Former players arrive for festive scene at Turner Field
It’s a festive day here at Turner Field. The Braves could clinch the Wild Card today after honoring the man who is most responsible for the plethora of success this organization has experienced over the course of the past 20 years.
In a tribute story that ran today, I defined Cox as the most influential man in the history of the Braves organization. This afternoon, Chipper Jones said that Cox and Hank Aaron are the most influential men in the history of Atlanta sports.
Say what you want about the fact that the Braves have only won one World Series during Cox’s long managerial tenure. The fact is that he has impacted your life and the lives of the many former players who have gathered today to honor him in a pregame ceremony.
Proving that Yunel Escobar didn’t exactly make him completely run away from the baseball scene, Jeff Blauser arrived at Turner Field to reminisce with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Mark Lemke Fred McGriff and some of the other stars of the 1990s.
When Dale Murphy arrived this morning, he playfully said, “Is something special going on around here today? Can I get a ticket?
When I suggested today’s attendance might surpass some of the season attendance figures the Braves realized during the 1980s, Murphy laughed and said:
“Yeah, these guys have what like 25 last at-bat wins? When we played, we were just hoping to get 25 wins.”
Cox began this morning eating grits with his long-time friend Pat Gillick and an Atlanta artist who painted the portrait the Phillies presented him last week in Philadelphia.
By the time the day is over, he would like to be soaking in champagne.