At the end of the 2008 season, the New York Mets and their fans bid farewell to their beloved Shea Stadium. They saw their memories and their tears go down in a pile of rubble. Now the team and it’s fans will soon be saying goodbye to one of their biggest rivals ever. The time where the chants of “LAAAAAAARRYYYYYYY” will soon die along with their ballpark.
Well the time is quickly approaching where we can tell Larry “Chipper” Jones goodbye. Many thought it would be next season, but it seems the time might sooner than we all though.
According to reports on ESPN.com, Chipper is planning his retirement. After two dismal seasons, he feels it is time to go without saying it in so many words. The former NL MVP of 1998 is battling injuries. I guess he forgot that with age comes injuries. Carlos Delgado can speak to great lengths about that.
So what is he waiting for to make the official announcement?
I need to go through the proper channels. Once those have all been taken care of, everybody’s questions will be answered.
In sports English this translates to:
I need to figure out what is going to happen with the $28 million that is owed to me for 2011 and 2012.
Just like a baseball player. As if he did not have enough money. Well, after only a .228 average, I think it is fair to say he will be out walking out of the door hand-in-hand with the manager he served, Bobby Cox.
So allow me to say, on behalf of this site and fans of the New York Mets everywhere: