By CHARLES ODUM - AP Sports Writer --
A 40-foot cow watched Bobby Cox's every move Friday.
Cox was warned about the bovine, but the Atlanta Braves manager still wasn't prepared for his first look at the Turner Field newcomer which seemed to return the stare.
"Holy cow!" exclaimed Cox. Well, Cox said something close to that as he climbed the steps to the dugout Friday to check out the 7 1/2-ton creature. The cow seems to peer straight down at the Braves' dugout from its perch on the roof in left field. The cow was added to the Turner Field landscape during the Braves' 10-day road trip, and the addition was hard to miss as the team opened a homestand Friday night against Seattle.
Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based restaurant chain, bought the tomahawk-chopping cow which stands on two legs, slightly taller than the Coca-Cola bottle that once dominated the landscape on the other side of the left-field foul pole. The massive cow wears a Braves cap and carries a sign consistent with the chain's marketing theme: "Du The Chop. Eat The Chikin."
S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder and chief executive officer, was at the stadium for the ceremonial "first chop" before the game. The chain recently opened two restaurants at Turner Field.