Nationals to honor Bobby Cox on Sunday
On Sunday, Bobby Cox will manage his final game in Washington, another stop on his goodbye tour around the National League. The Nationals will begin a ceremony at roughly 1:15 p.m. that includes a video tribute and a presentation to Cox.
Cox has received goodbye tributes at his last visit to every park except for Florida, and he's gathered his share or momentos and memories. The Astros gave him a pair of cowboy boots; he nearly cried in Chicago, when he managed the Braves on the Lou Piniella's announced his retirement. "That," Cox said, "was rough."
As the season has chugged along, Cox has had to balance the emotion of the tributes with a tooth-and-nail pennant race. "It's a little uncomfortable, but it's an honor," Cox said. "I'm so appreciative that they're taking two or three minutes time out to say something. It's really neat. They're all neat."
On Friday night against the Nationals, Cox managed his 4,500th game on the nose. Cox has managed for 29 years, 25 with the Braves, whom he stewarded during their 1990s dynasty. Cox has won 1,998 games, so if the Braves win today he could win his 2,000 game Sunday afternoon.
"It's hard to go through this game without ruffling some feathers somewhere, irritating somebody," Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman said. "Anybody in the game would be hard-pressed to find anybody to say a bad word about Bobby Cox. He's just a class act. He's one of those that you aspire to be. He's a tremendous manager. Players love him. He's accomplished so much in the game. He's just had an unbelievable career."
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