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Chipper honored by Cardinals before finale

Chipper honored by Cardinals before finale

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Chipper honored by Cardinals before finale
ST. LOUIS -- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was honored by the Cardinals before Sunday's game at Busch Stadium.

The 40-year-old was given an autographed Stan Musial jersey in addition to a framed game photo of Jones in action signed by Cardinals players.

Rafael Furcal, a former teammate of Jones', presented Jones with a photo signed by various members of the organization. Adam Wainwright, a Georgia native and former Braves farmhand, handed Jones the Musial jersey.

Jones, a seven-time All-Star, received a standing ovation from the crowd, which also gave him a 45-second ovation on Friday when he came to the plate for the first time in the series.

"I've always enjoyed coming here and the fan base in St. Louis is part of that," Jones said. "You can have an opposing player hit three home runs against the Cardinals and these fans will give him an ovation for a job well done."

Jones went 3-for-8 in the first two games of his final St. Louis regular-season series, but was not in the starting lineup on Sunday.

"It's nice to play in a city where good baseball is appreciated," Jones said. "Other teams enjoy coming in here to play because they get to entertain some pretty intelligent fans."

Jones has always been treated with respect by the knowledgeable fans in St. Louis, who have a high level of respect for the game.

The St. Louis players hold Jones in high regard. Reliever Mitchell Boggs grew up in Dalton, Ga., and idolized Jones as a child.

"He was my favorite player," Boggs said. "He broke in when I was 11 years old and they won the World Series in his first year [1995]," Boggs said. "As far as the Braves go, he is the guy."

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