ON ASSIGNMENT: Chipper’s Last Game
It was an evening of history.
In the first-ever Major League Baseball wildcard one-game playoff, the Braves lost to the St. Louis Cardinals and Chipper Jones (who played 19 years and wore the uniform of only one team) tipped his helmet to the home crowd one last time. On assignment for MLB Photos, and with a nod to the history of the evening, toned nostalgically.
(Copyright Major League Baseball Photos/Rich Addicks)
The weapons of mass destruction belonging to Chipper Jones.
Jones after batting practice.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny before the game.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sports a his post-season hat.
Braves batting practice.
Cardinals Carlos Beltran during batting practice.
Jones during batting practice and a final laugh with singer Travis Tritt.
Ted Turner sporting his 1995 National League Champions hat.
Jones is introduced.
The singing of the national anthem.
The starting line-up.
Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen, and Jones at third base.
First pitch of the game by Medlen.
Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse.
Not the best of nights for Jones.
Braves fans get one last picture, with their cell phones, of Jones.
Jones grounds out late in the game.
Cardinals Adron Chambers gets ready to dive safely into home plate.
After a questionable umpire call, angry fans trashed Turner Field.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez watches as crews clean up the field.
Jones gets ready for his last major league at bat.
Jones in the dugout prior to the last at bat of his career.
For his final at bat, Jones acknowledges the crowd.
Jones during his last at bat.
Jones sprints to first base, recording a base hit on the last at bat of his career.
At the end of the game, Jones walks off the field for the last time.
Cardinals Carlos Beltran celebrates their win.
Braves fans stayed until long after the game hoping Jones would come out.
Jones’ last press conference was shown on the big screen while crews tended to the field.