Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 9/18/12
Chipper Jones has seen his share of tributes in his final season with the Braves. Hes been honored by most of the teams on his farewell tour around the majors, receiving all kinds of items. There was a cowboy hat in Houston, a surfboard in San Diego, a few used bases, an autographed Stan Musial jersey in St. Louis and even a years supply of sausage by the Brewers. A grill was part of the deal, so at least he has somewhere to cook all that meat. None of them are as large or grandiose as the tribute that longtime Braves fans Misty and Lamar Duren concocted for their farm in the suburban Atlanta town of Walnut Grove. Little house, meet big cornfield. The Durens have been turning seven acres of their farm into a maize maze for the past few years, so why not honor their favorite third baseman by cutting it in the shape of Jones head, complete with his cap and his name and number. We love Chipper and thought this was the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to him and honor his 19 seasons with the Braves, Misty said. Wed love to have Chipper come and get lost in the maze. Talk about getting lost in your thoughts. Pitchers have been trying to get inside Chipper Jones head for years, but have never been able to completely fool Jones, a future Hall of Famer. The Durens have just made it easy for anyone who visits Corn Dawgs Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, which opens Sept. 23. A company designed the maze and used a tractor and a GPS device to cut the design into the corn. It took four hours to complete it. Last year, the Durens honored another longtime Atlanta icon by cutting Coca-Colas trademark logo cut into their corn to celebrate the companys 125th anniversary. We always want something to intrigue our customers, she said. The Durens built it, so plenty of Chipper fans will come. Jones continues to be the most popular Brave and is the lone remaining member of the 1995 World Series championship team. Hes rejuvenated the Braves at times this season with clutch hits and heroic homers and is hitting .297 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in his final season. Jones just recently joined Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams as the only players in MLB history with at least 2,500 hits, 1,500 walks, 1,500 runs, 500 doubles, 450 home runs and 1,500 RBIs with career batting average of .300, a .400 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. At 40 years old, Jones is no longer a children of the corn. Were big Braves fans. We love the Braves, Misty Duren said. Were going to try to get Chipper out here. We have great hunting. Maybe that will get him to come out. Wed open the park exclusively for him.
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