Sunburn and fat jokes — rough day for Chipper

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It was bad enough that Chipper Jones had an epic sunburn that made merely swinging a bat at Thursday’s workout a bit painful.

But to add insult to his pain, the Braves veteran was greeted by a couple of teammates and his manager with … fat jokes.

“I’m also fat now, from what I hear,” Jones said, smiling as he winced while taking his jersey over his sunburned arms. “I’m a little worried, this is the first time I’ve ever been called fat.”

It happened after an Associated Press photo made the rounds on the Internet, which showed the 39-year-old third baseman walking in shorts and loose-fitting sleeveless T-shirt Sunday at Champion Stadium. As the photo was snapped, a breeze blew Jones’ shirt in such a manner that he appeared to have a large spare tire around his midsection.

An Atlanta TV station, along with bloggers and others across the country, ridiculed and ranted online about what looked in the photo to be a good 40 pounds of added weight. Which was surprising to those who’ve actually seen the 6-foot-4 player  in person at spring training.

“Thing is, I’m seven pounds lighter than I’ve ever been in camp, and now I’m fat,” Jones said. “I weigh 226, 227. Usually I’m 235.”

That didn’t stop Brian McCann and other Braves from razzing him after Jones returned Thursday from two days of fishing. He hadn’t heard about the photo until he got back.

“Mac’s so happy now,” Jones said, “because [at Turner Field] every time that little kid from ‘Sandlot’ comes on [the video board] before we start the game – ‘play ball!’ – I say ‘Hey, Mac!’ That little chubby kid.”

As for his sunburn, Jones said the last time he had one as bad was the last time he went fishing. Asked about sunblock, he said the only time he ever uses it is on his lips.

Waiting on Pastornicky

Only a few position players on the Braves roster had not reported early to spring training by Thursday, including rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky and veteran backup shortstop Jack Wilson.

Pastornicky, the only projected starter who was not in camp by Wednesday, has been working out at Wilson’s out north of Los Angeles, where Wilson has a regulation infield in his backyard.

They had planned the week of workouts and mentoring by Wilson without knowing that so many Braves position players would report as much as one week before Friday’s official reporting day for position players. The first full-squad workout is Saturday.

“I think Jack arrives this afternoon,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Thursday morning’s workout. “I’m sure Tyler will be right there with him. He probably didn’t know that he had an opportunity to work out [early at training camp].

“He went over to spend some time with Jack, and that’s fine. We’ll have plenty of time.”

Gonzalez then joked that somebody needed to get Pastornicky on Twitter, where he could have seen that the rest of the team was already at spring training.

127 comments Add your comment

ChopAttack

February 23rd, 2012
7:27 pm

This Ryan Braun thing is a disgrace and another black eye for baseball.

Colin

February 23rd, 2012
7:33 pm

What Ryan Braun thing? Do the Braves have a guy named Ryan Braun? ;)

Bravo_F 52

February 23rd, 2012
7:36 pm

I hope chipper has a year to remember and Tyler has a year we;ll never forget

Runner-

February 23rd, 2012
7:37 pm

Ohhhh, that picture makes alot more sense now!!

And I agree on Braun, if you test positive for increased testosterone you HAVE to be punished, just because Braun seems like a decent guy and could possibly be telling the truth doesn’t mean you should overturn the whole suspension.

Earl

February 23rd, 2012
7:38 pm

Sunburn!! Add that one to the list. I agree 100% ChopAttack. Now it will not be what the drug was but was there some technicality that can be used to throw it out, or some other made up excuse.

Roadhouse158

February 23rd, 2012
7:50 pm

Yeah! Braun should be punished no matter the sample sat exposed and untested for 48 hours while at someone’s house and not delivered to the testing facility immediately. There’s no way that a sample could become contaminated or biologically change a whole 2 days after it’s supposed to be tested. Screw MLB’s version of a justice system. All are guilty!

NRBQ

February 23rd, 2012
8:04 pm

Damn, fellas, the guy’s name is BRAUN. He don’t need no stinkin’ drugs.

Rafael Ramirez

February 23rd, 2012
8:06 pm

Whew. I was worried about Chipper after that picture. He can get fat after he retires.

Whitey

February 23rd, 2012
8:07 pm

Is the new ss’s name PASTORnicky or pastorNICKEY (emphasis on the upper case)?

BigdaddyJ

February 23rd, 2012
8:07 pm

Gee, since I hit my late thirties I too must have my shirt blowing up…thank goodness I’m not fat either now

Whitey

February 23rd, 2012
8:10 pm

Or pasTORNicky.

