Cake honoring Bobby Cox has unfortunate misspelling (UPDATE II)

Here is Bobby Cox's cake in its original form. And . . .

Here is Bobby Cox's cake in its original form. And . . .

(Updated with details and comments from Bobby Cox and Johnny Isakson’s spokesperson.)

Bobby Cox’s final season as Braves manager is not quite going as expected. The team is struggling and even a cake ordered for his honor on Capitol Hill spelled his name incorrectly.

I mean, REALLY incorrectly.

. . . here is the cake after some nifty editing by Isakson staffers.

. . . here is the cake after some nifty editing by Isakson staffers.

Cox was being honored for his 50 years in baseball. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) hosted a ceremony, inviting the Braves’ manager, as well as players and officials. But the cake, which was to read, “Thanks for 50 great years Bobby Cox” had an unfortunate and profane misspelling of his last name.

Come on. I know the Braves probably should have won another World Series or two during Cox’s reign. But isn’t this a little harsh for a sendoff?

Sheridan Watson, Isakson’s spokesperson, confirmed Tuesday’s gaffe and gave this accounting of the day’s events: “Bobby and the players came to the Hill and spoke at our staff meeting. Immediately after the staff meeting, he and players posed for pictures and signed baseballs for our staff members. The scheduler and I then went to the Capitol to get ready for the reception. The catering company had delivered the cake and we immediately realized his last name was spelled incorrectly. The only people who saw it were me, the scheduler and unfortunately some media members who had arrived early and took pictures. We immediately started cutting the cake.”

And what happened to those pieces of cake that were cut out?

“We smeared the icing so you couldn’t make out what it said,” she said.

And then they were served.

Cox said he didn’t find out about CakeGate until somebody from the Braves told him Wednesday.

“That’s funny,” Cox said. “What bakery did he get that cake? That’s what I want to know.”

A Washington area reporter in the visiting manager’s office had missed the story and asked Cox how they spelled his name.

“The wrong way,” Cox said, drawing a round of laughter.

Cox said he did eat a piece of the cake: “It was good.”

Nonetheless, Watson said the manager will be getting an apology from Restaurant Associates, the catering company used at the Capitol.

How does something like this happen?

According to Watson, Restaurant Associates ordered the cake from a bakery that they don’t normally use and gave the order over the phone. They never specified how to spell Cox, as if that would seem necessary.

“I’m sure one day I’ll be able to laugh about this.”

Staff writer Carroll Rogers contributed to this story.

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314 comments Add your comment

Rikki

May 5th, 2010
12:47 pm

Ouch. Really ouch.

KwaKwa

May 5th, 2010
12:48 pm

GTSteve

May 5th, 2010
12:49 pm

Mae

May 5th, 2010
12:49 pm

Jbc

May 5th, 2010
12:50 pm

Who would’ve known Bobby Valentine was in the dessert business?……Still, not checking the cake before it got to the Capitol? And these staffers are the folks really running the government? Frightening…..First, but with a sad shake of the head…..

JRFunk

May 5th, 2010
12:52 pm

At least it wasn’t “Bobby Coccyx”: that would’ve been a pain in the rear.

KenFromCalifornia

May 5th, 2010
12:52 pm

big deal. happens to me all the time.

signed,
dick cheney

Blaze

May 5th, 2010
12:53 pm

Hopefully things will get turned around tonight! Isn’t Hanson pitching?

Truth

May 5th, 2010
12:54 pm

I am sure, make that 100% positive that the man has had NUMEROUS pokes at his last name…

I know, as one of my best friends last name is Cox….

ChippersLoveChild

May 5th, 2010
12:54 pm

“Frightening?” Really? Because they didn’t know how to spell Bobby Cox’s name? Not really.

Steve

May 5th, 2010
12:56 pm

How ironic that this story reports on a misspelling and then goes on to talk about Dan Steinberg’s Sports BOG.

Dr. Sigmund Football

May 5th, 2010
12:57 pm

One side of my family is Cox, so he’s used to it, believe me.

FIRST!!! IM A DOUCH...FIRST!

May 5th, 2010
12:57 pm

I am so sick of you douch’s putting “FIRST” in your lil comments. To think that some of you might be grown men makes me sick. Nobody cares if you are First, GROW UP! And to the idiots like Jbc who put it and aren’t even FIRST, I bet you are married to your sister.

Stuart

May 5th, 2010
12:58 pm

Jeff, the way I heard it they spelled Cox’s last name corrected but rather than Bobby they called him Joe Cox which is a vicious insult!!

the truth

May 5th, 2010
12:58 pm

Typical government stupidity. Could screw up a one car funeral. Guess all the “smart” employees are out cleaning up the oil spill.

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omg!

May 5th, 2010
1:00 pm

Fan or no fan! that was just not the time to be funny….

