Sunday, April 05, 2009

Chipper's Back And Locked Up!

Lost in the Hype of the Road to the Final Four has been the announcement that my Atlanta Braves have done what I have been hoping that they would do and that is lock up All Star third baseman Chipper Jones until 2012 with an option for 2013. The deal is worth $43M with the potential to reach $61M with incentives signing bonuses and the option. Sure that may be a lot of money and for those who may be familiar with the Braves they know that of all baseball clubs they are one of the best at getting out 1 year early rather then 1 year late with their star players. That is why they were able to go on the historic run that they did throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s. So to lock up Chipper, 36, to this contract virtually ensures that he will be in Atlanta until he retires. I can only hope that that is true. Chipper is my favorite player, a very probable Hall of Fame member in the future, 1st overall pick of the Braves, should have been Rookie of the Year had the writers not had their head in their asses and selected Hideki Nomo, 6 time All Star, 1999 NL MVP and was a member of the Braves 1995 World Series Championship team. I couldn’t, nor would I want to picture him in another uniform. Even if he can stay relatively healthy for the next few years (which is a big IF since he is know to break down of late with lower body injuries) I will be happy to trot him out to 3rd base. He is still the engine that runs that offense.

The opening game is tonight at 8 with the Braves vs the Phillies. The Braves are entering the season with a young staff, but one with potential of being very good. Once they get back some injured vets like Tom Glavine and Tim Hudson they will become even stronger. The offense is tough to get a handle on and I don’t think many know what they are going to get so I guess we will let it play out and see if some vets can bounce back and if some rookies can step up and establish themselves.

Either way Baseball Is Back...PLAY BALL!!

1 comment:

Eazy said...

There are only two things that could derail Chipper's season:

1) Ex Team Canada pitching like in the WBC.

2) A promiscuous Hooters girl.