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Oh Yeah, You’ll Miss Chipper Jones

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, September 22, 2012 11:33 AM | Comments: 7
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The Phillies presented Chipper with a Dick Perez painting. (Photo by Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network)

As Chipper Jones makes his final jaunt into Philly this weekend, it brings back awful memories of him tearing the Phillies a new one through all the years. The headline is written with a degree of sarcasm, it also rings true.

Hearing “Larry” come from the stands as he played left field at the Vet (remember those days) is a lasting memory I’ll have of Jones and the Braves/Phillies rivalry. Just kidding, there was no rivalry until Chipper was on the back nine of his career. The late 90′s-early 00′s were dominated by the Chipper-led Braves squad, making it hell on a kid like me. I just wanted them to win a damn series against them.

Anyway, Jones will leave Philadelphia after Sunday’s game, never to return in a Braves uniform. With him go the memories of the 1993 Phillies pennant winning team, the 14 division titles, and some really good baseball from Jones. Going into the series, Chipper killed the Phillies to the tune of .332 with 49 career home runs and an OPS of 1.041 in 243 games. He just owned the Phillies for such a long period of time that we should be glad to see him go. Ride off into the sunset, Chipper – please!

On the flip side, it is sad to see a part of my youth fade away. As much as I “hated” Chipper growing up, it impossible not to respect the hell out of his body of work. Him getting old is making me feel old, too, and that sucks.

So, while we’ll finally get rid of Chipper Jones, we’ll also miss the Larry screams and seeing one of the best switch-hitters ever to play the game.

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  • Posts: 0 Jaron B

    Well-said, Pat! While Chipper killed the Phillies in his career, he will be missed in the baseball world, even by fans of the teams he killed. My question: Hall-of-Famer?

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      First ballot so, no questions asked. And unfortunately, this long standing tradition that minorities manage to carry out by making the likes of a Tom Seaver only 98% will no doubt carry on when Larry hits the ballot, but if you look at the back of his baseball card, there is no legitimate reason not to vote for him on the first ballot. None at all. It’s a Hall of Fame, not Hall of Best, or Hall of Perfection. Minorities is a numerical reference, not a racial one.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        yea ken definately hall of fame 1st ballot! and you are right exactly on your points. the best part of all this is he won’t bw mashing us anymore after this weekend! woohoo! i never liked him. not because he wasn’t likable but because he killed us for years! same went with pete rose. but when he came to us well loved him to death! but i guess that’s the way it goes. but i do wish him the best on a great career. he’s earned it!

         
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Ryne,

      As you well remember, your attitude towards Pete pre-Phils was quite common. I don’t know for sure, but I think attitudes like that may be influenced on how you are introduced to the game, and if you adjust your attitude as your fan experience grows. It wasn’t like anyone forced baseball on me, there was a natural magnet to it, but I wasn’t raised in a Phillies house, rather my indoctrination to the game was The History of Baseball, by John Rosenberg, an early gift, without any special intentions, I’m sure. So when Pete debuted, with that run to first base, for which The Mick called him Charlie Hustle, and made fun oif him, perhaps I sensed something historic, and the Reds were coming off some history from the year before anyway. Some people are raised to root for the Phillies, so an enemy player is gonna be an instant turnoff.

      There’s no right or wrong, but no matter at what point of an opposing star’s career you appreciate his numbers and achievements, I guess it’s a sign of maturing as a baseball fan.
      Which a person doesn’t have to be, but it really helps you understand and feel how great this sport is, and probably is what keeps your interest if your home, or favorite team, no matter who it is is having a less than wished for year.

      I expect Chipper to say his retirement is still on, except for the 19 games V the Phils in 2013 with an explanation of, “It’s a surefire way to guarantee first year HOF recognition.” Unfortunately, that’d be a good strategy.

       
  • Posts: 0 George

    So, Pat, seeing Jones retire makes you feel old? Just wait until you’ve seen a rookie come up, retire, then see his son come up and retire, too. And I’m not talking early retirement, but guys who played until they were forty. Or how about all those Boone boys? I wasn’t yet a fan while Ray was playing, but I was alive, and now his GRANDSONS have all retired!! Some of my early heroes (and enemies, of course) are actually dead.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Gus Bell, Buddy Bell, and my goodness, it must be 10 years since David Bell retired, maybe more.

      The other eerie thing is the frequency with which sons of former players are drafted. Guys whose names you haven’t heard of in years, and you realize how flies time when you’re having fun.

      Then, there are off the field examples, like your son, Ryne Duren and you sharing posting duties at the Nation, and Ryne’s kid, Lefty, also posts here, and the be all and end all is his son, AFW, whose son, for cryin’ out loud, Bart Shart, ALSO posts here! People think AFW is a spring chicken, but as smart as he tells us he is, I’m not surprised to see he’s old enough to be called “Pops.”

      Advaning age is just a killer.

       
  • Posts: 0 Robert Pogachnik

    Just happened to come across the article, and the comment about “feeling old”. Feeling “old” is knowing that you threw batting practice to this “kid” for three years, beginning when he was a sophomore at the Bolles School in Jacksonville. Now, some 24 years later, he’s approaching the age you were at when you first met him, and realized, even back then, that his talents made him very special in this game.

     
 
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