Chipper Jones Picks Dodgers, Braves Players Boycott NLDS 1st Pitch

Before Game 1 of the NLDS, former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Turner Field. Jones retired after last season and was honored before the Braves took on the Dodgers.

Jones finished his 19-year career last season with the Braves and in his career, he hit .303 with 458 home runs and 1623 RBI while winning a World Series in 1995. However, it sounds like Braves players were upset with Jones and thus was the reason why he threw out the first pitch to a mascot, not a player according to Kevin Kernan of the NY Post:

Evidently, Braves players were not happy Jones had gone on the radio earlier in the day with the team’s flagship station, 680 The Fan, and predicted the Dodgers would win the NLDS in four games. So no player volunteered to catch the pitch.

If that’s true, it’s a pretty classless thing to do for an organization that prides itself on being the policemen of the baseball world. For Game 2, former Braves manager Bobby Cox threw out the first pitch, but pitcher Tim Hudson came out and caught it, instead of the mascot.

It was evident that Jones was upset that nobody caught his pitch as he tweeted this right after being honored:

Regardless, Jones was right in picking the Dodgers to win in four games as Juan Uribe’s home run sent them to the NLCS for the first time since 2009. It’ll be interesting to see how his relationship with the Braves changes, but hopefully he’ll continue to pick the Dodgers in the playoffs.


In case you missed it, here’s Juan Uribe’s game-winning home run to send the Dodgers to the NLCS!

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