Jones sits in middle game of Nats series

WASHINGTON – Chipper Jones’ best laid plans to play every game of the Nationals series changed in about the ninth inning of Monday’s 13-inning marathon loss to the Nationals.

Jones knew by the end of the game his knees and back weren’t going to let him play Tuesday. He was out of the lineup, with Juan Francisco in there against Stephen Strasburg, and Jones plans to get back in Wednesday against left-hander Ross Detwiler.

Francisco went 2-for-3 against Strasburg on May 26.

“After about the ninth or 10th inning, I was pretty much toast,” said Jones, who has been battling a stiff back on and off since waking up from a bad night’s sleep on a hotel bed in New York Aug. 9. “The ball that (Kurt) Suzuki hit (in the 13th), I couldn’t even bend down to get it, I just kicked it.”

Jones said he wouldn’t have thrown Suzuki out anyway, but knew he needed to rest up after that. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sent Jones a “courtesy” text Tuesday morning to find out for sure but said he knew the answer.

Gonzalez joked with Jones Tuesday that it was games like Monday’s – four hours and 27 minutes long – that reinforced his decision to retire.

“I even commented to (Nationals third base coach) Bo Porter and (umpire) Dana DeMuth down there at third base last night,” Jones said. “I am not going to miss these games whatsoever.”

Unless the Braves come back to face the Nationals in the playoffs, Wednesday will be Jones’ last game at Nationals Park. The Nats plan to honor him in a pre-game ceremony. Jones said his former Braves teammates and good friends Adam LaRoche and Mark DeRosa will do the presenting. He said he didn’t know yet what he’ll get but was guessing “a walker.”

Jones hasn’t had a pre-game presentation since the Boston Red Sox presented him with a No. 10 from the hand-operated scoreboard in Fenway Park’s “Green Monster” on June 24. To have something presented in the middle of a pennant race against the team the Braves are chasing doesn’t feel strange, Jones said.

“I really don’t look at it any differently,” Jones said. “I’ve got a lot of friends over in that clubhouse. A lot of ex-teammates, guys that I got to know at All-Star games and whatnot. I played for Davey (Johnson) at the WBC. So there’s a lot of connections between the two sides.

“We have a lot of respect for each other on both sides. When we’re out there between the lines, it’s a war every time. I think that’s why both teams respect each other so much.”

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JoshTown

August 21st, 2012
7:00 pm

Ken Stallings

August 21st, 2012
7:07 pm

The Fox Sports announcers showed the hitting stats for the hearto of the order (Freeman, Uggla, and McCann) and the numbers over the last half dozen games are just pure uggly! All three are hitting in the .130 to .140 range! I knew they were struggling, but did not realize it was that bad! Makes one wonder how we won as many games as we did!

jimmy

August 21st, 2012
7:12 pm

Wtf chipper? You are the leader in a pennant race. You have 40 games to go. Suck it the hell up

eddie57

August 21st, 2012
7:16 pm

LOL the MLB announcers were trying to make Ugglier into a dangerous hitter for Strasburg tonight.

jrn

August 21st, 2012
7:24 pm

40 gsmes to go and chip cant play 3 games in a row ,cant wait to get rid of him

BravesFanSince80s

August 21st, 2012
7:50 pm

yeah I’m SURE the production from 3B will get soooooo much better as soon as Chipper retires…douche bag

phil

August 21st, 2012
8:24 pm

Several idiots here not worthy of our team….

Morons.

bobby

August 21st, 2012
8:40 pm

Just wait until next year and see if you are glad Chipper is gone.

DaveinNEPA

August 21st, 2012
8:52 pm

It seems to me that the Nats series should be an all hands on deck type of thing. Guess not.

IMO it’s just another example of a supposed “team leader” not leading.

If it was up to me, not only would Chipper be retiring but we’d find a way to dump McCann and Uggla too. Then maybe, just maybe, another player (Prado? ) would step forward and be the leader in the clubhouse and maybe change the culture of things in the clubhouse. As it stands right now, this team has no drive or fire or what might be known as a killer instinct.

Ken Stallings

August 21st, 2012
9:02 pm

Hey “D from Charleston,”

Seriously, advertise for your blog site someplace else. There is no way in the world I’m going to click on an internet link for a site I know nothing about, and I seroiusly doubt anyone else is going to either!

larry dothan al

August 21st, 2012
9:16 pm

uggla is a disgrace and ouer rated .

shorty

August 21st, 2012
9:51 pm

The commish’s office has shown how truly worthless they are ..there are least 3 if not more players on the juice the Gnats including Werth and Harper but the league wont test them…I guess Capitol money counts for something.

RaleighDawg

August 21st, 2012
9:54 pm

They say death comes in threes:

Tony Scott – Dead
Phyllis Diller – Dead
Braves – TBD

daSarge

August 21st, 2012
10:29 pm

What a bunch of losers these choke artist clowns are. How horrible does strUGGLA have to get before he is sent to the bench and replaced with Prado at 2nd and Johnson in left field? As I said before, this season is history. It’s over. There will be no playoffs for this band of losers and their miserable loser manager. You can’t spell BRAVES without BS.

the truth...

August 22nd, 2012
12:59 am

Disappointing but I am not surprised…..unlike the announcers and commentators making statements that they “believe we can go in there and sweep them”……I had no doubt that we would be lucky to win 1 much less sweep the best team in the National League….and maybe all of MLB…

I am not making any rash “so in so is garbage” comments …. only saying that several key players are not performing and……

the truth……

………is we cannot win clicking on at best 4 cylinders…..

Chipper wasn’t with it last night….defensively or offensively. That play in the 9th where he “kicked” the ball as he called it wasn’t called an error but was in my mind…..

Earlier in the night he “failed” to make a play to his right that turned into a “double”…..

When he is healty he is one of the best, but at 40 he cannot play

Hosea Williams

August 22nd, 2012
8:46 am

I like how chipper gets to call his nights off and its always against Cole Hamels, Strasburg, etc….never the other teams 4 or 5th starter.

hunter55

August 22nd, 2012
9:50 am

FG the Braves are trailing by 7, not leading you idiot

DC Braves Fan

August 22nd, 2012
10:33 am

Looking forward to attending tonight’s game versus NATs and to see Chipper play one last time. Very rare these days to witness a player like Chipper who played his entire career on one team, passing up big free agency bucks and even taking a pay cut to help his team out, remember? Total class act and first ballet hall of famer…you won’t see too many players as consistent and loyal as Chipper Jones n the future.

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