Personal send-off for Chipper at Nats Park

Washington - Leave it to the division rival Nationals to give Chipper Jones the most personal pre-game sendoff ceremony yet. Some of Jones’ closest friends in baseball and former Braves teammates, Adam LaRoche and Mark DeRosa, joined Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and general manager Mike Rizzo in presenting Jones with retirement gifts during a pre-game ceremony Wednesday night.

LaRoche and DeRosa were both included in a video montage, with DeRosa saying about his mentor, “He holds a special place for me” and hunting buddy LaRoche saying “look forward to spending a lot of time in the woods with you. Love you, Buddy.”

All three players gave Jones bears hugs, as the Nationals presented him with the third base used in Monday night’s game and an autographed and framed photograph of him, LaRoche and DeRosa. LaRoche and Rizzo also presented Jones with the bat from the home run he hit off Odalis Perez on March 30, 2008, the first home run ever hit at Nationals Park.

“It’s the first one where I actually started to get a little misty,” said Jones, whose been honored at his final games at ballparks from Los Angeles to Boston. “To have two of my best friends in the game of baseball out there talking on the scoreboard and standing out there with me…. I’m not ashamed to say I’m one of the many people who have a man crush on Ryan Zimmerman too, so to have those three guys standing out there, it meant a lot to me, along with Mike Rizzo. (It was) probably the most extensive and most meaningful of all the tributes thus far.”

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Merlin

August 22nd, 2012
7:59 pm

Class act. very nicely done

KnightInATL

August 22nd, 2012
8:01 pm

Being that the game didn’t start on time, it would’ve been nice if SportSouth decided to actually broadcast the ceremony instead of the usual drab they put on during rain delays.

Buzz 2011

August 22nd, 2012
8:11 pm

Where is Uggla?

Ken Stallings

August 22nd, 2012
8:14 pm

You cannot ask anything more from Medlen that what he did to pitch around the error and get out of the second inning with no runs scored!

Medlen is flat out doing to job!

Wonder Who?

August 22nd, 2012
8:15 pm

Wait until the Nats score and Mr. Negative from Wisconsin will make his appearance to belittle the Braves. At least he can’t do that to Uggla tonight. But I am sure Wisconsin will figure out a way to tear some other Braves player apart.

No Wonder

August 22nd, 2012
8:20 pm

Guy from Wis is just irritated because the Braves moved from Milwaukee and they got stuck w the Brewers.

whatever

August 22nd, 2012
8:23 pm

how are the braves > the brewers exactly??? please.

kerryb

August 22nd, 2012
8:26 pm

Chipper had been a rally killer the last several game. How many DP’s has he hit into lately?

jo

August 22nd, 2012
8:30 pm

Why is chipped bouncing into double plays lately? Lets bunt so.me people overwhelm score

Dawgdad (The Original)

August 22nd, 2012
8:36 pm

Where are all those people, who thought that Medlen, should go back to the bullpen when Hanson returned. People like Mark Bradley. At the moment, he may be our best starter.

kawakami

August 22nd, 2012
8:36 pm

Tyler at 2nd already paying dividends!

SOS Braves

August 22nd, 2012
8:37 pm

Medlen is doing his job, but the no hitting offense is stinking it up again. How can they possibly be so bad at getting scoring position runners in? It is as if they are trying to screw up. Pitiful.

JC Boscan III

August 22nd, 2012
8:49 pm

My guess is that Chipper’s recent mini-slump is related to his back muscles. Since he had issues with the bad hotel bed in New York (leave it to those stinkin’ Mets), his hitting has dropped off a bit. He even mentioned his back affecting him getting down to that ball that he kicked a couple of nights ago.

LaBrenda Chenile Watson

August 22nd, 2012
9:12 pm

I know what you mean. Sleeping on a soft mattress can cause all kinds of back troubles. When Chipper kicked that ball I was thinking “I bet he slept on a soft mattress last night.” Sure enough, that was it! I wonder if that’s what made him start hitting into double plays?

SOS Braves

August 22nd, 2012
9:16 pm

Ross does as expected. Jeez.

SOS Braves

August 22nd, 2012
9:17 pm

Braves have to be leading the world in leaving a runner at third with less than two outs.

The American Dream

August 22nd, 2012
10:17 pm

The Nats are an all class organization. I wish we still had LaRoche on our team.

kerryb

August 22nd, 2012
10:20 pm

Anyone else here think there is a connection between Dan Uggla not starting and us winning this game?

Bill in VA

August 22nd, 2012
10:26 pm

Agree, Nats are a class act. Two exceptions are Werth & Morse. I was at the game Tuesday night and those two were tough to watch, in the on deck circle, carrying on, preening like peacocks. Thumbs down on those two!!

