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Larry Jones and The End Of My Childhood

For well over half my life, and as long as I've been watching baseball, Larry Wayne Jones, Jr. has been crushing baseballs thrown by (mostly mediocre) Mets pitchers. The memory of any of those home runs is enough to raise my blood pressure, and I would boo him if he knocked on my door, and handed me the keys to a Ferrari. When I was in third grade, I refused to play Little League because I was assigned to the Braves. My parents eventually forced me to do it, but I wouldn't expect any different from someone who came of age when the Braves were running train over

With all of that said, I would get on my feet and clap for Chipper if I were at his final game in Flushing. Not because he's one of my favorite players, or because I feel obligated to recognize the all-time greats of a sport, because I don't. I would give Larry Jones a standing ovation because I respect him, and often feared him. He gave me something to hate, even when the Mets were utterly uncompetitive. hating the Braves so easy, and didn't earn my hatred through artificial means (the Victorino effect,) but rather an organic hatred bred out of watching him hit titanic home runs in the top of the inning, then watch Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz absolutely dominate mediocre or horrible Mets lineups (and sometimes very good ones).

I know this sounds like sacrilege to some, but as someone whose Mets fandom was so shaped by contempt of the Braves, baseball will lose a little something when Chipper retires, kind of like how the NFL be a little less fun will when Tom Brady retires, or Tennis when I can no longer root against Roger Federer. Since I have been watching him kill the Mets for so long, Larry Jones playing his final game in Flushing this weekend makes me realize that such a prominent part of the summers of my youth will be absent next year.

So yes, I would give Chipper Jones a standing ovation before his first plate appearance of his final game in Flushing. After that, I would give him the "normal" Mets fan treatment, especially if he expected a curtain call.

Let's Go Mets, beat the Braves

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