Oof…don’t have time to read this as another geetar-wrenching Robert Reich instro just popped.
He’s adding to a surefire Hall of Fame résumé, a first-ballot one at that. A .304/.402/.533 career line, 35th all-time in Wins Above Replacement among position players, one MVP award, and six top-10 finishes, yet he still lacks the fame and acclaim showered on contemporaries like Derek Jeter, despite Chipper’s superior numbers.
There’s sadness as he counts down the final games of his career, but also acceptance, even optimism.
“I think that I’m really ready to do something else. I’ve played professional baseball for 23 years, and I’ve got four boys at home. I’ve never been on a spring break or summer vacation or anything like that. I never would have envisioned myself playing at 40 when I was 18 years old, but I’m thankful that I’m still able to play and still able to play at a relatively high level. I’ll give it all I’ve got this one final year, then start the next chapter in my life.”
Chipper grabs a fresh Braves hat. As he pulls the navy blue brim over his brow, memories of the Chipper Jones who ran roughshod over the league for more than a decade come flooding back. If the Braves falter, he’s got just 20 weeks left in his major league career. The signature “A” on his cap staring back at you, it looks more like 20 more years.
Posted: May 10, 2012 at 06:29 AM | 29 comment(s)
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