By Ed Coleman
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There has been no greater nemesis to the Mets over the years than Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves. Whether it’s blasting home runs against them or naming his son after Shea Stadium, Chipper is usually right in the thick of things when it comes to the Mets. And that’s why he was especially grateful to be a part of the first sporting event to take place in New York City – Mets and Braves on September 21, 2001 – ten days after the Twin Towers had fallen and taken so many innocent lives so tragically.
Jones will be in St. Louis with the Braves playing the Cardinals this Sunday, but 9/11 won’t be far from his mind.
Much of the game was a blur to Chipper and his teammates, emotions still raw and hurt and sadness still in the air. But he remembers well the crowning moment of that night.
Prior to the game there was a 21-gun salute in left field to honor the dead and fallen heroes from 10 days before. When Jones went out to left to take his position, he noticed the shell casings on the ground.
It’s a cherished memory for Chipper now – bu he remembers how scared and cautious everyone was at that time.
Jones said it was difficult getting back to playing baseball in those times, but it was something he and his teammates knew they had to do.
Nor was the American way of life either. Looking back, was Chipper thankful that he could play a small part in the healing of a city and a nation?
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