Chipper excited for final All-Star Game

Philadelphia – Chipper Jones’ has had four kid-sized royal blue No. 10 National League All-Star jerseys hanging in his locker all weekend in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park.

That’s enough to add to the anticipation he already feels about playing in his eighth and final All-Star game Tuesday in Kansas City. Getting to take his four sons, Matthew, 14, Trey, 11, Shea, 7, and Tristan, 6, for the first time will make it all the more special.

“It’s going to be a blast, can’t wait,” said Jones, who was out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies to rest his sore knees but was available to pinch hit and will be available to play Tuesday in Kansas City in front of his boys.

“They’re jacked up, man, ready to go,” Jones said. “I’m sure they won’t get much sleep tonight.”

In past years, Jones has gathered up his All-Star teammates and flown them on his chartered private jet to the game, but this time he’s going back with the team to Atlanta to get his sons, who are flying back from vacation in Miami, and they’ll fly to Kansas City on Monday. His parents are meeting him there from their ranch in Texas.

Another person Jones is eager to spend some time with in Kansas City is Hall-of-Famer George Brett, who’ll be the grand marshal for the players’ parade Tuesday leading to the game. Jones is just three RBIs shy of breaking Brett’s record for all-time RBIs by players whose primary position was third base. Brett had 1,596 RBIs in 21 years with the Royals. Jones had 1,594 entering Sunday in 18 years with the Braves.

Jones last saw Brett at the 2008 All-Star game in New York, and actually lived beside him one year in spring training when the Royals trained in Baseball City near Orlando. Jones grew up watching Brett as a kid.

“I liked his style,” Jones said. “He was a down and dirty, gritty ballplayer. Sweet swing. Could hit anybody and every time I happen to see him play, he would get a big knock to a win a game.”

17 comments Add your comment

Bobby Dews

July 8th, 2012
2:34 pm

I’m doing this just so you can’t say “1st”.

TomahawkChoppin'

July 8th, 2012
2:38 pm

Way to go Dewsy.

Clete was as good as Brooks with the glove.

July 8th, 2012
2:42 pm

Every parent can identify with the good feeling of exposing/sharing an experience with your child. Maybe not this particular experience, but it’s a very human story. Hope they have a ball.

eddie57

July 8th, 2012
2:44 pm

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Now Ugglier will probably go back in the freezer for another month.

John in Wichita

July 8th, 2012
2:46 pm

I think this will be the only game Chip will ever play in KC. I don’t think the Braves have ever been scheduled there.

Mike from the coast

July 8th, 2012
3:49 pm

Let’s send McCann to Triple A for the next few days. I don’t want him to lose his stroke. 4 days in a row. Awesome.

phil

July 8th, 2012
4:48 pm

John in Wichita – yes.

Braves Fan Since 1966

July 8th, 2012
4:50 pm

What a great story line! All these years with one team. Can’t wait to see the introductions and deserved ovation from the crowd.

tjhook

July 8th, 2012
7:11 pm

Who will get nostalgic when they do a feature on Atlanta’s Golden boy?

harry taylor

July 9th, 2012
9:30 am

About time that Hooter boy leaves. Should have left 2 or 3 years ago. Just hanging on to suck up more money. Let some young guys take over.

mediocrity continues...

July 9th, 2012
9:41 am

Are Chipper’s knees sore 24/7? I honestly don’t know the answer to this question.

First

July 9th, 2012
9:41 am

Serbok

July 9th, 2012
1:11 pm

Hairy Taylor
You are NOT a BB Fan!
You “might” think ya are~ However~ not enjoying a HOF’er
last season?
Is…………

harry taylor

July 9th, 2012
2:28 pm

So since my opinion differs from yours, I am not a BB fan. Excuse me then. Sure he is a HOF but not for the past 3 years. Past time for him to leave. Let the younger players take over and finally win us a WS.

Warren Spahn

July 9th, 2012
4:29 pm

harry taylor is NOT a bb fan since he does not know we WON A WORLD SERIES IN 1995. Casual fans always forget this minor fact. Go back to sleep and join us in 50 years.

harry taylor

July 9th, 2012
10:01 pm

I’m glad the REAL Warren Spahn wasn’t as dumb as you.

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October 4th, 2012
8:38 pm

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