Chipper Jones probably will still retire after this season. He just doesn’t want to talk about it right now.
Jones, holding an impromptu 6 p.m. press conference in front of his locker, told the assembled media: “Let’s face it, we all know which way I’m leaning. But I think it’s best that we put this all behind us. Somehow the cork got taken out, well I’m putting it back in. So I don’t want to hear any more talk about retirement until the end of the season.”
Yeah, well. Good luck with that.
Anyway, my column on Jones’ announcement — and really moreso the absurdity of the past two days — is now posted. You can find it by clicking here.
Ideally, word of recent retirement talks with the Braves would not have leaked out at all. But it probably also would have been better if Jones had tried to end this circus immediately when the story got out two days ago.
In any event, he is doing the right thing now by trying to kill the story because he’s right: The team’s pennant chase should be a bigger story than his retirement (and Bobby Cox would say the same thing about his own retirement).
Jones, as you probably realize by now, is not in the lineup tonight against Tampa Bay, but Cox had already panned on that. “I’m just resting him,” he said. Then, anticipating the ever-present Jones retirement question, he threw his arms up in the air and said, smiling: “I swear I don’t know anything.”
Now let’s see what Tim Hudson can do against the Tampa Bay Rays, as the Braves try to win another series. Since losing two out of three games to Philadelphia May 7-9, the Braves have won (8) or split (3) 11 straight series, a remarkable streak. They have split the first two games of this series against the Rays.
And with that, let’s commence with the LIVE blogging.