Chipper heads into retirement at peace

Chipper Jones packs up his locker at Turner Field.

Chipper Jones packs up his locker at Turner Field.

Reporters know a good time to catch Chipper Jones is when he’s putting on his socks. One pair of the “old man” sanitary socks, as he calls them, and two pairs of the blues take a while to put on. He’s a kept audience, and always a good one.

So it was strange to see Jones grabbing handfuls of socks and tossing them into a box Saturday afternoon as he stood at his locker in jeans, a T-shirt and a Braves cap backwards, as a retired man.

“I’m glad I don’t have to wear these anymore,” he said, as he tossed a package of soft knee braces into a box. “Geez.”

End-of-the-year packing took on new meaning for the 19-year Braves veteran who normally leaves a few things behind, knowing he’ll be back to start hitting again in the cages in January. But Jones had to clean out the locker completely; the Braves are planning to cut it out and give it to him.

Locker-cleaning is normally a time when Jones offers his final thoughts on the season and the club’s make-up going forward. Eventually Saturday, Jones was asked about it, almost by force of habit. But in his answer, “I think the Braves need some pieces…,” Jones was already using the third person.

The separation has begun. And even though Friday’s wild card game ended in disappointment for both Jones and the Braves, the moving on part was starting pretty seamlessly.

“This is a lot easier than I thought it would be than five years ago when I thought this moment would come,” Jones said. “That lets me know that I’m ready. I think if I were in here sobbing uncontrollably that it would be painfully apparent that I wasn’t ready to walk out the door, but I’m ready.”

A friend of Jones’ had asked him the night before what he would do on Saturday. Jones replied that there were three things on his to-do list: go to his sons’ flag football game at 9 a.m., clean out his locker, and “start a new life.”

Jones flashed one of his patented grins when he relayed that last part. He said he would be at peace whatever happened Friday night and he kept his word, despite his own costly throwing error and a 1-for-5 night at the plate.

“I saw it ending somewhat heroically, no matter whether we won or lost,” Jones said. “Man, was I in for a rude surprise. But what are you going to do? It is what it is. That’s why this is the grand game that we play. Sometimes it’s a sour pill to swallow, but I’ll be OK.”

Jones got a hit in his final All-Star game, a hit in his last regular season at-bat, and a hit in his final at-bat in Friday’s playoff game. He homered in his first game back from knee surgery, homered on his 40th birthday, and hit a pair of walk-off home runs to beat the Phillies, including the last of his 468 career home runs Sept. 2 that had fans shaking the stadium in their enthusiasm.

So an overzealous throw and a couple of runners left in scoring position might have just served to confirm the rest of it was real. Not that Jones had the inclination or the need to figure it out.

Jones’ sons Tristan, 7, and Shea, 8, combined for five touchdowns in their flag football game Saturday morning and their Cowboys beat the Falcons. Jones had also scared up three bucks in the backyard of his new Roswell home.

It was just a little foreshadowing of what he’ll be doing with that famous hand-eye coordination now.

Jones stopped packing and talking long enough at his locker Saturday to pull back an imaginary bow, set his sights on an imaginary deer, and let it fly.

135 comments Add your comment

Chris

October 6th, 2012
5:21 pm

Thanks Chipper. Glad I got to see you play for all those years and it sucks it had to end like that. See you next summer when the #10 goes up on that deck.

bobby bobby

October 6th, 2012
5:25 pm

First, Let us see what happens next year late June and the Braves are close or up— Chipper will be feeling good– one can hope.

Kyle

October 6th, 2012
5:33 pm

Been my childhood idol growing up. My heart aches. Thank you Chipper

One Big Dummy

October 6th, 2012
5:34 pm

Thanks for everything you’ve done for our team and for the city of Atlanta, Chipper! Forget baseball and forget sports, you’re simply an Atlanta legend!

Angel

October 6th, 2012
5:48 pm

My heart is broken, but you Chipper, will always have a place in my heart and I will remember you always.

