Chipper Jones has been greeted with a long ovation as the Atlanta Braves retired his No. 10 jersey Friday night.
Jones, the 1999 NL MVP and an eight-time All-Star, was honored before Atlanta’s game against Arizona. The former third baseman retired after last season’s playoff loss to St. Louis having played his entire 19-year career with the Braves.
Wearing a gray suit and a red tie, Jones spoke to the Turner Field crowd before he threw out the ceremonial first pitch and was driven around the field to adoring cheers.
Most seats in the stands were filled as Jones stepped to the microphone while "Crazy Train," the 1980 hit single by Ozzy Osbourne that used to play before his at-bats, boomed through the public address system.
Among those joining Jones on stage were former manager Bobby Cox, former owner Ted Turner and former outfielder Dale Murphy, Braves president John Schuerholz, second baseman Dan Uggla, his parents and four boys.
Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter sat in Turner’s box near the home dugout.
The Braves inducted Jones into their hall of fame during a luncheon Friday at a downtown hotel. Hank Aaron, baseball’s No. 2 career leader in homers, spoke at the luncheon to congratulate Jones.
Jones’ jersey number joined Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Aaron, Murphy and Cox on the franchise list of retired numbers.
Jones, the 2008 NL batting champion, ranks as the career leader among third basemen with 1,623 RBIs.
The crowd at Turner Field cheered loudest for Cox, Murphy and Turner, though Arizona’s Martin Prado, a Braves regular from 2006-12, drew a loud ovation when Jones pointed to him in the visitors’ dugout.