Originally posted on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 7/11/12

"It ain't how hard you hit, it's where you hit it." (Chipper Jones)

Last night was Braves star Chipper Jones "first time" appearing in a game in Kansas City but be sure, he'll never forget it. The Atlanta Braves third baseman, who is retiring after the season, singled as a pinch-hitter in the All-Star game in his first-ever appearance at Kauffman Stadium. In a quirk of inter-league scheduling, the Braves have "never" played in Kansas City. That didn't matter to Kansas City, or Missouri fans, the 40 year-old Jones received a standing ovation from the sold out crowd and his All-Star teammates when he came to the plate in the sixth inning and got another appreciative roar after singling off Chris Sale's first-pitch fastball. "It was kind of hard to see 97 (mph) coming out of Sale's hand", Jones said. "You're not going to get a base hit if you don't swing the bat." Before his grounder made it past second baseman Ian Kinsler and into the outfield, Jones was trying to leg out a hit. "Yeah, I was thinking beat it out all the way," Jones said. "At 40 years old, legging out a hit in the All-Star Game. That's exactly how I scripted it."

Larry Upton

"Upton on Sports"-source:usatoday/mlb.com/

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