KatJ

October 6th, 2012
5:48 pm

THANKS Chipper! We will miss you but never forget what you have done for our team! Good luck and I hope that when the time is right, you’ll join our BRAVES in another capacity.

OptimisticInTexas

October 6th, 2012
5:50 pm

Half of my childhood and part of my adulthood I have been watching the Braves and Chipper Jones. My last Braves game was at Minute Maid park, in Houston, where I saw the Braves lose twice to the Astros, once on a Saturday night and the last in the famous 18-inning marathon that eliminated them from the NLDS. After the past couple of years, and with the embarrassment of last night, I am ready to say I am giving up on the Braves. Without Chipper or Bobby Cox, it just won’t be the same. Too often I’ve seen my team lose a close one, make an error, etc., and that makes me sad. Even more sad is the fact that I haven’t been to the The Ted, and without Chipper there, I think I am done. Wow.

Fly OnThe Wall

October 6th, 2012
5:57 pm

thanks chipper…for all the good times and even the not so good…you will be missed…maybe we will get to see you down the road in a braves uniform in another capacity…i hope so…. fair winds to ya.

DHD

October 6th, 2012
6:09 pm

Thank you, Chipper! I am one of the old guys. I was 11 years old on Opening Day 1966 and have seen lots of games. You brought lots of joy to this city. Enjoy this next season of your life.

Rick

October 6th, 2012
6:12 pm

Great career Chipper. Any player can be respected by his home fans but you were respected throughout the league. Enjoy your retirement.

Alex

October 6th, 2012
6:15 pm

Thanks Chipper. I remember getting your baseball card as a kid when you were considered a “top prospect”. Enjoy retirment

Chop Chop

October 6th, 2012
6:17 pm

Chipper’s an adult. Good to see. Hope he enjoys what the future brings.

Chris W

October 6th, 2012
6:22 pm

Thanks for the many years of success you brought to us true fans and this baseball team. May your retirement days be filled with much joy and hope to see you back on turner field in a braves uniform before too much longer. Thanks again

JA770

October 6th, 2012
6:24 pm

I still have a picture of my son from 20 years ago holding Chipper’s baseball card telling me this rookie is really really good despite his then being injured. In 1997, I saw up close how Chipper’s phone call to an ill young boy in Colorado would mean the world to the young boy, whose hero was Chipper, and to his family – who would far too soon lose their heroic young son to illness. Along the way, Chipper played baseball on the Superstation and fans across America looked up to him. What he did without any public acclaim in 1997 made him a Hall of Famer in my book. And I bet he did more times than I could ever imagine. Thanks for special memories off the field, Chipper. Best of luck and good health to you and your family.

vesaversa

October 6th, 2012
6:25 pm

Did anyone really believe this Brave team could win a playoff game ? I didn’t bother watching the game because i knew the out come .Brave LOESE Braves are LOSER’S

Ward

October 6th, 2012
6:34 pm

Best wishes in retirement Chipper…very few have accomplished as much and with the same team. We were a witness to an exceptional talent for 19 years. Naysayers are full of crap!.

Kathy

October 6th, 2012
6:40 pm

Vesaversa, it’s safe to say you didn’t spend any time studying English either! So tired of all these fairweather “I knew they’d lose” fans. Go back under the trailer you crawled out from, please!

Chipper has had an amazing 19 year career, and while this season didn’t end the way any of Braves Country wanted it to, that still won’t diminish what Chipper has done for this franchise and I am proud to say I’m one of his biggest fans. He will be missed. I will always love the Braves, but with Chipper leaving, he’s taking a piece of my heart with him. See you in Cooperstown, Chipper!

dale in newnan

October 6th, 2012
6:40 pm

He is gonna make one hell of a hitting coach for his son’s teams one day. Thank you for everything.

Rachel Abbate

October 6th, 2012
6:51 pm

I will miss you

Fastball

October 6th, 2012
7:06 pm

First Mathews and Spahn, then Aaron, followed by Knuckie and Murf, Justice, Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz. and now Chipper. Since 1956 I’ve followed the Braves, now comes Heyward and Freeman, Medlin and Kimbrel. I’m so lucky to have the Braves as a part of my life. Me and the dog look forward to tomorrow, next season and whatever God plans. Enjoy the winter Braves fans.

