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has now hung up his spikes, leaving behind an unparalleled tenure as one of the most successful managers of all time. Known throughout baseball as a players manager, the legendary skipper has endeared himself to all who love the game. His constancy has been an anomaly in this fickle sports era, and In the Time of Bobby Cox
is Lang Whitakers heartfelt exploration of the lessons hes learned sitting at the masters side . . . or, more accurately, sitting on his couch in front of the television.
The number of players whove hit the field for Cox is astonishing—and this book includes a list. From David Justice to Greg Maddux to Chipper Jones to Jason Heyward, Cox managed every kind of player, and almost always got the most out of each one. He did it with patience, persistence, and faith. He did it by adapting, communicating, and, more often than any other manager, getting himself ejected. Whitaker didnt think much of it at first, but, as the years rolled by, he realized hed learned at least as much from Cox as players such as Andruw Jones had.
In the tradition of Frederick Exleys 1968 classic, A Fans Notes, and Nick Hornbys Fever Pitch, sports commentator, editor, columnist, and blogger Lang Whitaker weaves memoir with his obsessive super-fandom, providing the perfect blend of sports, humor, and insight for Braves fans and for everyone who enjoys Americas favorite pastime.
“That fond couch potato planted yonder on your sofa, watching sports day after night... it turns out there's a sensitive man inside. With In the Time of Bobby Cox, Lang Whitaker shows eloquently how baseball is so much more than just a game to its devoted fans.”—Mike Sager, Esquire, author of Wounded Warriors
"Atlanta Braves fans will read Lang Whitaker's book to the final page."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A strangely compelling mash-up of memoir and obsession. . . . You don't have to love baseball to be a fan."--Atlanta Magazine