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Chipper Jones rescues Freddie Freeman from Atlanta snow

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The city of Atlanta has practically come to a stop in the wake of a small amount of snow falling over the area on Tuesday. The southern part of the country is experiencing unusually cold temperatures, and over the past 24 hours we have seen car accidents, cars stuck at the bottom of hills, gridlocked traffic and mass chaos. Chipper Jones was not afraid.

On Tuesday night, Jones’ former Atlanta Braves teammate Freddie Freeman tweeted that he had been stuck in Atlanta traffic for hours.

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Chipper Jones started a forest fire in his backyard

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Chipper Jones was just trying to do something helpful around the house when he cleaned out his fireplace on Wednesday, but he inadvertently ended up starting a mini forest fire in his backyard.

The former Atlanta Braves legend tweeted about the entire affair. We’ll let him take it from here:

Chipper’s girlfriend, Taylor Higgins, tweeted a picture of how it looked:

Yikes, that actually looks pretty scary. Hopefully the fire department handled the situation.

Come on, Larry Wayne, you should know better.

Smokey the Bear

H/T Sporting News

Chipper Jones takes shot at Tim Hudson over first pitch snubbing

Chipper-Jones-first-pitchDuring the playoffs, Atlanta Braves players decided to boycott a first pitch that was thrown out by Chipper Jones. Rather than his ceremonial pitch being caught by a former teammate, Jones had to throw it to Atlanta’s mascot. The reason? Chipper had gone on the radio earlier that day and predicted the Los Angeles Dodgers would win their NLDS series against the Braves in four games — which, by the way, is exactly what happened.

In any event, Chipper clearly has not gotten over his former teammates snubbing him. On Sunday, he took a quick jab at Tim Hudson, who recently signed with the San Francisco Giants.

Chipper was obviously planning on using that one for a while, because it seemed like he forced the joke. He later tweeted that he was just kidding and wishes Hudson the best with his new team.

When it comes to Twitter, Jones simply can’t help himself. He has done everything from defending former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice to urging fans to boycott games that are umpired by a certain ump. In August, Chipper said he was quitting Twitter because he couldn’t take the trolling anymore. He probably should have followed through with that.

H/T Hardball Talk

Braves players boycotted Chipper Jones’ first pitch after he picked Dodgers to win

Chipper-Jones-first-pitchThe Atlanta Braves invited Chipper Jones to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of their NLDS matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. The recently-retired Jones was the perfect candidate to kick off his former team’s postseason run, but many found it bizarre that his pitch was caught by the Braves’ mascot. There was apparently a reason for that.

According to the NY Post, the Braves players were upset with Jones after he went on the team’s flagship station, 680 The Fan in Atlanta, earlier that day and predicted the Dodgers would win the series in four games. Jones sent out a couple of tweets after the game acknowledging that he was snubbed.

Wait, Chipper is still on Twitter? I thought — never mind. You can’t fault Jones for trying to be objective and giving an honest prediction. And what do you know, the Dodgers won the series in four games on Monday night with Clayton Kershaw pitching on four days rest. LA simply proved to be the deeper and more talented team, which is something Chipper and many others could see going into the series. I’m sure there will be more ceremonial first pitches for him to throw to actual players in the future.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Chipper Jones quits Twitter because of ‘hate’ and ‘trolls’

Former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones has been one of the more outspoken athletes on Twitter over the past year or so, but we may have heard the last of him. On Wednesday morning, Jones announced that he is done tweeting.

Chipper-Jones-Considered-Taking-SteroidsThe timing of the decision is interesting, as Jones was animated in calling out Bryce Harper during Tuesday night’s dust-up between the Braves and Washington Nationals. Chipper apparently thought that Harper admired his home run a bit too much in the third inning, which is why Atlanta pitcher Julio Teheran hit him in the fifth.

Some of the “trolls” Jones is referring to may have come at him after that tweet. In the past, Chipper has encouraged followers to boycott umpires and shared other controversial opinions. He even defended Rutgers coach Mike Rice after Rice was fired for chucking basketballs at his former players and swearing at them.

It will be interesting to see if Chipper sticks to his guns on this. He has sent some tweets in the past that are blatantly aimed at riling up his followers, so he had to have expected some “hate” coming back at him. In any event, he is not the first prominent sports figure to quit Twitter this year and probably won’t be the last.

Chipper Jones wants fans to boycott Angel Hernandez-umpired games

Former Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones was so disgusted with the umpiring of Angel Hernandez on Friday night, he began telling fans to boycott Hernandez-umpired games.

Jones first got upset when Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was called out on strikes to lead off the team’s 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Simmons was called out on a 1-2 pitch from Cliff Lee that was up in the zone. It was so high that catcher Humberto Quintero threw the ball back to Lee instead of down to third base because he was expecting it to be called a ball.

Below you can see the location of the pitch:

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And here’s Quintero getting ready to throw the ball back to the pitcher instead of around the horn:

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That controversial call by Hernandez to start the game ticked off Chipper, who tweeted this:

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Chipper Jones responds to Mike Rice firing: Players need to ‘toughen up’

Mike-Rice-apologyThe general consensus regarding former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice has been that he deserved to be fired. Many who saw the clips of Rice chucking basketballs at players’ heads and screaming gay slurs at them feel that he should never be allowed to coach college basketball again. Then there are people like Chipper Jones.

The former Atlanta Braves star took to Twitter on Wednesday to basically defend Rice, saying that he dealt with some rough treatment from coaches growing up and that it is not a big deal.

We know at least one ex-Rutgers player has a similar opinion to Chipper’s, although he didn’t express it quite as bluntly.

Aware that his comments were taken negatively by most people, the former NL MVP elaborated Thursday:

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