Eddie In Dalton.

October 6th, 2012
7:08 pm

Thanks for everything Chipper. It’s been a sweet ride.

Billy

October 6th, 2012
7:13 pm

Lets move on enough of Bobby Cox and Chipper.
The Braves were embarrassing last night__The ump call didn’t help but the fans were frustrated with 17 years and since 2001 not winning a playoff game. You right Chipper the Braves have alot of (pieces) to get.

I do hope Chipper returns one day as Mgr.

Ken Stallings

October 6th, 2012
7:19 pm

Hope to see you in Cooperstown giving your speech in 2017!

sha rogers

October 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

Good Job Chipper!!!! The Atlanta People wish you well!!! Job Well done

sha rogers

October 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

Good Job Chipper!!!! The Atlanta People wish you well!!! Job Well done

sha rogers

October 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

Good Job Chipper!!!! The Atlanta People wish you well!!! Job Well done

sha rogers

October 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

Good Job Chipper!!!! The Atlanta People wish you well!!! Job Well done

sha rogers

October 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

Good Job Chipper!!!! The Atlanta People wish you well!!! Job Well done

sha rogers

October 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

Good Job Chipper!!!! The Atlanta People wish you well!!! Job Well done

sha rogers

October 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

Good Job Chipper!!!! The Atlanta People wish you well!!! Job Well done

gy6

October 6th, 2012
7:31 pm

and your tired ass should have been gone five years ago.

Fats

October 6th, 2012
7:38 pm

Thanks for the memories Jones. Maybe the Braves can use him as some hitting coach,etc Great career

udog52

October 6th, 2012
7:56 pm

Despite all the idiots who couldn’t carry Chipper’s jockstrap on this and other blogs, true Braves fans know, appreciate,and respect what #10 has meant to the team, organization, and city for the last 19 years. Although it sure didn’t like any of us wanted, it’s certainly fair to say that without Chipper’s performance this year, we wouldn’t have gotten as far as we did. Thanks for all the memories, especially the one in 2005 in Clearwater when after your 2nd at bat, you spent literally the rest of the game making your way down the fence, taking time to talk, take pictures, and sign autographs.You spent several minutes talking to a 16 year old boy from Minnesota about baseball, wondering how they played up here in March. That 16 year old wore #10 from the time he played T-ball in Woodstock through the time he graduated from high school in Minnesota in 2007. He idolized you then and he idolizes you now and I’m sure there are thousands of boys and men out there who feel the same way. Thanks Chipper, see you in Cooperstown!

BravesFan4Decades

October 6th, 2012
8:21 pm

Chipper single-handedly lost the game for the braves yesterday. What a loser. He has never been clutch when it really counted in the playoffs. Good Riddance. So much energy wasted on celebrating his a__ this season. Maybe God hates rednecks who kill animals for fun.

BravesFaninCanton

October 6th, 2012
8:26 pm

BravesFan4Decades……..great response. Saw Chipper and his parents eating lunch @ DreamLand in Roswell today.

Bravesfan54

October 6th, 2012
8:34 pm

I have been a loyal fan of this team since I left Milwaukee in 1953, ironically to move to Georgia, a month before they opened the season in Milwaukee’s County Stadium. I have been blessed to have seen Satchell Paige (Browns) and Stan Musial, Spahn, Mathews, Aaron, Adcock, Rico Carty and many of the Braves who played only after they moved to Atlanta (I have lived in Florida since 1961). I miss and revere Chipper, and, of course, I will support this team, ‘though for the first time in a long time they lack a true marquee player – or at least one destined for the HOF. They certainly have some great young talent, and eventually a Braves player will demonstate the ability to carry this team and its heritage with the grace and skill that Chipper has demonstrated for all these years. So long Chipper, but not goodbye!

