Chipper stays in lineup for 7th consecutive start

PITTSBURGH — After playing every inning of the eventful, emotion-filled six-game homestand that ended Sunday, Chipper Jones was back in the lineup Monday for his season-high seventh consecutive start, to the surprise of some.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez had said Sunday that he might rest the 40-year-old retiring third baseman Monday because “for me, you’re borderline putting him in a situation where he could get hurt.”

But he added at that time, “I’ve been known to get talked out of those things as you well know with him.”

Jones didn’t have to do much persuading.

“I need to see a lefty today,” the switch-hitter said, referring to Jeff Locke, who started Monday and was the only Pirates lefty scheduled to pitch in the series. “I’m not feeling real good at the plate, and I need to get a couple of [at-bats] off of a lefty. It’ll be my last chance before Friday.

“I’ll probably take tomorrow [off].”

Gonzalez said he and Jones discussed the situation Sunday night. Jones had not started more than five consecutive games all season before starting every game during the final regular-season homestand of his career.

“I asked him and he said, ‘I want to play [Monday]. I want to face a lefty, and as long as we’re in I want to continue playing,’” Gonzalez said.

The Braves already secured at least a spot in Friday’s Wild Card game, but weren’t mathematically eliminated from the NL East race before Monday. They were three games behind division leader Washington with three to play before Monday, meaning the Braves needed to win all of their remaining games and the Nationals lose all of theirs to force a division tiebreaker.

If that happened the Braves would face the Nationals in a one-game tiebreaker on Thursday in Washington, with the winner advancing to a division series and the loser going to the Wild Card game the next day.

The Pirates paid tribute to Jones before Monday’s game. Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen presented him with one of the commemorative Chipper Jones bases that are being used throughout the series, along with a check for $5,000 in Jones’ name to the Georgia Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Jones’ parents also made the trip to Pittsburgh aboard the team’s Delta charter, which was decorated with a large No. 10 in honor of Jones and given a fire truck water-cannon salute before taking off from Atlanta on Sunday night.

13 comments Add your comment

Gary H

October 1st, 2012
8:25 pm

lee maye

October 1st, 2012
8:54 pm

Same old Braves. Can’t hit lefties. Can’t hit former Braves. Can’t hit rookies they have never seen. Nats are losing, but Braves are blowing any chance.

J J

October 1st, 2012
8:59 pm

I told you they were LOSERS. You don’t see the Hooters hero doing anything.

lee maye

October 1st, 2012
9:08 pm

Thought you were at the Playboy Club, just looking, JJ.

J J

October 1st, 2012
9:11 pm

I am at Playboy club. Watching game with bunny in my lap. Looks like your Hooters hero should have stayed home.

lee maye

October 1st, 2012
9:48 pm

Sure, you are JJ. You are too old for those cuddly stuffed animals.

J J

October 1st, 2012
9:51 pm

Good nite LOSERS. Going to play with my Playboy girl. Better than the Hooters

Stevie

October 2nd, 2012
7:51 am

It is really great how all the teams are honoring Chipper Jones. This is a very rare situation where a player has stayed loyal to his team his entire career and the team has stayed loyal to him.

Stevie

October 2nd, 2012
7:51 am

It is really great how all the teams are honoring Chipper Jones. This is a very rare situation where a player has stayed loyal to his team his entire career and the team has stayed loyal to him.

Ted

October 2nd, 2012
8:40 am

Big salute to Chipper for finishing his career with over a .400 on base percentage. Few guys have ever done that. Career wise he is a 300 400 500 hitter.

bobby

October 2nd, 2012
9:53 am

If JJ was at an “Ugly Woman” Contest, he would think they were all hotties and he still couldn’t pick up one.

J J

October 2nd, 2012
10:47 am

Somebody is jealous. Go talk to your Hooters hero. Maybe he can set you up.

Alex G

October 2nd, 2012
12:29 pm

Hey DOB , why do all these people write negative comments on a BRAVES blog? If you don’t like the team , then you should express it somewhere else . I have been a die hard braves fan for 20 years and I enjoy reading everything you and Bowman write , but I find it hilarious how all these people love to get on here just to bash the braves. I think we had a damn good year , and I will support these guys until the end . Have fun bashing the braves , you fair weather fans .

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