Report: Braves Players, Coaches Refused To Catch Chipper Jones’ Ceremonial First Pitch
ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — Atlanta Braves’ great Chipper Jones apparently got under the skin of his former team with comments he made on a sports talk radio show, and that led them to giving the former third baseman the cold shoulder during the playoffs.
The New York Post reports that Braves players and coaches refused to catch the ceremonial first pitch from Jones in Game 1 of the National League Division Series because Jones predicted – correctly – that the Los Angeles Dodgers would take the series in four games on a local sports radio talk show.
Jones sarcastically scolded the Braves on Twitter for having the team’s mascot catch the first pitch.
“Wanna thank the Braves organization for having me throw out the first pitch to the mascot tonite [sic]. Quite sure that’s never been done before!” Jones tweeted.
He concluded: “Nor will it EVER happen again!”
He didn’t have that quite of tone after he threw out the first pitch though.
“It’s always an honor to throw out the first pitch,” Jones told MLB.com. “For it to be the opening night of the playoffs here at home … it’s a pretty exciting time.”
The Braves were bounced from the NLDS Monday night after the Dodgers 4-3 win.
During his 19-year career with the Braves, Jones won his only World Series in 1995.