Bravesfan54

October 6th, 2012
8:37 pm

Sorry, I included Stan Musial – only because in lived in St. Louis for 2 years, and Sportsman’s Park is where I saw my only Milwaukee Braves games when they played the Cardinals. I saw Satchell pitch for the Browns when we visited my grampa in the early ’50’s, when he was the only Brown’s fan in St.Louis. (Tidbit: The Browns owned Sportsmans Park until they moved to Baltimore in 1954, the Cardinals were renters until then.)

Ken

October 6th, 2012
8:37 pm

Seems like he was here such a short time. I will definitely miss watching him. Sad day for true Braves fans

OldTimer

October 6th, 2012
8:50 pm

It’s not the first time his error cost us in post season play.
He’s just not clutch.
He tips his hat a lot though.

mpimentel

October 6th, 2012
8:52 pm

Geez I remember him still as a rockie with a hematoma in his limbs on WS 1995

Joey

October 6th, 2012
8:53 pm

Yeah buddy, he had a hellova playoff game. Couldn’t drive in RISP. Singlehandedly gave the lead away with the 20′ over 1st base throw.

Hey, he won’t miss a single day of slaying deer in Texas.

Go Chipper!

Get your limit of bucks and does . . .

Andy

October 6th, 2012
8:53 pm

I’m really going to miss Chipper. He was a great leader and represented the Braves tremendously. I got to meet him this summer in New York and he was very nice. I hate how he had to go out. It will be different not seeing him out there in the spring. Thanks Chipper.

Joey

October 6th, 2012
8:58 pm

2nd base obviously.

And, yes, I bet he is “at peace” – what $15M richer for what?

Andy (8:53) please explain to me Chipper’s “leadership.”

tim

October 6th, 2012
9:00 pm

I enjoyed watching you play at the Bolles School never imagining way back then what kind of career you would have for my favorite team. Thank you Chipper Jones for many great memories,for being the class act that you have always been, and for playing the game the way it is supposed to played. Best of luck on your next career husband and father.

Linda D.

October 6th, 2012
9:05 pm

Hey Chipper, I will NEVER forget you coming into West Marietta Hardware in Marietta in 1994 to exchange the dog house that Donna had purchased but got the wrong size. I was your Cashier an I also was the one you spoke to 5 days earlier asking if you could exchange it. I was so excited. Have a Great Retirement. Linda

J J

October 6th, 2012
9:11 pm

The Hooters hero is finally gone. Maybe Braves won’t be losers next year. Thats ok HE WON $10000 FOR MR BY GOING ON AN EGO TRIP INSTEAD OF HELPING HIS TEAM WIN. tHQANKS hOOTERS HERO . i APPRECIATE THE MONEY.

Tracey

October 6th, 2012
9:51 pm

If you disagree with MLB’s one game wild card playoff format, then please consider signing the following petition.

https://www.change.org/petitions/major-league-baseball-end-the-failed-experiment-of-a-one-game-wild-card-playoff

Charles

October 6th, 2012
9:58 pm

Thanks for some great baseball and an even better heart, Chipper. See you in Cooperstown in 5 yrs.

Charles

October 6th, 2012
10:00 pm

Best wishes, Chipper. Thanks for some of the best baseball the eyes of man have ever seen, and an even bigger heart and loyalty than any peer in the game. See you in Cooperstown in 5 yrs!

Charles

October 6th, 2012
10:00 pm

Best wishes, Chipper. Thanks for some of the best baseball the eyes of man have ever seen, and an even bigger heart and loyalty than any peer in the game. See you in Cooperstown in 5 yrs!

Charles

October 6th, 2012
10:00 pm

Best wishes, Chipper. Thanks for some of the best baseball the eyes of man have ever seen, and an even bigger heart and loyalty than any peer in the game. See you in Cooperstown in 5 yrs!

Charles

October 6th, 2012
10:00 pm

Best wishes, Chipper. Thanks for some of the best baseball the eyes of man have ever seen, and an even bigger heart and loyalty than any peer in the game. See you in Cooperstown in 5 yrs!

