The Chipper Jones farewell tour that has been making its way across the country since the season began is slowly coming to an end. With time running out on the career of the future Hall of Famer there are only a few more road games left for the Braves before the playoffs start, should they hold on to a spot. Trips to Philadelphia, Miami, and Milwaukee remain but first the Braves stop in New York this weekend for a three-game series against the Mets.
Throughout the season Jones has been presented with gifts from opposing teams and the Mets were no different. They gave Chipper this painting of Shea Stadium, site of his first major league home run on May 9, 1995. The Mets aren’t the only ones honoring the veteran third baseman this weekend. Foley’s, a popular restaurant & pub, has changed its name to Chipper’s beginning today through Sunday.
Sometimes you have to tip your cap to your opponent. There are few opponents in recent memory who have been as successful as Chipper Jones a visiting player in New York City. While Chipper has broken the hearts of many Mets fans over the years, New Yorkers are as knowledgeable as anyone and they know greatness when they see it — even when it resulted in disappointment for their hometown team.
Also, in honor of Chipper’s uniform #10 french fries will be served in ten varieties including Spicy, Southern (sweet potato), Mountain (topped with mozzarella, cheddar and bacon), Chili, Curry, and Tex Mex (with guacamole and salsa). I’d probably go with the Mountain.
Coming into the weekend Jones has hit .314/.410/.553 with 49 HR’s and 158 RBI in 239 games versus the Mets. The home run total is tied for the most he’s hit against any franchise along with the Phillies.
Hats off to Foley’s owner Shaun Clancy for his act of goodwill. I can’t think of many players who would get this kind of love in a city they’ve tormented for so many years.
Photo via the Foley’s Facebook page