Chipper Q&A, Pt. 2: Of fans, family, retirement, Hall of Fame, and more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Entering his 18th season in the majors,  Chipper Jones is again a focus of attention as the soon-to-be 39-year-old third baseman attempts to come back from major knee surgery, the second of his career.

Since the beginning of the 1995 season, he ranks among major league leaders in many major offensive categories with 2,488 hits (fifth), 1,503 runs (fourth), 436 home runs (eighth, tie), 1,491 RBIs (fourth), 1,403 walks (third) and 492 doubles (fifth).

Chipper Jones is beginning his 18th season with the Braves, the longest any current player has been with one team. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Chipper Jones is beginning his 18th season with the Braves, the longest any current player has been with one team. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Jones has had one of the best spring trainings of his career, and is determined to defy skeptics who didn’t think he’d make it back — or doubted he could still be an integral part of a winning club if he did return. He said his surgically repaired knee has been pain-free for three weeks.

We sat down for a candid, wide-ranging Q&A before the team left spring training. This is the second part of the two-part interview (if you missed it, the first part is posted here).

How hard is it, as a ballplayer, to raise a family?

Probably the single most difficult thing to do as a professional ballplayer. Only baseball players, wives of baseball players and kids of baseball players can attest to how difficult it is day in and day out. I mean, you miss so many firsts. You miss so many opportunities to bond with your family. And at times, it puts a strain on your relationship.

It’s very difficult being away as much as we are. For example, we’ve been down at spring training for seven weeks, or I’ve been down here for seven weeks. All my kids are in school, and my wife came down for one week in February and just made it back down yesterday. So it’s been a month in-between seeing my wife and kids, and really the only reason she came down was because it’s our anniversary, just as a special occasion.

It’s very difficult. But you’ve got to trust each other, and you’ve got to have a strong woman. Because, you know, she’s basically a single parent for more than half the year.

Is it frustrating that fans don’t understand that?

I’ve never really gotten the feeling that fans have been frustrated with me. I think that’s one of the things that you have to learn as a baseball player – you’ve got to learn to say no. People don’t understand what your life is like on a daily basis, and that when the day is over, when your job is over, your main concern is to get home and kiss your kids before you tuck them into bed, or soak up whatever kind of time you can with them. And that the autographs and the public appearances have to be put on the back burner.

To a certain extent, when you hear frustration from fans it is a little disheartening. But you don’t hold a grudge, because they just don’t quite understand it.

What does hunting do for you, and it is similar to what golf does for some others?

I think so. I think everybody has their refuge, their place of tranquility. And for me it’s going out and climbing a tree, sitting there and experiencing nature. I mean, the actual harvesting of an animal is secondary, compared to what it does for me mentally. It allows me to recharge my batteries, make big decisions in my life, and the ability to be able to not be me for an extended period of time. I don’t have to worry about getting recognized, I don’t have to worry about cellphone reception, all that kind of stuff. It’s just a place where I can go and get away from everything.

How many guns do you own, and what’s the most expensive one?

Oh, I probably own 10 or 11 guns. The most expensive on the open market would probably be a gun that I didn’t actually pay for – Mizuno bought me a 7-millimeter Magnum that’s custom-made, just a beautiful gun. I’ve probably shot it maybe four or five times. They got it for me for winning MVP [in 1999], because they knew that I’d love it and I’d use it. But it’s too pretty to use. I mean, I don’t know how expensive it would be, but I would have to say of all the guns I own, if you put them up for sale that would probably be the most expensive one.

What was the favorite car you’ve owned. I know you once mentioned to me the T-top Camaro you had when you played at Macon and would blast rock ‘n’ roll on the stereo….

No, that was a Corvette. That was probably my favorite. My parents got me a Ford Probe for graduation. And when I signed with the Braves, I was having a lot of trouble with the Probe; somebody actually poured sand in my gas tank, and I just had tons of problems with it. And I just got to the point where I was like, you know what, I’m going to go out and get another car. I ended up getting the 1991 ZR1 Corvette, which was pretty similar to the Mercedes, but it was fun car. [Jones bought an expensive Mercedes-Benz later in his career and said after six months of running great, it “drove like a John Deere tractor.”]

Jones as a fresh-faced rookie in 1995. (Jason Heyward was 5 at the time.)

Jones as a fresh-faced rookie in 1995. (Jason Heyward was 5 at the time.)

Did you ever hit balls as hard as Jason Heyward does?

Is that possible? No, I don’t think I did. You’re talking about a 6-5, 240-pound behemoth of a 21-year-old. That’s part of his allure; he does things that most guys can’t do.

Did you ever tell him you did?

Oh, yeah. Most definitely. [Smiles.]

What’s the secret to you being able to seemingly flick the bat, not even have a great swing or a good pitch to hit, and still drive one 400-plus feet out of the ballpark, like you’ve done a few times in the past couple of years?

That’s just understanding your swing and understanding the mechanic of timing. Of timing a pitcher and making sure that your hands and your hips explode at the same time, and quite obviously the hand-eye coordination to be able to flush it. A lot of people have asked me that question. Obviously I swing a little bit bigger bat than most people. When you get that bigger bat into the right position and make solid contact, the ball’s going to travel a little bit farther. That’s the only way I can explain it.

How long does backspin take for a hitter to be able to develop? What’s the key to doing that? Is that a big thing for most home-run hitters?

