Prior to their NLDS Game 1 loss to the Dodgers the Braves had franchise icon and future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Rather than throw the ball to long-time teammate Brian McCann or team MVP Freddie Freeman Chipper had to make the toss to the team mascot. Why? Kevin Kernan of the New York Post explains: Evidently Braves players were not happy Jones had gone on the radio earlier in the day with the team's flagship station 680 The Fan and predicted the Dodgers would win the NLDS in four games. So no player volunteered to catch the pitch. First things first: Hey nice call Chipper. The Dodgers officially won the series in Game 4 on Monday. Secondly: C'mon really? Are the Braves that petty? I mean I guess they are since the mascot (the mascot!) had to catch the ceremonial first pitch but this is silly. Grow up and prove Chipper wrong that's the appropriate response. Not stamping your feet and refusing to participate.
Braves boycotted Chipper Jones' first pitch in NLDS Game 1
CBS Sports | Oct 8