The Atlanta Braves were just sent packing from the MLB Playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers in typical October fashion. Juan Uribe hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel the Dodgers to the NLCS on Monday night and the Braves were forced once again to experience bitter playoff defeat. One former Brave who knows all about that is Chipper Jones.
The future hall-of-famer was recently back at Turner Field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to open the NLDS, but it didn’t take place in typical fashion. Instead of throwing the ball to a catcher or another Braves’ player, Jones tossed it to the team’s mascot.
Wanna thank the Braves organization for having me throw out the first pitch to the mascot tonite. Quite sure that’s never been done before!
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) October 4, 2013
As it turns out, there may have been a reason for this. Reports are coming out that Braves’ players refused to catch the first pitch from Jones because he picked the Dodgers to win the NLDS.
If this was any other sport I’d be surprised. But we’re talking about baseball. Players are extra superstitious and goofy. I could easily see Jones’ pick upsetting current players, even though he’s only one year removed from the team.
I suppose it’s understandable for players and fans to be upset that a career-Brave picked against them, but as they say, bet with your brain, not your heart. There’s no doubt that Chipper was rooting for the Braves, he just saw what many of us did – the Dodgers are in better position than the Braves to make at run at the World Series.