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Braves to honor Cox, '91 club over weekend

Braves to honor Cox, '91 club over weekend

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Braves to honor Cox, '91 club over weekend
MIAMI -- As they were having coffee together around this time last year, current Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez found himself laughing after he simply asked Bobby Cox how he was doing as he approached the final weeks of his storied managerial career with the Braves.

"He said, 'Man if I knew they were going to make such a big deal about this retirement, I wouldn't have announced it," Gonzalez said. "Then he said, 'I would have just walked away on the last day and said see you later.'"

While Cox was appreciative of all the respect he was shown when the Braves celebrated "Bobby Cox Tribute Day" on Oct. 2, he sat through that ceremony feeling the stress that comes amid the thick of a tight postseason race during the regular season's final weekend.

This weekend, Cox will once again have to deal with the uncomfortable sensation of being the center of attention. But he will be able to do so without having to worry about how he is going to win that day's game.

The Braves will kick off a busy weekend Friday afternoon when they ceremonally induct Cox into the team's Hall of Fame during a luncheon. A few hours later they will honor their long-time manager again during a pregame ceremony that will be highlighted when his No. 6 jersey is officially retired.

Cox will join Hank Aaron, Dale Murphy, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro and Warren Spahn as the only members of the Braves' organization to have their numbers retired.

Murphy, Glavine, Maddux, Niekro, John Smoltz and David Justice are among the most notable of Cox's former players who are scheduled to be present for this weekend's events.

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the worst-to-first run that carried the Braves to their first of 14 consecutive division titles and within one win of capturing the World Series, the Braves will honor members of their 1991 team before Saturday's game and hold a Legends Game. The game, which will be played at 5 p.m. ET Saturday will pit members of the '91 team against the other alumni players present for this weekend's events. Cox will serve as the manager for the '91 club.

The Braves will conclude their weekend with #BravesBash, an interactive fan-player event that will use digital and social media platforms including Braves.com, Twitter, Facebook and Skype. Fans will have the opportunity to participate at Turner Field and in their own homes.

This event will begin 45 minutes after the conclusion of Sunday afternoon's game against the Cubs and it will last approximately 90 minutes. All of the events will be streamed live on Braves.com.

Some of the ways players will interact with fans will be via Twitter, online chats and through Skype video calls. Braves reliever Peter Moylan, a social media favorite, will interview some of his teammates in front of a live audience.

Fans can visit Braves.com to learn more about #BravesBash.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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