Chipper Jones Unhappy With Basement Dwellers

Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught up with Chipper Jones today, and he wasn’t terribly happy, particularly with some denizens of the lowest floor of houses owned by their mothers.

“I still feel like I have something to offer, and the cynical fan can really kiss my ass. I really don’t care. There’s a bunch of true fans and the people who actually want to take the time to get to know me know who I am. The guy who sits in his mom’s basement and types on his mom’s computer, I couldn’t really care less about.”

Hey, Chipper. I lease the basement I live in, thank you very much.

And given my basement-leasing situation and recent support of Chipper Jones’s continued baseball career, I resent that. But hey, if Chipper needs an imagined enemy to get through his 18th Major League season, I’m perfectly willing to play that role.

(Hat tip to Dustin Parkes at The Score)

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  1. Rick says:

    I really wish that guys like Chipper would understand that typing on a computer and attending baseball games in person / being a “true fan” are not mutually exclusive.

    Maybe from the player’s perspective being a “true fan” is cheering for a guy unconditionally and having faith in his continued success. After reading the Hayhurst book, I can’t help but that most players really have a deep seated contempt for fans as people who only care about exciting baseball and not about the players themselves — God forbid…

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    • Ryan says:

      I agree if he needs an imaginary motivator, then by all means, let him have an imaginary motivator. But it’s not people in their mom’s basements who are demanding that he retire. We can tell his OBP at .382 and a 122 RC+ with a slightly positive UZR, which means he is a great asset to a baseball team.

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  2. Josh Shepardson says:

    This is a bit disappointing to read from Chipper. I attended my first MLB game last year (a long time coming I might add) as his Braves took on the Cardinals in St. Louis. He didn’t play that day, but signed autographs and took pictures with fans for roughly an hour before the game. He took the time to make sure no one that wanted an autograph or picture during BP left empty handed, and offered to sign something for myself and two friends (which was pretty cool, though we politely declined). Little did he know the basement dwelling nerd who gets worked up over card collecting, autographs and running numbers on Excel (that’s the perception right?) declined his autograph politely. While it was a great gesture of his to take the time for the autograph signing and picturing taking (and one I tell any and every baseball fan I associate with about), I have never had anything against the players who don’t. I guess it would be nice to see the players be more educated about the fan base and all the segments of it. As was stated, being a stat nerd and enjoying attending games are not mutually exclusive. Much like teammates of his who didn’t take the time in BP for autographs and pictures aren’t rude, self centered, overpaid divas (isn’t that the strereotype for well paid athletes who don’t bend over backwards for fans?). Would Chipper prefer the alternative? Crazed fan in his Chipper t-shirt, underwear and Braves cap stalking him out before the game, after the game and when he’s spending time with his family? Now THAT’S a dedicated fan who wants to see you playing Chipper! I continue to hope to see him do well, but I hope he’ll be a little less closed minded what makes for a, “true,” baseball fan.

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    • Undocorkscrew says:

      Yeah, making a fuss out of absolutely nothing there Josh….

      He’s probably just referring to fans who hide behind a computer and trash players routinely. There are lots of them….

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      • TK says:

        “…take the time to get to know me know who I am.”

        This is clearly Chipper taking issue with people who think he should retire, that he doesn’t care about anything but money, etc. It’s not about advanced statistics. Chipper may or may not give a crap about advanced statistics, but either way this isn’t what this is about.

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        • tim in mpls says:

          Yeah, the quote in the article was taken completely out of context.

          People in Atlanta want Chipper to retire because he’s owed $13M. Chipper is whining about them, not the sabermetric crowd.

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    • Greg says:

      Yeah, I think you took what he said the wrong way. He’s referring to people (trolls) that post on blogs saying he should retire and he’s only coming back this year because of the large paycheck he’s getting. A few years ago Chipper use to post occasionally on Dave O’brien’s (main beat writer for the braves) blog on the AJC. The quality of comments there is atrocious now though.

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  3. Ben D says:

    Chipper has actually spoken out before about advanced stats and did not seem to favor them much. You can find the article somewhere. It involves him and Jon Sciambi having a back-and-forth about something with Chipper taking a pitch or two.

    Something a lot of people need to realize is that baseball players and baseball followers are not going to see eye-to-eye on most things. They feel they know the game better because they play it, and resent that people who haven’t played at the level they have try and tell them what actually works and what doesn’t.

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    • eckmuhl says:

      I agree with Bed D’s assessment that ball players will almost always resent it when an outsider tells them how they really should be doing something different, without actually going through the day to day activities of preparing for and playing games at the highest level. It is basically the equivalent of a novice home cook going back into the kitchen of a fine dining restaurant and pointing out to the head chef what they are doing wrong with one of their dishes. The amateur might be right, but the chef is still going to blow their top.
      There is also this messy bit, courtesy of Bull Durham, which complicates the matter of what “should” work best, “If you believe you’re playing well because you’re getting laid, or because you’re not getting laid, or because you wear women’s underwear, then you ARE! And you should know that!” The psychology of performance is just something that advanced statistics cannot truly account for, and to an extent, it DOES matter.
      I also think that ball players just want the fans to remember that they are people, and not just skill sets. I can’t feel bad for anyone who gets to paid lots of money to play a game for a living. But I can empathize with that feeling.

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  4. kamikaze80 says:

    man up. you’re being oversensitive to chipper’s comments. of course he’d be peeved if some loser who doesn’t even know him questions his motivation for continuing to play. wouldn’t you?

    as for some guy telling him how to hit, i think chipper’s record speaks for itself – he doesn’t need hitting advice from anyone.

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  5. IHateMorons says:

    also remember that most baseball players (professional athletes) are morons and hyper-aggressive assholes.

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