This week was likely Chipper Jones‘ final trip to Yankee Stadium in his Hall of Fame career as he is set to retire at the end of the season. So the Yankees decided to honor their foe from the 1996 and 1999 World Series with third base from Yankee Stadium this week.
Derek Jeter, probably the only more popular player in the nation throughout Chipper’s career, and his former teammate of 12-years, Andruw Jones, presented a framed third base to him in a nice ceremony.
It was touching, but it’s kind of bittersweet to me as a few of their own players, and one manager, have kind of been forgotten in recent years. Still, Jones was a great ball player and it was nice to see the Yankees honor him.
Over 19 seasons, Chipper hit .304/.401/.531 with 459 home runs and a 141 OPS+. He won one MVP award, finished in the top 10 for MVP voting six times, and was elected to seven All-Star teams.