Yes. I think backspin is the product of a sound swing. It comes from your mechanics being correct. When you get a level to downward plane going through the strike zone, you’re going to get backspin. If you have a slight uppercut, or a drastic uppercut, you’re going to promote topspin.

What size bats are you using, and how has that changed in recent years?

I’m swinging 35-inch, 33-ounce. I’ve gone down an ounce from three or four years ago, just because I went through a phase in my career where I was having trouble squaring up the fastball. If I have to eat a little crow and make a little adjustment in to start centering fastballs again, then you’ve got to do it. It took long enough for me to make that adjustment because I thought I’d be bull-headed and continue to try the same things that have always been successful for me. Not until I swallowed my pride and went down an ounce did I start centering balls again.

Biggest bat you ever used in a game?

Probably 36-36, it was one of Julio Franco’s bats.

That was to be my next question, whether you could have hit with Julio Franco’s huge bats.

There’s no doubt I could hit with his bat. Hit effectively is a different story.

Did you lift more weights when you were a young player, more upper-body work then or now?

I would say I’ve lifted more weights in the past year, for obvious reasons, than I have in the past. But my workout regimen has remained pretty constant and consistent over 20 years.

Mets fans had a love-hate, or love-to-hate, relationship with Chipper Jones, who has tormented them with big hits and a famous comment in which he suggested it might be time for them to switch to wearing Yankees gear for the postseason.

Mets fans have a love/hate -- or love-to-hate -- relationship with Chipper Jones, who has tormented them with big hits and a famous comment in which he suggested it might be time for them to switch to wearing Yankees gear for the postseason.

Do you think you’ll be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and is it important to you?

All I can say is, I’m proud of my resume. I have no control over whether I make it or not. You throw the best resume up that you can. I know I’ve done a lot of things that a lot of other players haven’t, players who are in the Hall of Fame. Would I be disappointed? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t. Any guy who is on the cusp of being Hall of Fame-worthy, I think if they answered you honestly they would tell you there were a little disappointed if they didn’t make it.

The possibility of being elected on the first ballot — is that special to you?

I haven’t even … it would be, yeah. I mean, the reasoning behind it. How close were you? All those things would factor in. I don’t think that I’ve received enough, uh … I don’t know if I’m quite popular enough to be a first-ballot guy. Just for the simple fact that you play in a smaller market. That’s just my opinion.

Should Maddux be the first unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and do you think he has a chance?

Oh, yeah, I think he’s got a chance. You’re talking about the best pitcher of the last, what, 50 years? I mean, I have no qualm with saying that. He’s certainly the best I’ve ever seen. I had a front-row seat for a long time. Of all the pitchers that I faced over the course of my career, and you’re talking about Clemens and Randy and Pedro and people like that, I would have no problem pitting the mid- to late-90s Greg Maddux against any of those guys.

What’s the hardest thing about getting older?

Something hurts every day. [Smiles.] But it’s not my knee.

What have guys like veterans Eric Hinske and David Ross meant to you over the past year or two, in terms of your enjoyment of the game?

You’ve got to have those class clowns in here to keep it refreshing, to keep it light and loose. To kind of knock out the monotony of having to come in here day in and day out for seven months. It’s guys like them that make it fun to come to the ballpark. You know, we don’t literally have to come to be here until 3:30, 4 o’clock. But most of the guys are in here at 1:30, 2, because we all like hanging out together.

When Chipper Jones limped off the field with the assistance of Braves head trainer Jeff  Porter on Aug. 10, many doubted whether the third baseman would play again.

When Jones limped off the field with assistance from Braves head trainer Jeff Porter on Aug. 10, many doubted the third baseman would play again.

So, how is the knee?

The knee is great. I’ve played pain-free for three weeks now. I reached a certain point of working it day in and day out, where it just stopped hurting. And I couldn’t be happier. I’m so, so jacked up to get this season started.

How many games do you hope to play?

[Smiles.]. Every one of them.

How much longer could you play, and how much longer will you play?

I’ll play as long as I continue to have fun and as long as I continue to be productive and help this team win. I’m certain that, you know, contract status will have a little bit to do with that. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

(This was the second part of a two-part interview, a condensed version of which ran in Tuesday’s print editions of the AJC. You can read Part 1 of the full interview here.)

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog.

191 comments Add your comment

Tony

March 29th, 2011
1:58 pm

Tony

March 29th, 2011
1:58 pm

Holy crap. And second.

Sowega

March 29th, 2011
2:06 pm

BravesQueen

March 29th, 2011
2:08 pm

I guess the rest of ‘em haven’t made their way over yet. ;)

Sowega

March 29th, 2011
2:08 pm

Chipper, just wanted to say I’m pulling for you big time this year. Maybe the knee will hold up enough to give us a sendoff like Tom Berenger in Major League: win the pennant on a suicide squeeze after you’ve called your shot. That would be a good way to go out.

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Reid in EAV

March 29th, 2011
2:12 pm

“I’m so, so jacked up to get this season started.”

Me too, Chipper! Me. Too.

BREAM IS SAFE! SAFE!

March 29th, 2011
2:17 pm

always been a huge fan of chipper…..loyal as hell and could have left for more money at anytime…..and still he stayed….even when idiot fans bash him…..first ballot HOFer no doubt….and i’m pulling for him this year more than ever…..take it to ‘em chip!

