If you look up “true professional” in your proverbial dictionary, you just might find a picture of the recently-retired, former Atlanta Braves third baseman Larry “Chipper” Jones. Chipper was as consistent as they come from both sides of the plate. In fact, he hit .303 from the left side and .304 from the right. The no-doubt first ballot Hall of Famer finished with 468 career home runs and 1,623 RBIs.
Jones was banged up through the last seven years of his career after missing only 30 games from 1996-2002. He could have missed more as his career wound down, but he often played through pain. Earlier this week, Chipper tweeted a picture of exactly the pain that he played through. In May, he took a line drive off the bat of BJ Upton at Tropicana Field. He somehow stayed in the game for a five innings, but eventually came out and sat out a few games.
No wonder he retired…
And here’s the kick save that caused that beauty.