Chipper Jones never imagined an error in his final game would cost his team a playoff game. (AP photo)
Bunting hanging from the rafters. Red tomahawks. An actual sellout for a postseason game (but then, it’s new again).
Ted Turner. Jimmy Carter. Bobby Cox (except in the stands, not in cleats).
Also, there was Chipper Jones. He was a 23-year-old rookie in 1995 when the Braves won the World Series. He was a 40-year-old, 19-year veteran when he was making his way from his home to Turner Field Friday for a playoff game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Perfect weather. Perfect backdrop. Perfect emotions.
“I told my dad, ‘This is why I know I’m ready to go. I’m not even nervous,” Jones said earlier Friday.
It wasn’t the perfect ending. No walk-off homer. No catching the final out. No fairly tale.
More like Stephen King.
Of all the endings Larry “Chipper” Jones envisioned for the final game of his career . . .
“This wasn’t one of them,” he said, completing a question.
A broken bat
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