RHR

March 29th, 2011
2:20 pm

Somebody say something.

RHR

March 29th, 2011
2:20 pm

So I can be #10th!

SweetPunkin

March 29th, 2011
2:21 pm

I’ve just read part 1 and 2 and all I can say is that I know I picked the right guy to be a fan of. I’ve been hooked since I moved to GA in 95. Thanks so much for the interview..made my day a whole lot better! <3 See you Opening Day Chipper!

JoshTown

March 29th, 2011
2:23 pm

Great interview DOB. Love Chipper’s candor and honesty. Always have. Whether it’s his last season or not, dude is a stud and deserves every accolade he’s gotten. This is still Chipper Jones’ team. Good luck #10!

labelsareforcans

March 29th, 2011
2:23 pm

“Only baseball players, wives of baseball players and kids of baseball players can attest to how difficult it is day in and day out. I mean, you miss so many firsts.”

I wonder if deployed soldiers and their families might know a little better?

SweetPunkin

March 29th, 2011
2:29 pm

@labelsareforcans .. wow, think you took that sentence out of context!

wheelz007

March 29th, 2011
2:30 pm

More good work from DOB.

BartBuzz

March 29th, 2011
2:32 pm

David…

Two great interviews with Chipper. Thanks for sharing.

bruce

March 29th, 2011
2:34 pm

good stuff! I noticed that the radio promo ads are talking about Chipper again, after not doing so at the beginning of spring training…

Frankie Knuckles

March 29th, 2011
2:38 pm

Fine work Dave! I could listen to Chipper talk all day.

John OTC

March 29th, 2011
2:39 pm

I think Chipper got jobbed twice in his career. First, he should have been ROY in 1995 and second, he should have had a gold glove in 2008.

There is no doubt he has been one of the greatest Braves players of all time.

Frankie Knuckles

March 29th, 2011
2:39 pm

Chipper’s gonna be a heck of a color commentator or batting coach one day.

wheelz007

March 29th, 2011
2:40 pm

I think most of us fans are jacked about this season also.

Bravesfan86

March 29th, 2011
2:42 pm

Labelsareforcans,
Don’t be smartass…he was talking exclusively about those involved in the sport of baseball, not the world population in its entirety. Goodness.

EB

March 29th, 2011
2:50 pm

I got chills reading this interview!! Thank you SO much for doing this interview (and of course, thanks Chipper for doing it too). As he said, I am so “jacked up to get this season started!”

alimc

March 29th, 2011
2:50 pm

very cool-i love hearing/reading interviews with the players because it makes you feel like you know them on a personal level (i wish!!!)

GO BRAVES!

KnightInATL

March 29th, 2011
2:53 pm

Great interview, DOB. Thanks. Here’s to the Braves in 2011. CAN’T WAIT!

Richard Dawson

March 29th, 2011
3:01 pm

Chipper to fans: “Kiss my a**”. Classless redneck thug. Wish we had a REAL leader here in Atlanta all those years.

Travel more than Chipper

March 29th, 2011
3:04 pm

Actually that comment about the travel was right on. I am generally a Chipper fan, but he has made similar comments in the past. I travel pretty much all year for work (and make a decent salary, but far, far below MLB salaries, and my meal per diem is well below what he gets….but I digress). He made the choice to travel for work, just like I did. Depending on post-season, he has a work-year that lasts 7-8 months, much more time off than I get. And for the actual season, he is home for half of the time. So yes, extensive travel for work is a pain, but he makes it sound like its only a burden on athletes. And like the other comment above, that doesn’t even address the impact of those who are gone 6-12 months at a time for military service.

Robert

March 29th, 2011
3:09 pm

Would love to see him bounce back and have a flat out awesome year.

That’s unlikely, however, even given the spring he has had

But if he stays halfway healthy, he will still give you a great OBP, even if it’s without the raw power or speed he once had.

I’d be more than happy if he put up Mark Grace-like numbers – a .380-plus OBP can be in the lineup any day (even if not every day)

big o

March 29th, 2011
3:11 pm

Way to go Chipper !!!! Stay healthy dude !!! still waiting on your picks DOB !!! GO BRAVES !!!!!

WV Braves Fan

March 29th, 2011
3:12 pm

Thanks for the great interview, David. Thoughtful questions and answers. It seems like an understatement for Chipper to describe himself as “on the cusp of being Hall of Fame-worthy.” He is beyond that cusp. I hope he joins Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Bobby Cox in the Hall of Fame the first year he is eligible.

Reginald

March 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

Great Interview, people who are Braves fans who don’t like Chipper are either mentally retarded or not truly Braves fans.

And ‘John OTC’, great point. Nomo getting the ROY over Chipper was complete garbage as well as Wright getting the gold glove over him in 2008. I think Wright must’ve known he didn’t deserve it because his defense has been brutal since then.

Interesting about Ripken too. I got the feeling that Franceour might have kind of become a jerk in his last year with the Braves. Anyone hear anything about that?

alimc

March 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

“How hard is it, as a ballplayer, to raise a family?”

DOB asked about how hard it is as a ballplayer, not how hard it is for someone in the military, or someone who travels doing other kinds of work. im sure Chipper understands that other people DO travel, and yes, some more than he does…but that wasn’t the question.

kk

March 29th, 2011
3:22 pm

I was having a lot of trouble with the Probe; somebody actually poured sand in my gas tank, and I just had tons of problems with it.