Chris

October 6th, 2012
10:33 pm

Okay, he had a great career here but enough already people! If he wasn’t nervous Fri why did he botch the double play? No matter, Braves folded in post season as usual…been a fan many, many years but certainly tired of the quick playoff collapses.

yuuup

October 6th, 2012
10:43 pm

I won’t miss Chipper, because I know he will be back in a Braves uni once again in some kind of capacity in the near future. You are a icon Chipper, thank you for 19 years of awesome memories. A selfless player who restructured his contract so this team could sign or keep other players, turned down more money from other clubs to stay in Atlanta. Those are just traits you do not see from pro athletes anymore. Not to mention 19 years with only one team. Chipper is the Atlanta Braves.

Donna Harris

October 6th, 2012
10:48 pm

Thank you, Chipper, for two decades of unbelievable baseball. You are a class act. And when they induct you into the Braves Hall of Fame and retire your number next summer, I’ll be there.

Chipper's Ex-Wives

October 6th, 2012
10:56 pm

Hey Donna Harris, “class act?” Hall of Famer, yes. Class act – not even close.

You need to stay up a little later at night and hit the strip joints . . .

Nana

October 6th, 2012
10:59 pm

Good luck Chipper. I have enjoyed watching you and the Braves through your good and bad times. My dad, who has passed now, was always a Braves supporter. This year the team seemed to be closer. It’s good for kids to see that. All the hugs and back pats.Sad your gone but it should give you some deserved time with your children. They grow up before you realize it. I saw you at Grandparents Day at Fellowship Christian yesterday and felt previledged. Good luck and enjoy your retirement.

Quicherbichin

October 6th, 2012
11:00 pm

I am sick to death of all the negativity on these blogs.. to me, being a fan is a positive experience… am I happy with the way things went last night? Of course not! But I don’t feel the need to vent and get pissed off or say that Chipper should have retired 5 years ago like gy6 said.. gy6, perhaps you should move out of your mom’s basement and get a job than doesn’t involve sewage, because that sewage is affecting your opinions on other things apparently… as far as Joey goes… some leaders lead by example.. if they succeeded every time, then Chipper would have a lifetime batting average of 1.000. Regarding J J and his ” Hooters Hero” comments, I can only say that you only wish you could get a Hooters Girl to look twice at you.. of course, the saying for you is ” No Brain, No Pain”, so you definitely feel no pain ever.. I thought life without a brain stem was impossible, but your existence proves otherwise.. as far as Chris goes.. please refer to my nickname.. please be positive or find something else to do… I wish the Bravos had gone further in this postseason, but don’t feel the need to whine, complain or vent because I didn’t get my wish… if that is the norm, then you folks should go root for the Yankees or Red Sox since you wish to emulate their fans.

BravesAC

October 6th, 2012
11:11 pm

Chipper Jones – I have 6 sons and a daughter and some of our best memories are watching you play. Some of my kids are in war zones now – a Green Beret as well as my Purple Heart winning son. And when We write/talk we talk of you and the Braves and for a little while they’re kids again, safe, sitting next to me on the couch. You were a good watch, a great Braves. Thanks for staying a Brave when the big money was elsewhere. enjooy your retirement, enjoy your kids.

Jason

October 6th, 2012
11:37 pm

Started with Dale Murphy #3, then Chipper stepped into my families life. Chipper, the words thank you can not express the enjoyment you have brought to my house and seeing you in person. I wish you well and many big deer’s. Loyal fan always #10

mark wohlers

October 6th, 2012
11:37 pm

Here is a fact: 16 consecutive seasons with no world series championships. That is a part of his legacy whether you like it or not.

Chipper is gone and I don't feel too good myself

October 6th, 2012
11:49 pm

Chipper, thanks for setting such a great example for young ball players on how to play baseball the right way. You are a throwback and there won’t be another like you for a long time. Enjoy some time off and come back to be the Braves batting coach!

