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.”

Check Braves.com and MLB.com this afternoon for more of Jones’ thoughts.

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This is so sad of you Chipper, You need to just hang it up and go hunting, get youe knee replacements and live a quiet life.

I saw that the Braves waived Hicks, which makes sense since it looks like we have some rising young talents on the left side of the infield (Simmons, Pastornicky, Terdoslavich, etc…) How else did they waive?

The only thing bigger than Larry’s paycheck at this point in his career is his ego.

Must be pretty lonely over there in Loserville. Looks like the Frillies have lost in the playoffs 4 of the last 5 years, “ONLY 1 WORLD SERIES WIN”. Kind of like when we were winning 14 championships in a row.with 5 count em, 5 WS appearances. Come back and talk to us, after you have won 14 championships in a row. you guys are still bush league.

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