It Would Be The Right Thing To Honor Chipper Jones

When Chipper Jones announced he would retire after the season my immediate thought was in how the Mets would do to acknowledge him. Now, when I hear some in the media and other bloggers are against it, I just scratch my head.

JONES: The Mets have been on the opposite end of that swing many times.

Yes, Jones has been a Mets Killer. All the more reason. Jones embraced the rivalry with the Mets – at a time when the Mets had real rivalries – and was passionate about playing here. So much so, that he named one of his children after Shea Stadium. He even bought Shea Stadium seats. And, on the night Mike Piazza hit that homer after 9-11, it was Chipper’s face we sought out from among the Braves. He was genuinely moved that night.

If he doesn’t want a rocking chair tour, fine, but something simple and genuine. Perhaps a weekend in New York with Broadway tickets, or a painting of Shea Stadium, or something to acknowledge how important he was to baseball summers in New York for years.

It’s petty to ignore him. So what if he was a nemesis. Boo hoo. Get over it.

Teams have long acknowledged and respected celebrated opponents for years. The Boston Celtics always had the right idea, giving a piece of the parquet to Julius Erving, to Kareem Abdul Jabbar, to Magic Johnson. And, Celtics-Lakers is more intense at any time than Mets-Braves.

Yes, they should acknowledge Chipper. It would be the classy thing to do. It would be the right thing to do.

5 thoughts on “It Would Be The Right Thing To Honor Chipper Jones

  1. The last series in Queens between the two teams they should have a ceremony to rename the stadium Chipper Field. It’s only right.

  2. :checks calendar, sees it is not April 1:

    No, no, no. A million times no. Forget the Mets killer thing. This person named his son “Shea”. This person said “now all the Mets fans can put their Yankee hats on”.
    This person has no right to he honored by the Mets.

    They do a piss poor job honoring their former players (notice the lack of retired numbers, or the wastes who have worn #17 over the years). There is no way in hell they should honor Larry.

    Should the Red Sox honor Mariano Rivera or Derek Jeter? I mean, they meant a lot to baseball in Boston right John?

    The Mets honoring Larry would be like the Rangers honoring Denis Potvin (I’m an Islander fan). No way, no how. Give him a cigar (preferably a stale one).

    As for your basketball analogy, the 3 players referenced are considered among the top 5 – 10 players of ALL TIME in that sport. Larry isn’t even close to that.

    You could not be more wrong on this.

    • Ed: Thanks for writing. I’ve always respected your opinion. They don’t have to go overboard, but just acknowledge him would be fitting. … I remember being in Fenway Park when Joe Torre came back from cancer treatments and received a standing ovation. I don’t know how they’d treat Jeter or Rivera. I’d like to think they’d give a gesture, but you might be right. … As far as ex-Red Sox players being honored at Yankee Stadium, don’t all old Soxers go to the Yankees anyway? … By the way, I was at Yankee Stadium for Cal Ripken’s last game there and they gave him standing ovations several times.-JD

      • John, thanks for the kind words.

        re Ripken – There is a difference between fans acknowledging his effort and the team doing something to honor him. Besides, Ripken wasn’t one to go out of his way to antagonize opposing fans, Larry on the other hand… (though I do agree with his stance on Wright getting a new contract).

        Re former Sox – well played sir, well played.

        I don’t think the Red Sox org would honor Jeter or Mo, just like the Yanks wouldn’t honor Papi or Youk or Pedro. Unless of course Youk signs with the Yanks at some point and leads them to a WS, then he will get a plaque :)

        Considering the backlash from some corners (not me personally) regarding the Rotunda and the original wall color, methinks the fanbase in general would not react favorably to the organization doing something overt for Larry. You want to do something quiet, fine. Just nothing on the field. Nothing on the big screen or over the PA. Honor your own past and present, not your opposition.

        Speaking of the past, I read that Ray Knight is angry because the organization is not nice to him. Perhaps they have heard some of his comments about the team in recent years on MASN.