Friday night's Atlanta Braves home opener had quite a few memorable moments.
There was Bobby Cox throwing the ceremonial first pitch to new manager Fredi Gonzalez--the proverbial passing of the torch--just as Jason Heyward received the first pitch from Hank Aaron prior to last season's first home game.
The next moment came when Chipper Jones three-run double chased Cliff Lee, the Phillies much balleyhooed free agent addition, from the game after 3 1/3 innings.
But none of those moments will end up as the most memorable of Opening Night 2011 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.
That moment also belongs to Chipper. The Braves-lifer's single in the sixth inning was the 2,500th hit of his Hall of Fame career.
Chipper received a standing ovation from the sell-out crowd at Turner Field.
Those fans may have been treated to the most memorable milestone of Chipper's career, but fans who attend the remaining eight games on this homestand will likely see Chipper reach two more milestones.
The third-baseman is three RBI's short of 1,500 for his career. To put those two milestones into perspective, only one switch-hitter in baseball history has had 2,500 hits and 1,500 RBI's--Hall of Famer Eddie Murray.
Adding to the potential history-making events during the Braves first homestand of 2011, Chipper needs only three more doubles to reach 500 for his career.
As Chipper's career nears its end, the fans who have cheered so boisterously for No. 10 for the last 17-plus years will be treated to an historic first homestand of the 2011 season.