Chipper looking forward to final foray in Flushing

Chipper looking forward to final foray in Flushing

ATLANTA -- Everyone knows New York as "The city that never sleeps."

No one has done more to keep New Yorkers -- especially fans of the Mets -- up at night, than Chipper Jones.

This weekend, Jones will make his final visit to New York when the Braves visit Citi Field for a three-game series with the Mets.

That means these are the final three games anyone will hear Mets fans issue their chant of "Lar-ry! Lar-ry!", their intended derisive cry that has had more of a cathartic effect on Mets fans than an actual one on Jones.

"Everybody calls me that, so it's not really that big a deal," Jones said with a smile. "But we'll let them have their fun."

"I wouldn't really have it any other way," he said. "That's the way it's been up north, and I don't expect it to be any different. I've been a thorn in their sides for a long time so ..."

An Empire State Building-sized thorn.

For his career, Jones is hitting .314 against the Mets, with 49 homers -- his most against any team -- and 158 RBIs, second most against an opponent.

Jones almost single-handedly knocked the Mets out of the playoffs in 1999 while clinching his National League Most Valuable Player Award, and his success hitting at Shea Stadium (.313, 19 homers, the most in any opposing park, and 55 RBIs, third most) inspired him and wife, Sharon, to name the couple's second son Shea.