Fat Chipper

February 23rd, 2012
8:11 pm

Hey, does this shirt make me look fat?

Braun the Doper

February 23rd, 2012
8:13 pm

Yeah, I don’t NEED drugs but I take lots of them. You would too if you lived in freakin’ Wusconsin!

Fat Chipper

February 23rd, 2012
8:14 pm

Oh, uh. I’m going on the DL for 6 weeks due to my sunburn.

Bobby Cocks

February 23rd, 2012
8:16 pm

Hey Chip, you’re fatter than me now. dang. Better go on the DL for 12 weeks for being fat.

Fredi G

February 23rd, 2012
8:19 pm

Dang, Bobby is back. I better manage more like he does by sitting back and waiting for the long ball. Oh wait, that’s what I did all last season. Never mind.

Liberty Media

February 23rd, 2012
8:20 pm

Hey, you guys cut the chatter. We don’t have enough cash to pay the Twitter bills. Jack Wilson is costing us BIG TIME. Hot dogs going up to $17 each with watered down Bud going for $22 for a 5 ounce cup.

Brave Since 1867

February 23rd, 2012
8:22 pm

Hey all you brave haters (braters): I used to go to Braves games when they were like 0-162 and all played with broken arms and legs. So lay off Fat Chipper. If he can ramp up and play 50 games this year, the extra fat may help him hit 4 homers. He is (BURP!) my boy!

Henry Aaron

February 23rd, 2012
8:23 pm

Anybody wanna buy a BMW from me? Come on. I’ll throw in a hot dog if I can get it away from Fat Chipper

Richard Simmons

February 23rd, 2012
8:24 pm

Hey y’all lay off Fat Chipper! Maybe he’ll go out with me now. Keep on sweatin’ you hunk-aroos!

Falcaints

February 23rd, 2012
8:24 pm

Man, this blog is getting weird.

Falcaints

February 23rd, 2012
8:25 pm

By the way, Falcons won’t win 6 games next season. At least we won’t bomb out in the first round again. Go HAWKS! (Oh, wait a minute. Hawks suck too)

Fat Chipper

February 23rd, 2012
8:25 pm

I’ll go out with you Richard if you pay for the Hooter’s wings and brews.

Liberty Media

February 23rd, 2012
8:27 pm

Hey, the Braves can do it on this payroll. The Yankees won a World Series on $13 million one year! (Just so happens the year was 1942. That equals around $5 trillion today)

Fat Chipper

February 23rd, 2012
8:28 pm

I just legally changed my name to Fat Chipper y’all. Still haven’t changed my underwear in a few months though…

Fat Chipper

February 23rd, 2012
8:29 pm

Hey, my sunburned fat butt hurts! Come rub some lotion on me Richard!

Hawk-Aint

February 23rd, 2012
8:29 pm

Yeah, this is getting really weird

Brave-Aint

February 23rd, 2012
8:30 pm

Totally. Go Thrashers! Oh crap.

Dream Boy

February 23rd, 2012
8:30 pm

At least we got them hot ladies playing Dream ball! (They’re gone too?)

Jeff Schultz

February 23rd, 2012
8:31 pm

You guys should get a real job. A job like writing really crappy articles for a crappy newspaper in a crappy town that no one gives a crappy about. Yeah, like me and that loser Bradley dude. Shout out to Fat Chipper!

Mark Bradley

February 23rd, 2012
8:32 pm

Hey Richard, I’ll take some of that loving too!

Fredi Gonzalez

February 23rd, 2012
8:33 pm

Hey, I got a better offer with a community college team in Mississippi. I’ll see you guys later. Tootaloo Fat Chip!

Ricky Schroeder

February 23rd, 2012
8:35 pm

I don’t know how I got on this blog. It’s too weird for me. That said, sorry about you getting all fat and stuff Fat Chipper.

Fonzi

February 23rd, 2012
8:36 pm

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaa! Where’s Mrs C? I need some good loving too.

Barack Hussein Obama

February 23rd, 2012
8:37 pm

I don’t know what to say here. Lost my teleprompter. Dang budget cuts. I’ll just step back here and print some more moo-lah.

Hilary Clinton

February 23rd, 2012
8:38 pm

I’ve got all the world issues solved so maybe I can help Fat Chipper lose some weight too. I hear he’s a hair above 350 lbs right now which is generally my sweet spot. Heck, my thighs alone weigh over 200 lbs.

Mitch Romney

February 23rd, 2012
8:40 pm

Will these people really vote for someone who thinks God lives on a nearby planet with several wives and that Satan and Jesus are brothers? I can’t believe how easy it is to fool these people. Sorry to hear about your Fat non-Mormon butt Chipper.

