Chipper bids fond farewell to Philadelphia

Chipper bids fond farewell to Philadelphia

Chipper bids fond farewell to Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- This weekend's three-game series against the Phillies will provide Chipper Jones one last time to say goodbye to the city of Philadelphia. His memories of playing in the City of Brotherly Love include the 1993 National League Championship Series, which he experienced as an inactive member of the Braves' traveling roster.

After the Phillies secured a World Series berth with a win in Game 6, some of their celebratory fans rocked the Braves' buses as they attempted to exit old Veterans Stadium.

"That was a little intro into what Philly fans were all about," Jones said.

During a pregame ceremony on Friday, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins commemorated Jones' last trip by presenting him with a painting. The portrait shows Jones swinging the bat from the left side during a game against the Phillies.

Jones' memories of playing in Philadelphia also include the home run he hit off Robert Person in his first at-bat after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

"I'll cherish and savor all of my [at-bats] against Doc [Roy Halladay] and Cole [Hamels] and Cliff [Lee] and [Curt] Schilling back in the day," Jones said. "That's how you make a name for yourself, by going out and putting up good at-bats against guys like that. They're the best in the business, and they have not made it easy on us in recent times."

The Braves won the National League East in each of Jones' first full 11 seasons in the Majors. After the Mets ended Atlanta's reign in 2006, the Phillies captured each of the next five division titles.

"I've got a lot of respect for these guys," Jones said. "These guys have done it as well as anybody for the last five or six years."