According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, though they do intend to acknowledge Chipper Jones, “they will not hold an on-field ceremony, present Jones with a gift or stage anything elaborate,” a team official said.
April 12, 11:27 am: WFAN producer Al Dukes talked to a Mets official who told him the team intends to honor the retirement of Jones, according to this report on WFAN.com.
“It was a conversation that went like this,” Dukes explained on air, “‘Will we acknowledge Chipper Jones’ career? Yes we will.’”
In an on-field announcement last month, alongside Bobby Cox, the Braves and Jones said the third baseman will officially retire at the end of this season.
“I don’t need any rocking chair tours or anything like that,” Jones said, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. “If somewhere along the line somebody wants to thank me, that would be good enough. But I’m not doing this for a farewell tour. I want to get this out of the way, because it’s been weighing heavy on me for a long time.”
That said, if the Mets plan to acknowledge him, it should only be to arrange the largest L-A-R-R-Y chant in the history of the ballpark. If they honor him, put a spotlight on him, and give him something special, all for kicking our collective asses and making us look foolish during the last 15 years, I will be very, very disappointed.