Chipper Jones Tweeting About Fan Support Not the Best Idea


There it is. The tweet heard ’round the ATL.

Chipper Jones, who has been the object of adoration, praise and a year-long posterior smooching that would make even Elvis Presley envious, has pulled a David Justice from his bag of tricks and spit back in the face of the fans.

For more than 20 years, Atlanta Braves fans have bent down and kissed Jones’ ring finger, stuck with him through the good and the bad, only to have him extend the adjacent finger to them when things get rough on the other end?

Cheap shot, Mr. Jones.

Jones will go down in history as one of the greatest third baseman, switch-hitters and major league ball players of all time. A statesman, though, he is not.

Maybe Chipper has forgotten a few things.

For starters, school is now in full swing in every Metro Atlanta county. It was a Tuesday night, and last time I checked, Tuesday night is a school night. Maybe if Turner Field weren’t such a nightmare to get in and out of on a game day, fans could take their kids without having to worry about not getting home until nearly midnight.

Let’s talk about the weather, too. For those of you who don’t live in the Atlanta area, it pretty much rained on and off the entire day and early evening on Tuesday around Atlanta. I know this may sound elementary, but in many cases: rain = delay or postponement.

Having 16,686 fans in attendance on a misty Tuesday night in September, against a dead to the last drop last place Colorado Rockies team (who, by the way, beat the Braves 6-0)–well, I’m not sure there is anything to moan about there, Chipper.

Perhaps someone needs to remind Chipper Jones that we are still in the midst of a back-breaking recession, despite what some leaders might want you to believe.  They should remind him that Georgia in particular has been hit extraordinarily hard by the slumping economy.

Chipper seems to have forgotten that very few of his fans are multimillionaires who have the means to buy season tickets for an entire town. For many Braves fans, even the cost of $10 worth of gas and a cheap $6 “upper pavilion” seat are more than they can afford.

For those fans, the best they can do is to faithfully tune in to every game on their televisions or radios and cheer on their team with just as much fervor and passion as the folks who are sitting behind home plate at Turner Field.

For some fans, even the cost of cable television is beyond the scope of their budget, but yet they manage to follow and support the Braves with undying love. What about the fan who saved for months to buy a single $10 replica Chipper Jones T-shirt that they wear while they listen to every single game on their car radio as they sit outside in a folding lawn chair? (Sorry, neighbor, I’m not spying on you, really…)

When was the last time you dialed up some of those fans to just say “Thank you”?

Chipper says they feed off of us. He has no idea how right he is.

I’ll skip the more colorful colloquialism here and just say to Chipper: don’t bite the hand that feeds you….just sayin’.


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  • M. Shannon Smallwood

    I have no issue with what Chipper did. I agree with him totally! i have a second-grader and cannot get to the games every night, but there is so many folks who could hang out at the stadium instead of their bar. Buy the $5 ticket and hang out at the Chop House. Folks need to support and Chipper needs to keep talking!

    • Michael Collins

      Sorry, I’ll have to disagree. While there is nothing wrong with trying to fire fans up, trying to shame them into support in a public forum is not the best way to do it. The folks who stand in bars watching the games fall into a fairly small minority. The points I made in the article are valid, and the only 3 teams that had decent attendance (Over 30,000) last night were L.A., S.F. and St. Louis.

  • Michael

    David Justice was right to call out the fans. The Cleveland fans showed the Braves fans up and it was noticed by the players.

    Maybe more players should “pull a David Justics.” You brought it up, but you neglected to finish the story – they respond louder than any other Braves game in history, and then what did he do? He freakin won the World Series for us.

    If there is anyone here in Atlanta qualified to call out the fans, it’s Chipper, and he was right on point. That kind of ending is why you go to a game, and it’s especially why you don’t leave a game early. Too many people like you make excuses for Atlanta’s poor track record when it comes to attendance, and it’s not limited to just the Braves.

    We’re all too quick to call out the players, but how dare they call us out! Goes both ways folks.

    I’m not saying Chipper’s a saint. But he was definitely on point in calling on the fans to show up. The Braves have 10 games left at home and are in the middle of a playoff hunt. The fans need to get down to the Ted.

  • Ron

    It amazes me how people are so ready to be offended. Chipper hasn’t been on Twitter that long but he’s developed his twitter “style” rapidly. No one I know following him on twitter took offense because none was intended. But there’s always someone who is not only offended but feels compelled lecture the perceived offender.

    Since you’re a sports writer Michael, why don’t you ask Chipper what his intention was with that tweet. I imagine he’d be shocked at your knee jerk interpretation of it.