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Mets Honor a Longtime Rival, Who Returns the Love
The NY Times. ^ | September 7, 2012 | KEN BELSON

Posted on 09/08/2012 9:03:54 AM PDT by Pharmboy

Edited on 09/08/2012 9:07:17 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Chipper Jones said he was asked the other day how he would feel about himself if he were a Mets fan. “I would respect the body of work,” Jones said, “but I would hate his guts.”

Chipper Jones received a brief standing ovation at the start of his farewell visit to Queens.


(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: baseball; ga; ny Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: thefactor

Mets ping...


2 posted on 09/08/2012 9:05:05 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy

Mets fan since 1967 here. Nice to see some in sports still conduct themselves with class.


3 posted on 09/08/2012 9:09:11 AM PDT by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Pharmboy

Please do not post images from sources on the Copyright (complaint) list.


4 posted on 09/08/2012 9:09:28 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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I am sorry for this...I try and stay within the rules, but how come sometimes the NY Times photos are allowed, and sometimes not? I knew about Getty Images...I will check the Copyright list.


5 posted on 09/08/2012 9:11:37 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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The photos that were removed showed Chipper acknowledging a standing O from the Mets fans and one of the Mets owners, Wilpon, giving Chipper a special painting of Shea Stadium with Chipper’s stats included.


6 posted on 09/08/2012 9:13:39 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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Images from the NYT are not allowed. If you see one, click ‘Report Abuse,’ and let a Mod know.


7 posted on 09/08/2012 9:15:32 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Pharmboy

Also removed from my Comment #1 (aside from the NY Post photo) was my statement that although I have been a Mets fan for my whole life and watched Chipper kill us repeatedly over the years, I was glad for my team to show such class even in an awful baseball year for them.


8 posted on 09/08/2012 9:15:48 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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Do you want to repost the thread without the images? Please click ‘Report Abuse’ if so.


9 posted on 09/08/2012 9:20:09 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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Well, I’m confused as to why you just didn’t remove the offending photos and leave what was within the rules (the under 300 word excerpt and my words in comment#1) there in the first place. You just should have removed the entire thing since it is so decimated now it is worthless. I’ve only been here since ‘98, but someday I’ll get the hang of this.


10 posted on 09/08/2012 9:26:46 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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R.A. Dickey = Cy Young fav in my book. Been great for Mets last two years, this year unreal. 80mph knucklers in the strike zone. When he is on, just sick. Saw Dickey vs the swinging O’s one hitter, couldn’t believe what I was seeing the ball do. Will watch any game RA pitches, and I’m not a mets fan.
Chipper = 1st round Hall of Fame, going out on a fantastic year, hasn’t happened too often. Classy of the Mets.

Freegards


11 posted on 09/08/2012 9:29:51 AM PDT by Ransomed
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I never liked Chipper Jones and I never liked the Mets, but this is one of those sports stories that kind of transcends individuals and team identities. Jones spent his career beating up on the Mets on the field, but never had a bad thing to say about them off the field even when Mets fans heaped tons of abuse on him. In fact, he often went out of his way to point out that he'd feel the same way if he were a Mets fan. That's what a passionate sports fan is all about.

One of former Yankee heroes, Don Mattingly, was the same way -- and he really stood out for it. In his later years, long after his chronic back injuries tarnished what would surely have been a Hall of Fame career, he would be treated very well by opposing players and fans all over the league. In a biographical video that was produced by the YES Sports Network after he retired, one of his former managers described how time seemed to stand still when Mattingly was at the plate in batting practice before a game ... with opposing players and coaches crowded around the cage to watch his magical swing, and fans (even in ballparks on the road) crowded into the lower seats to get a glimpse of him.

It's enough to make even a hardened sports fan emotional. This is what baseball is all about.

12 posted on 09/08/2012 9:31:30 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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Because the FR excerpting software is brutal. Frankly, it is easier for a thread to be pulled and be reposted, instead of a Mod performing "surgery."

And the 300 word limit applies to articles longer than 600 words. Shorter articles must be excerpted to 50%. Just for everyone's information.

13 posted on 09/08/2012 9:32:07 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Alberta's Child

I AM a Braves fan and a Chipper fan too.

I think Chipper must like NY thought. He did name his first son Shea. :)


14 posted on 09/08/2012 9:54:15 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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Thanks...I did not know that.


15 posted on 09/08/2012 10:18:10 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Jones spent his career beating up on the Mets on the field, but never had a bad thing to say about them off the field even when Mets fans heaped tons of abuse on him

In fact, Chipper named his first son Shea, after Shea Stadium, where he hit more HRs than any other opposing player.

16 posted on 09/08/2012 10:30:38 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Pharmboy

Howdy Pharmboy...long time no see..

Very classy move by the mets...both the org and the fans.

Knowing you mets/giants fans like I do...I expected no less.

Speakin of the giants...y’all coming to the dome this season I see.(I DETEST THE FREAKIN DOME btw)...Good luck with that ;)..lol


17 posted on 09/08/2012 10:48:18 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Dave Mustaine for president.)
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Yes, very classy of The Mets.

Well done, Chipper....may you enjoy your retirement.

From an Angels' fan.

18 posted on 09/08/2012 10:54:32 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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Growing up as a 10 y/o in Brooklyn, my buds and me used to take the subway to Ebbets Field and see the Dodgers a year before they moved. We would get there a few hours before the game and wait for the players to park nose-in against the stadium. They would sign autographs (we would bring our baseball cards and programs) and sometimes give us balls. Furillo, Hodges, Amoros, Gilliam and the big star, Duke Snider were all terrific, as were several other players. Never saw Robinson or Koufax up close, though.

We would almost always sit on the first base side so we could be close to Kluszewski or Musial when the Redlegs or Cards came to town. It was there that I first learned of the NY fans' ability to respect other players...we loved both Klu and Stosh. I am glad to see that kind of respect for talented, decent ballplayers continue.

I'm sure this happens in other cities (I would guess, though, NOT in Philadelphia). Can any of you tell me if that happens elsewhere?

19 posted on 09/08/2012 12:26:18 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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I know that every stadium Chipper has played his last game in has payed tribute.

I attend a bunch of games at Turner field every year....I know the lower deck fans appreciate good players on the other side.


20 posted on 09/08/2012 12:52:57 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Dave Mustaine for president.)
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Nice to know...never been to Turner, but I have been to a few games at Wrigley and Nats Park here in DC.


21 posted on 09/08/2012 1:05:33 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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