Larry always had fun with the fans in Queens.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is a guest columnist in this week's edition of Sports Illustrated, with a column titled, "Bottom of The 19th, The Walk-Off." Here's a quote SI provided me to use from that article:
"I believe everything happens for a reason. My four kids, three with my second wife, are athletic, smart, fun, still young. I've been a part-time father. Now, come October, I'm going to be a full-time father, like my father was to me. I'm going to teach Shea to bat switch. He's eight. It's time. I'm saying goodbye without a tear in my eye. I gave it my all."
It's a one-page article, but if you're a Chipper fan, it's well worth picking up. The writing style from Chipper is much of what we've come to expect from his Twitter feed the past few months -- short, to the point, and with a lot of inside jargon. It's simple, yet effective prose that should bring a smile to everyone's face.
On Sunday, I made my final trip to Shea, from Manhattan to Flushing Meadow on the team bus. Excuse me. Not Shea. Citi Field. Shea is the third of my four kids, all boys. Shea Stadium was the place where the fans would chant Lar-ry! Lar-ry! in that New York singsong, but I got the last laugh. I raked there, spouted off in the papers, had a good time-and the fans let me have it. What more could a ballplayer want?
The story is a perfect 10, if you ask me.