Some interesting reading on whether or not Chipper Jones would get a standing ovation in his final at-bat at Citi-Field in front of Mets fans. A bunch of Mets fans weigh in on the topic. Here's the money quote:â†µ
Chipper is a different story. He's an emotional guy who has made a career of beating the Mets, and his 1999 MVP was almost certainly given for his late-season demolition of our boys.â†µ
If boos were to fall like soft rain, Larry Wayne might enjoy it -- even relish it. Total indifference and silence would mess with his head.
Truth be told, if he wasn't a Brave and if he had dashed some other team's dreams time and again, Chipper would be one of my favorite players, non-Met division. So I'd say a short ovation would be in order --- a tip of the cap to a long-time warrior before telling him to scram.
The love for Chipper runs deep in the Big Apple. Here's a big reason why:â†µ
Most Game-Winning RBI vs Metsâ†µ
â†µâ†µ Chipper Jonesâ†µ 25â†µ â†µâ†µ Miguel Cabreraâ†µ 14â†µ â†µâ†µ Chase Utleyâ†µ 14â†µ â†µâ†µ Andruw Jonesâ†µ 10â†µ â†µâ†µâ†µ Jimmy Rollinsâ†µ 10â†µ
In a graph further on down they list highest save percentage vs. Mets, and while the other focus of this article is on Mariano Rivera, it's John Smoltz who dominated the Metropolitans while he was a closer, going 25-for-25 in save opportunities.â†µ
Neat discussion, but let's hope that they don't have to decide whether to applaud for a few more years. I want Chipper to add to that GWRBI total above... perhaps in the next three days!