I should welcome Chipper Jones’ retirement, which seems imminent. I’m a Phillies fan, and Jones killed the Phils. Over his career, he hit .337/.452/.610 against Philadelphia. That’s just mean.

Chipper named his youngest son Shea, because he loved to hit at Shea Stadium. But make no mistake about it, he hit even better at Veterans Stadium. And he put a few dents in the seats at Citizens Bank Park, too.

Still, I’m gonna miss Jones. He won me over in the winter of 2008, when he went online to chat with Braves fans in the comments section of David O’Brien’s blog.

Jones, under the screen name “U Kno Who,” talked about the team’s offseason moves, the demolition of Shea Stadium, his contract, college basketball — he even dished out Valentine’s Day advice to the guys.

That unannounced visit to the blogosphere was awesome. Jones had nothing to gain from logging on that night. So why’d he do it? I suspect the answer is simple: Jones is a baseball fan and with spring training around the corner, he was excited.

There were no, “you don’t play the game so you don’t understand” moments. It was just a bunch of baseball fans talking. And one of the fans happened to be a Cooperstown-bound ballplayer.

If this is Jones’ last season, I hope he has a good one. And I hope the Braves finish in second place, behind the Phils.

One Response to “I’m gonna miss you, Chipper Jones”

  1. im no phillies fan but i do like chase utley and ryan howard but thats besides the point. i’ve always been a huge braves fan thats what my rooms don in. all the boys i go to school like either the yankees which i despise or the mets which i like them to. i’ve also been a huge chipper jones fan i’ve pretty much feel in love with him watchin him play and hunt. no body ever wonts to the see the star or the man retire or get hurt anything like that, i sware when my dad came home from work (cuz i dont get to watch tv much or espn cuz or my lil sis) i bout cried when he told me chipper was thinkin of retirein. i mean we done have bobby cox the man retirein after this year and we’ve done had john smoltz and tom glaven leave do we really need chipper jones the man leavein? i mean come on ya im a girl but that doesnt mean i cant watch baseball i love the braves and if he retires i might ever watch it agian….

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