Jealousy. That’s the first thing I think of. How many guys in their first three years get a Rookie of the Year, now an MVP and a couple of rings? Your hands are gettin’ filled up buddy! - Chipper Jones on Buster Posey
THANK YOU Chipper Jones
Is there anything better than Rookie Day? Also… Chipper.
Chipper Jones during Mark Trumbo’s at-bat at the 2012 Home Run Derby.
this is actually a scientifically provable fact.
I always admired Chipper from afar. You know he was someone that I sort of followed when I was in the minor leagues. When I first began in the minor leagues I struggled a lot. And I was aware that Chipper had defensive struggles, too, his first year. So I sort of used that, not as a comparison, I never compared myself to him. I viewed that as someone who was able to turn things around. I’ve been watching Chipper for quite some time.
Just watch him play, he just looks like he should be playing baseball, you know what I mean. I don’t know how to really explain it, he just looks like a baseball player. The way he carries himself, the way he runs, the way he swings. Everything about him defines a baseball player in my mind. What can you say, he’s a HOF’er. He’s someone that will go down as one of the greatest players that ever played the game.
I wish him the best. All the acolades he gets he deserves. All the attention he gets he deserves. All the great things said about him he deserves. He’s been fun to watch. (*)
Fuck, man. That’s almost not a joke. 19 years.
Let’s start with Atlanta, where Chipper Jones sounds ready to either file adoption papers or run for chairman of the Fulton County Chapter of the David Freese Fan Club.
“He’s my young guy that I have a man-crush on right now,” Jones says, laughing. “I thought he was on the verge of superstardom for a couple of years, but some fluke injuries prevented him from really emerging as an elite third baseman. He finally had a healthy, productive season last year, and he was probably swinging it the best at the end when his team needed it the most. That’s what studs are made out of.”
Three weeks shy of his 29th birthday, Freese is a modest and reluctant star in the making. But he takes special pride in Jones’ endorsement because it comes from one of his baseball role models. Freese has asked for a signed jersey from only one major leaguer, and that player wears No. 10 and plays third base for the Braves. ”To hear somebody compliment you is flattering,” Freese says. “To hear Chipper Jones say it is special. Whenever I see him, I’ll definitely thank him for that. He’s lost his mind, but that’s pretty cool.”