The Chipper Jones legend grows. Not that those who've been watching him for 19 years were surprised that he stroked a single up the middle in his first at-bat and a two-run homer in his second.
Actually, the best sight was his barehanded grab and throw across the diamond on the very first play of the game, when former teammate Jordan Schafer did what he was supposed to do and laid down a bunt. It was a perfect bunt, too, the little whippersnapper.
The storybook aspect of Jones' return from the disabled list aside, though, manager Fredi Gonzalez's task is to deploy Jones in the lineup where his presence will have the most effect on who's batting around him.
Batting sixth in his return, Jones provided protection to second baseman Dan Uggla, hitting .077 (1 for 13) to that point. With Jones behind him, he was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Catcher Brian McCann, back in the cleanup spot with the return of Jones, was 1-for-4. But first baseman Freddie Freeman, who moved into Jones' usual third ...