Chipper Jones has been struggling with his left-handed swing of late, and so after Saturday's game, he called his father, his hitting coach for life. His father watches virtually every Braves game, but never calls his son with advice. "He always waits for me to call," Jones said, smiling.
Neither father nor son messed around with niceties when they talked this weekend. Chipper just went right into it. "What do you got for me?" he asked.
"You're feeling jammed up, right?" his father responded.
Exactly, Chipper replied, and his father talked him through a couple of adjustments to get his hands freed up and away from his body. After the third baseman got to Citizens Bank Park, he went to the cage, implemented the changes -- and he could immediately feel the difference. "Amazing," the son said about his father's coaching ability, on Mother's Day.
Chipper went 0-for-4 on Sunday, but that was probably because of the cutter thrown by Cole Hamels. In that same Buster Olney article, Chipper calls the cut fastball "the bane of my existence." Check out the full article at ESPN.com (Insider subscription required).