ATLANTA -- With this being Chipper Jones' final season, New York City's radio airwaves have buzzed recently with talk of the Mets honoring Jones during his final trip to Queens. The team has stated that it will acknowledge Jones and his reputation as the foremost Mets killer in team history, but will not greet him with any lavish sort of ceremony. Jones understands that.
"I'm not expecting anything," Atlanta's longtime third baseman told reporters Monday. "But anything would be appreciated."
Jones is best known in New York for his 48 career home runs in 231 games against the Mets, quite a few of them coming in critical spots. Jones named his third-born son Shea, after his career success at Shea Stadium, and purchased a pair of seats when the Mets demolished the stadium after the 2008 season.
"It's no secret, my relationship with the fans of New York," Jones said. "They don't let you forget. That's the way it should be."