The 2012 MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. This will be the final All-Star Game in a storied 19-year career for Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones. Not surprisingly, many All-Stars have glowing comments about playing on the same team as Jones for his last go-round at the Midsummer Classic.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com collects some quotes from Jones' National League teammates, including Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper.
"Seeing Chipper and his last All-Star Game is going to be a thing for the ages," Nationals 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper said. "I can tell my kids I saw Chipper Jones' last All-Star Game. It's kind of sad, but he has had a great career and been the face of that Braves' franchise for so long. He's an All-Star and a Hall of Famer."
Former Rookie of the Year, Georgia native and starting catcher Buster Posey also chimed in.
"I've watched him my whole life," Giants catcher Buster Posey said. "He was probably in the big leagues when I was six or seven years old. I grew up watching him all the way through high school. It's cool. In my mind, he's a first-ballot Hall of Famer. It's always nice being around that kind of player."
Braves teammate Michael Bourn had this to say:
"He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer," Bourn said. "He was born to play baseball. He's played for 19 years and he can still play at 40 years old. That's what amazes me most, because they tell me at 40 things just don't work the same."
Perhaps Jones will give the Kansas City crowd and Braves fans something to cheer about on Tuesday night.
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