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Chipper Jones gets his best retirement gift yet

Sep 13, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

Chipper Jones

Teams keep giving Chipper Jones gifts when he makes his last appearance in their ballpark. The gift in Milwaukee last night may have been the best one yet.  As Carroll Rogers points out in the AJC, when asked at the All-Star break, Jones said he wanted bratwurst from the Brewers.  They obliged:

Tom Haudricourt relayed word to the Brewers, who had Ryan Braun, former Brewers player and current special assistant Craig Counsell and the famed “Racing Sausages” present Jones with a gas grill and a year’s supply of Klement’s sausages before Wednesday’s series finale.

The Braves have road series remaining against the Marlins, the Phillies and the Pirates.  Any guesses as to what they give him? The Phillies will probably do well. Not sure about the Pirates. I figure the Marlins will give him a gift card for gas or something because Loria goes all out.

  1. ch0psuey - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Yawn.

    • hittfamily - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      Agree. “Best one yet” has been used 3 times now by Craig. Best one yet 3 times over? Sounds like a Chinese gift exchange!

      Chipper, do you want the used golf clubs, the buy one get 1 free wine, or the no fog shower shaving mirror?

  2. Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    I’m betting Scrooge McLoria presents him with a diamond studded .342 amulet.

  3. JB (the original) - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    video: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120912&content_id=38318748&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

  4. crispybasil - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Craig Counsell is the real prize in all of this.

    • drunkenhooliganism - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      I heard a rumor that Chipper is going to get Mark Lemke as his retirement gift from the Braves.

      • kevinbnyc - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        No way…Jeff Blauser or NOTHING

  5. mvp43 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Milwaukee really is a good baseball town and the fans respect other players who have given so much to the game.

    Football may now be the most popular sport, but no sport will ever come close to the relationship that exists between ball players and fans.

    • CJ - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      I’m not a fan out there or anything, but I find that hard to believe. I don’t see Brewers jumping into the stands after a home run or riding kids’ bikes to practice. The Packers’ relationship with their fans is unmatched in any sport, in any town, period, IMO.

  6. hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    “Hey, here’s our gift: a shit load of sausage. Look out for our gift next year: high blood pressure.” A year’s worth of sausage. Really. If you tell me I have a year’s worth then I have 365 of them. I hope this is not the case. Even splitting that with his family would be a bit much.

    Papelbon already presented Jones with a gift the other Sunday. What’s better than a walk-off homerun? We owe you nothing more!

    • kopy - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Chipper will probably get that. Lambeau field is the only NFL stadium where bratwursts outsell hot dogs. Wisconsinites have a bigger idea than most of what a year’s supply of sausage is.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Somehow, I suspect that Chipper has plenty of friends with whom he can share the Brewers’ gift.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        Oh thanks for that. I didn’t know he was allowed to share them.

      • CJ - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        meh, sounds like a sausage party if you ask me.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      The 27 people that need to lighten the fk up because it was a joke are probably the same people that say Phillies fans take themselves too seriously.

      • indaburg - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        When you need to ‘splain a joke to 27 people, joke fail.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        I didn’t explain anything. Sarcasm isn’t in text.

        “joke fail” “‘splain” people thumbs up a comment with this is in it but can’t figure out someone is joking about a guy getting a ton of sausage as a gift.

      • indaburg - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        Don’t take the thumbs up or down thing seriously. It doesn’t mean anything. Take your own advice and lighten up.

  7. sdelmonte - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    I think, should either the Phils or the Brewers make the playoffs, they plan to give Chipper a slightly earlier than planned retirement.

    Almost makes me want to root for the Braves in the playoffs to see Chipper get one more trip to the Series. Almost.

  8. lapsncaps - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    What? No 30 rack of Milwaukee’s Best? You are going to need something to drink for all that sausage!

  9. shaggylocks - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Shame he’s played all his games against the Nationals already. If I were Chipper, I’d ask George, Abe, and Tom to let Teddy win. Just once.

    • hasbeen5 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      Screw Teddy

    • voteforno6 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      They already gave him the bat that he used to hit the first-ever home run in Nationals Park (it had been on display there for the past few years).

    • Presidents Race Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      That would be awesome, but Chipper doesn’t carry enough clout to get the Nationals to Let Teddy Win. A half dozen players led by Jayson Werth did everything in their power to get Teddy over the finish line at the end of the 2011 season and the Nats taught them their lesson.

  10. willclarkgameface - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    This is the best you could do Milwaukee? That town and that team sucks.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      First off they don’t have to give him anything. Secondly, if you read the article he said if Milwaukee were to give him a gift he wanted it to be some brats. His wish was granted. Not sure what’s so terrible about that.

  11. runyetirun - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    The Phillies are going to give him four years of Ryan Howard

  12. bsbiz - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Pittsburgh, not to be outdone, has sent out a request to all local eateries to make a lot of pierogis in anticipation of Mr. Jones’ arrival…

  13. hasbeen5 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    The Marlins are going to give him a Zebco and 30 minutes to see what he can get out of those aquariums.

  14. Brian Donohue - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Decisions as to gifts for great baseball players are like the making of sausage — it is best that the process is never witnessed. (a paraphrasing of a famous quote about the making of laws, (mis) attributed to Bismarck)

  15. kiwicricket - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    The Bratwurst Racing Sausage costume would of been better.

  16. Francisco (FC) - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Tiffany looked at her screen from the comfort of her NBC Studio office, trying to figure out what Craig was up to now. Being Craig’s right hand certainly had perks at least. Nice office, Great Herman Miller chair. Flex hours. She wasn’t quite sure how Craig managed to obtain everything. Some days he seemed like an extra wheel, an eccentric cog that other colleagues tolerated for being great once. Other days it seemed like he ran the damn place. Today seemed to be the former.

    “Shouldn’t we be focusing on HBT Extra right now Craig?” she said.

    “In due time my Dear,” the voice in an empty screen replied. She sighed.

    “What are you doing?”

    “Every team has been honoring Chipper Jones with a gift. I can do no less. I will present Chipper with one as well”. With that, he appeared on the screen holding…?

    “What’s that green thing?”, Tiffany asked squinting into her screen.

    “Why, my Phillie Phanatic Rug. Chipper will need something cozy in front of his fireplace while eating some nice sausages from that grill the Brewers gave him”.

  17. proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Somebody is going to give him a new name. For example, Lawrence Jones is an impressive moniker.

  18. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Maybe Milwaukee should start strategically giving this same gift to other players. This off-season they should send big cases of sausage to the best players from every division rival. If the Brewers need to take down San Fran late in the season? Sausages for Sandoval and Melky!

  19. heyblueyoustink - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    The Phanatic will present Chipper with Mr. Met’s head, taxidermied and all, for Chipper to put on his mantle.

    The mets will give him tickets to every home game left this season, they have plenty to spare ;-)

  20. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Maybe the Phillies will present him with a lifetime supply of D batteries.

    • CJ - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      firstly, it wasn’t a D.

      Secondly, I personally prefer those clunky 5 pound camping flashlight batteries and a water balloon launcher.

  21. schmedley69 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Hooters gift cards.

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