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Braves Wouldn't Catch Chipper's First Pitch Because He Didn't Pick Them to Win

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2013

After Chipper Jones played his entire 19-year career with the Atlanta Braves, his former teammates apparently took incredible offense to the retired player's recent comments.

Jones, who was invited to throw out the first pitch before Game 1 of the NLDS, had picked the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the series in four games. That didn't go over well with the Braves, and none of the players wanted to catch the first pitch.

Here's what happened instead:

Jones took to Twitter later that night:

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post has the reasoning behind the boycott:

Evidently, Braves players were not happy Jones had gone on the radio earlier in the day with the team’s flagship station, 680 The Fan, and predicted the Dodgers would win the NLDS in four games. So no player volunteered to catch the pitch.

In the end, Jones nailed the pick. The Braves may not have liked it, but he had the right to voice his opinion. 

Hat tip to Hardball Talk for the find.

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