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EXCITING TIME: From left to right are Janine Attila, Florida Marlins' manager Jack McKeon and John Attila. Janine and her two sons are heading to the World Series for Games 4 and 5 in Miami. Janine's brother, Jeff Cox, is the Marlins' bullpen coach. (Submitted photos).
EXCITING TIME: From left to right are Janine Attila, Florida Marlins' manager Jack McKeon and John Attila. Janine and her two sons are heading to the World Series for Games 4 and 5 in Miami. Janine's brother, Jeff Cox, is the Marlins' bullpen coach. (Submitted photos).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

La Grande's Janine Attila will be cheering on the Florida Marlins in Games 4 and 5 of the World Series Wednesday and Thursday in Miami.

And she has a special reason to do so. Her brother, Jeff Cox, is the Marlins' bullpen coach.

Attila will travel to Miami with her sons Jeffrey, 14, and Kevin, 11.

The Marlins' post-season play continues to be a nerve-wracking experience for Attila.The World Series is tied at 1-1 with Game 3 scheduled for tonight.

All of the Marlins' games in the postseason have been exciting for Attila, especially Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants, and Games 6 and 7 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

"I was on the edge of my seat until the last out," she said about Game 7.

The Marlins have been the underdog in the postseason. They shocked the Giants in the Division Series and rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the championship series to win the National League pennant.

"I was really a nervous wreck," Attila said. "I wanted so badly for my brother to go to the World Series. I was so happy for him."

She could not sit still and watch Game 7.

"That last game I got so much done on nervous energy," Attila said. She would stand up and do things around the house and sit back down.

Attila said Cox told her that the Marlins were not expected to be a wildcard team nor have beaten the favored Giants or Cubs.

Attila's family met some of the Marlins at a regular season game against the Giants in San Francisco in late August.

She said they were very nice, offering to pose with her boys for pictures.

"It was a thrill," she said.

Cox was Jeff Conine's Triple A manager 13 years ago. Cox told Attila that Conine was going to be super one day. Conine is the Marlins' first baseman.

Attila is the youngest of four children, with Cox the youngest brother. She works for the Presbyterian Friendship Center as a caterer. She cooks every week for the Rotary and Soroptimist clubs.

Cox has been involved with baseball for 31 seasons as a player, coach or minor league manager.

After graduating from high school in 1973, he was signed by the Kansas City Royals. At that time, Jack McKeon was the manager. McKeon would become manager of the Marlins in May 2003.

Between 1973-84, Cox was a player in the minor leagues, but was moved up and played 61 games for the Oakland Athletics.

After 1981, he returned to the minors. Cox was a player/coach for the Cincinnati Reds minors from 1985-86. He was a minor league manager for different organizations from 1986-94.

Cox was the third base coach for the Royals in 1995. In 1996, he was the Double A manager for the Atlanta Braves. In 1997, he was a minor league coordinator. In 1998, he was Triple A manager for the Braves. He was the Triple A manager for the Expos in 1999.

He started out as the Triple A manager for the Montreal Expos in 2000 and was brought up during the last half of that year and was Felipe Alou's bench coach.

Cox was the third base coach for the Expos in 2001.

After 2001, Expos' owner Jeff Loria bought the Marlins and brought the major league coaching staff to the Marlins.

Cox was the Marlins' bullpen coach in 2002. He started off as the team's bench coach in 2003, but returned to the bullpen.

Attila said with all of Cox's hard work and knowledge and experience in baseball, he deserves to be the World Series.

Attila and her boys will be flying from Boise to Miami on Wednesday.

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