We’re LIVE from Braves-Rays (and consider Chipper corked)

Oh no! Chipper retired! Call 911! Boil water! (Kidding. It's just a rest day.)

Oh no! Chipper's not in the lineup! He retired! Call 911! Boil water! (Kidding. It's just a rest day.)

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.

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152 comments Add your comment

Stuart

June 17th, 2010
6:37 pm

Should I say “first” or doe sit matter? ;) Jeff, did anyone ever report which finger is hurting Chipper? His middle one by any chance?

dtc

June 17th, 2010
6:38 pm

First! whopee!

art

June 17th, 2010
6:39 pm

Best thing Frank Wren could do is to find a right handed hitting left fielder. Then rotate Hinkse and the RH LF and all will be better. Let Bobby and Chipper go out a winner big time.

GT Alum

June 17th, 2010
6:39 pm

The only way Chipper should’ve been talking to the press about this in the middle of the season is if he planned to retire in mid-season, which doesn’t seem to be his m.o. How all this plays out will depend on how he plays the rest of this season. Good luck, Chipper!

JTH

June 17th, 2010
6:39 pm

I’m gonna miss him. Now let’s get on with winning the division.

heather

June 17th, 2010
6:41 pm

I think that’s a smart move Chipper is doing. Bobby Cox leaving is bad enough. I just hope he has a better second half than he did the first.

Bravesphan

June 17th, 2010
6:41 pm

Chipper has earned the right to do this however he pleases. He is a team man and always has been. He will step back and do what is best. Go Braves!

Billy

June 17th, 2010
6:45 pm

Chipper Jones, HOF Class of 2016

Gumby

June 17th, 2010
6:48 pm

Agreed with Chipper and Bobby all the way, the Braves have a pennant to win. Braves fans have to get onboard, get behind this team, and remember (now that we haven’t been there in a while and know what that’s like) how good it felt in 1991. This is a GOOD team with the best team chemistry I have seen with the Braves in a while. Let’s go Braves!! Bring out the foam tomahawks and get behind these guys.

Lewis Grizzard's Ghost

June 17th, 2010
6:54 pm

God, I have loved the Braves since 1966 . . . I loved ‘em ’til the day I died and I love ‘em up here in the great beyond . . .

How ’bout a toast?

Here’s to Bobby, Chipper and all who’ve gone before them and to all who’ll come after ‘em!

GO BRAVES!

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Chop Chop

June 17th, 2010
6:55 pm

Should’ve kept his damn mouth shut. This stuff makes him look stupid.

Otherwise, it’s a non-story.

Delbert D.

June 17th, 2010
6:57 pm

Got all excited about nothing, again. No Texas moving to the SEC, the Hawks not getting Pat Riley, what are we supposed to think anymore???

Frank

June 17th, 2010
7:00 pm

Lets not forget that it was the AJC that wanted to “scoop” everyone else and publish this. This is not news. This is yet more speculation by an over-agressive sports media looking for someone to say something and then go crush him at their keyboard. Chipper didn’t hold a press conference in all of this. He responded to “leaks” and conjecture. Lets get real here. The AJC published what they “thought”, not the facts.

count_schemula

June 17th, 2010
7:03 pm

dtc, if you made a real comment you would not be looking so redorkulous right now. Let that be a lesson to all of you wannabe first posters.

Chipper is just frustrated. He stated he wanted to return to his power game this year and he just does not have the power at age 38. Even when he hit .364 he was out of power. He’s also tired of fighting the injuries, which makes it that much harder.

Theo

June 17th, 2010
7:05 pm

Reid Adair

June 17th, 2010
7:06 pm

I agree with Chipper. He didn’t leak this, and he admitted as much. I’m sure more than one media member gathered around knew who leaked it. His announcement shouldn’t be forced to occur simply because some media member spoke with an anonymous source.

The worst part will be the media refusing to let it go until after the season. You can tell some who won’t by the ones who are already blaming his for all of this getting stirred up in the first place.

gunter

June 17th, 2010
7:08 pm

Non-story……….Chipper has been in serious decline for a year and a half. Next year move Glaus back to third and put Freeman on first. Give Chipper a big Chipper Jones Day next year and show him some love. Now back to the pennant race………….

Chippers First Wife

June 17th, 2010
7:15 pm

He’s always had a commitment issue.

asheville dawg

June 17th, 2010
7:22 pm

Chipper put things back in perspective, Bobby’s last season, and making the playoffs.

mountain_jim

June 17th, 2010
7:25 pm

Well Gunter, we only have Glaus under contract for this year and can’t afford him probably next,

JSS

June 17th, 2010
7:28 pm

@ CFW…
As anyone in Macon aside from Bill Shanks knows, he has no problem committing… It is the “keeping a promise, and following through to something besides another woman’s vee jay jay that troubles your ex!” Girlfriend, just keep cashing those alimony checks

JSS

June 17th, 2010
7:32 pm

Can we get one those big countdown boards in the outfield like they had for the Hammer’s homers with Chipper and Bobby on it? However it must have a special DL section on it for Larry…

Eric Dye in Brazil

June 17th, 2010
7:38 pm

This has the makings of a historic or at least a very memorable season shaping up! Enjoy your coverage Jeff!

