Chipper honored by Reds' gesture

Chipper honored by Reds' gesture

CINCINNATI -- The Reds are honoring Braves third baseman Chipper Jones during the four-game series by using commemorative bases saluting Jones' career.

Jones has announced that this season will be his last. When Jones first arrived in the Major Leagues, the Braves and Reds were division rivals in the National League West. The Reds will present Jones with one of the bases prior to the start of Thursday's series finale, also giving one to the Braves organization and keeping one for display in their own Hall of Fame.

"It's unique," said Jones. "It's something I never would have thought of, but it's awfully nice and classy of the Cincinnati Reds organization to do that. It's not expected, but I look forward to getting out and looking at it and hopefully rounding it maybe once or twice."

Jones is not playing in the opener due to a left calf bruise. He has been given a tribute during every final road trip into opposing cities this season. He received the Wrigley Field Braves flag from the Cubs, and the Rays played a video tribute to Jones this past weekend. Jones is from Deland, Fla., not far from St. Petersburg.

"I really don't know how to react to what's going on. It's hard for me to put into words," said Jones. "Obviously, most places that I've gone in my career I've gotten booed or heard a lot of hate and that kind of stuff. But like yesterday in Tampa, when I stepped out of the dugout and see everyone standing and clapping, it's real shocking, but much appreciated."