NEW YORK (WFAN) – How will the Mets “acknowledge” the career of nemesis Chipper Jones?
A charitable donation? A box of chocolates from general manager Sandy Alderson, perhaps?
Well, Jones thinks he may have an idea.
“It might be a recording of all my plate appearances where they announce my name,” he joked before Atlanta’s loss to New York on Monday night, “and the chorus of boos rained down.”
Last week, WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton confirmed the Mets will tip their cap to the soon-to-be retired Braves third baseman. Though the team’s plans are unclear, fans will have one last chance to applaud Jones — or chant “Lar-ry!” — during Atlanta’s last visit to Citi Field in 2012.
“It’s no secret my relationship with the fans of New York,” the Mets-killer said. “And I can only say that some of the games I’ve had on that stage up there is a big reason why.”
Jones has a career average well above .300 against the Mets, not to mention more than a season’s worth home runs (48).
It’s been New York with the upper hand lately. The Braves have lost four straight to the Mets on the young season, though the first three were without Jones.
“They don’t let you forget,” Jones said of New York fans. “And that’s the way it should be.”
The acknowledgment “probably will not include a gift or on-field ceremony,” the New York Daily News reported, citing a team official. The Houston Astros recently presented Jones with a cowboy hat.
For his final series in Queens, the Mets gave former Braves manager Bobby Cox a bottle of wine from the California vineyard of legendary New York pitcher Tom Seaver.
The Mets will also reportedly give former fan favorite Jose Reyes a video tribute before the start of Miami’s first series at Citi Field.
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