The deal that may turn Chipper Jones into the ultimate sports rarity — a one-franchise athlete — began not with a conference call or in a boardroom or on a golf course.
“I believe we were in the elevator,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “It was last September, and I think we had just arrived at the hotel in New York and we were going up.”
Those New York elevators are fast. There wasn’t enough time to work out details. But Wren said something about a contract extension, Jones sort of nodded in agreement and before the doors opened the seeds for a new deal were planted.
Maybe we should consider squeezing both sides of Congress into an elevator.
After detaching themselves from so many franchise icons in recent years, the Braves finally decided to keep one around. Chipper Jones, a Brave since the draft 19 years ago, signed an extension that potentially keeps him in Atlanta through 2013. So he fits in somewhere between