The Atlanta Braves' loss Monday night in Game-4 of the National League Division Series signaled the end of the managerial career of Bobby Cox. It came as the Braves fell to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Giants move on to the National League Championship Series.
After the final out was recorded, the Giants players rushed to the middle of the diamond to celebrate. But the Braves' players and coaches remained in their dugout, recognizing the end of Cox's career as manager. The fans at Turner Field soon began chanting "Bobby". Within a couple of minutes, Cox was urged by his players to step back on the field. He did, acknowledging the fans. The Giants players and coaches also paused in their celebration to recognize Cox.
All four of the games between the two teams were decided by one run. The teams split the two meetings in San Francisco, with the Giants then winning both played in Atlanta to clinch the series.
Cox concludes a 29-year managerial career, including 25 with Atlanta. In his time with the Braves, he led the club to the postseason 15 times, including 14-straight from 1991-2005. That run included a World Series title in 1995. This year's team returned to the postseason for the first time since that 2005 season.
In the postgame press conference, Cox got emotional when he was asked what he told the players in the clubhouse. After saying he addressed them the best he could, he paused to collect himself for nearly 20 seconds.
Earlier in the press conference, Cox said the players "played their hearts out...I'll miss 'em."