2012 the last run for Chipper Jones
All good things must come to an end.
For Braves fans everywhere, they never wanted to see this day.
Earlier today, Chipper Jones announced this will be his last run through the summer, putting to rest any questions that he may play past 40.
Chipper broke onto the scene in 1993, but a broken leg kept him out of the strike-shortened 1994 season.
He became a household name in 1995, when he was runner-up to Hideo Nomo in the NL Rookie Of The Year voting, helping lead the Braves to their lone World Series Championship in Atlanta.
But Chipper created so many memories for Braves fans everywhere, not only in Atlanta, but all around the country as TBS broadcast nearly all of the 162 games until 2003.
A career .304 hitter, Chipper made things tough for opposing pitchers, but was nothing more than a team player.
He restructured his contract in order for the Braves to go after Tim Hudson, he switched positions to left field so management could bring in Vinny Castillo and Ken Caminiti.
He showed up for work every day, played the game with nothing but respect, and will leave an indelible mark on MLB after he rides into the sunset at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
When Larry Wayne finally hangs em up, he will have compiled more than 450 home runs, 2,600 hits, 1,500 RBIs and 500 doubles - all with one organization.
But the memories will last forever, and Chipper knows the time is now, as the Braves pitching staff is loaded with young arms and the lineup is stocked with talent.
It will be a season to remember for Braves fans everywhere - he turns 40 on April 24, as the Braves are in the midst of a series at Dodger Stadium.
As Chipper said earlier "I wouldn't want to play for any other fans", and as a fan, I can assure you we will never forget everything you did for the franchise.
Thank you Chipper.