Hall of Fame Welcomes Braves Trio From 90’s Decade of Dominance

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Cooperstown became Hotlanta on Sunday.
Former Braves Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine were all inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
The trio led Atlanta through a decade of dominance in the nineties.
Said Cox, "In my wildest dreams, did I ever think this could happen, but I’m sure glad it did."
  Greg Maddux never could have dreamed he would be in the Hall of Fame, especially after recalling his first day in the majors.
"My first day in the big leagues the starting pitchers were Nolan Ryan and Jamie Moyer. Twenty-minutes before the game I was sitting on the bench, and my first manager Gene Michaels thought I was the bay boy."
   Bobby Cox won over 2,500 games during his managerial career.
Of course it helps when you’re managing future hall of famers.
"To Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and I have to mention the third member of the ‘Big Three’, John Smoltz. I can honestly say I would not be standing here today if it weren’t for you guys. Together, these guys earned six Cy Young awards, while wearing a Braves uniform."
   Maddux and Glavine combined for 660 victories.
"Billy Connors asked me a question one day. He asked, do you ever wonder how good you can be? Of course I said no. He said, why don’t you go out there and try to find out. I’ve been trying to find the answer to that question every day since."
Said Glavine,"I’m so proud whenever I hear somebody say to me you must have had great parents. Because when I hear that, I know I’m representing themselves well."
   Maddux and Glavine couldn’t resist having some fun with a former Braves teammate.
Said Maddux,"The next seven years were spent winning division titles, watching the kids grow up, and watching John Smoltz hair line recede."(laughter)
Added Glavine,"Greg as a teammate and a friend, you made be better through our conversations. You made me better by watching you pitch.  And you made me wealthier with all the money we took from Smoltzie on the golf course."
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