I must have read a dozen or so articles on what Mets fans should or shouldn’t do as Chipper Jones brings his farewell tour to Flushing for one last goodbye.
In a post entitled, “Honor Chipper? Not So Fast”, Mark Simon of ESPN concludes with the following:
Maybe it seems a bit dopey to say this, but wouldn’t a more fitting tribute be to serenade him a few times with a “LARRY!” chant, and perhaps a sitting ovation from what will likely be a three-quarters-empty ballpark on an NFL Sunday?
Clearly, Mark gets it… Check out his full article…
This isn’t about whether or not Chipper is a great ballplayer and future Hall of Famer, of course he is. But for crying out loud he’s dashed our hopes and crushed our spirit ever since his rookie season.
As Simon points out, Jones enters this series with 40 go-ahead hits against the Mets, matching Hall of Famer Willie Stargell for the most against them. He’s torched the Mets for 264 hits, 49 home runs and 158 RBI’s with a .963 OPS.
Goodbye, good luck, and good riddance!