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Fredi needs to make a call

Fredi's mentor made the record book.

Gonzalez chuckled when reminded of the place in history secured Tuesday by his former mentor, Bobby Cox. After almost eight weeks of good behavior, the longtime Braves manager finally moved into first place on the all-time ejections list when he got tossed in Tuesday's game. After Chipper Jones animatedly protested a called third strike, Cox stepped in and argued himself to draw the heat away.

"That's the way he is," Gonzalez said. "He'd rather get thrown out than whoever's upset."

Cox has been sheepish about the record all season, so his postgame assessment of it ("It's nothing; it just means I've been around a long time,") was no surprise to Gonzalez.

"He's one of the most humble men I've ever been around," Gonzalez said.

An interesting achievement, maybe a little dubious, but still, he is number one all-time in the history of the game, and you have to admire the way Cox stands up for his players.

As of last night, Fredi has yet to congratulate his friend.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he hasn't called Braves manager Bobby Cox yet to offer his congratulations for becoming the all-time ejections king on Tuesday.

Asked if he thought Cox should win a trophy of some sort for his 132nd ejection, Gonzalez said: "I'm sure there will be a little line on his plaque in the Hall of Fame, don't you think? Maybe not. His accomplishments are not getting thrown out of games. It's the 2,000-whatever wins."

I'm a bit doubtful there will be enough room on his plaque in Cooperstown to include Cox's most recent record along with all of his other achievements.  That is, of course, assuming the writer of the blurb for the plaque doesn't posses an odd sense of humor.  In other words, I will never be asked to write the summary of his contributions to the game.

C'mon Fredi, give Bobby a call.  He called you when you were thrown out of your first game.