Newt Gingrich

February 23rd, 2012
8:41 pm

I need a few more concubines. I like that word – concubines. Rolls RIGHT off the ol’ tongue.

Joe Biden

February 23rd, 2012
9:21 pm

Hey, who turned out the lights.

Tom

February 23rd, 2012
9:24 pm

CHipper jones to be placed on 15 day DL at the start of season(Sunburn).

Sun burned Chipper

February 23rd, 2012
9:40 pm

Guess I really am a red neck. I never get sunburned in a tree stand, though.

Anyone up for Waffle House?

Buzz 2011

February 23rd, 2012
9:49 pm

Bring back Glenn Hubbard!!

Chumper

February 23rd, 2012
10:17 pm

I quit eating barbecue sandwiches, I now eat the whole hog. To make sure I get a balanced meal, I swallow a few dozens hush puppies along with the pig.

phil

February 23rd, 2012
10:18 pm

The wind….

Sure. Lol!

Now, injured by sunburn. Come on, Chipper!

ABVP

February 23rd, 2012
10:27 pm

Ryan Braun and Bud Selig = jews. Both of them in Milwaukee. No conspiracy theory needed here. They just flat out tell you that the rules don’t apply to them.

AdirondackDave

February 23rd, 2012
11:15 pm

ABVP — Keep your ugly rascism to yourself. There’s no place for it on this blog.

braves fan

February 23rd, 2012
11:19 pm

DOB, how blocking this one idiot who keeping changing his moniker so he can post lame jokes. Not a single one of them is funny and most are rather crass. All are childish. I’d rather hear from real fans who have something worth posting. Send the juveniles to bed.

Jake

February 23rd, 2012
11:20 pm

No sunscreen, eh? Why am I not surprised.?

braves fan

February 23rd, 2012
11:20 pm

Amen AdirondackDave!

BravesFanSince80's

February 23rd, 2012
11:28 pm

wow, terrible night to check in, will say the Braun thing will be yet another step backwards for MLB where integrity is concerned. did he actually use an OJ-esque defense and get away with it? wow…

StevoDeg

February 24th, 2012
12:09 am

Anyone got a link to the picture of Chipper?

I dont know

February 24th, 2012
12:49 am

After a pee test in the army, the person in charge of the urine has 24 hours to deliever samples to test facility or they are disgarded as invalid. 48 hours doesnt change whats in the bottles but it breaks the chain of ownership and gives some one time to tamper with them.

Paul

February 24th, 2012
1:43 am

kinghunterx5

February 24th, 2012
1:45 am

I blame AJC for the “fat rumor” — It was the headline photo of a story O’Brien did last week. Right when I saw it, I was like, “Of all the pics of Chipper ya’ll have, why pick that one???”

I miss Terence

February 24th, 2012
4:29 am

I miss Terence Mo. His early spring training articles about Wohlers, Andruw, etc…, how they were ‘ripped’, best shape of their life, looked like HOFers, and always preceded a season where they were most decidedly…not.

tbhawksfan

February 24th, 2012
4:31 am

That breeze must have entered an orafice, cause Chipper tee-shirt is puffed up from head to toe.

Stinger2

February 24th, 2012
4:45 am

I looked at the picture of Chipper from the link above provided by Paul. Anyone who lookds closely at his arms and legs can tell that he looks to be in good shape. The
bulge in the tee shirt does not look like a pot belly.

David O'Brien

February 24th, 2012
5:34 am

That breeze must have entered an orafice, cause Chipper tee-shirt is puffed up from head to toe. — tbhawksfan

tbhawksfan, nothing wrong with you doubting those of us who are actually here at spring training saying Chipper looks the same as ever. But if you believe he’s as fat as that photo you’re referencing indicates, then how do you explain this photo of Chipper in the gallery linked below, taken by AJC photographer Jason Getz on Monday? (It’s eighth photo in the gallery, if it doesn’t open directly to that picture.)

http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/sports/braves/braves-training-022012/

[...] Sunburn and fat jokes — rough day for Chipper [...]

Martini&Bob

February 24th, 2012
7:23 am

Wait a minute, because Ryan Braun was proved innocent of using performance enhancing drugs Major League Baseball looks bad. I thought we didn’t want player to use drugs.

alex

February 24th, 2012
7:47 am

The Braun situation is a black eye,either MLB hasn’t figured out how to do drug testing or Braun’s lawyers are better than MLB’s…either wayBraun and MLB look bad (to me),

Good to know chipper won’t be too fat to play 3rd base or run out a grounder…

jimmya

February 24th, 2012
8:05 am

david is there any chanch for a new outfeilder from the minors making the team

robdawg08

February 24th, 2012
8:13 am

Blog never changes. One person always posting with 3,000 different fake names. You’d think AJC would put a stop to it ?