I can’t imagine why anyone would want to put sand in Chipper’s tank. Doesn’t he already have a ton of sugar in there? Fruit booty.

shadetree

March 29th, 2011
3:22 pm

Geez people. Quit taking Chipper’s interview and turning into some stand about yourself. That’s wahts wrong with everybody. Just shut up. Dang.

shadetree

March 29th, 2011
3:27 pm

Hoss is a stud and I hope he goes out that way. I’m 55 and have watched all the Braves and Chipper is by far the most consistent of any Bravo. Now I’m talking everyday players and not picthers folks. That’s another article.

The only thing Hoss has every done that I didn’t like is when he gets a game winning hit (206 I believe), when he circles the bases and the game is over he runs from his teammates instead of into the pile. That all started when that idiot Giles would hit Braves helmets so hard it would hurt.

Mets fans need to wear Yankee stuff. Now thats priceless.

eric the elder

March 29th, 2011
3:29 pm

labelsareforcans, the moment I saw your post, I knew there would be people jumping all over you. Hero worship does that.

How refreshing it would have been to see hear Chipper say, “Yeah, being away from the family is tough. but nothing like our military guys and gals who are repeatedly deployed for a year at a time. And at a tiny fraction of what I make.”

Chipper values his family time so much that he spends much of it in trees waiting for animals to “harvest.” It’s not Chipper – - it’s all of these self-indulgent athletes who live in a bubble. But I will cheer them on, especially Chipper.

ben

March 29th, 2011
3:35 pm

richard dawson you are a jackass.

Travel more than Chipper

March 29th, 2011
3:36 pm

alimc….I hear you, and perhaps he does understand….but as I noted, I have heard him comment before on this topic…..previous occasions, his wording was even stronger, almost to the point of complaining. If I were him, leading the pretty darned charmed life of a professional athlete, I would temper that type of comment. Having said that, and as I noted above, I am generally a Chipper fan. I think he goes about his business the right way, has taken on the role of clubhouse veteran (or perhaps sage at this point), and is a quiet leader. I think he will be and should be a HOF’er…..perhaps not first ballot though.

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
3:37 pm

Great interview? Please. Another fluff piece turned out by The O’Brainless One, lol.

A “great” interview would be asking some tough questions. The next tough question that O’Brainless One asks will be his FIRST.

I pity you so called Braves fans who put the needs of a has-been, over the hill, injury prone, shell of his former self over the best interest of the team.

If O’Brainless One had any balls, he would have asked The Dipper how he felt about some fans clamoring for Jason Heyward to be batting 3rd in the line-up? Or would he accept a demotion in the batting order if he struggles like he has in the past 2 years? Or better yet, will he follow through on his past statements that he would retire if he doesnt play up to the level he’s accustomed to playing (meaning that he will forsake the remaining money on his contract)?

The Dipper is not a team player. He has $28 mil left on the last 2 years of his contract. He’s playing for the money….and he knows that he has the Braves bent over a barrel when it comes to a public relations standpoint (after all, most so called Braves fans just cant get the smell of his jock out of their noses).

Matty Brave

March 29th, 2011
3:41 pm

There are some dumb ass braves fans. I hope Chipper wins come back player of the year. Then all the damn haters will be saying how they loved him this whole time. Bunch of panzies. One dumb ass called him a thug…really? You sir are stupid and the braves would be better off if you were a marlins fan. Can’t wait for the first pitch. Go Braves!

Willie Mo

March 29th, 2011
3:44 pm

@ Richard.

you must be joking. one of the best players/leaders on the field anyone could ask for. ever wonder why all these years the younger players go to him for help? its not just because hes old moron. its because he knows how to play the game. what a joke

timthebrave

March 29th, 2011
3:45 pm

We are expecting big things out of Chipper. He definitely makes the Braves lineup more dangerous with him in it. It will be really big for him to stay healthy so we can keep Prado in left field. I am really cheering for him this year….but then again I always have…Go Braves!

timthebrave

March 29th, 2011
3:48 pm

Foghorn Leghorn, After you kiss Chippers ass you can kiss mine.

alimc

March 29th, 2011
3:49 pm

I <3 Matty Brave!!

Bob the Blogger

March 29th, 2011
3:53 pm

I must admit when I saw Chipper go down in August, I thought I had just seen him make his last play. I’m not sure what motivated him to do all of the rehab and come back with such passion, but sometimes as we get older, we learn to appreciate things more then when we were younger.

Ted Williams hit .388 and won a batting title when he was 39, and Aaron hit 40 HRs and hit .301 at age 39. Maybe Chipper can crank out one more productive year.

Mitchell

March 29th, 2011
3:53 pm

What’s the deal with the question about fans not understanding about players’ family lives?

That doesn’t make any sense.

I don’t care about their family life other than obviously it would be tough to be away from your kids for months at a time.

I don’t think anybody doesn’t understand that.

southern hope

March 29th, 2011
3:57 pm

DOB, I”m excited about opening day. But what I”m really excited about is the return of the DOB daily blog…not that you haven’t been writing it all ST but I’ve been holding myself back until now from reading about the Braves….because I have a tendency to get *way* too involved with it. :)

Mitchell

March 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

Anyway, I think he’s going to have a good year.

He seems like kind of a new guy. I would have figured he wouldn’t have made it this far without re-injuring himself or breaking down a little.