Fred

May 5th, 2010
1:00 pm

that’s what I said

the truth

May 5th, 2010
1:01 pm

Ditto Douch about the “First” claims. Probably the same losers while growing up would scream “shotgun” whenever they went anywhere in a car. Go back to watching your Star Trek dvd’s.

Kar

May 5th, 2010
1:02 pm

Oh. That’s not as bad as what I was expecting.

1gadawg

May 5th, 2010
1:02 pm

presumably made by a graduate of the Atl. school system.

biz

May 5th, 2010
1:03 pm

Its been a hard year for cox…hehe

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renegade#1

May 5th, 2010
1:04 pm

Douch you really are a douche

cattle dawg

May 5th, 2010
1:04 pm

Does that mean that this piece of cake is a collector item? Like the old Billy Ripken bat handle baseball card from my younger years.

Bill Mc

May 5th, 2010
1:05 pm

What did it say ??? Bobby Penises ??? Come on, that’s not even close.

All I'm Saying...

May 5th, 2010
1:06 pm

Are you serious? Who phoned in the cake order—were they not thinking that they would need to tell the recipient the proper spelling? Wow. Talk about lack of attention to detail.

Paul Johnson's Johnson

May 5th, 2010
1:06 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….You’re it!!

Your friend,

P.Johnson

FIRST!!! IM A DOUCH...FIRST!

May 5th, 2010
1:07 pm

The Truth, i hear you brother! Their mommies probably still cut the crust off their sandwiches. “FIRST! LOOK, IM FIRST!” “OHHH MY GOSH YOU GUYS, LOG INTO AJC.COM AND CHECK OUT SCHULZ’S ARTICLE…NO, NO, SCROLL DOWN TO THE COMMENTS SECTION…LOOK, RIGHT THERE, THAT’S ME…HAAHAHA, THAT’S MY ENTRY AND I AM FIRST!”

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

May 5th, 2010
1:08 pm

sorry but thats just funny . I thought it might have been booby but that is almost as funny

I'm Gumby, dammit!!

May 5th, 2010
1:10 pm

Just damn. If you can’t laugh at that, then you just don’t have a sense of humor.

bonbon

May 5th, 2010
1:11 pm

this only proves that we need to keep money going into education! I have seen way too many simple misspellings of words even in this site!! instead of laying off or firing 1500 teachers, i believe there could be a better way than taking from our kids’ education. They are our future! our future is getting dimmer by the day at this rate!!

Tiger In the Back Woods

May 5th, 2010
1:12 pm

Eww. At least his name isn’t Mike Hunt.

this is funny too

May 5th, 2010
1:13 pm

ugay grad decorating the cake

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

May 5th, 2010
1:13 pm

I’m not sure what I enjoy more in the fine state of GA…. Coach Johnson or Coach Cox…..I like both equally as much.

BTW…Anyone know when Adam Lambert is in town?

Restaurant Associates a Div of J. Torre Confectioners, Inc.

May 5th, 2010
1:14 pm

What our employee made a mistake?

ant banks

May 5th, 2010
1:14 pm

what’s the problem? it is so appropo

gcs

May 5th, 2010
1:15 pm

Even if the bakery got it wrong didn’t anyone LOOK at the cake before they brought it out. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to realize there may be a mistake. I say taser Sheridan Watson.

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DZ

May 5th, 2010
1:15 pm

Did they get the cake from an erotic bakery?

Helmet Head

May 5th, 2010
1:16 pm

Are you saying his cake was circumcised?

gdawginkalamazoo

May 5th, 2010
1:16 pm

They should make that employee run onto the field at a Phillies game.

Johnny Kakes

May 5th, 2010
1:16 pm

If only the cake company tried to pull a major prank on the Braves organization by using the first name “Bill” and middle name “Lomey” along with Cox…

Carlton

May 5th, 2010
1:17 pm

Ditto on the “first” comments….this isn’t 2nd grade recess.

Realist

May 5th, 2010
1:17 pm

Maybe if he’d won more than one ring in 14 tries, they would have known how to spell it.

amber

May 5th, 2010
1:18 pm

sports bog .. that’s funny too! thanks for the mid-day laughs.

Mike

May 5th, 2010
1:18 pm

Steve, click on the link – it actually IS called the “Sports Bog.”

OldDog

May 5th, 2010
1:19 pm

I bet ya the person who did the Icing is a product of the “Premier Schools of Dekalb County”

Reid Adair

May 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

Seriously? “Bobby Cox” is that much of a challenge for spelling?

Johnny Kakes

May 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

This could just be an instance of teabonics… written by a teapartier. I think it might be the same person who made the cake for the walk on Washington – unfortunately, the cake read: NO PUBIC OPTION – nobody wanted to eat the cake after that!

Bill Mc

May 5th, 2010
1:25 pm

Heard it was a real bash. George BUSH, Denise RICHARDS, Andy DICK, and Elijah WOOD were there. Everyone enjoyed the cake with a glass of TANG.