Some opponents you loathe. You watch with venom in your heart for how they destroy your team, for their arrogance and attitude.
Other opponents you respect and admire, and salute for their longevity and talent. Such is the case with the Braves’ Chipper Jones.
The inevitable became official this morning when Jones announced this would be his final season playing third base for Atlanta, and by extension, tormenting the Mets.
Jones will be one of the rare few players, something I hoped would be the case with David Wright and Jose Reyes, to play his entire career with one team.
I covered both Cal Ripken and Derek Jeter through the prime of their careers, and respected what they accomplished. Both had opportunities to leave for more money, but recognized the importance they represented to their team and cities. They were special players.
They are nothing like today’s spoiled players in the NBA. They kept their talents at home, as did Don Mattingly and Kirby Puckett. It was a shame it wa...