Growing up in Central Virginia, there were no professional sports teams in close proximity. Because of this, attending a Richmond Braves – formerly the Triple A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves – baseball game during the summer was the closest many people who call the area home ever got to a big league game. Yet and still, becoming a fan of the Atlanta ball club was damn near expected. They were always on TBS and they always won. Simple math even for a guy like myself who always hated the subject.
While the Richmond team eventually moved to Gwinnett and the pro team went from one of the league’s best to middle of the pack, there was one constant in a diamond full of change. Tuesday night saw arguably the face of the franchise – Bobby Cox – manage his last game. Twenty-nine years as skipper came in Atlanta over the course of two stints including every season since the 1986 campaign. And who could forget that World Series title in 1995?
When you’re the A’s oldest ATLien, respect is earned from everyone from all spectrums. This includes Hip-Hop. As some of the genre’s biggest Braves fans, Maurice Garland, Joe Scudda, DJ Burn One, Big Boi and Mike Bigga recently took time to pay homage to Bobby’s past while looking towards the organization’s future.