This 2012 season has been one big farewell tour for Chipper Jones, arguably one of the greatest third baseman to ever play the game. At every ballpark he’s entered for the last time, he has received parting gifts and a huge standing ovation from fans. Even so in Flushing a few weeks back, despite nineteen years of tormenting the Mets and their fans.
Part of the mystique and respect surrounding the 40 year old is watching him at the same position and in the same uniform since he broke in the league as a youngster way back in 1993. His career is being celebrated throughout the big leagues not only because he is one of the greats of the game, but because he is someone who never left.