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The Braves wouldn’t catch Chipper Jones’ ceremonial first pitch because he didn’t pick them to win

Oct 8, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

Chipper Jones first pitch

They’re still my team, but boy oh boy were the 2013 Braves a joyless and unfun bunch. On the heels of the “policeman of the unwritten rules” stuff last month comes this from the New York Post. Seems that the reason Chipper Jones ceremonial first pitch last week was thrown out to the Braves mascot rather than an active player is because no active player would do it.

Why? Because Chipper declined to be a blindless homer when asked to handicap the series:

Evidently, Braves players were not happy Jones had gone on the radio earlier in the day with the team’s flagship station, 680 The Fan, and predicted the Dodgers would win the NLDS in four games. So no player volunteered to catch the pitch.

Former manager Bobby Cox threw out the ceremonial Game 2 first pitch to Tim Hudson.

For a bunch that claims to adhere to the strictest professionalism in the game you look pretty unprofessional childishly shunning a franchise icon because, like just about everyone else on the planet, he recognized that the Dodgers were pretty good.

And I guess now Chipper will get no extra credit for being right either. Oh well.

  1. cabrera24 - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Don’t compare McCann to Molina .

    • jakeshuman2 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Molina is better defensively and, excepting home run power, he’ a better hitter than McCann (in other words he can hit with RISP and doesn’t strike out nearly as much).

    • thomas655 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      McCann cannot carry Yadi’s mask. I agree with jakeshuman2.

      • wjr37375 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        McCann sure can yell at players after they go deep off his pitchers. Wonder why he didn’t say anything when Uribe went yard to clinch for Dodgers. Yadi is an MVP candidate , McCann is a blowhard that didn’t have a hit the entire series vs. Dodgers and struck out four times in the series clinching game. Pretty safe to say you shouldn’t compare the two catchers.

  2. jakeshuman2 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Just the kind of action indicative of a team which cares more about the inconsequential than they do winning a playoff series.

    • teambringitstrong - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Just the kind of action indicative of a team AND CITY which cares more about the inconsequential than they do winning a playoff series.

      There, I updated it for you.

      • yahmule - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Worst sports city in America, just ahead of Miami with San Diego third.

  3. klownboy - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Braves players should get over themselves. Jones, as an analyst, gets paid to be objective. Thank God Atlanta is out of the playoffs – as I predicted.

  4. danaking - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Wow. Since Henry Aaron, Chipper may be the player most identified with the Braves. This is bush.

    • thebadguyswon - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      And he has more championship rings than any of them too.

      What a bunch of bitches.

  5. chiadam - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    You showed him, Barves.

  6. wenzeldehndehn - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    The fact the manager let the players get away with this says a whole lot about the team. It was classless.

  7. metalhead65 - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    so a guy who was a part of this club last season goes on record as saying is former teammates are going to lose and you think those teammates should be happy about it? yeah if I am one of those guys I am going to run out and hug him and catch that pitch, what would you expect? who cares if he is a analyst now he was the face of the franchise for years.and I am sure it rubbed the braves the wrong way.

  8. connormyboy - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Team douchebags

  9. nbjays - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    You’d think Sheriff McCann and the Barves would know that the “old school” way do deal with this would have been to go out and play well enough to prove Chipper wrong, not be whiny and petulant.

    But then again, you’d also think they’d realize by now that the baseball season doesn’t mean only playing well for the first 162 games, but that’s how they’ve played the postseason for years now.

  10. leerosenthall - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    WTF is “a blindless homer”?

  11. Chazz - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    metalhead65 – Oct 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM
    “so a guy who was a part of this club last season goes on record as saying is former teammates are going to lose”

    Tells me he knows these guys pretty well and doesn’t care if he pisses them off, which he had to expect would happen.

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