Lackey

June 17th, 2010
7:46 pm

Nice swing Heyward. 5 feet in the dirt. This guy needs to go back to the minors before he turns into chris chambliss.

JSS

June 17th, 2010
7:48 pm

turkeycaller

June 17th, 2010
8:06 pm

Leak was by a player in all probability hoping he would go.

Ted Striker

June 17th, 2010
8:07 pm

Fred — You have no class.

Burgess

June 17th, 2010
8:09 pm

Chipper a team man ??????? Give me a break. He wants to be considered the team leader. A leader doesn’t ask out of the line up as much as he does.

DAWGS 4EVER

June 17th, 2010
8:11 pm

TURN THE CHANNEL. IT’S ABOUT UGA 2NITE
AT THE US. OPEN!!

GO DAWGS.

Sonny Clusters

June 17th, 2010
8:14 pm

We was afraid he’d hurt something putting the cork in the bottle. Do you really think he could put a cork in the bottle on the first try? We was thinking he might not be the sharpest Braves player.

Bob Horners Broken Wrist

June 17th, 2010
8:20 pm

I’m sorry folks but can’t you tell that Chipper can’t STAND not being the focus of the team anymore which is why he keeps dragging this retirement talk on and on and on and on. What a selfish jerk. The Braves play better without him and he can’t stand it. Brooks and Omar make him an afterthought and Glaus and Heyward are the stars of the team. He can’t sit back and enjoy being in first place and let Bobby ride off into the sunset as the center of attention. No he has to bring up he might retire…or he might not….I’m scheduling a press conference and will let everybody know what my plans are…hey I’m not ready to talk about it yet….let me get back to you….but I think you know how I’m leaning…..lets wait till after the season..OMG!!! What an A- HOLE!! Chipper I love what you have meant to the Braves but don’t ruin things by trying to steal the thunder from the other guys, you of all people should know better. Let it go and retire with some dignity

count_schemula

June 17th, 2010
8:21 pm

Fred – You’re calling him out on his poor content and then you post that weak minded drivel? What a jackazz.

Sonny Clusters

June 17th, 2010
8:26 pm

Jeff, did you read that they found 60 human heads in a box at the airport? Can you find out if the head of Ted Williams was in that box? That could be a whole new blog.

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 17th, 2010
8:30 pm

Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
8:34 pm

HI FOLKS — Been a little busy, as you can imagine. Just wanted to let you know that the Chipper Jones column is posted now.
Here’s the link: http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/2010/06/17/chipper-jones-retirement-shouldnt-be-a-punchline/
I’m going to go back and tweak the beginning of this blog, which will still serve as the live game blog, and then I’ll be back to chat all game.
Thanks for hanging in there.
Back shortly.
By the way, anybody got a hoops score?

Steve

June 17th, 2010
8:38 pm

Jeff, it does not start until a little after 9.

bearcatjacket

June 17th, 2010
8:38 pm

Dude! The sportswriter is asking the fans for a score update?

Welcome to the Earth2.0.

:)

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Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
8:55 pm

Stuart — It’s he right ring finger (but middle finger — funny line).

Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
8:55 pm

Art — I think that’s Matt Diaz when he’s healthy.

Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
8:56 pm

GT Alum — As I wrote, he had to address it because he got out but it would’ve been better if the fire was put out two days ago (or, like you said, just announcement retirement now).

Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
8:57 pm

Billy — He’s going in on my ballot the first time his name shows up.

Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
8:58 pm

Frank — There was nothing wrong with reporting the story. But when the story got out, Chipper (or the Braves) have to react. That’s my view, and I believe the view of most.

Steve

June 17th, 2010
8:59 pm

Jeff, what is your opinion on Ubaldo Jimenez? How the heck can someone be 13-1 with a 1.15 ERA? Do you think he has a little “help?” A guy on sports talk radio the other day said he really believes he is on something. Even the aces get rocked every now and then (see Halladay the other night) but this guy doesn’t.

Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
8:59 pm

JSS — you’re just not a very nice person, are you? (How’s the coast?)

Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
9:00 pm

Eric Dye in Brazil — Thanks for the comments. And shouldn’t you be watching soccer? Haha.

Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
9:01 pm

Fred — you’re banned.

Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
9:03 pm

Sonny Clusters — I’m behind on that story. I usually try to stay ahead. (Hah! See how I did that?)

Jeff Schultz

June 17th, 2010
9:04 pm

Bearcatjacket — DUDE!!!