It's official: Chipper Jones has played his final regular season major league baseball game. After this postseason, he will humbly and graciously thank the Braves fans who have supported him over his 19 year career, gather his belongings and head back to his ranch.
Or so we think.
I don't want to see Chipper go. I don't know baseball without him. No really, he's been playing baseball longer than I've been alive. So for selfish reasons, I'd like to see him bang out another year.
But if I completely remove myself from the equation, I come to the conclusion that Chipper should hang up his spikes. Ten times out of 10, I realize that Chipper has to finish his career this year. He's 40 years old, he's constantly injured, and he's logged a long and very successful career with the Atlanta Braves.
Not to mention that after all the gifts teams gave him this year, pulling a Favre would tarnish everyone's memory of Chipper. He can't let leave any bad taste in the mouths of the rest of Major League Baseball; he has to do the honorable thing and bow out now.
Chipper really couldn't ask for a sweeter swan song. The only way this season could get any better for him is if the Atlanta Braves powered through the playoffs and won the World Series (for which I am holding out hope).
But if Atlanta were to try and convince Chipper Jones to stay, here's some things that might change Chipper's mind.