By Mike Steffanos
I saw the following quote from Chipper Jones today and had to laugh:
Chipper on the Mets acquiring relievers Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz:
The rich get richer. It's becoming more and more apparent that the bigger markets are crushing the smaller markets with these signings. From a Mets standpoint, they've had a running feud with the Phillies the past couple of years. It's kind of weird not to be in it.
We won for 14 consecutive years, and you never, ever saw any bulletin board material. And now that these two teams are on top of the division, they can't keep their mouths shut. Just go play baseball. It's Cole Hamels now. It was Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Beltran the past couple of springs. These two teams are constantly going at each other verbally. You know, win with class, lose with class. Just keep your mouth shut and go play your game.
This is from a guy who never met a microphone he didn't like and wasn't above talking some trash himself. If a guy like Smoltz made this statement I wouldn't be exhausted from laughing so hard at it right now. Coming from this guy, it's just surreal.
Chipper equating Atlanta with the "smaller markets" is somewhat rich, too. When Uncle Ted was signing the checks, Atlanta had one of the larger payrolls in the game. They got Greg Maddux in 1992 because the Cubs couldn't or wouldn't pay to keep them. I guess when you're the one benefiting things look a lot different.
Chipper is a great player, but I think I respected him more when he was talking trash and then backing it up, compared to the last 2 or 3 seasons when he seems to be constantly whining about something. I guess he kind of got spoiled by years of things going his way in Atlanta. Someone please give that man a feminine napkin and a pacifier.
So sad, Larry. I remember when you had a pair.