Alvin

October 7th, 2012
12:03 am

Wow, lots of losers think they’re clever by taking shots at a public figure who is more of a man than they’ll ever be. CJ, I’m a couple of years older than you so I watched your entire career. Good job, Brother. I’ll miss you.

Drew

October 7th, 2012
12:46 am

Braves baseball will never be the same to me. I’ve watched Chipper play since I was a little kid and not having him on the roster will be surreal to say the least. Thanks for 19 great years!

braves girl in cali

October 7th, 2012
1:03 am

I fell in love with Chipper and the Braves when they won the World Series in ‘95. I was a senior in high school (in California!) and had no idea the impact it would have on my life. Over the years, I’ve traveled to different stadiums when the Braves were on the road and also went to as many games as possible whenever they came to San Francisco. I will never forget when Chipper game me his batting gloves in Spring Training ‘08 or this year when he gave me his BP bat at Citi Field. They are some of my most prized possessions :)

Thank you Chipper for everything! It has been so much fun to watch you play all these years. It’s too bad it had to end this way. Hope you enjoy retirement. I’ll be at the Ted next year when the Braves retire your #10!

ClassicBraves

October 7th, 2012
1:06 am

One of the best Atlanta Brave of them all and you help bring this city its only World Championship. That my friend speaks for itself. First Ballot Hall of Famer and an All Time Atlanta Great! You will be missed, but I can tell you have had enough. Like Frank Sinatra, You did it your way and you cant be mad at that!

SP

October 7th, 2012
1:12 am

Thanks for being the best Brave ever…I know you will enjoy being a full time outdoorsman and loving your ranch in South Texas…

CaptainMudd

October 7th, 2012
1:18 am

You deserve the respect and acknowledgements you have received this season—your career is widely perceived as a success and, you have made an impact….MLB lore has become richer. Thank you #10. Forever an Atlanta Brave!

[...] Chipper heads into retirement at peace He homered in his first game back from knee surgery, homered on his 40th birthday, and hit a pair of walk-off home runs to beat the Phillies, including the last of his 468 career home runs Sept. 2 that had fans shaking the stadium in their enthusiasm. Read more on Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) [...]

Nevada Roy

October 7th, 2012
1:31 am

Thanks Chipper … one of my memorable moments was in 2011 when Zambrano drilled you and walked off the field and the Cubs. Your non-reaction was a class act.

JL

October 7th, 2012
2:55 am

Yeah, I’ll say the Braves need some pieces – it’ll take more than the likes of one guy to replace you Chipper, thanks for all the great memories, penants, playoff games, and the 95 Championship. Hope to see your sweet swing again, maybe when you’re a hitting coach!

soullrenaissance

October 7th, 2012
3:50 am

I grew up watching you Chipper Jones – you were an all-time great – but not clutch PERIOD. Hall of Fame – heck yeah. But we failed 99% of the time you were at the helm (last night in epic erroneous fashion) this has become so accustomed to post-season choke jobs and you are responsible. You can’t get al the praise without criticism even TedWilliams was not perfect. Perhaps your departure will open it up for Freeman and Heyward to take the team by the reins. Freeman seems to be clutch, we shall see…Happy Retirement!

soullrenaissance

October 7th, 2012
4:02 am

To all you Chipper Drones! Chipper was a young upstart in 95, not the straw that stirred the drink. He went along for the ride. His world series was the 99 squad that got swept by the Yanks. But tanks for the memories!

soullrenaissance

October 7th, 2012
4:13 am

^^^world series ‘team’^^^

Political Man

October 7th, 2012
5:19 am

The Cox, Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, C. Jones era is totally over. They were mostly good, even very good, sometimes great. IMO Maddux is the true Hall of Famer among them all. Glavine lived on the outside pitch given to him. Smoltz had the most talent. Chipper has numbers, but has many times left doubts about his true standing among baseball’s elites. But baseball is a hard game. The best fail at the plate 70% of the time, although not all outs are equal. I suspect they all will end up in the Hall – not necessarily a bad thing.

Ken

October 7th, 2012
5:23 am

Chipper for Manager?