Dwayne

February 24th, 2012
8:17 am

Mr. Dave, in picture 1 of 26 on the link you provide of Chipper is wearing dark blue, makes him look thinner. :-)

JackDennis

February 24th, 2012
8:22 am

The quality of the posts here is downward spiraling.

@ChopAttack

February 24th, 2012
8:24 am

You may want to look into what he was accused of “using” and look into just how many over the counter products it is found in. What is a disgrace is MLB’s ridiculous, overblown, Big Brother witch hunt approach to curving steroids and just what all they are trying to consider a steroid. Selig makes Barrack and Michelle look like free market, pack-your-own-lunch, anything goes Capitalists for crying out loud.

1eyedJack

February 24th, 2012
8:25 am

I wish I was as “fat” as Chipper. Especially in the wallet area.

Admiral Snackbar

February 24th, 2012
8:26 am

It’s a TRAP!

robdawg08

February 24th, 2012
8:34 am

How hard would it be to require for users to register one user name and password on this site ? Every other blog or website does it. The site shouldn’t recognize unregistered names & passwords. Can you answer that DOB ?

jarvis

February 24th, 2012
8:49 am

The last time he had sunburn that bad was the last time he went fishing….and he still only puts sunscreen on his lips?
God bless him.

dood

February 24th, 2012
8:57 am

It’s the economy.

bringbackknockahoma

February 24th, 2012
8:58 am

Fat Larry?….Is he back to his old tricks….a Hooters only diet?

BLK09GT

February 24th, 2012
8:59 am

Well the title of the article does seem like an invitation for trolls. The photo in question does clash with the others taken more recently including the one DOB references and the “runway” pics of the new uniform. As long as he hits like Chip and can play decent defense who cares.

Kashi

February 24th, 2012
9:03 am

I agree. If Barun’s piss is contaminated or biologically changed – PROVE IT. Just cuz it was not tested within 48 hours shouldn’t make him not guilty. This is a bad example.

alex

February 24th, 2012
9:07 am

@@chopattack: olympic athletes are responsible for whatever they consume,PERIOD;that is NO excuse for a positive drug test. Big Brother, obama,capitalist…..george orwell…..sheeeesh!

chopp'nunhappy

February 24th, 2012
9:38 am

Great leadership Chipper! But then again, Chipper hasn’t been known for using his brain (just for using one other body part for Hooter’s waitresses, college co-eds, etc.)
Instead of taking two days off (yeah, I know it’s a voluntary reporting right now, but everyone else is in camp except for Pastor & possibly Wilson who are working out together), for fun, he should have been working on strengthening his legs and knees.

William Smith

February 24th, 2012
9:38 am

Why is everybody so worried about Chipper he won’t play but 50 games anyway. Chipper is holding on thinking that stroke of 10 years ago will come back. The ability you had years ago will never return. Just ask your wives or girlfriends. Go Braves!

Ueeediot

February 24th, 2012
9:41 am

Dont make fun of Chipper, he has too much on his plate already….

Kevin

February 24th, 2012
9:42 am

DOB, please go ahead and come up with the next fad word that every news outlet, marketing agency, teenager, etc. will overuse to the point of putting the word in the grave. If a word like EPIC is used for everything, then nothing is truly EPIC.
Same thing with AMAZING, which was the word the fad word before EPIC.

Bama Mike

February 24th, 2012
9:43 am

3 years 42 million for a now 40 year old fat guy. Looks like the Braves were more committed to Chipper than Chipper to the Braves. I said it was as horrible a decision at the time and still stand by it.

mp

February 24th, 2012
9:46 am

But if you believe he’s as fat as that photo you’re referencing indicates, then how do you explain this photo of Chipper in the gallery linked below, taken by AJC photographer Jason Getz on Monday? (It’s eighth photo in the gallery, if it doesn’t open directly to that picture.)

——

one word DOB . . . spanx! :)

sorry, i couldn’t resist.

extremus

February 24th, 2012
9:46 am

DOB,

My above comment is shown as “awaiting moderation”. This is the first time that’s ever happened, and I wanted to get some clarification as to what it means. I realize my post in response to an anti-Semitic comment was emotional and, as some would say, “politically charged”, and I understand that politics is something you generally try to avoid on a baseball-dedicated blog.

