A well-earned tribute to the man at the hot corner

As you may have noticed, I’m not a particular fan of heavy metal. Once I hit 17 or 18 and started to explore more thoroughly all the various types of music available, my Black Sabbath and Judas Priest albums went more or less unplayed.

Tonight, though, let’s make an exception. With the Braves playing a one-game playoff at the Ted for entry into the full playoffs, this could be Atlanta’s final sendoff for the great Chipper Jones. We went to the game Sunday to watch his final regularly scheduled home appearance — we bought the tickets back in July, and weren’t certain then whether the Braves would make the post-season — and the 40-year-old made three sterling plays in the field that any 25-year-old would have been proud to make.

When you start talking Chipper, a lot of memories come back. I remember going to my first Braves game back in 1990, against the Cubs, and there were maybe 5,000 people in the place, with 4,950 of them rooting for the Cubs. That doesn’t happen anymore, and Chipper Jones, along with Bobby Cox and a certain trio of pitchers, helped make that transformation possible.

Essentially growing up in the Atlanta spotlight, Jones has had his occasional stumbles, but overall he has conducted himself with dignity and class, doing great credit to himself and the Braves. He’s also played some clutch, Hall of Fame-caliber baseball along the way.

So to mark the occasion and as a well-deserved tribute, here’s Chipper’s walkup song, “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne, a veteran himself who is even more grizzled than Chipper.

– Jay Bookman

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Jm

October 5th, 2012
4:35 pm

Tundra Dude

October 5th, 2012
4:35 pm

testing…wun…tu

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 5th, 2012
4:37 pm

Amazing that guy is still alive.

josef

October 5th, 2012
4:39 pm

Can’t abide Ozzy Ozbourne.

moonbat betty

October 5th, 2012
4:42 pm

They should play “Iron Man” as the walkup tune for the rest of his at bats.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MII3ns2KTBc

Camel Spiders Found In Florida Everglades

October 5th, 2012
4:42 pm

Camel Spiders Found In Florida Everglades

October 5th, 2012
4:48 pm

Tom(Independent Viet Vet-USAF)

October 5th, 2012
4:48 pm

Jay – Finally, you and I agree on something!

skydog

October 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

I say we start Greg Kimbrell. Kid is 24 and can pitch like 26 innings if needed.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

Well, I’m not much of a fan of Ozzy Osborne, tho his wife is a fine looking woman. But I’m a big fan of the Braves and Chipper. One of these days the Braves are going to go all the way and not disappoint the way they’ve done so many years. And there’s another fine-looking woman, one that I can’t get shed of. She’s on my radio. She’s on my tape player. Like Chipper and the Braves, she don’t give up. When a fancy-smancy record exec told her they might think about recording her way back when if she went and got a hot band, she went right to work. She got one of the best guitar players in the world, a guy named Albert Lee that had played for the Everly Brothers and other big stars. She got a up and coming singer-songwriter named Rodney Crowell. She got a fine pedal steel-guitar player and a great drummer and a world class bass player. And there was only one name you could give a band like that, the Hot Band. The rest is history. So, like I say, one of these days the Braves are going all the way. And here’s Emmylou singing One of These Days on the original recording:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzxqzHueqdg

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

October 5th, 2012
4:57 pm

So let’s have the National Anthem just before the game:

http://www.starspangledbannerchallenge.com/

JamVet

October 5th, 2012
4:58 pm

I loved the way Chipper tortured the Mets. On the field and off.

“Now all the Mets fans can go home and put their Yankee stuff on.”

Still the greatest insult in all of baseball history.

A fine power pop anthem to Larry, my beloved Braves and the boys of summer…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rywRdkBeU1k

Jeffrey

October 5th, 2012
5:00 pm

I thought, no way bookmans gonna play ozzy. Ay ay ay

moonbat betty

October 5th, 2012
5:02 pm

Camel Spiders Found In Florida Everglades

October 5th, 2012
5:02 pm

Just when you thought you’d heard enough about the debate —-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IuVlyIa-y0

kayaker 71

October 5th, 2012
5:04 pm

Redneck, 4:52,

One of my all time Emmy Lou favorites.

ByteMe - Thugs vs. Ilk... in 3D!

October 5th, 2012
5:04 pm

I remember going to my first Braves game back in 1990, against the Cubs, and there were maybe 5,000 people in the place, with 4,950 of them rooting for the Cubs.

