Braves honor Chipper Jones in pregame ceremony - New York News

Braves honor Chipper Jones in pregame ceremony

The Atlanta Braves honored Chipper Jones in  pregame ceremony on September 28, 2012. (Photo by Kaitlyn Pratt/MyFoxAtlanta) The Atlanta Braves honored Chipper Jones in pregame ceremony on September 28, 2012. (Photo by Kaitlyn Pratt/MyFoxAtlanta)

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron participated as the Braves paid tribute to Chipper Jones before Friday night's game against the Mets.

Catcher Brian McCann thanked Jones "for being our leader, our mentor." The players bought the 40-year-old Jones, who is retiring after the season, a pool table.

The team also gave the third baseman and his family a trip to Hawaii and a plaque made from Turner Field bricks. Team president John Schuerholz announced Jones' clubhouse locker will be moved to Jones' home.

Jones' parents and 2 of his sons joined him on stage.

New York's Ruben Tejada then hit the game's first pitch to Jones, who had a wide grin after making the pickup - with a slight bobble - and then throwing out the shortstop.

LINK: Fans turn out for Chipper Jones tribute

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