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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Chipper Jones is about to get a contract extension:
It appears Chipper Jones may get his wish to remain with the Braves throughout his entire career.
Of course, since this is the Braves, it's just as likely that the announcement will be that, rather than get extended, Jones has broken his current contract to sign with the Dodgers or Mariners or something.
Seriously though, for Braves fans this is one of those things that transcends objective analysis. I really don't care what his injury risk is. I really don't care how much money it's for. At some point and with some players you have to throw that stuff out the window, and Jones is the player you do that for in Atlanta. He's the Braves' Al Kaline, and that's the kind of guy you never want to see in another uniform, no matter how much of a shadow of his former self he becomes by the end of the deal.
From the "things I did not know" department, there's a guy making bats for big leaguers right here in my backyard:
"The thing I like about bats is, somewhere in the middle, you have the science part and the art part, and they meet there in the middle," said Charley Trudeau, founder of Phoenix Bats, a baseball-bat manufacturer in Plain City, Ohio, with a growing list of big-league clients . . .
It's sad that Tejada doesn't come up to Plain City personally to get his bats. I think it would be cool to run into him at the Der Dutchman salad bar.
Lots of content today, so instead of writing a joke, the joke will be just how panicky I get to finish the recaps of it before my son wakes up, demands his Cheerios, and yells at me to "get off the 'puter, Daddy!"
Whew! Made it. Now to the Cheerios.