Toni Gattie

October 7th, 2012
5:54 am

Congrats on your retirement. Curious to see if you’ll migrate back home to Pierson, Fl., just 15 miles from me.

richbrave

October 7th, 2012
6:34 am

Things a little quiet this a.m. Early off-season this year. With 94 wins I expected more. I want a sweep of the CARDS and NATS next season. Go BRAVOS

Maybe my grandson will be in the minors by then, maybe not. We’ll see. Love it if he were a BRAVE.

bravesgrl4life

October 7th, 2012
6:38 am

Congratlations, Chipper Jones, on an awesome career. And, thank you for all the memorable moments you provided this Georgia by way of Florida chick who grew up down the road (couple hundred miles) at the same time you were growing up.

Will miss seeing the sweet Chipper swing, but looking forward to seeing Chipper back as hitting coach in a couple of years.

aliveguy12

October 7th, 2012
6:54 am

Thanks Chipper, it has been and honor and privledge to watch you as an atlanta brave all these years. Class act all the way, i hope all the young studs have truly been watching and paying attention to your example you set on the diamond and in life. I will be there when the braves put your number on the wall and will be watching when you are enshrined in cooperstown.

Bobo is Not the Problem

October 7th, 2012
7:27 am

Of course he’s at peace. Crapper never cared about winning and losing. He singlehandedly blew the playoff game, yet he’s at peace. What a fitting way for him to go out, costing us games with his lazy prima doona play like he has for years. Classless redneck thug. Good riddance.

Bobo is Not the Problem

October 7th, 2012
7:34 am

Two of my favorite Chipper moments:

1. Booting a grounder in the last game of the ‘00 or ‘01 season against the Rockies. Let it go right between his leg, 9th inning, 2 outs, and the Rockies scored a bunch for a comeback win. That loss gave the Cards home-field advantage against us in the playoffs. Chipper made another error in Game 1, and the Cards swept us.

2. Chipper calling out the fans who criticized him for being lazy and not working harder to stay in shape. That was in Feb ‘11 in the AJC. You take the praise, you gotta take the criticism. Classless redneck thug.

Love Baseball

October 7th, 2012
8:06 am

My first baseball hero was good old #7, Mickey Mantle, for the NY Yankees. My second and possibly last hero is #10, Chipper Jones, for the Atlanta Braves. Thanks for everything Chipper. Baseball will miss you deeply but what you gave to baseball will never be forgotten.

steve whitmire

October 7th, 2012
8:19 am

I’ve enjoyed watching Chipper over the years and wish him well in retirement. Thanks for the memories. All you haters, go suck an egg. The Braves will be back next spring better than ever I hope and I’ll still watch them like I have lo these many years.

MONK ATL

October 7th, 2012
8:35 am

The “MICK” and “CHIPPER” , #7 and #10 , Two Great Switch Hitting Machines of Two Different Eras, but Cut from the SAME Rare Baseball Mold, REAL BALLERS, that REAL FANS and History will
NEVER Forget! Seeing Mantle and Jones Play Baseball, in My Lifetime, is one of the Joys of LIFE
that You Can’t Take Away from Me. Thanks to Both Men for the Memories. (GOOD and BAD, just like LIFE).

Jay Dawg

October 7th, 2012
8:35 am

Thanks Chipper! Enjoyed watching you over the years. Just imagine the numbers he would have put up if healthy more of the time. They would have been staggering…….

Sal

October 7th, 2012
8:36 am

Congratulations Chipper! You made the game and your team better. You’re certainly one of the best. Loved the way you played the game. Enjoy your retirement.

MONK ATL

October 7th, 2012
8:37 am

GO BRAVES and GO YANKEES, Still MY TEAMS!!!

