SAN DIEGO -- When the Braves make their last scheduled visit to New York Sept. 7-9, Chipper Jones will have one last opportunity to interact with those Mets fans with which he has shared a love-hate relationship for so many years.
His history with Mets fans runs much deeper than that which he shares with Padres fans. But there was a sense of nostalgia when he took the field for Wednesday afternoon's series finale at Petco Park. This was his last game in San Diego, the same city where he made his Major League debut on Sept. 11, 1993.
Jones made his debut when he entered to spell Jeff Blauser at shortstop during the ninth inning of a 13-1 Braves win. One day later, his appearance was limited to him serving as a pinch-runner for Sid Bream. His first Major League plate appearance resulted in a single against Cincinnati's Kevin Wickander on Sept. 14, 1993.
Jones was greeted with a standing ovation before each of his four plate appearances in Wednesday's 8-2 loss. He tipped his cap to the crowd before his first at-bat and again before hitting a single in his final at-bat.
"I've always enjoyed coming to San Diego, it's been one of my favorite places to come," Jones said. "Obviously it does hold a special place in my heart, because it was where I got my first appearance."