And I know it’s spring training but he was tearing it up. I’d like to see that when we start playing real games.

If he can get back to 2008 or even early 2009 Chipper and if this team can stay relatively healthy, the Phillies will have almost no chance.

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
4:01 pm

…The Dipper will be 39 in April. He’s been injury prone the past two years….production and batting average is WAY DOWN!

Yet, many of you expect the GHOST of Chipper Jones to suddenly reappear…..and put up MVP like numbers and win Comeback player of the year?

Talk about being out of touch with reality, lol!

Chipper Jones “left the building” 2 years ago. Yet many of you so-called Braves fans are as disillusioned as Elvis fans are who actually think that Elvis is still alive, lol!

I would love to be wrong about The Dipper. I’ll be happy to come eat some online crow if it happens. However, I suspect that after 2 months of battling injuries…little power….mounting errors in the field……many of you so called Braves fans will point out that The Dipper has a .400 OBP. My response will be “wow”, lol! How clueless many of you continue to be.

We need MUCH MORE than a .400 OBP from a #3 hitter. We need consistent fear and the ability to drive the ball all over the field. You same fools who were ready to give Jordan Schafer the Rookie of the Year award after he put up “impressive” Spring Training numbers in 2009…..are the same ones who have already given The Dipper the Comeback Player of The Year award. And who can forget how Jeff Francoeur came out like “gangbusters” the first month of the 2009 season after spending the previous off season with the hitting coach guru from the Texas Rangers? Francoeur soon fizzled out like a dead f.a.r.t…..resulting in a trade to the Mets.

Let’s see how The Dipper’s body holds up after a month, after two months of having to play every day (or even after taking one day a week off a week)? Let’s see how his body holds up when he has to play 9 innings on back-to-back-to-back nights because the Braves are in a tight game….then get back with me.

I put little stock in Spring Training numbers. Thursday is when I’ll start paying attention.

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
4:07 pm

Bob the Blogger…..you bring up the fact that both Ted Williams and Hank Aaron both put up MVP like numbers at the age of 39 (which is how old The Dipper will be in April).

Why dont you go and look up what numbers that Ted Williams and Hank Aaron put up with they were 37 and 38 years old as well….and compare them to The Dipper’s numbers the past two years (when he was 37 and 38).

My point is that you cant just bring out numbers that other players churned out…and just assume and hope that another player will be able to do it…..just because he put up great numbers in the past. If The Dipper had put up great numbers and stayed healthy the past 2 years….then your post would have some validity.

However, it was a pretty sad, pathetic attempt to live in the land of fantasy and delusion….that other so-called Braves fans live in.

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Pierson Brave

March 29th, 2011
4:12 pm

It is a shame that there are “fans” who can’t take an interview for what it is. I would be sure that his comments were tailored to the sport of baseball. I always laugh out loud when I read people getting their panties in a wad over some comment/ answer given to a question. The complaining by those of you on this blog smacks of jealously. Grow up!

woman in the throes

March 29th, 2011
4:14 pm

Great read DOB. As I said, I love me some Chipper but I think he needs to listen to THIS J.JOHNSON TUNE to maybe gain a little perspective. I don’t begrudge ballplayers or anyone else making whatever the market will bear but life’s tough all over.

timthebrave

March 29th, 2011
4:19 pm

Yeah a .400 OBP stinks. Here are the players in MLB with a .400 OBP. You point out the bad players on this list
Joey Votto
Miguel Cabrera
Albert Pujols
Josh Hamilton
Joe Mauer
Shin-Soo Choo
Prince Fielder

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
4:24 pm

timthebrave….uh, did you happen to compare the power numbers of those you were so kind of list in your 4:19pm post, snapperhead…to the “power outage” numbers of The Dipper?

You are so typical of the average so called Braves fan who are delusional.

Hey, I have two feet, just like all those players that you listed. Does that mean that I should be hitting #3 in the Braves batting order, lol?

bravesgrl4life

March 29th, 2011
4:26 pm

I love how some of you people claim to be Braves fans and yet want to trash one of the best players to ever wear the Atlanta uniform. Sure, I love and support military members who spend months and even sometimes years away from their families, and I am sure Chipper does too. And those of you that travel for your jobs, well good for you, but you, too chose the career that would require you to do that. So don’t go bustin’ Chipper on his choice to do that. Talk about pot calling the kettle black :roll:

As someone exactly 6 months older than Chipper Jones, and having lived a much less colorful and travel-filled life, I think it’s great to see him out there this year. He is going to show the young guys just how it’s done.

So, if you don’t like Chipper, get the heck off a blog about him and leave those of us who appreciate the Hoss the heck alone!

bravesgrl4life

March 29th, 2011
4:27 pm

Rant over, but reading those kinds of comments after the day I’ve had kinda gets me riled up :mad:

Jay

March 29th, 2011
4:32 pm

We love ya Chipper! Keep doing what you do and we will be there to support you all the way to the HOF! Go Braves!!!

woman in the throes

March 29th, 2011
4:32 pm

bravesgrl4life, feel better:) No panties in a wad here and certainly don’t hate the Braves or Chipper. Just sayin’, we can all use a little perspective sometimes. Maybe I took his comment wrong as did some others but I don’t think less of him for saying it.

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
4:38 pm

bravesgrl4life…….I am 3 months older than Chipper Jones. I was a fan of Chipper Jones. However, Chipper Jones no longer plays for the Braves. The Dipper replaced Chipper Jones 2 years ago.

