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July 9, 2010

Would Chipper/Mariano get standing Os?

by @ 4:51 pm.   Filed under baseball, baseball players, braves, braves players


Original article by Mark Simon of ESPN New York’s Mets Blog

A colleague asked me a question a few weeks ago, given some recent retirement talk, and I’m still pondering my response:

If you knew that Chipper Jones was playing in his last game in New York, would you give him a standing ovation?

I don’t have a good answer, not yet anyway (leaning yes, but reserving judgment). But I know a few rather intense Mets fans who do.

And just for fun, I expanded the question to include Yankees closer Mariano Rivera too. Here are their thoughts.

The rest of the article can be found here.

Thanks for pointing the article out to me Mark! I definitely think it will be of interest to my readers.

Now for my thoughts on the question:

I feel that being a player of the game transcends what team you play for. At the same time, being a fan of the game transcends which team you cheer for.

Rivalries are great. You’ll often hear me talk of my disdain for the Mets, Phillies, and Yankees. That’s because the rivalry is what makes it fun. However, first and foremost, I’m a fan of baseball.

I was at Turner Field when Randy Johnson pitched his perfect game a few years ago. I’m not ashamed to admit that by the end of the game, I was cheering against the Braves for the first and only time in my life. What  I was witnessing was more than just a game between two teams, it was baseball history being made. Not only was I seeing a perfect game (a rare occurrence before this year), but I was seeing it pitched by one of my eras greatest pitchers. If the Braves had won that game,  I wouldn’t be telling people that I saw Randy Johnson ALMOST pitch a perfect game. In the same respect that if Sid Bream hadn’t been called safe, I wouldn’t be telling people I was there when Sid was called out in game 7 of the 1992 NLCS.

When one of the games greats plays his last game, that’s another event that transcends teams. If Mets’ fans don’t believe Chipper had a career worthy of a standing ovation, then they shouldn’t stand. But, if they do agree that he deserves one, they shouldn’t let the name of the team he’s playing for stop them. Anyone that goes that rout isn’t a fan of baseball, at least in my opinion.

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