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Chipper Jones Cleans Out Locker at Turner Field

October 6th, 2012 at 7:13 PM
By Cody Fields

A day after his Atlanta Braves were eliminated in the National League Wild Card game by the St. Louis Cardinals, Chipper Jones cleaned out his locker at Turner Field for the final time.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that Jones usually leaves some things at the Ted since he'll be back the next spring anyway, butit was laid bare on Saturday.

Chipper noted that how easy the process was affirmed that his time had come.

“This is a lot easier than I thought it would be than five years ago when I thought this moment would come,” Jones said. “That lets me know that I’m ready. I think if I were in here sobbing uncontrollably that it would be painfully apparent that I wasn’t ready to walk out the door, but I’m ready.”

Jones was planning to "start a new life" at his new home in Roswell, Ga., after officially ending his tenure as a Brave; he had already been to his sons' flag football game that morning. He will more than likely be deer hunting before long.

Chipper's final game saw him make a crucial error and go 1-for-5 in the Braves' final game.

“I saw it ending somewhat heroically, no matter whether we won or lost,” Jones said. “Man, was I in for a rude surprise. But what are you going to do? It is what it is. That’s why this is the grand game that we play. Sometimes it’s a sour pill to swallow, but I’ll be OK.”

Braves fans will be quick to point out all of Chipper's special moments during the season, however, including two walk-off homers against the Philadelphia Phillies, a homer on his 40th birthday, two home runs on his bobblehead night, a home run in his first game back from the disabled list and hits in his last All-Star Game and final regular season and postseason at-bats.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, MLB

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