Would you cheer for Chipper Jones? (link)

Here’s something to ponder during the night-shift…from ESPN New York (I know, I know, we all hate ESPN tonight)

If you knew that Chipper Jones was playing in his last game in New York, would you give him a standing ovation?

I can respect someone who beats me fair and square, but I would see no need to get off my feet.  He’s not a Cal Ripken type icon.


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9 Replies to “Would you cheer for Chipper Jones? (link)”

  1. We clapped for Pete Rose when his corked bat broke Tommy Holmes’s hitting streak record in 1978, less than 5 years after Pete beat up our beloved Bud Harrelson in the playoffs. I think we can doff our caps to Chipper.

  2. I think it would be the classy thing to do. I think Chipper wanted to play here. He did name one of his kids Shea. Give him a quick hand, then sit down.

  3. I would cheer for Chipper in a heartbeat. I may not have liked him much for what he did to the Mets over the years, but I have to respect someone who can beat you on the field of play as a sportsman.

    If you’re not sold on that statement, try the following on for size…

    1. He named his baby girl “Shea”

    2. He owns Mets memorabilia from the old stadium.

    3. He stuck up for the Mets when the arrogant Phillies were trash-talking them a couple of years ago.

  4. I was at Reggie Miller’s last game at MSG. It was hard to clap for him when he finally came out of the game, but in the same sense it was hard not to. The bottom line is that these guys are in the entertainment business. They are on TV and in games to entertain us. Good or bad, Reggie, and Chipper provided us with a lot of entertainment. Whether it was his comments in the papers or his clutch homeruns, the guy had us glued to our seats everytime he was at bat playing against the Mets, such as Reggie did in playoff games against the Knicks. He made us better fans because of it. Bottom line is that Chipper spent his entire career with one organization, which as LeBron James showed last night, is a rarety nowadays. He proved to be a worthy advesary through his time in the league and is a tough competitor, and should be acknowleged for all his accomplishments, whether it caused us pain or not.

  5. Too much history not to give him a hand (standing O is a bit much). A few Larrys as well. I’ll miss that fear in the pit of my stomach when he comes to the plate with the tying run on base.

  6. Absolutely, yes. He has been that good. I was at his last game at Shea, and I was one of the few that applauded.

    I remember seeing Willie Stargell’s last game in NY on TV and the crowd applauded…and deservedly so.

    And Chipper, while competitive, has always been a gentleman, a sadly rare quality among modern athletes.

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