I got to my first one in ‘88, and the joke was you’d call up the stadium asking what time the game was and they’d ask “What time can you get here?” You and 3000 of your closest friends (ok, that was the “announced attendance”) at the old ballpark. The best part was you could buy the cheapest ticket and still walk down after the first inning to sit anywhere you wanted. Still remember moving to the right field foul pole about 20 rows up in Justice’s first season, because nearly every ball he hit somehow ended up there.

I’m sure someone will post Fogarty’s “Centerfield” before long. Go Braves!

josef

October 5th, 2012
5:04 pm

josef

October 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

CAMEL
@ 5:02

I was going to go looking to see if they had one on that yet! Thanks a million! :-)

JamVet

October 5th, 2012
5:10 pm

bet, the killer thing about that Santana song is that it is so damn good! And for me, it just never gets old.

Don’t want to get too political here, but seeing him last summer at the Civil Rights Game was an enormous thrill. That my only son was with me and that Devadip put such a smack down on a certain segment of our society was just icing on the cake, brother and sisters!

RC, let’s hope that for us die-hard, through thick and thin Braves fans there are these ahead…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXioctDPGn0

josef

October 5th, 2012
5:10 pm

pogo

October 5th, 2012
5:10 pm

Here’s one that pretty much sums up all of us now. “All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy. Can you help me, satisfy my brain?”.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=paranoid+by+black+sabbath&mid=ED6B98243F362141A66BED6B98243F362141A66B&view=detail&FORM=VIRE2

This pretty much sums up the result of the little act played out daily bothg here and every where else by the media. Nowadays pretty much everyone is expected by the media and the press to be on edge and hanging on the next story which may or may not be to their own ideological liking. The result is pretty much everybody that gives a damn is miserable and they worry about things they have absolutely no control over. Why? Because there is money to be made by those puppet masters in the media/press pitting one side against the other. Jay is pretty good at it but he pales in comparison to the “big leaguer’s in the press who all have agendas of their own. They know that their “followers” are nothing more than puppets whose strings are begging to be pulled to their advantage. And the ultimate result? We turn on each other. Sad days we live in now. Instead of trying to unify, Jay and the rest try to seperate and after reading this blog for quite a while, Jay and the rest are very successful at it. There is no common ground with these people. It is “believe as we do or be thrown into the trash”. What liberals should remember is, all of the politicians in Washington and on every liberal media/press outlet in this nation are far better off financially than you are yourself will ever be. They are speaking on a hill down to you and expecting you to follow them. They are making money off of you.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=paranoid+by+black+sabbath&mid=ED6B98243F362141A66BED6B98243F362141A66B&view=detail&FORM=VIRE2

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 5th, 2012
5:16 pm

JamVet

October 5th, 2012
5:16 pm

In 1979 I had the chance to transfer to Atlanta with the company I worked for.

I came down here to check the people here out and vice versa. They loved me and I loved it here.

One night we were all in a hotel bar and the Braves were playing the St. Louis Cardinals. I believe the Bravos were up 12 – 1 in the fifth. They lost that game 13 – 12.

And I thought, oh my god, I’m moving here and this is gonna be my team???

Even so, my loyalties are fierce and I never gave up on them, and never will!

More Boss…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3t9SfrfDZM

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 5th, 2012
5:17 pm

Turd in the punch bowl at 22

Best Wishes Chipper!

October 5th, 2012
5:19 pm

JamVet

October 5th, 2012
5:26 pm

Not a huge fan of the band, but this one kicks ass…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1tj2zJ2Wvg

Classic Conservative

October 5th, 2012
5:37 pm

Snuck a “Paranoid” LP home in the 8th grade. Can you believe I actually checked it out from a rural southern library? Tired of it in three weeks.
Saw the Braves, if not on opening night, it was the opening series. Ive been hooked since. Denver Lemaster pitched for the Bobby Bragen managed team. Chipper will be remembered along with Hammerin’ Hank Aaron and Eddie Matthews.

Moderate Line

October 5th, 2012
5:38 pm

What do people think if the one game playoff?

getalife

October 5th, 2012
5:41 pm

I like to rock. Started with Led Zeppelin and love Alternative Rock to get your blood flowing. Concerts are great to feel the energy of the crowd. Festivals are great to see many bands on the same day.

