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Joc Pederson left Chipper Jones fitting gift before traveling to Los Angeles

Joc Pederson smiles

Joc Pederson left Chipper Jones a fitting gift before leaving Atlanta to travel to Los Angeles for the road games in the NLCS.

TBS reporter Lauren Shehadi reported during Game 3 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday that Pederson left a pearl necklace outside Jones’ house before leaving for LA.

Shehadi reported the situation as fact, though Jones seemed to be joking in his Instagram post.

Pederson’s pearl necklace has been one of the big stories this postseason. The outfielder, who was acquired in a trade with the Cubs during the season, has been hot at the plate. He has three home runs and seven RBIs in just six postseason games with Atlanta. He’s looking to lead the Braves to their first World Series title since 1995 when Jones’ team won it.

So what’s the deal? Pederson has been wearing a pearl necklace while batting. He has been coy about the reason why but gave an explanation a few weeks ago.

Photo: Aug 27, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves outfielder Joc Pederson (22) reacts after flying out during the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Chipper Jones embarrassingly drops foul ball at Braves game

Chipper Jones foul ball

Chipper Jones may not have played in Game 3 of the NLDS between the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves on Monday, but the Hall of Famer still committed a brutal error.

Jones had a seat near the Braves dugout at Truist Park, and he had a chance to catch a routine pop foul in the top of the second inning. The former slugger was unable to make the play, resulting in a long stare from Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud. Here’s the embarrassing video:

It’s unclear if Jones lost the ball in the sun, but that’s a play the 1999 National League MVP could have made with his eyes closed in his heyday.

Jones actually made a nice caycj on a foul ball during a Braves playoff game two years ago (video here). Unfortunately, we have to mark him down for an error for Monday’s blunder.

Chipper Jones has a cardboard cutout at Citi Field

Chipper Jones

Even with no fans in the stands, Chipper Jones is finding a way to haunt the New York Mets.

The Atlanta Braves’ official Twitter account sent out an image Friday of cardboard cutouts of Jones and his son Shea in the seats at Citi Field in New York for Opening Day.

We don’t know whose idea this was, but the Mets are definitely in on it considering it’s their stadium. It’s hilarious, too, and the Mets are showing a great sense of humor in letting it happen.

Jones was infamous for his exploits against the Mets during his career. The Hall-of Famer hit .309 with 49 home runs and 159 RBIs in 245 career games against his NL East rivals, including a .313 average with 19 home runs at Shea Stadium. He was so prolific against them that his son Shea is named after the ballpark.

Now let’s see if that cardboard cutout can make like its real-life counterpart and grab a foul ball. Probably not.

Report: ESPN interested in Chipper Jones as baseball analyst

Chipper Jones

Hall of Famer Chipper Jones could be coming to a television near you if ESPN has its way.

The network has interest in hiring the former Atlanta Braves star as a game analyst, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. This comes after Jones partnered with play-by-play man Boog Sciambi for a game last year, which impressed ESPN executives.

Jones has also been courted by FOX in the past. It’s unclear how interested he is or how close this is to becoming a reality. Marchand reports that Jones is not expected to be a candidate for Sunday Night Baseball, where network executives are said to be contemplating changes.

The Hall of Famer’s cameo last year was good, and he proved to be a capable storyteller, so it’s easy to see what ESPN sees. David Ross, a key part of ESPN’s baseball coverage, left to manage the Cubs, so Jones would make a ton of sense as a replacement.

Chipper Jones catches foul ball during Game 1 of NLDS in Atlanta

Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones is sitll making defensive plays in Atlanta.

The Hall of Famer was sitting in premium seats between home plate and the first base line during Game 1 of the NLDS between the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. In the top of the ninth inning, Randy Arozarena was batting with a 2-0 count and fouled one back. The ball took a bounce and then was snagged by Chipper:

Chipper was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year after playing 19 seasons for the Braves from 1993-2012. He was an 8-time All-Star, NL MVP, and former batting champ. And he still has a glove.

Jones actually threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game:

Things went south for the Braves after Jones snagged the foul ball. They allowed four runs and fell behind 7-3.

This Chipper Jones-Boog Sciambi story is so dang good

Chipper Jones

The Chipper Jones, Boog Sciambi story told this week is a classic.

Jones was in the booth with Sciambi and David Ross during Wednesday’s Braves-St. Louis Cardinals game in Atlanta on ESPN. During the game, Chipper and Sciambi revisited a great story from Jones’ playing days.

