Oct 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) Atlanta Braves former player Chipper Jones throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to game one of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Legend Chipper Jones Talks About Playoff Comments


Oct 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves former third baseman Chipper Jones reacts after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to game one of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Recent retired Braves legend, Chipper Jones, was set to throw out the first pitch of Game 1 at Turner Field last week to kick off the NL playoffs but instead of a great moment, the pitch turned to awkwardness.  According to the New York Post, Jones appeared on the Braves’ flagship station, 680 The Fan, earlier in the day last Thursday and predicted that the Dodgers, not the Braves, would advance to the NLCS in four games.

As a sign of protest, the Post reports, no Braves player volunteered to be the catcher for Jones’ traditional first pitch toss.  So rather than throw it to a current player standing in as a catcher behind home plate, Jones had to throw it to the Braves’ mascot.

 

 

Was this a sign of protest from the current Braves players?  I don’t think we will ever know but ball players have more superstitions than any other athletes.  In any case, Chipper was never afraid to speak his mind and rarely strayed away from his opinion.  Instead of the Braves “protesting” Chipper’s pick to advance, the team had the chance to prove him wrong.

As you can see in the video, it doesn’t look like any Braves clap when he throws the pitch nor come out of the dugout to shake his hand after the pitch.

 

The Braves organization should have known Chipper is on their side, he has cheered openly for them the entire 2013 season and he has been a lifelong Brave.  A few days after this all occurred, Chipper went back to Twitter to tell his fans and Braves Nation how he truly felt.

 

 

 

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  • Hud

    Should have been smart enough to keep your mouth shut and not hurt the morale of the team.

    • Jeff Schafer

      I agree…even if he thought the Dodgers would win, he shouldn’t have said that on the air

      It’s like that golden unwritten rule….even if you think your team may lose, you can’t say it out loud, you’ve got to keep cheering until the game is over

    • sophia

      MORALE. These are grown men. Man up and win. The Braves hitting the ball and pitching has nothing to do with a retired ball players comments. This is just another excuse spin away from the yearly playoff choke. They let the Dodgers come into their house and put up 6 runs in the FIRST GAME!!

      • Hud

        I can tell you have never played team sports before.
        I applaud the Braves team for being a team and sticking together on this.
        And that comes from a huge Chipper Jones fan.

        • sophia

          Yes I have played WINNING team sports. I had coaches that taught us character and to always drown out the haters. Winners prove it on the field. YOU KNOW WHAT RESOLVE I WANTED TO SEE. A DODGER BUTT WHOOPING!! No we got the Braves quietly choking again. They proved Chipper right!

          • Hud

            Chipper being right is not the point. Chipper being a lifelong Brave should have cared enough about the team to keep his mouth shut.

  • Nick D

    Are you really a professional writer? “Has always spoke his mind”? “Should of went”?

    • Jeff Schafer

      Gracias!

      • Nick D

        You’re welcome, I guess. I would have thought a more appropriate response would have been “lo siento”, plus “don’t know how that slipped through there–I’ll proofread my work a little better in future.”

        • Jeff Schafer

          You’re absolute correct, I’m glad you checked back to the site! Hope you continue reading

  • amorelle hill

    What’s wrong Chipper? That mouth of yours finally caught up to you? You’re not Dale Murphy, you know…….people will not accept you dissing your team.

  • guest

    theres a way to speak your mind without coming out and saying that the team you “love” isnt good enough…i dont blame the players, i felt the same way, upset and disrespected and honestly it made me look at chipper a little sideways…

  • chris

    guess we are not going to see Chipper as hitting coach any time soon, haha

  • fireboss

    Anyone expecting Chipper to be a diplomat hasn’t been listening to Chipper over the years. He’s said a lot of less than tactful things but always recovered. He was wrong not to couch his comments in a more sensitive way but he’s not a sensitive guy. The organization OTOH should have done better by the future Hall of Famer. Surely Eddie Perez or Dale Murphy or the model of what’s right Brian McCann should have done it the Braves way.

    He’s throwing out the first pitch in Atlanta next year, perhaps that’s a step towards mending fences.

  • grelder

    Bad form on Chipper’s part but handled even worse by the Braves organization. He doesn’t need them. They need him for marketing. Neither one was a very adult thing to do.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Come on guys! Be serious! Did anyone of you think the Dodgers were going to lose to the Braves? I LOVE the Braves, but I’m a baseball fan first, and an analyst. No serious fan of baseball thought the Braves were going to win! If Chipper was just honest, there’s no correlation between his comment and how the Braves’ performed. Just sour apples. He probably would have been wise to keep his thoughts to himself, but whatever happened to free speech? I applaud Chipper having balls when so many don’t. The Braves, BMac, etc,, were out of order, childish, etc. whatever you wanna call it, by not catching this legend when he came to honor the team. He may have called it against them, but in his heart he’s always for them!

    • Matthew Jones

      Agreed. Plus the Braves front office should have forced someone to go out there and catch the first pitch, even if it were Eddie Perez or one of the other coaches. Another bad move by the front office, imo.

    • sophia

      Chippers comments should of put a fire in the Braves. No they laid down and just like they did in the series. They should of caught the mans pitch and brushed the comment off.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Agreed Sophia. Braves’ players spent entirely too much time this season getting offended, and wearing their feelings on their sleeve, and not enough time playing hard-nosed baseball. Let’s hope that “culture” changes next season.

  • Brandon_Woodworth

    Chip was asked a question and gave an answer. Playoffs are a crap shoot. He didn’t say the Dodgers were better than the Braves, he didn’t say anything negative about the Braves, all he did was answer honestly.

  • yahoo

    it takes brains to win a play off game …..

  • Van

    He should not have said it on radio, but I too picked the Dodgers in 4 and I am a die hard Braves fan. But even hot tempered me knows when to shut up, well most of the time.