I said this in the last blog when making reference to Bill Walsh’s contention that it is better to get rid of a play “a year early….than a year late”. He traded Joe Montana (who is more of a Hall of Famer than The Dipper will ever be), even though Montana had a couple of good years left. However, he had Steve Young waiting in the wings….who ended up winning the MVP soon after Montana was traded….as well as the Super Bowl in 1994.

The Braves have a similar situation as far as someone waiting in the wings to replace The Dipper in the #3 slot of the order with Jason Heyward.

As far as you whining about your fantasy land, fluff filled memories of The Dipper being ruined by my posts…….TOO BAD, LOL!

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
4:40 pm

Jay….you want The Dipper to keep doing what he’s being doing?

Doing? I guess you want to see him keep getting hurt and hitting with little power and low batting average like he has the past two years?

Yet you probably consider yourself to be a real Braves fan, lol. This blog is always good for laughs, lol.

bravesgrl4life

March 29th, 2011
4:46 pm

Foghorn, notice you never answered DOB’s question on the Part 1 blog.

Honestly, I think a lot of you haters wish you could have Chipper’s life. Jealousy doesn’t look good on anyone.

bravesgrl4life

March 29th, 2011
4:47 pm

And, I suppose you are your peak performance, too, huh, Foghorn? Honestly, can you still do some of the things you could do in 1995, 2000, 2008? I don’t think so.

bfred

March 29th, 2011
4:48 pm

Out of curiosity, Foghorn, show me another A-grade player who has voluntarily restructured his contract so that his club could afford to spend it making the rest of the team better. In it for the money my @ss. He is back this year because he 1. still enjoys playing the game and can contribute and 2. recognizes that this team may be a winner. I guarantee he would play for free if it ensured a World Series ring.

Jerry Blooger

March 29th, 2011
4:50 pm

Foghorn go tell your parents your on the computer again

bfred

March 29th, 2011
4:51 pm

Also Foggy, Fredi has already shown he is not Bobby by sending down some guys who historically would have been kept over promising but unproven rookies. If Jones isn’t producing in the 3 spot I believe he will find himself dropped deeper into the order, likely swapped with Heyward.

Lifelong Braves Fan

March 29th, 2011
4:54 pm

….I love all the Chipper haters….you guys can kiss my….and Larry’s…ass!

dre

March 29th, 2011
4:58 pm

Foghorn – well said, thank you. Finally someone making sense.

Lifelong Braves Fan

March 29th, 2011
5:01 pm

….and another thing. A small percentage of the population can do the things that Chipper and other MLB players can do physically. They are paid large sums of dough to do it. That’s how that business works. It’s sort of the same thing in the real world….if you’re the best mechanic, best doctor, best burger flipper, whatever. If you’re the best at what you do, you probably are rewarded by getting paid more. Part of the problem with people today is that they THINK they deserve more than what they’re worth…. Earn what youre worth….and I think Chipper has more than done that. For those that get hung up on these guys making millions of dollars for what they do…..maybe you should’ve chosen a different career path. Wealth envy….it’s ugly!…Okay…off the soap box…going back to flipping burgers..

timthebrave

March 29th, 2011
5:05 pm

Foghorn Leghorn, I will take someone in the 3rd spot in the batting order with a .400 OBP with 0 HR. If have have someone in the 3 hole getting on base at a .400 clip with Mac and Uggla behind him than the Braves will be doing really well. Go root for the Mutts hater.

Trojan

March 29th, 2011
5:10 pm

Play as long as you want. You are the greatest Alt. Brave ever!

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
5:11 pm

bravesgrl4life….First, David O’Brainless One’s juvenille question to me in the first part of this fluff piece of a blog is just indicative of his ability to ask “follow up” questions. Instead of actually refuting specifically the contentions I made in my posts….he chose the “uh, did he still your girlfriend or lunch money while growing up” retort.

The fact that some of you lapped it up just shows that why snake oil men back in the day were so successful peddling their “goods” all over the south. You guys will believe anything.

Bat Masterson

March 29th, 2011
5:12 pm

Foghorn Leghorn (PL) _

Francoeur wants you to come out to his place for a sleep over. Maybe you can give him some more financial advice. Tell him, and us, how smart it was for him to turn down the Braves contract offer, again.

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
5:14 pm

bravesgrl4life….second, I know that I cant do things today that I did earlier in life. However, I’m not expected to be paid or given a free pass in a pathetic attempt to re-live past glory, lol. Fans like you simply cant separate what used to be Chipper Jones….from The Dipper who is currently wearing the Braves uniform.

They are two different players.

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
5:16 pm

bfred……what do you base your contention on The Dipper being able to contribute? He’s two years older and coming off two injury prone, unproductive seasons.

39 year old men with that kind of track record….DO NOT rebound and put up MVP like numbers. They dont even have productive seasons. They certainly dont have seasons left in them that justify being paid $14 mil over the next two years.

Ken Stallings

March 29th, 2011
5:18 pm

The only reason there is even a slight question mark about Chipper in the Hall of Fame is because of the noted lunacy of some of the BBWAA voters!

The latest being Roberto Alomar! There is no way a voter can justify leaving him off their ballot his first year of eligibility! A total humiliation of the voters — though those who do that sort of thing are too smug to care what others think of them!

