On a day where we learned a Mets bullpen catcher had been arrested on a DUI charge Sunday night, lefty bullpen specialist Tim Byrdak would require surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee and David Wright got a cortisone shot because his recovery had “essentially plateaued” (whatever that means), I wasn’t expecting anything from the baseball world to make me happy.
Then I saw the articles mentioning that Chipper Jones is thinking about retirement.
“The body is starting to tell me every morning when I wake up that it’s getting close,” he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m signed through the end of this year. If I play in a certain amount of games, I got an option for next year. I don’t know what next year entails.
“I don’t know if I can make it through this year.”
I will be thrilled when Chipper has stepped off the baseball diamond for the last time. In 231 games against the Mets, Chipper hit .318 with 48 home runs and 154 RBI… and that’s more than enough reason to look forward to the day that he accepts his gold watch.
But that’s just the beginning. We’re talking about a man who decided to name his son Shea because of all the success he had at the Mets’ former home. “I love playing there,” Jones told ESPN in 2004. “Check the numbers.”
So yeah, I’m ready to start planning the farewell party. I’d love to say that it’s been fun…