The Braves finally scored a run. They’d been shut out their last three games, but today in the bottom of the fourth inning, Chipper Jones hit a solo home run off of Justin Verlander to cut the Tigers’ lead to 2-1.
The homer was surprising because Chipper wasn’t even supposed to play today. Bobby Cox had even hinted that Chipper might be going back on the DL. But Chipper said he felt pressured to play. From the AJC:
When asked if he is rushing his return, Jones said: “Probably. But I feel a little backed into a corner.”
Asked to elaborate, Jones indicated some doubted he was injured enough to miss games.
“Let’s just say there are people who don’t believe me,” Jones said. “Let’s just say that and leave it at that.”
Who was pressuring Chipper? Maybe John Smoltz, who had this to say after Friday night’s loss:
“You can’t worry about who’s in the lineup and who isn’t. You can’t worry about that stuff anymore.”Added Smoltz: “I certainly appreciate the effort of the guys who are on the field busting it.”
Jeez, John. Relax! Chipper’s doing his best.
Chipper looked pretty good hitting his home run. But on the pitch before he nearly fell to the ground in pain after hitting a foul ball. No doubt Chipper is feeling some discomfort with every swing. And fielding can’t be a picnic either.
I’m guessing Chipper’s probably gonna need a beer after this one is over. Lucky for him his favorite restaurant has several locations in Atlanta AND they’re trying harder than ever to cater to the whole family, so Chippy can bring the wife and kids with him.