HOUSTON -- Chipper Jones and Craig Biggio share the distinction of playing their entire careers with one organization. They also share the many great memories that were developed as the Braves and Astros met five times in the National League Division Series between 1998-2005.
These two shared another nice moment together on Monday night, when Biggio presented Jones with a cowboy hat during a pregame ceremony. This stands as the first of many Jones will likely receive as he visits Major League cities for the last time. He has already announced he will retire at the end of this year.
"It's a nice gesture and it's much appreciated," Jones said. "Houston has always been special to me because it's the one place my parents get to come and there are a ton of Braves fans here. There have been a ton of great games against Houston during my tenure here. So it's awfully nice of them to do that."
Having already experienced his own farewell tour in 2007, Biggio suggests Jones soak in all of the appreciation he receives.
"As a player, the home fans love you, but there's a lot of fans that respect you in other ballparks," Biggio said. "They might not like you because of what you've done to them on the baseball field, but they respect you the way you play. To be able to let them say thank you in return is a classy move. It's a good thing. He'll be sad once that last day gets here, but he should enjoy it because he's meant a lot to the game."