Chipper snubbed on first pitch?

The Los Angeles Dodgers eliminated the Atlanta Braves from the
playoffs Monday night in Game 4 of the NLDS, and looking back,
maybe bad karma had a hand in the Braves’ troubles.

It all started back at Turner Field in Game 1, when retired
Braves legend Chipper Jones threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
But rather than throw it to a current player standing in as a
catcher behind home plate — as he did on Opening Day and in
June at his number retirement ceremony — Jones had to throw
it to the Braves’ mascot.

Turns out, it wasn’t just a fun twist on the traditional
first pitch that led to Jones playing catch with
Homer. Rather, it was a dugout full of cranky
Braves players miffed that Jones didn’t pick them to win the
series.

According to the New York Post, Jones appeared
on the Braves’ flagship station, 680 The Fan, earlier in the day
last Thursday and predicted that the Dodgers would advance to the
NLCS in four games. As a sign of protest, the Post reports, no
Braves player volunteered to play catcher for Jones’ pregame
toss.

It seems somewhat childish of the Braves clubhouse to boycott
the player who is arguably the franchise’s most recognizable
face over the last two decades just because he gave an honest
answer to a question about how he saw the series playing out. But
Jones ended up getting the last laugh Monday, anyway, when his
prediction turned out to be right on target.