This one is for our cons:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlAnZl9Bq3U

josef

October 5th, 2012
5:45 pm

ZamVet

Probably the Boss’ best in my opinion…and it’s held the test of time..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzqqlVVG2Pk

.

JamVet

October 5th, 2012
5:47 pm

ML, though I’m a baseball purist, I’ve given up on that!

So I kinda like it.

Start the postseason with a “Game 7″ if you will!

Not sure about the team with the better record playing the first two on the road though. That seems a bit strange to me.

Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossoff, Simon Kirke and Andy Fraser…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKy_puDDnRk

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 5th, 2012
5:48 pm

getalife

October 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

JamVet

October 5th, 2012
5:57 pm

91 years ago today, marks the first radio broadcast of the World Series.

Does this country rock or what?!!!

Bubble gum with some rockabilly thrown in for good measure…

There ain’t no sin in being glad you’re alive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnYVrfwa4MY

CHEVY runs deep...

October 5th, 2012
5:59 pm

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 5th, 2012
5:59 pm

josef

October 5th, 2012
6:06 pm

Chevy

Nyanh…but back when there was still music…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xTGrfs5TXM

josef

October 5th, 2012
6:14 pm

Jay

October 5th, 2012
6:15 pm

Hope we didn’t jinx Chip

getalife

October 5th, 2012
6:17 pm

Chipper cost them three runs.

3-2 Cards.

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
6:23 pm

late to the party

I’m sure it has already been posted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqY7e4bP9PQ&feature=related

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
6:29 pm

josef

Great Springsteen selection at 5:45

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrpXArn3hII

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
6:31 pm

josef @ 6:14

You beat me to it……….

Damn man

:-)

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
6:31 pm

getalife

October 5th, 2012
6:35 pm

Chipper needs to redeem himself and slap one out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgEKLhvCCVA

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
6:36 pm

Jam

Back at you with some ole skool Paul Rodgers…………….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odLL_s3UJgs&feature=related

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
6:39 pm

JamVet

October 5th, 2012
6:41 pm

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
6:44 pm

Orange12

October 5th, 2012
6:44 pm

Tip of the hat to Pres. Obama for the recent Job figures. Here’s one in memory of hie first debate with Mitt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJDnJ0vXUgw

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
6:45 pm

Tom Middleton

October 5th, 2012
6:47 pm

Common Sense isn't very Common

October 5th, 2012
6:47 pm

Academy Award for best song for Mittens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJG75FJkjr8

:-)

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
6:48 pm

Bob doing what Bob as done for years…………… laying it down

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zD_FmHp2RM&feature=related

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 5th, 2012
6:48 pm

Jay

If you’re still here, please forward my email address to Fred.

Normal Free, Human Rights Thug...and liking it!

October 5th, 2012
6:49 pm

Hey y’all but I can’t stay. Two things though.

Josef,
read your post on face book about the NYT article. Great post and highly enlightening. Gotta love the South… :)

2. Is our Midori the violinist?

getalife

October 5th, 2012
6:54 pm

skydog

October 5th, 2012
6:58 pm

Jay – Hope we didn’t jinx Chip
++++++++++++++

…..ah….WE?

Way to go Jay. Atlanta needed a Bill Buckner. You better hope for a comeback.

Normal Free, Human Rights Thug...and liking it!

October 5th, 2012
6:58 pm

…it ain’t heavy metal perhaps, but it’s how I feel…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgy6AVkZmeo

Common Sense isn't very Common

October 5th, 2012
6:58 pm

josef

October 5th, 2012
7:00 pm

Normal

That article was such a relief…!!! I really do wish somebody would do a book on that subject. Not to go off on it here, but there’s a bunch of stories there that would go a loooong way to dispelling the myths and stereotypes…

I had never heard, “he’s got sugar in his britches,,,” Sorta tells you something about, well, you know… :-)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 5th, 2012
7:00 pm

The must have Xmas toy this year

Offshore me Elmo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EJSkJlh_fg

Jm

October 5th, 2012
7:01 pm

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
7:04 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 5th, 2012
7:05 pm

I had never heard, “he’s got sugar in his britches,,,”

On the construction sites, it’s another way of describing a candy ass — someone not pulling his weight in work.

