Fish give Chipper fishing gear as farewell gift

Fish give Chipper fishing gear as farewell gift

MIAMI -- Chipper Jones has done plenty of damage to the Marlins over his career. As a parting gift, the Marlins gave Jones gear to help him do battle with other fish.

Jones added to his growing collection of farewell gifts before his final game in South Florida on Wednesday night, which the Braves won, 3-0, as the Marlins presented him with a Sage fly-fishing rod and Sage reel with travel kit.

"It was cool," the veteran said. "Obviously a really classy act by the Marlins organization giving me the gift beforehand and all their guys coming out of the dugout. That was especially nice, and obviously however many people that were here standing for my last at-bat, I wish I could've gotten a hit, but the guy was out there throwing pretty hard."

Along with the fishing rod and reel, the Marlins gave Jones a waterproof tote bag filled with other assorted fishing gear, including a bass fly-fishing kit, deceiver assortment flies, books on fly-fishing, a fly-fishing vest with fishing tools and lures, a fly-fishing hat with LCD lights for fishing at dusk and dawn and a tackle box kit.

The Marlins honored Jones, who is retiring at the end of the season, prior to the teams' series finale at Marlins Park. Just before first pitch, the video board in center field showed a montage of Jones highlights set to Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" -- Jones' walk-up song.

After the video, Jones came out from the visiting dugout and tipped his cap as the Marlins Park crowd gave the longtime Marlins foe -- Jones' 40 homers and 165 RBIs are the most by an opposing player against the Marlins -- a standing ovation as he walked behind home plate.

"I've always enjoyed my time here," Jones said. "I love coming out to Miami. It's one of the few chances I get to play in front of some friends and family over the years. I cherish each and every time down here."

Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes and former Marlins great Jeff Conine met Jones behind the plate and presented him with the parting gift, which added to the unique collection of items Jones has collected during his farewell tour. The Padres presented him with a surfboard last month, and the Brewers recently gave Jones a new grill and year's supply of bratwurst, while other clubs have given Jones more traditional baseball items.