As the Atlanta Braves enter this weekend's series with the New York Mets at Citi Field, it's easy to remember how sluggish their offense has been for the past couple of weeks. What will hopefully instead be witnessed is a reappearance of Chipper Jones as the classic Mets killer.
Jones has made a career out of owning the Mets, particularly in Flushing. At the old Shea Stadium, Chipper hit .313 with 19 homers, the most he's hit in a rival's park. His dominance inspired him and his wife Sharon to name their second child Shea.
Of course, a Braves trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a chorus of, "Lar-ry!" when Jones comes to bat, but the Braves legend seems to relish the atmosphere.
"Everybody calls me that, so it's not really that big a deal," Jones told braves.com. "But we'll let them have their fun."
"I wouldn't really have it any other way," he said. "That's the way it's been up north, and I don't expect it to be any different. I've been a thorn in their sides for a long time so …"
The Mets may think he has felt less like a thorn and more like a ruptured appendix. Chipper has hit .314 with 49 homers and 158 RBIs in his career.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, MLB