th, 2011
5:58 pm

No one will take Lowe for exactly the same reasons y’all want him gone – lack of performance and too much owed.

Mets R Best

August 12th, 2011
6:00 pm

The Bobby they ought to be honoring is the ex Mets manager Bobby V.

JT Grace

August 12th, 2011
6:00 pm

Ugh!! Heyward still on the bench.. Boooo!!

ray k.

August 12th, 2011
6:01 pm

No doubt: if Bobby was the skipper, Costanza would be licking his bat in the dugout. But the players loved that about him.
Even with frosted hair, Yunel would still be a brave had he shown more discipline and respect.

DS1

August 12th, 2011
6:04 pm

Who are the umps tonight?

Bobbys' Chauffeur

August 12th, 2011
6:05 pm

We do enjoy sharing the love on the ole blog… tonight the spot light shines on Derrick.Lowe

He MADE us pay him all that money…. RIGHT? I know that if any of you were offered that contract.you would have said “Really, you reallly think I should get that much money.. I’ll take a lot less…..

Farnsworthy

August 12th, 2011
6:10 pm

Looks like Tiger couldn’t even make it on the Nationwide Tour.

Murph

August 12th, 2011
6:10 pm

Lowe for Melky, straight up

David O'Brien

August 12th, 2011
6:10 pm

Cox is going to manage the ‘91 Braves team in tomorrow’s softball game; will he put on uniform for 1st time since retirement? Could be.

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