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Report: Unhappy Braves Boycotted Chipper Jones’ 1st Pitch

Players Apparently Peeved After Atlanta Great Picks Dodgers In 4
Chipper Jones throws out the first pitch before Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field on October 3, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Chipper Jones throws out the first pitch before Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field on October 3, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Chipper Jones’ playoff prediction had the Atlanta Braves close to chanting “Lar-ry!”

Jones threw out the first pitch in Atlanta prior to Game 1 of the NLDS, but didn’t get to uncork it to a player. Instead he delivered to the Braves’ mascot behind home plate.

Why?

Nobody “volunteered” to catch Jones after he picked the Los Angeles Dodgers to beat Atlanta in four games during a radio interview on the team’s flagship station, according to the New York Post.

The Braves’ unhappy players will have all winter to think that one over. Chipper nailed it: Los Angeles wrapped things up Monday night in Game 4 and will move on to the NLCS.

Jones, an eight-time All-Star third baseman, retired in 2012. He played his entire 19-year career in Atlanta.

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