Common Sense isn't very Common

October 5th, 2012
7:06 pm

josef

I had never heard, “he’s got sugar in his britches,,,” Sorta tells you something about, well, you know
———————————————————————————–

I hear that saying all the time in NC. Must be local to the ones from there as I never heard it in Ga either.

skydog

October 5th, 2012
7:09 pm

Ok Mr. Jay Buckner. I going to try and reverse the jinx.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTz8g8yh8GY

regular goys

October 5th, 2012
7:10 pm

Looks like Larry Wachs picks baseball games the way he picks political positions.

Tom Middleton

October 5th, 2012
7:10 pm

For Jack Welch, the newest member of the Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, “I don’t need no proof,” CRAZY wing of the Republican Party. Helpful Hint: You’ll need to listen to the whole thing if you can. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymA8T-ZWTCQ&feature=related

josef

October 5th, 2012
7:16 pm

skydog

October 5th, 2012
7:19 pm

Ugh Oh….6-2 Cards
This is getting serious. Time to bring in the experts on jinx reversal.

You cons may want to take notes on what to do when you are far behind.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KIscg0L7PA

JamVet

October 5th, 2012
7:19 pm

I remember a few other Octobers where a great fielding Braves team throughout the season started kicking the ball around.

All we need is a couple of base running blunders to cap it off!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No1UKN-SKlg&feature=related

getalife

October 5th, 2012
7:20 pm

godless heathen

October 5th, 2012
7:21 pm

Same old effin Braves post-season choke job. At least we are used to it, like that bad cold you get every winter.

ntl, I have great admiration for the Chip-pah. First saw him as a Macon Brave in 1991 or 92. Shudda got an autograph.

But Father Time is still undefeated,.

So Larry, thanks for the memories. This Bud’s for you.

http://youtu.be/hOMd7CSt0KU

moonbat betty

October 5th, 2012
7:21 pm

Quick check in while the game is going.

JamVet, the Larry thing was freaking hilarious and his comeback(s) were even better.

I don’t ever turn off a Braves game till the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmENMZFUU_0

skydog

October 5th, 2012
7:26 pm

godless heathen

October 5th, 2012
7:28 pm

I don’t ever turn off a Braves game till the end.

I do. But that’s what the DVR is made for. Just in case.

josef

October 5th, 2012
7:28 pm

getalife

October 5th, 2012
7:32 pm

Dang Chipper.

josef

October 5th, 2012
7:37 pm

moonbat

I like that Kravitz…

Orange12

October 5th, 2012
7:41 pm

“You cons may want to take notes on what to do when you are far behind.”

ANNIHILATE an opponent in a debate?

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
7:42 pm

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
7:44 pm

They BOTH suck

October 5th, 2012
7:45 pm

“But Father Time is still undefeated,.”

True that

:-)

Brosephus™

October 5th, 2012
7:49 pm

I had never heard, “he’s got sugar in his britches,,,” Sorta tells you something about, well, you know…

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

getalife

October 5th, 2012
7:57 pm

josef

October 5th, 2012
7:58 pm

skydog

October 5th, 2012
7:58 pm

Looks like a hockey game.

Brosephus™

October 5th, 2012
7:59 pm

That was an awful call… Fans should not have thrown stuff on the field, but that was awful. That guy must have been a replacement ref from the NFL.

JamVet

October 5th, 2012
7:59 pm

Great.

Now we really do have the sh*ttiest fans in baseball…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 5th, 2012
8:02 pm

THAT was an infield fly?

getalife

October 5th, 2012
8:05 pm

Under protest.

Reverse the call.

skydog

October 5th, 2012
8:07 pm

They are men…they never go back.

moonbat betty

October 5th, 2012
8:08 pm

Sh*ttiest fans in baseball? lol

The behavior displayed is stupid but

at least we don’t throw batteries or iceballs from the upper deck.

I’d be pissed off too.

skydog

October 5th, 2012
8:10 pm

Throwing $12 dollar beers = dumb

Soldier Mom

October 5th, 2012
8:10 pm

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kXOOwNS2qk0

This fits for the braves and the debate!

moonbat betty

October 5th, 2012
8:16 pm

“Throwing $12 dollar beers = dumb”

skydog, hopefully, they were empty!

skydog

October 5th, 2012
8:20 pm

moonbat betty

October 5th, 2012
8:24 pm

McCann is itching for a walk off homer.

Make it happen.