As fun as it was to homer against the Dodgers on his 40th birthday, Chipper Jones had a pretty nice birthday gift waiting at home too. His wife Sharon surprised him after a birthday dinner out with his family on Thursday night with keys to a brand new Ford F-150 pickup truck.
She got him too. Jones said she has given him 15 or 20 watches over all the years he’s known her. He thought that’s what was coming, when she gave him a small box in the car on the way to dinner, and then scolded him for shaking it to try to figure out what was inside.
“Opened it (at dinner), sure enough, Gucci box,” Jones said. “I’m like, ‘All right, just act surprised,’ and I looked in there. There was a key in there. I was like ‘nuh huh.’”
The new silver truck was waiting in the parking lot of the restaurant.
Jones took advantage of the day off Thursday to give his knee a rest as well. While it bothered him waking up after the cross-country flight, by Friday it felt “good enough” and he was back in the lineup.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he plans to rest Jones at least one game of the Pirates series.
“Sometime this weekend we’ll give him a breather,” Gonzalez said. “Play him two or three in a row, keep doing it that way. We want him productive, the whole year, on this team and this roster.”