"At some point, whether it's rounding the bases or walking out to the car after a game, I'm saying to myself, 'You better cherish it, it might be the last time,'" Jones said. "You never know when that last homer's going to be, when that last hit's going to be."
On Thursday, there were a few moments for the 40-year-old to remember. Jones hit two home runs in his first three at-bats of the game, bringing his career hit total to 2,700. His first multihomer game of the season gave him 466 career home runs, pushing him past Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and into 32nd place on the all-time list.
Jones finished the night 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs, and the Braves beat the Padres, 6-0.
While Jones was named to the All-Star Game last month and is putting together his best year since winning the National League batting title in 2008, he again reiterated he has no intention to rethink his retirement.
"Nights like tonight are really cool and I'll never forget them," he said. "But I'm ready to do something else."
Before Thursday's game, Jones said there was "nothing" that could change his mind about hanging up his cleats at the end of the year.
"Do I think I can come back next year and play? Yes," Jones said. "I don't want to. That's what people don't get. I've made promises to the most important people in my life, and I'm not going back on that promise."
Jones said he wants to be in the Braves' lineup as much as possible. Nagging injuries have prevented him from playing more than five games in a row this season and he said five games may even be too much for his body, depending on how active his in the game.
With the pennant race heating up, Jones said he has to remain mindful of the big picture. So while he wants to play, he knows it's more important to stay fresh for the Braves' biggest games of the season.
"I want to play every home game," Jones said. "Through texting and through Twitter, people tell me all the time 'We're coming to games and we hope you're playing, and this is the last time we'll get to see you play.' I take that to heart. But there are just times when I can't do it."