Chipper Jones: Gifts Keep Coming for Future Hall of Famer
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On Friday, the future Hall of Famer received a trip to Hawaii, a pool table and a home plate made of bricks from the Braves, signifying his role as the cornerstone of the franchise.
However, Jones received a gift on Saturday that he says "takes the cake."
Mizuno, which has sponsored Jones for his entire 19-year career, presented Jones with a four-wheel drive ATV.
"A lot of people know that I’m a big outdoorsman," Jones said in an interview before Saturday's game. "So having something like this to tootle around in the woods with (is nice), especially at my new house. I’m looking forward to breaking it in at the new place."
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Mizuno USA president Bob Puccini said the gift of an ATV would be right up Jones' alley.
"We know that he is a big hunter and going to enjoy a lot of time fishing as well on his new ranch," Puccini said. "We thought we’d want to supply his equipment in the next chapter of his life."
Puccini also compared Jones to his company.
"Our mantra is to never settle, which means good enough never is," he said. "I think you’re seeing that with Chipper in his final year here. He’s still putting it out there better than ever."
When asked what he most looks forward to in retirement, Jones said spending time with his two sons was at the top of his list.
I’m going to hang out with my boys. I think I started today. I was up at 7:30 for a 9 a.m. flag football game today. I enjoyed every minute of it. My kid scored six touchdowns. So, it was nice. I want to give back to them a little bit and make sure that I’m there for them more so than I have been the last few years.
According to Mark Bowman of mlb.com, the gifts are nice for Jones, but he is glad the ceremonies are over and the focus can again turn to baseball.
"I'm glad it's over," Jones said. "I've been pointing to this day and been nervous about this day. With all of the friends and family in town to watch, I just want to concentrate on baseball. All of the attention needs to take a backseat so that we can focus on the job at hand."
Chris Stephens is an Atlanta Braves featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.
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