Chipper Jones will retire after season, Mets diehards will celebrate
Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones tearfully announced on Thursday that he is retiring at the end of this season, but the news is cause for celebration among Mets diehards. Throughout the 39-year-old Jones' career, the switch-hitting third baseman has tormented the Amazin's, hitting .318 with 48 homers and 154 RBIs in 231 games against them. He's been so dominant against the Mets that his 7-year-old son is named Shea. Here are three of Jones' most memorable Met-killer moments:
With just one game separating the Mets and the first-place Braves going into a three-game set at Turner Field in mid-September 1999, Jones hits four homers en route to a sweep that lays waste to the Mets' division-title hopes.
Insult to injury
Later that same September, Jones thinks the Braves have ended the Mets' chances at the wild card, too, after Atlanta takes two of three at Shea Stadium and leaves the Mets three games back of Cincinnati with three more to play. After the final game, Jones says: "Now all the Mets' fans can go home and put their Yankees stuff on."
You 'R.A.' met killer
In the Braves' final series against the Mets at Turner Field in September last season, Jones' eighth-inning, two-out single drives in the lone run in a 1-0 Braves victory, spoiling what was shaping up to be a true gem by Mets knuckleballer