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Valentine: Chipper always rises to the occasion

Valentine: Chipper always rises to the occasion

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Valentine: Chipper always rises to the occasion
BOSTON -- Thirteen years have passed since Chipper Jones essentially secured his National League Most Valuable Player Award at the expense of a Bobby Valentine-managed Mets club, but the current Red Sox skipper hasn't forgotten what transpired during the summer of 1999.

"Chip's been a thorn in my managerial side, that's for sure," Valentine said. "I've seen him for the better part of a couple decades. I saw him always rise to the occasion. He's a special player. He's one those guys who are out there. He walked his talk and lived his dream and got everyone's attention."

Jones drilled four home runs and collected nine RBIs in the six games the Braves played against the Mets during the final month of the 1999 regular season. When the two teams matched up in the National League Championship Series, he recorded five hits, including two doubles, and drew nine walks in 29 plate appearances.

Barring a Braves-Red Sox matchup in the World Series, this weekend's series will mark the last time Jones competes against a club managed by Valentine. The 40-year-old third baseman, who will retire at the end of this season, was in Friday night's starting lineup as a designated hitter.

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