As they told it, Sciambi, who called Braves games from 2007-2009, asked Chipper why he had been swinging at so many first pitches in his at-bats. Jones said it was because that was the only time he was seeing fastballs. So then they got into a game on Aug. 4, 2009 and Chipper took a first pitch from Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer that was a 91-mph fastball down the middle. Chipper’s reaction was priceless.

That is exactly why Hall of Famers shouldn’t concern themselves with the opinions of broadcasters.

Jones was towards the end of a 19-season career by that point. He was 37 in 2009 and batted .264 with 18 home runs that season, which was the year after he won the batting title for hitting .364.

A former MVP and batting champion probably shouldn’t alter his approach based on the suggestion of a play-by-play announcer.

Chipper Jones sends awesome tribute to David Wright

Chipper Jones

David Wright on Thursday announced his plans to retire after the season, and he received plenty of love from fans and colleagues in response. One of the nicest tributes he received came from Chipper Jones, a fellow third baseman who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer.

Jones said he “admired” the way Wright played and carried himself, respected him as a captain, and wished him a happy retirement.

That’s a pretty awesome tribute.

Wright came up to the bigs in 2004 and quickly developed into a franchise player for the New York Mets. He made seven All-Star teams in an 8-year span and finished top-10 in MVP voting four times.

Unfortunately, Wright’s career was derailed by spinal stenosis — a chronic condition — and he has barely been able to make it onto the field. He’s only played 75 games since 2015 despite his best efforts to be in playing shape. Wright is expected to be activated from the DL on Sept. 25 and play in the Mets’ final series of the season before retiring during the offseason.

Saying Wright will one day join Jones in the Hall of Fame is probably a stretch, but there is no doubt that he was on that track until his career was sunk by injuries.

Chipper Jones hints Tyler Austin got what he deserved after spikes-high slide

While some may have felt Boston Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly overreacted when he intentionally hit Tyler Austin with a pitch on Wednesday night, most old school players and fans believe the New York Yankees first baseman should have seen it coming.

Not surprisingly, Chipper Jones is among the latter group. Following the benches-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, Jones shared his thoughts on Austin sliding spikes-high into second base.

Austin’s slide came in the third inning and Kelly hit him in the seventh, which was a bit strange. However, the slide was an aggressive one and Red Sox manager Alex Cora was openly unhappy about it.

Jones isn’t the first former MLB player to take Kelly’s side, and plenty of others must feel the same way. If you choose to slide spikes-high, you have to expect some sort of retaliation.

Chipper Jones implies Jose Bautista is not liked around baseball

Jose Bautista

MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre is expected to announce disciplinary action against those involved in Sunday’s brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers as soon as Tuesday. While some have predicted a lengthy suspension for Rougned Odor because he actually landed a punch, others want to see the league come down just as hard on Jose Bautista.

On Tuesday morning, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman said he is surprised by how many baseball people have shown support for Odor. Chipper Jones, who spent 19 years in the league, responded by implying that people don’t like Bautista.

Those with the “old-school” mentality took serious offense to Bautista unleashing this vicious bat flip in the postseason last year. Former nine-time MLB All-Star Goose Gossage blasted Bautista for the stunt, and there are plenty of other people who feel the same way. Jones hinted earlier this week that he is among them.

Regardless of how many people like or dislike Bautista, Odor is going to be suspended. You can’t just deck a guy in the jaw (video here) and expect to pay a fine.

Chipper Jones wedding pictures – MVP marries Taylor Higgins

Chipper Jones wife Taylor Higgins

Former NL MVP Chipper Jones got married on Monday in the Bahamas to Taylor Higgins, a woman he has been dating for the past few years.

Jones and Higgins first began dating in 2012 from what we know. She posed for Playboy Cyber in 2010 and used to go by the stage name of Lexi Ray Taylor.

Jones has been married three times now. He married his first wife Karin Fulford in 1992 and had a child with her, but she filed for divorce after finding out he cheated on her. He married his next wife Sharon Logonov in 2000 but they separated in June 2012 and divorced later that year in November (they had three children). I don’t even want to imagine what Chipper’s alimony and child support payments look like.

Since then, Chipper has been dating Higgins and getting into trouble with his Twitter activity.

Head to Page 2 for some more photos from their wedding.