Chipper Jones Receives Ultimate Recognition By Braves Organization During Ceremony

Chipper Jones Receives Ultimate Recognition By Braves Organization During CeremonyAll year long, Chipper Jones received parting gifts for his pending retirement.

From a Fenway Park plaque, to a surfboard, to a year’s supply of sausages, Jones was showered with presents this season. But on Friday night, the Braves third baseman capped his farewell tour with the ultimate ceremony.

During a pregame ceremony, the organization announced it would renovate 10 youth baseball fields and name them in his honor, give him his clubhouse locker and send him on a trip to Hawaii.

Jones’ teammates also chipped in and bought him a pool table. It was the Braves’ way of thanking Jones for his 19 years of his service with the organization, a tenure that included an MVP award, a batting title, eight All-Star nods and a World Series.

After the pregame festivities, Jones took the field and went 0-for-4. He cited the emotion for his performance and admitted that he wanted to blast a home run in each of his at-bats.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Jones told MLB.com. “I’ve been pointing to this day and been nervous about this day. With all of the friends and family in town to watch, I just want to concentrate on baseball. All of the attention needs to take a backseat so that we can focus on the job at hand.”

Watch Jones being honored at Turner Field in the video below.

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