Chipper Jones’ parents Larry and Lynne Jones acknowledged Tuesday night after the Braves game at Turner Field, that they are both mentally preparing for the end of their son’s storied career.
“He’s down in the dumps about things right now,” Larry Wayne Jones Sr. said. “He talked to me about (retirement) about three or four months ago and I said, ‘Don’t make a decision based on how you feel right now. Give it a chance.’ And I’ve run out of ‘give it a chance.’ He’s a grown man. He’s 38 years old now.”
Lynne Jones added: “He certainly earned the right to do whatever he wants with the rest of his life.”
Jones’ parents were in town from their family’s Double Dime ranch in southwest Texas for Chipper’s son Trey’s 10th birthday on Monday. It was just coincidence, they said, that that they were in Atlanta when news spread Tuesday that Jones was going to meet with the Braves about retiring at the end of the season.
But as always, they didn’t mind being at Turner Field to lend moral support. Jones is close with both his parents and his father, a former college hitting coach, has always been his personal hitting coach.
“I’m good with the fact that the end is near,” Larry Jones said. “I just hope the end comes with him playing well. I hate for him to walk away from it and feel like he was on the down slope. Too many good things have happened in his career to leave it with that kind of taste in your mouth.”
Said Lynne: “We’re going to shed a tear regardless.”