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By now, maybe you see what his players see.
That getting tossed can be an act not of hubris but of humility, because it means Bobby Cox values himself less than the man he's saving, and because he will inhabit the place he hates most—the spotlight—in order to save him.
That it can be an act not of aggression but of sacrifice, because even if he keeps control, he loses something even more important: a place on the top step of the dugout, a clear view of the game.
That the ocean of numbers matters less than the knowledge that Bobby Cox will fight for his players, right or wrong, whether or not it makes tactical sense, in the first inning or the 13th, in a rain delay in Toronto or in the washroom at Shea Stadium, with water gushing from a shattered toilet.
The 150th ejection came to pass on July 29, 2009, after a Braves player in the dugout yelled something at Bill Hohn, and Hohn took off his mask and came over brandishing his lineup card. He didn't know who'd done the yelling, but someone would have to pay.
"I have to throw somebody out," he said, or something like that, and the players were not surprised to see what Bobby Cox did next.
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