Chipper reacts to reports
Chipper Jones admits saying, “I don’t know if I can make it through this year,” while talking to two national reporters after playing eight innings during Monday’s loss to the Cardinals. But during a telephone conversation today, he said the tone of his message has been completely misunderstood.
“Unfortunately, I said it around two guys who don’t know me very well and they didn’t realize I was kidding around,” Jones said. “One of the guys asked, ‘You think you can make it through the season with your knees?’ I said, ‘Make it through the season, I don’t know if I can make it through tomorrow.’ Obviously, I’m joking. That’s an obvious joke. Really, I just came off the field after playing eight innings. I’ve had eight at-bats all spring. I was kidding around.
“It was tongue and cheek. I was kidding. I just got done playing eight innings with three at-bats. I was a little tired. I wasn’t by any means suggesting I couldn’t make it through the season. If I didn’t think that I could, I wouldn’t be out there.”
Nobody is gong to be surprised if Jones opts to retire at the end of this season. But with his 40th birthday a month away, he is not ready to put a specific timetable on the remainder of his career.
“If there was any question about whether I could make it through the season or not, I would not have come back (to play this year),” Jones said. “I will not only make it through tomorrow. I will make it through this season with no problem.”
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