Ranking Chipper Jones' Most Memorable Games This Season

Daniel Kock@@dannykockContributor IIISeptember 5, 2012

Ranking Chipper Jones' Most Memorable Games This Season

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    Chipper Jones has had a knack for the dramatic in his farewell 2012 campaign.

    He has reached milestones, had game-winning hits and provided Braves fans with a memorable last season.

    Manager Fredi Gonzalez and Braves fans hope that he can lead the Braves to the playoffs and carry that magic into the postseason.

    No matter how the 2012 season concludes for the Braves, it will be one to remember because of the moments Chipper is making.

    Here's a look at the top moments so far in Chipper's last season.

5. July 20th: Milestone

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    We kick off this list by heading back to July in a Braves 11-10 extra-inning victory against the Washington Nationals.

    In the top of the eighth inning, Chipper singled to left field to drive in both Paul Janish and Martin Prado to cut the Nationals' lead to 9-8.

    However, those two RBIs made Chipper the all-time leader for RBIs by a third baseman with 1,598. He passed George Brett for the lead and also sits ahead of Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Eddie Matthews.

    In a season where Chipper has reached multiple milestones—becoming the all-time leader at your position in a category is most significant.

    Chipper is a student of the game and understands the enormity of that achievement.

    Oh yeah, his two-run single was a big part of the Braves erasing a nine-run deficit against the Nationals, en route to the victory.

4. April 24th: Birthday Bash

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    Chipper celebrated his 40th birthday the best way possible—a home run and a Braves win.

    The Braves were in Los Angeles for a three-game series against the Dodgers.

    With the Braves trailing 2-0 in the top of the fifth, Chipper hit a bomb off Aaron Harang over the right field wall.

    It's the fourth time Chipper had homered on his birthday. He also homered on his 24th, 29th (twice) and 36th.

    Chipper has hit .429 in his career on his birthday, and the Braves are 11-2 in those games.

    While all those games are impressive, hitting a home run at 40 years old demonstrates the remarkable hitter that he is.

3. August 16th: Multi-HR Game

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    Chipper seems to have perfect timing.

    On a Thursday night in which a crowd of more than 30,000 showed up at Turner Field for Chipper Jones Bobblehead Night, the veteran third baseman delivered.

    Chipper hit a two-run homer in the first inning and followed it up with a no-doubter over the center field wall in the fifth inning. His second home run also happened to be his 2,700th career hit.

    The crowd gave him a well-deserved curtain call after both bombs in appreciation of his play.

    It wasn't just about his bat on this night, as he provided another crowd-pleasing play when he made a diving stop and flipped the ball to second base to record a force out.

    August 16th was truly a memorable night for Chipper in leading the Braves to a 6-0 win.

2. May 2nd: Wild Walk-off

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    In a wild game where the Braves and Phillies combined for 28 runs and 36 hits, it was Chipper who had the last laugh.

    The Braves rallied on two different occasions to overcome a six-run deficit to force extra innings.

    In the 11th inning, Chipper hit a two-run homer off Brian Sanches to give the Braves the victory and send the crowd into a frenzy.

    His walk-off hit ended what was an eight-game winning streak for the Phillies over the Braves going back to the 2011 season.

    It also helped to set a tone in the National League East as the Phillies have sputtered this season while the Braves find themselves in playoff contention.

    It is impossible to describe in words the scene at Turner Field that night. Needless to say, it is one that both Braves fans and Chipper will cherish and remember.

1. September 2nd: Another Walk-off

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    How do you top a wild walk-off home run?

    This game is still fresh in Braves fans' minds.

    The Braves came into the game looking to avoid a sweep against the Phillies and got off to a rough start. The Phillies put up a five-spot in the first inning and held a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

    The Braves managed to rally and cut the lead to 7-5 with two outs.

    Chipper stepped to the plate with two runners on to face Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

    On a 1-1 count, Papelbon threw a fastball that Chipper did not miss. The ball disappeared into the right-center bleachers to shock the Phillies and give the Braves an improbable 8-7 win.

    It's an understatement to call this hit clutch. The Braves were coming off a few losses and appeared headed to another. Needing to find some positive mojo and avoid another September collapse was a must.

    Like so many times this season, Chipper delivered.

    Will there be more this season? I don't think anyone would be surprised.

    But for now, those are the most memorable moments of Chipper's final season.