Hi guys, I thought I would come back here to blog about baseball for a minute, I have been in bliss with Susan, so I haven’t been writing.
However, with today’s news that Chipper Jones is retiring at the end of the 2012 season to wait five years before his first-ballot induction to Cooperstown, I wanted to write. He is the ultimate Atlanta Brave (no disrespect to Henry Aaron, whose greatest years were in Milwaukee) and the franchise player for the great years there from 1995-2005 (his Rookie of the Year season was 1995).
Chipper is one of the greatest third-basemen of all time, up there with Mike Schmidt and Brooks Robinson, and the Met-killer of Met killers. How appropriate, then, is it that his last regular-season home games at Turner Field will be against those Mets September 28-30?
It could be argued that his presence is what put the Braves over the top after their World Series losses of 1991 and 1992 and their NLCS loss to the Phils in 1993. He was top-notch first as a shortstop then as a third-baseman, solidifying the Braves’ batting order upon his arrival.
He will be missed; let’s enjoy his final year in a Braves’ uniform, and hope it’s a great one.