Chipper Jones was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta, with a packed house of over 1300 fans, players, coaches, and dignitaries. The program featured speeches from Dale Murphy, Hank Aaron, Bobby Cox, and John Schuerholz, and was emceed by Joe Simpson.
The afternoon also featured several videos of Braves teammates from recent years and years past congratulating Chipper. There was also a “roast” reel where players and baseball people from all over the game were playfully trashing Chipper. Hopefully they make that available online, because it was hilarious — it had everyone in the room in stitches. That segment was introduced by someone dressed all in camo, pretending to be Chipper’s cousin. I believe that was Joe Simpson.
Chipper’s acceptance speech was gracious and humble, and had that incredible Chipper charm — where he talks out of the side of his mouth, and you know that every word is coming from the heart. Here is the last bit of Chipper’s acceptance speech:
Attendees to the event got a lithograph print of the painting of Chipper that will hang in the Braves HOF, as well as a glass with a Chipper HOF patch on it.
The event was very well put together by the Braves, and worth attending in every possible way. I will be sure to put any future Braves HOF events on my schedule, and so should you. This is one of the very few one-of-kind moments that us fans get to experience with the players. Tonight will be another one, as the Braves retire Chipper’s number at Turner Field.