For what it’s worth, I apologize if my comments crossed a line that the restrictions of the blog don’t allow for (NOT for taking a stand against racist remarks), though I never used profanity or resorted to name-calling myself. I try to present my arguments as eloquently as I can, but sometimes people can say things that get my dander up. I hope you can forgive anything you feel I did wrong here and refrain from banning me or anything; I don’t always agree with what some folks say but I enjoy being a part of the Braves and Atlanta sports fan community here. Hopefully we can get back to the topic at hand: baseball.

Skeptic

February 24th, 2012
9:55 am

Idk, DOB. Chipper’s face looked so puffy, and his bare legs looked thick. Are you sure he’s not rollin’ in the deep?

Kat

February 24th, 2012
10:01 am

Oh Chip… you’re even on the front page of Yahoo! now…

zincc

February 24th, 2012
10:03 am

You people just love negativity. Come on, its the beginning of the season, and frankly, I for one am happy that it is upon us. I love the Braves and can’t wait to see how they do this season. They aren’t perfect but neither are you, so lay off. And, for what its worth, the first picture of Chipper did not do him justice, and he did look like he had gained pounds. But, the next set of pictures shows that he doesn’t look “fat” as y’all are saying. Let’s look forward and hope for a good season!

TB

February 24th, 2012
10:12 am

I have no idea how a funny story about Chipper turned into an indictment of Ryan Braun. Anyone from Atlanta should be aware that testing is not always accurate, i.e., the Board of Education teacher’s ceating scandle. A proper chain of custody must be taken of the sample at all times, from the donar’s body to the ending result. In employment testing, you can get a false positive from eating poppy seeds on a breakfast bun.

invictus mon

February 24th, 2012
10:13 am

Can you post the picture?

The Hollies

February 24th, 2012
10:35 am

He’s not Heavy…He’s my Chipper…

Bruce Benedict

February 24th, 2012
10:43 am

Chipper should have retired with Bobby. He had a great career, but it’s starting to look sad now.

Matt the Brave

February 24th, 2012
11:16 am

Hey Chipper, have fun with all that skin cancer later in life. I guess it’s too feminine to want to avoid painful laser surgery and/or punches of skin taken out monthly. Geez.

@alex

February 24th, 2012
11:24 am

I guess you think Lance Armstrong was a “doper” too? Tell you what Einstein, why dont you pee in a cup and give it to some stranger so he can take it home for weekend and lets see what all we can find out about you from the results? Sound fair?

Hmmm.....

February 24th, 2012
11:27 am

Countless legal products can trigger a “positive” result in their testing. Braun was screwed, glad the error was corrected.

Hmmm.....

February 24th, 2012
11:27 am

Countless legal products can trigger a “positive” result in their testing. Braun was screwed, glad the error was corrected.

Tip O' the Cap

February 24th, 2012
11:30 am

DOB — thanks for the photo link. Chipper looks pretty dang buff to me. But I do now see what all the previous hubbub was about with that wind-blown photo.

coach13

February 24th, 2012
12:03 pm

People get off all the time because of technicalities. Someone didn’t mail something in on time or didn’t follow the chain of command so evidence is thrown out. Hell DUIs are the easiest thing in the world to beat and they endanger lives!!! All it takes is for some moron to not follow protocol on the littlest thing and someone can get off.

DIdn’t Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men say “it doesn’t matter if he did it, it only matters if you can prove it”

Bill

February 24th, 2012
12:23 pm

Chipper is ok..man, J-Hey looks good after he lost 15 plus lbs. Braves may have had wake up call…..thanks DOB

alex

February 24th, 2012
12:43 pm

@@alex if your directing your ignorant comment to me ,here goes first if I’m a professional athlete who is knowingly a subject of random drug test ,then yea you bet I’m real careful of ANYTHING i put in my body, was lance a dopre-we’ll find out in 5-10 years when they thaw his serum and subject it to more modern tests. As for the rest of your rubbish,your wasting my time

WTF

February 24th, 2012
12:47 pm

My guess is most of the people making fun of Chipper being fat are in no where near the shape he’s in and are overweight themselves.

Robert

February 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

“Chipper should have retired with Bobby. He had a great career, but it’s starting to look sad now”

Look at it from Chipper’s point of view. He is being paid $14 million to play baseball if he happens to feel like it. You know, if he doesnt wanna take the kids to the circus that day or something

Vol_In_Ohio

February 24th, 2012
12:58 pm

The photo on the 8th slide of the link is from 2004. That’s why he looks skinny. The other player in the background is Terry Pendleton.

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