New York Mets Will Honor Chipper Jones: Good Or Bad?

The New York Mets are planning, at the least, to acknowledge the career of Chipper Jones. How much further will it go? Courtesy of WFAN:

Tasked with confirming the rumor, Dukes got a Mets official on the phone Thursday morning.

He summed up the chat on air: “It was a conversation that went like this … ‘Will we acknowledge Chipper Jones’ career? Yes we will.’”

Chipper Jones has been known to be a New York Mets killer. He even named his kid after the New York Mets previous stadium, Shea Stadium. He hit 19 home runs against them in Shea Stadium. Plus, he has been a member of the Atlanta Braves, a rival of the New York Mets, his entire career. So why would they honor him?

While Chipper has been disliked for years by fans of the New York Mets, he has earned respect. When Chipper initially announced his retirement, David Wright said:

“He’s been one of those guys where I always looked across and tried to take away some of the things from his game and apply it to mine,” said third baseman David Wright, who has played in the same division as Jones for the last eight seasons. “He’s just been so consistent, so good for so long, and been part of a lot of great teams. It’s going to be a little odd looking across there and not seeing Chipper in uniform, that’s for sure.”

Chipper is the type of players that other players want to be like. He plays hard, when healthy, and shows people the right way to play the game. He’s also been opened to changing his position if it would help the Atlanta Braves. The respect of Chipper is a good reason why the New York Mets would think about honoring him. Another reason is because of his great career and what he has accomplished.

However, there is also a good reason why the New York Mets shouldn’t honor him. Chipper is one of the more disliked players by fans of the New York Mets. He always gets boos from the fans, and along with the “Larry” taunt. His great play against the New York Mets is a reason they don’t like him. Another reason is the fact that he plays for a rival team.

So, is it a good idea or a bad idea for the New York Mets to honor Chipper Jones? It depends on how they honor him. At the very least, the New York Mets will be acknowledging his career. How much further will they go with their honoring? If it is just acknowledging, I think it is a good idea. However, if it winds up reaching the point of tributes, that is is where I draw the line. It will be interesting to see what exactly the New York Mets do to honor Chipper Jones.

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  • Russ

    jay horowitz denied an onfield ceremony, they may do something small. I think they should burn his jersey outside the stadium in effigy

  • Gary

    I agree…It’s a good move because as a Met fan who hates losing to the Braves,I have come to respect Chipper for his efforts regardless!

  • Miles

    I was one of those Mets fans who absolutely hated Chipper Jones. But that changed back in 2004. He signed autographs out by the Braves dugout for at least 25 minutes. And there weren’t many Atlanta fans on hand. My son, who was nine, got his signature and the All-Star talked to him and actually asked him questions. When we got home, my 11 year-old daughter Kimberly, was upset that she had decided to stay home and had no autograph. The next morning, a Saturday, Kimberly went with me to breakfast. We chose a deli nearby and couldn’t believe Chipper was in there! He graciously spent 15 minutes with us and a few other baseball fans that were on hand. Jones then asked if we would like tickets for the Saturday and Sunday games. He left us 8 for each game at will call. My kids are older now, but they became fans for life that weekend. And as much as I hate to say it, so did this die-hard Mets fan. Chipper understood about giving back and I’m curious how many other future Hall of Famers would spend 25 minutes on the road signing autographs. Mets fans may hate this ball player, but I bet 99% respect him. And I think honoring him is the right thing to do. In my opinion, this is the Mets way of giving back to the game we all love.

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