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Chipper Jones is still salty about that first-pitch incident

Dec 1, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

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In October, when the Braves were about to face the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS, Chipper Jones was scheduled to throw out the first pitch. However, because he was rather objective about his former team’s chances — he went on the radio and said that the Dodgers would win in four games, which they did — none of the Braves were willing to catch his ceremonial toss. Instead, Jones had to throw to a mascot.

Apparently, Jones is still a bit salty about the situation because he brought it up on Twitter again:

“Huddy” refers to former Braves starter Tim Hudson, who recently signed with the Giants on a two-year, $23 million deal two weeks ago. While Jones certainly has the right to be offended, he does have a history of using Twitter to exaggerate personal drama.

  1. chasemutley - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Is Craig aware that there is an article on here that shows something Braves related in a negative light?

  2. bearwithjetpack - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    It’s over, Chipper, move on man.

  3. apkyletexas - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Bill Cowher has never picked against the Steelers in several years of doing NFL pre-game shows.

    There’s a way to be a former player/coach in the media without being a total d-bag to your friends on the team. Even if he truly thought they would get swept, he shouldn’t have said it.

    • yahmule - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      Just because Bill Cowher can’t force the words come out of that grossly misshapen face of his to do the job he’s being paid to do, doesn’t mean everybody else is that unprofessional.

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      The thing you just said is the definition of being a total homer.

      No one pays someone to be a complete and total homer unless they have a dumb name like “Hawk”.

      So now I realize that you are 100% correct and “Chipper” actually might as well just go ahead and be a total homer.

      • pastabelly - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        I’m pretty sure that you are referring to Ken Harrelson, who got his nickname “Hawk” because of the size and shape of his nose. Does that make a dumb nickname?

        However, the Braves players are chumps for refusing to catch the first pitch from Jones and subjecting him to throwing out the first pitch to mascot dressed up like theme park character. Yankee fans may not like this, but the blame for this one needs to go to Brian McCann, whose feelings were hurt. Chipper Jones probably could have left Atlanta for more money at times during his career, but stayed loyal to his team for 19 years (probably with some hometown discounts) and now it’s McCann who is counting his stach in New York. McCann is a bit shameless. I’m sure he’ll be a hero in NY though, despite leaving for money and snubbing Jones. Maybe Chipper should let this one go, but I don’t mind him making a point about some two faced former teammates.

      • Kevin S. - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        Yankee fan here. Love the McCann signing because he fits what they need so well, but that doesn’t mean I can’t acknowledge that he’s a giant douchetool.

      • pastabelly - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Kevin S, the McCann signing was a good one for NYY. I’m a Sox fan and wouldn’t have been disappointed if the Sox had signed that douchebag either. :)

      • yahmule - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        Great point about McCann, Pasta.

      • tved12 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        Pasta, great comment. Truly a great way of looking at Brian “Fun Police” McCann that I hadn’t thought of.

        That said, I also have an issue with the Braves management and ownership in this matter as well. Show a little respect here, fans (fanatics) don’t even get that upset when their homer radio host picks against them. Grow up.

    • mrpinkca - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      A weatherman who tells you it’s going to be 72 and sunny everyday regardless of the actual weather is not very useful.

      I gained a lot of respect for Chipper when he voiced his opinion even though he knew it would make some people unhappy.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        My wife may (or may not) have a big butt. She is likely more aware of the size of her butt than anyone else out there. If I decide to point out that she has a big butt, even if (especially if) such a statement is proven to be true, I know that this will not be well received. I have to decide if whatever is gained by making such a statement is worth the fallout it will inevitably cause.

        I don’t blame guys on the Braves, some of whom played with Larry for years, for being pissed off at him. What reaction did he expect?

  4. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    You accidently a word in the first line.

    • km9000 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      Charles Nelson Reilly.

  5. boomgrounder - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Chipper gave his honest opinion. His former team proved him right. That makes him right and then wrong. The Braves should apologize to him.
    Bill Cowher kissed Cordell Stewart on the sideline during a game. Nuff said!

    • yahmule - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Bettis, too. Ugh.

  6. NatsLady - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I thought Larry swore off Twitter. Anyway, I agree the blame on this falls with the Barves, and it clearly leaves a bad taste for a guy who should be a hero to fans and teammates in that city.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Oh, Twitter. I wish Larry could quit you.

  7. aphillieated - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Dude, just get laid. smh

    • alex95amac - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      he is dating a playboy model i don’t think he needs you telling him to get laid.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Poor millionaire has nothing to do, it seems.

  9. dfpoor - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    McCann signed with the Yanks because the Braves didn’t want him. Also, do you think in 2 years Jeter will pick the Rays to sweep the Yankees in the playoffs? Chipper is a a bit of a Diva.

  10. nfloyd52 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Chipper ended up being a total douchebag. you don’t bail on the team that made you a superstar. he is a classless act!

    • alex95amac - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      He didn’t bail on the team he just gave his honest opinion. He played with them for 20 years. if he wanted to bail he would have done it a long time ago.

    • yahmule - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Chipper’s ability with the bat made him a star player. That would have happened no matter where he played.

  11. metalhead65 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    so because he is a member of the media he can say do whatever he wants but if the players respond in any way shape or form they are wrong? the braves are suppose to just accept that a guy they had played with for years and a braves icon trashes them right before the playoffs and act like nothing is wrong?he gave his opinion and they him theirs without saying a word. did he really expect them to be happy and give him a parade? not a braves fan at all but way to go guys!

  12. stex52 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Chipper shouldn’t be surprised. It would be useful for him to learn that people really don’t need his opinions all the time and that sometimes silence is golden.

    But those Barves really need to take themselves less seriously. Not like he didn’t carry that team for a few years. Get over yourselves, guys. This is a legitimate HOF’er who spent his career on your team when he could have run for more money. Give him some slack.

    Probably getting McCann out of town will help.

  13. covvb0y - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    I think Chipper needs to quit drinking and taking to twitter. It wasn’t about you Chipper. You already had your retirement ceremony, your number retiring ceremony. The playoffs weren’t about you, so move on and quit trying to steal the current player’s light.

  14. gymtruthteller - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    He should have known better than to say something so obnoxious. Grow up Chipper I side with the Braves organization on this. Next time at least be diplomatic.

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