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Chipper Jones named his son Shea, based on his knack for dominating the Mets and their former home stadium.
That should tell you all you need to know about the Mets’ relationship with Chipper.
He tortured Mets fans over his illustrious 20-year career with the Atlanta Braves. He was an 8-time All-Star and 1999 NL MVP, hitting .319 with 41 doubles, 45 home runs and 110 RBI.
Over his career, the lowly Mets rank first in almost every offensive category against Chipper, including home runs and stolen bases.
At Shea Stadium, Chipper hit .313 with 20 doubles, 19 home runs, 55 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Over a 162-game season, those numbers would translate to 37 doubles, 35 home runs, 101 RBI and 22 stolen bases.
Even more, in Chipper’s huge 1999 season, the Braves won a series at Shea Stadium against the Mets in late September. That all but doomed the Mets playoff hopes.
After the series, Chipper stated, “Now all the Mets’ fans can go home and put their Yankees stuff on.”
Chipper only said it because he saw a heckling fan wearing a split hat and split jersey, half Yankees and half Mets. Regardless, Mets fans took the quote personally and Chipper became the player they love to hate.
But since that event went down, Chipper has matured into one of the most well-respected players in baseball, even to bitter Mets fans.
Chipper will go down as one of the best third baseman and switch hitters in history. But he may also be the most hated opponent of all time for Mets fans.