Other statues I’d like to see outside Braves new park

Bobby Cox enjoys the unveiling of his bronze self outside Cobb County Taxpayer Park. (BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM)

The statuary at new Cobb Country Taxpayer Park is impressive, and got even better with the addition of the Bobby Cox bronze (think Rodin’s The Thinker, but thankfully clothed).

But, then, why not a Leo Mazzone statue, too? One on springs that actually rocks in the manner of the former fidgety pitching coach? The kids would have a blast playing on Uncle Leo like an old-fashioned rocking horse.

You know, there’s an awful lot of available space around the new park. And an awful lot of undocumented Braves history. What they need are some more statues.

Wouldn’t you love to see Deion Sanders’ days as a Braves preserved for posterity? Not at the plate or in the field. But in the clubhouse. Imagine a statue of Prime Time dumping ice water on broadcaster Tim McCarver.

Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were invaluable to the Braves pitching tradition. Everyone knows that. What future generations need to remember is that they starred in one of the great ad campaigns in sports history (do yourself a favor and watch it here again). What’s required is a statue entitled, “Chicks Dig the Long Ball.”

Or how about a salute to multi-culturalism. Something depicting the beautiful we-are-the-world nature of the bad contract. I’m thinking Mike Hampton, Kenshin Kawakami and B.J. Upton, their arms locked in unity, standing upon the roof of a Brinks truck.

So many other choice, statue-worthy ideas out there that might depict the spirit of those who were Braves.

John Rocker glaring at a photographer.

Otis Nixon making The Catch – we should always remember he is more than a name on a missing persons report.

Dale Murphy pulling two children and a puppy from a burning orphanage. (OK, it never happened, but it could have).

Or a more factual fire-related image: A rather famous one of infielders Mark Lemke and Jeff Blauser posing on the field while the Fulton County Stadium pressbox blazed behind them (1993).

Who else but the Braves could have an artwork entitled, “Fat Tub of Goo”? Something to commemorate former overfed Braves pitcher Terry Forster’s Late Night appearance with his tormentor David Letterman back in mid-1980s.

Then there’s Walter Banks, usher to the stars and the common man alike, the Hank Aaron of customer relations. That man has earned at least one statue.

Any other ideas – and surely there are many more – be sure to forward them to the Braves. They’d be happy to hear from you. Sculptors are on stand-by.

 

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Biff_Pocoroba
Biff_Pocoroba

There should've been a Dale Murphy statue years ago. It's beyond embarrassing why the Braves haven't memorialized the only reason anyone followed their lousy teams of the 1980s.

thialand
thialand

Tim Lee---so we will all be reminded of what a slimy politician looks like and how he used his office to screw the Cobb Co. taxpayers.  


sawdawgz
sawdawgz

The fans that jumped Champ Summers in the Padres brawl. Pasquel Perez in a car driving on 285 (even more fitting now). Gene Garber striking out Pete Rose.

Beverly Hall
Beverly Hall

 Not sure why the Braves felt like erecting a statue to the WIFE BEATER Bobby Cox

DS
DS

Sid Bream's slide into home plate.

Bob Horner hitting his 4th home run in one game.

Hank Aaron's home run that broke the Babe Ruth record.

Tom Glavine throwing pitches inch-by-inch further off the plate with surgical precision.

Bob Uecker, with a catcher's mitt as big as a garbage can lid, trying to catch knuckle balls thrown by Phil Niekro.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@DS


Sid - absolutely. RIP Skip. 

Curious_George
Curious_George

Could we get a statue at Braves Ballpark @ Cobb for beloved humanitarian Truett Cathy, as I believe he would turn stone cold to know patrons are being gouged for his simple, bread-meat-pickle chicken sandwiches at $7+ inside this FLEECE Market?



OH:IO
OH:IO

Statues for Everybody! 

OH:IO
OH:IO

Including Savior Skinny! 

FineSwine
FineSwine

Steve Hummer actually writing a column that is worth reading.  Oh wait, no model for that.

lowlow
lowlow

1.  Horner drinking a Heineken while a ball rolls by his glove?


2. The Mad Hungarian slamming a ball in his mitt with a wild stare while the batter and fans laugh


3) Andy Messersmith's jersey  with his nickname and number on the back


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AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Chipper Jones on an ATV rescuing Freddie freeman