J J

October 7th, 2012
8:39 am

Good morning everyone. If anyone cares, I would souly and emotionly completely want to apologize for the comments I made. Chipper Jones is one of the greatest players ever. The Atlanta Braves are a class organization and I wish them well. Chipper good luck on your retirement. I look for great things from him and the Braves very very soon. Thank you everyone for putting up with me. Please accept my heart filled apology. Bye

J J

October 7th, 2012
8:39 am

Good morning everyone. If anyone cares, I would souly and emotionly completely want to apologize for the comments I made. Chipper Jones is one of the greatest players ever. The Atlanta Braves are a class organization and I wish them well. Chipper good luck on your retirement. I look for great things from him and the Braves very very soon. Thank you everyone for putting up with me. Please accept my heart filled apology. Bye

P Rose

October 7th, 2012
8:48 am

It’s terribly sad that in his last chance to write a lasting legacy as a champion once more, Chipper literally threw it away, over Dan Uggla’s head, into centerfield, erasing Kris Medlen’s lead (and ending Medlen’s historical streak). The players (and the manager) all looked up to their Hall of Fame legend to lead their team into one more final, improbable glory; and in one routine play, one he has made thousands of times, he couldn’t do it. The foundation faltered, so the building collapsed. There is no joy in Mudville; The Mighty Casey has struck out.

In 2013, the Braves become Fredi Gonzalez’s team. They will no longer be Chipper’s. And Frank Wren will have Chipper’s $14 million, Derek Lowe’s $10 million, and Michael Bourn’s $6+ million to play with. Next year’s team will look and feel very, very different.

I’m looking forward to the most interesting offseason and spring in many years.

Phyllis

October 7th, 2012
9:15 am

Congratulations Chipper on your retirement. May it be everything you wan it to be.

Quack Quack

October 7th, 2012
9:18 am

Happy trails #10…I’ve followed you , and taken my son and grandson to watch you play, for years.You will be missed, and I wish you all the best in your future.

J J

October 7th, 2012
9:25 am

@Quack Quack I hope you saw my apology and tell you that I really mean. I say this to you because you were one that I offended. I AM VERY VERY SORRY.

Jeri

October 7th, 2012
9:49 am

It’s always sad when a good friend moves from your circle of close friends, whatever the reason. There will always be an empty spot but, to know this time comes for all of us, helps us accept the loss. From experience, let me tell you Chipper, there is a whole lot of living to do on the other side of that Mountain. God bless you and your family always. You really are a “Great American Hero”!!

Playoffs!!!

October 7th, 2012
9:51 am

Chipper is at peace. Ok. But I’m not. I need a another day or two to get over this loss

Karen

October 7th, 2012
9:56 am

Thanks Chipper!!! I remember attending a Braves power lunch at Maggiano’s that Chipper was on the panel. I gained a lot of respect for him that day. Enjoy your retirement and your family Chipper!

bucky oneil

October 7th, 2012
10:20 am

Chipper is at peace and so should we all be. Good luck Chipper!

Go Braves!

JoshTown

October 7th, 2012
10:36 am

I met Chipper in 1995 at old Fulton County Stadium. I was 14 at the time. He was married to Karin, who I knew through a good friend of mine, Julie, Karin’s cousin. She arranged it so we could meet in the tunnel after the game. She warned us he may not be in a great mood, because he went 0-4 that night with a couple of strikeouts, but he couldn’t have been nicer to a nervous teenager. The only thing I had of him at the time was a Rookie Prospect card from 1993, which he gladly signed: “To Josh, God Bless, Chipper Jones.” I’ve followed him ever since and hung on nearly every at bat. I lived out in LA the last 8 years, but moved back to Atlanta in April, just in time for Opening Day. We went to 9 games this year, 8 of which Chipper played in. We were there Friday night, long after most of the crowd had left, watching his press conference on the big screen inside the stadium. We weren’t ready to let him go quite yet. So thank you for an amazing career Chipper. For igniting this city in countless big games, and coming through in small ones too. You deserve every bit of the accolades you’ve received, and we’ll be there in our #10’s when they retire your number. Thank you for the memories, the highlights, and giving this city something to cheer for all these years. Go Braves, go Chipper, and farewell. Much love #10!

Wayne

October 7th, 2012
11:10 am

Well it’s his fault they lost. He has no BMT

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