Cardog10

March 29th, 2011
5:20 pm

I watch the Braves to see Chipper play. Game isn’t half as exciting to me when he’s out of the lineup. Good luck Chipper, I look forward to it.

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
5:21 pm

timthebrave………you dont know anything about baseball if you really believe that a .400 OBP with 0 homers is acceptable from someone hitting in the #3 spot of the order.

I have yet to hear a real, legit argument stating how the Braves offense will be better with The Dipper hitting 3rd and Heyward hitting 6th…as opposed to my contention that Heyward should be hitting 3rd and The Dipper 6th.

Getting Heyward as many at-bats in crucial situations is what will give the Braves the best chance to win….not giving welfare at-bats to a punch and Judy hitter.

I want to see the Braves win…….PERIOD. You go root for the Mets.

Bat Masterson

March 29th, 2011
5:23 pm

Foghorn_

Before I go I would just like to take a minute and tell you, of all the colossal idiots I have seen commenting on these blogs you are the MF’ing champion, hands down. Congrats!

Jobo

March 29th, 2011
5:23 pm

Foghorn..”.I know that I cant do things today that I did earlier in life”

We can only hope that 1 day soon 1 of those things will include not being able to blog.

billmaier

March 29th, 2011
5:33 pm

foghorn– real braves fan? what you probably are one of the bandwagoners when we starting winning– chippers skill may have declined, but that does not mean he cannot put up decent numbers this year– i been a brave fan since i was 8 for 53 years, and ive seen a lot of players skill decline as they became older, but as a real fan i still respected and appreciated them, i did not rag on them when they were near the endo of their career- but appreciated them for what they c=had done and continued to do– eddie matthews skill delined tremedously his last year as a brave but he still hit 20 homers that year. if chipper can hit close to 300 hit 20 homers drive in between 70 and 80, what is wrong with that? freddi is not booby if chipper does not produce in the 3 hole he will be moved down– All the players to a man sd that chiiper swung the bat better this spring then they have seen since 2008. are they all lying?

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
5:39 pm

Bat Masterson……Brian McCann cost himself WAY MORE MONEY by signing the 2007 contract…then Francoeur lost when he didnt sign the 2007 offer by the Braves.

Here’s why:

From 2007 to 2010…Brian McCann made $11.3 mil (including $1 mil signing bonus in 2007. During the same 4 years…Jeff Francoeur made $9.25 mil.

Are you telling me that Brian McCann was only $2 mil better than Jeff Francoeur during those 4 years combined?

If Francoeur signed the McCann contract back in 2007, he would have made $2 mil more. However, Francoeur could have made many millions more if he had panned out like McCann has on the field. McCann cost himself way more than $2 mil when he signed that contract.

I’m not dogging McCann for signing that contract. It obviously benefited the Braves from a team payroll standpoint. If McCann’s happy, more power to him.

I’m just refuting your position that Francoeur cost himself a boatload of money by not signing the contract that McCann did in 2007. If Francoeur flourishes in K.C. this year….then he could very well recoup a lot of that money he missed out on. I know, a big if….but still, possible.

old man

March 29th, 2011
5:42 pm

What if Chipper did something nutty like hit .315, 28HR, 117 RBI? That would be incredibly fun to watch. It’s not completely out of the question. It would be one of the top couple of story lines for the whole league. And would lock down first ballot HOF. I’m not a huge Chipper fan generally, but daggonit that would be fun.

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
5:47 pm

old man…..you might as well add in your 5:42 pm post that “wouldnt it be nice to win the Mega Millions lottery” as well?

I get that you was one of the so-called Braves fans who said “wouldnt it be nice to see Tom Glavine and John Smoltz” come back in 2009 and win 20 games?

gd from nz

March 29th, 2011
5:49 pm

I can’t see how you can not like Chipper, just a classy guy. He could teach a heck of a lot of professional athletes how to conduct themselves. The day he retires will be a sad day for professional sports, not just the Altanta Braves. I hope for his sake he gets to go out on his own terms, that it’s not injury that forces his hand.

iFrech

March 29th, 2011
5:54 pm

foghorn: you’re an idiot.

you are not a braves fan, you want one of the players of your own team to fail.

old man

March 29th, 2011
5:54 pm

I’ve scanned some of the posts, and see a lot of “doubting dipperites.” Even if you don’t like Chipper, think he’s been overpaid for the past two years, wish he had not come back so we could sign someone else, even if you think all that, you have to focus on today. If you have a guy–any guy–who played a ton all Spring and hit .407, slugged over .746, with a 1.20 OPS, you have to say I’m glad he’s on my team, and not the Phillies, and right now he’s worth every penny we’re paying him, and he’s gonna bat third, up to the very moment he proves he is tanking again. So what is there to talk about?

Bat Masterson

March 29th, 2011
5:55 pm

Bat Masterson……Brian McCann cost himself WAY MORE MONEY by signing the 2007 contract…then Francoeur lost when he didnt sign the 2007 offer by the Braves.

Here’s why:

From 2007 to 2010…Brian McCann made $11.3 mil (including $1 mil signing bonus in 2007. During the same 4 years…Jeff Francoeur made $9.25 mil.