Bill in VA

August 22nd, 2012
10:29 pm

I missed Chipper last night. Anyone know why he didn’t pinch hit in the 9th for Francisco?

Fire that POS Gonzalez

August 22nd, 2012
10:31 pm

GRATS……team wins in spite of its mgr, as it did for 20 yrs under Cox…….think about it. We are a Dave Justice homer away from being the BBILLS of MLB……

beone

August 22nd, 2012
10:41 pm

Meds is the MAN.

BravesDude

August 22nd, 2012
10:43 pm

Medlen was absolutely brilliant tonight. Offense is still shaky, they’re still swinging at everything. Evidence of that is Medlen being the only hitter to draw a walk. And it wouldn’t be a Braves game if it didn’t include an Uggla strikeout (on 3 pitches)

Brandon

August 22nd, 2012
10:45 pm

@Bill in VA – chipper was on deck behind francisco. I personally didnt have a problem with him not pinch hitting for francisco because francisco could tie it with one swing too. However, I thought fredi should have put chipper in instead of mccann. mccann just looked bad at the plate and it is quite apparent that he is trying to swing with a bum shoulder

JC Boscan III

August 22nd, 2012
11:01 pm

For the LaBrendas of the world, Chipper started having back problems on the last trip to New York, and has mentioned it bothering him. Few major league hitters are going to be on the top of their offensive or defensive game when their back is tight. For anyone who’s ever played the game, that’s easy to understand. For others, obviously, it’s not so easy to grasp………

Another great job by Medlen tonight………..!

Oh'man

August 22nd, 2012
11:06 pm

This is why I root for the Nationals. They were in the slums for so long, I am happy they are doing so well this year! But of course go Braves!

Zac in Tempe

August 23rd, 2012
12:15 am

Why did they have that bat? Was that the first HR in Nationals Park?

Pj

August 23rd, 2012
12:27 am

As far as the David Justice/Buffalo bills comment above, we’re also one bad Charlie Liebrant pitch and a Jim Leyritz homer away from being the New England Patriots of that 10 year stretch.

Blake

August 23rd, 2012
12:44 am

LaRoche looks forward to spending a lot of time with Chipper In the woods. Their men….men In tights…”Tight Tights”…A pennant race Is no time to be coming out of the closet….LOL

Olde Fan

August 23rd, 2012
1:07 am

Thank God that there isn’t a whole bunch of A..H.,….judging and grading all of you detractors every day at your job, if you have one. Tonight was a very good game. Everyone on the Braves team tried their best to win, and they did.
Can’t we all just get along?

JNick

August 23rd, 2012
6:28 am

@Zac, yes, it was…

Hoss is my hero

August 23rd, 2012
10:31 am

Medlen is awesome, like a lttle bulldog out there, a mini Maddux cutting down the opposing batters. probably best pure pitcher on team, truly knows how to pitch and nobody in organization knows it. keep up the good work Meds and maybe one day you’ll get to be starter without having to look over your shoulder wondering when your going back to the bullpen.

JoeBravesFan

August 23rd, 2012
12:59 pm

Medlen is looking sharp! Glad to have him in the rotation. Looks like he won’t be the one going to the bullpen…the other guys better step it up!

Uggla needs to go. He’s paid WAY too much money for the production we’re getting out of him. Put Prado back at 2nd and let Reed Johnson or Constanza play left field.

While we’re at it, trade McCann too. He’s going to be asking for a LOT of money when free agency comes available to him and he’s just not worth what he’s sure to be asking for. David Ross is a perfectly capable everyday starter at catcher and we have Bethancourt getting seasoned in the minors as we speak.

Of course, they should probably trade them to the AL or to a team we don’t face often, because it seems like when so/so players leave here, they get better and kick our tails when they play against us.

Mikey

August 23rd, 2012
1:45 pm

One of the reasons Medlen hasn’t started earlier in the season was the fact that he came back from Tommy John Surgery last September and has been on an innings-pitched limit. Had he been a starter from the beginning of the season, he’d likely have reached his limit by now. Pitching in relief (the first half of the season) allows him to pitch deeper into the season.

fan

August 23rd, 2012
2:22 pm

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Jim

August 23rd, 2012
2:54 pm

I agree with Merlin, class act. The Nats are an okay team but I’m still a Braves fan

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Dawg Haus

August 23rd, 2012
3:18 pm

I’ve seen Chipper’s send-offs in Chicago and Cincy this season and was in DC last night. This one was by far the best I’ve seen. A ton of Washington fans gave him an standing ovation and he was clearly deeply touched. A huge thumps up to the Nationals organization. Now. let’s catch those guys!

jojo

August 23rd, 2012
3:26 pm

Way to go Nats. If our Braves can’t do it this year, hope you do!

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