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Larry Ages like a Fine Whine

Mike SteffanosFriday, January 2, 2009
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.

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Comments (6)

mike, i really have never been a fan of larry's but it is hard to knock his overall competitiveness for the game. bottom line,he's right. play the game like a pro and that's the way to say what you want without getting blasted. all the crap said the last couple of years only sells tickets. nothing more. i'm starting to wonder if they are probed into doing this. on the other hand, larry sounds frustrated. he should be. he is in his twilight years playing for a perinial loser. it sucks but we've seen this happen lots of times before.

Chipper likes classy Braves who don't create bulletin board material. Like John Rocker.

Isn't this the guy who bellyached about David Wright getting a Gold Glove last year?

Isn't Chipper Jones the guy who complained about David Wright getting the Gold Glove last year? That wasn't classy.

Wasn't John Rocker a Brave? He wasn't classy.

Didn't Chipper complain about David Wright getting a Gold Glove?

And didn't the Braves have a guy named Rocker? Seemed to provide bulletin board material.

William - I don't disagree with what he's saying. My point is that he's not the guy to be saying it. He's always talked some trash, so he shouldn't be the one to criticize others for it. Plus he has been whining a lot over the last couple of seasons. I wouldn't characterize the Braves as perennial losers, either. They have had a rough 3 years, but they had a big run of success before that.

Agreed with all of your points, Dave.

C Jones is a great player, perhaps good enough for the HOF one day. But, he is one of a few players I would never ever want to be a member of the NY Mets.

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