Thursday, February 11, 2016

Touch 'Em All: Braves retire Chipper Jones' No. 10

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Former Atlanta Braves player Chipper Jones waves to the crowd as he steps to the podium during a pregame ceremony retiring his number before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, June 28, 2013, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)
Former Atlanta Braves player Chipper Jones waves to the crowd as he steps to the podium during a pregame ceremony retiring his number before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, June 28, 2013, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

Chipper Jones got a big hand as the Atlanta Braves retired his No. 10 jersey Friday night.

Jones, the 1999 NL MVP and an eight-time all-star, was honored before Atlanta's game against Arizona. The former third baseman retired after last season's playoff loss to St. Louis having played his entire 19-year career with the Braves.

Most seats in the stands were filled as Jones stepped to the microphone while "Crazy Train," the 1980 hit single by Ozzy Osbourne that used to play before his at-bats, boomed through the public address system.

Among those joining Jones on stage were former manager Bobby Cox, former owner Ted Turner, and former outfielder Dale Murphy.

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  • Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter sat in Turner's box near the home dugout.

    Jones' jersey number joined those of Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Hank Aaron, Murphy, and Cox on the franchise list of retired numbers.

    'Pigs going 6 feet under

    In what is being described as the most valuable fan giveaway in team history, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs are giving away an all-expenses-paid funeral at their Aug. 20 game. What you get, courtesy of the IronPigs and a local funeral home:

    A casket, embalming or cremation, hearse, flowers, memorial service, and headstone.

    Total value: $10,000.

    How do you win? Submit an essay of 200 words or less to info@ironpigsbaseball.com that describes your "ideal funeral and why you feel you will, eventually, be deserving of the free funeral."

    All essays must be received by July 31, 2013, and prospective winners have to be at the Aug. 20 game to win.

    IronPigs GM Kurt Landes called it "a once-in-a-lifetime giveaway. Unquestionably, this is the most highly coveted 'out-of-the-box' promotion in IronPigs history."

    - Inquirer wire services

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