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Braves quotes after Friday’s 5-homer win over Cubs | Atlanta Braves
Chipper Jones: "Bobby and I had probably the longest ride of any of the players. Still trying to make him proud any way I can. I know he was sticking around watching the game, hoping for a Braves win. The guys just went out and stayed on their gameplans and executed all night."
Bobby Cox humbled by entrance into Braves' Hall of Fame | braves.com: News
"I was fine until they took that curtain off that number," Cox said. "I want to thank you so much. This is one of the greatest days of our lives."
Ernie Johnson: A peach of an announcer, a prince of a man | Mark Bradley
Ernie Johnson Sr. died at age 87 Friday night, his wife Lois at his side. Ernie had been in declining health for a while, and he’d just been moved to a hospice. The belief here is that Ernie is in a better place now. The belief — this is more an absolute conviction — is that ol’ Ernie, in his time in a world, made it a better place.
Gilmartin strong in Class A debut | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
As if the Braves don't have enough pitching prospects already, now Sean Gilmartin, is building up steam and on his way. Atlanta's first-round draftee in June allowed two hits and fanned four over 2 2/3 scoreless innings in his Class A debut and second pro outing Thursday en route to Rome's 4-2 victory over visiting Asheville.
Bobby Cox loved his players but wasn't keen on role-playing | Mark Bradley
For all the winning the Braves did under this man, the man himself never gave the indication that the team was winning because of him. "We all have egos," Cox would tell reporters Friday, but his always seemed the smallest in the famously serene clubhouse. Which is why players loved him. Asked what Cox did for him, the incisive Greg Maddux said: "He relaxed me." Then, a bit later: "He was the same whether it was Opening Day or Game No. 120. That consistency you saw in him day in and day out bled down to us."
McCann 1-for-3 in first rehab game – updated | Atlanta Braves
Brian McCann began his minor league rehabilitation Friday night in Triple-A Gwinnett, going 1-for-3 with an RBI single, in what the Braves hope will be a short stint. McCann was eligible to come off the disabled list Friday but the Braves wanted him to test his left oblique in at least two games, possibly returning as early as Sunday. "If he’s good, he’ll maybe go Sunday," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Sunday at the earliest."
Players, others turn out in record numbers to honor "6″ | Atlanta Braves
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."