Are you telling me that Brian McCann was only $2 mil better than Jeff Francoeur during those 4 years combined? _ Foghorn

Man you don’t care how dumb you come off as, do you. McCann signed a contract that insured him lifetime security. His contract is guaranteed, so if something had happened to him he would be fine. This year and the next is when you separate the wheat from the chaff regarding Heap and Frenchy. Heap has a 12 million option in 2013 and will be only 29 at the end of his contract. If he stays on track he will sign another large free agent deal or extension, Frenchy will be looking for a part time gig.

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
6:00 pm

Old man….Jake Fox (career back-up 3rd baseman, catcher, outfielder)…hit 10 homers this spring for the Orioles.

My point is that hitting bombs off guys like Al Albuquerque in Spring Training, off guys wearing jersey numbers in the 90’s…..does not mean that they are going to put up MVP type numbers in the regular season.

Dan Uggla and Brian McCann only hit 1 homer each in the Spring. Does that mean that they will struggle to hit for power in the regular season?

It isnt that I want to see The Dipper fail. It’s that I just dont see him succeeding. Again, if I’m wrong, I’ll be happy to eat crow (because Chipper Jones returning to the Braves would probably result in the Braves winning games). However, I just dont see Chipper Jones returning. We are stuck with The Dipper.

billmaier

March 29th, 2011
6:01 pm

foghorn take you chipper hating idiot remarks and stick them where the sun dont shine– you are showing how stupid you are a real fan is loyal to his team and palyer insteading of raging and hoping for failure imy jock strap is more a fan than you how dare you question me as a fan i have lived and died brave baseball since i was 8

billmaier

March 29th, 2011
6:04 pm

you want to rag on someon rag on sherril he does not belong on this team– chipper does

bfred

March 29th, 2011
6:07 pm

Fogleg, did I say MVP like numbers? Of course not, but nice try putting words in my mouth.

In 95 games before going down with the MCL tear, and despite other injuries up to that point, he went .265/10/46 with a .386 OBP. If he plays 130 this year that’s a pace for 14HR and 63RBI. If the OBP is close to .386, he will be contributing. Plus, who exactly is he holding back? No one that I can see.

jacob

March 29th, 2011
6:07 pm

I think some of you people are trying to pick apart comments to write controversy. It doesn’t matter how anyone responds to your comments either because you’ll just answer with by making statements only you can make sense of. Still in response…

Some of you are taking his comments about travel way out of context. First he was obviously talking in context of the baseball world not our military. He was asked how hard raising a family as a BASEBALL player was and he said it was the single hardest thing for a BASEBALL player to do. Why should we require him to compare it to the military to be the right answer? He wasn’t asked about how hard his job was in comparison to other professions. He wasn’t comparing his life to the military but to the average fan.

The average fan has no idea what it’s like to travel and be away from your family that often. Almost zero fans have any idea what it’s like to travel, be away from your family, AND be publicly scrutinized and publicly demanded the way Chipper and other professional athletes are.Travel More Than Chipper, you may travel more than he does but you don’t have the public demand he has. You say it sounds like he complains sometimes, but Im sure if you had a mic or some form listening device in your face constantly, as professional athletes do, you find it hard pressed not to be heard complaining about having to be away from your family. Yes he chose his profession, as did you. And yes he has to deal with the good and the bad of that. Say all you want about the glamorous aspect of playing professional ball and making millions as he has, but money doesn’t take away the difficulties in life. It doesn’t automatically make playing baseball for a living the perfect life. It doesn’t make your relationship with your family without problems. It doesn’t make null and void all of the strain that is put on the relationship with your family because of your absences and the public scrutiny they receive. I doubt any of you can say what it’s like to lead the life of a professional athlete. I can guarantee you that not a single one of you could lead that life without being frustrated at fans and there lack of understanding from time to time. I can guarantee you that not a single one of you could lead that life without being frustrated about being away from your family as much as they are. And dont respond by saying that it may be frustrating but the fans dont have to hear about it. You read the article didn’t you? You wanted to see how he thinks and feels.

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
6:07 pm

Bat Masterson……..The book remains to be written on whether Francoeur will be able to recoup the money he missed out on when he refused to sign the contract the Braves offered him.

Sure, McCann got the financial security. I’m not dogging that. I’m saying that by doing that, he ended up costing himself at least 10 million dollars. Tim Linecum refused to sign a Brian McCann type contract with the Giants before he was eligible for arbitration last year. He ended up getting a 2 year, $21 year contract (and after this year, he still has two more years left in arbitration). Linecum is in line to set some serious contract records, assuming he stays healthy, of course.

old man

March 29th, 2011
6:09 pm

Foghorn Leghorn–

Tell the truth–if he produced a line like the one I suggested–around June or July you would start smiling and say “h— s—” every time he stroked a frozen rope to the gap in right center, wouldn’t you?

Foghorn Leghorn

March 29th, 2011
6:09 pm

billmaier….my loyalty only lies with a player who I feel can still produce….not with a player who is way past his prime, yet still being given welfare at-bats in the prime spot of the batting order (the #3 slot).

billmaier

March 29th, 2011
6:11 pm

put your money where your mouth is chipper hit at least 270 this year– 5,000 bucks

old man

March 29th, 2011
6:11 pm

I repeat–I’m not a huge Chipper fan as a rule, but daggonit he has tattooed the ball this Spring, and it would be hilarious and great if he did it all season.

old man

March 29th, 2011
6:11 pm

I also don’t gamble.

billmaier

March 29th, 2011
6:12 pm

so what did you think of bobbys loyalty to melky last year?

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