On a night when Turner Field was packed to the tune of almost 52,000 fans in honor of Chipper Jones night, the New York Mets finally had the last laugh on their most annoying adversary. The Mets may have beaten the Atlanta Braves last evening 3-1 with a strong outing by Jonathan Niese and a three-run HR by Lucas Duda, but the ability to dampen the mood for Larry and his fans made this night even more special.
Since May 9th, 1995, when Chipper made his first appearance at Shea Stadium and welcomed the crowd with a HR, he has had some gaudy numbers against the Mets. Since then, Chipper has posted 49HRs, 117H, 158RBIs and over a .300 average which is absolutely ridiculous. Needless to say, this is one MLB player that while we may respect his career as a whole, everyone in New York can honestly say he will not be missed.
Niese pitched seven quality innings, giving up only four hits and one run, while giving the Mets an opportunity to win the game. That opportunity came in the seventh inning as Duda hit his 15th HR off Tim Hudson. Jones went 0-4 in the game and acknowledged that the emotion had gotten to him and he wants to get back to playing the game while preparing for another postseason.
I would like to congratulate Jones on a stellar, Hall of Fame career. Love him or hate him, Jones has always played the game the right way while being respectful and consistent. I never enjoyed seeing him play at Shea or Citi Field because of the pain he usually caused the Mets. But when all is said and done, Jones is well deserving of all the accolades that he receives. Good luck, Larry, in your next endeavor. But I, for one, am very happy that you are finally retiring.
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