Tonight could be Chipper Jones’ last game as a Major League Baseball player. We’ve known for some time that he’ll retire at the end of this season.
I’m torn about this upcoming NL wild card one-game playoff. I threw myself into Cardinal nation last year after the Rays were eliminated but Chipper, well, his name has been known around my house for a loooonnng time. I can thank Grandma Tyson for that. Grandma’s been a Braves fan for at least my 24 years of life and probably came around to them when the Braves came to Atlanta back in 1966.
So back to Chipper. While I’m not the biggest fan of his current facial hair, he may have been my very first baseball crush. For that, and for the career that the 40 year old has had (all 19 season with the Braves!), I present this week’s Designated Hotter: Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones, Jr.
[All photos are from Keith Allison.]