Onetime Walkoff Walk interviewee, frequent Walkoff Walk contributor, avid hunter, sometime prankster, and, oh yes, one of the greatest third baseman to ever play the sport Chipper Jones has an ouchie in his knee-spot. Take it away, Atlanta Journal Constitution substitute blogger Carroll Rogers:
An MRI showed Jones has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, his agent BB Abbott said Thursday morning. Abbott said he received a text message from Jones, saying the ligament was torn. Jones had been examined by Dr. Marvin Royster, Braves orthopedist who read the MRI.
"He said it was stretched out pretty bad," Abbott said. "That it was torn and needed to be fixed."
No word yet as to whether Jones will have season-ending knee surgery because he's going to seek a second opinion right away. Yeah, I'm no doctor but I'm pretty sure when the doctor takes a magnetic image of the inside of your knee and all you see is what appears to be frayed knots, stale jerky and tobacco juice, I think you're going to need someone to fix that with medical science. It's just like 1994 when Chipper tore the same ACL in the same knee and required the same surgery, killing what would have been his rookie season.
Chipper was planning on retiring at the end of the 2010 season; if he sticks to that idea, we, as baseball fans, may have seen the last of a guy who rivals HOFer Eddie Mathews as the greatest infielder in Braves history. Say it ain't so! Jones was in the middle of a down season for him but an above average season for a corner infielder in his late 30s. He was a veteran dude leading a first place team towards their first division title in five years and he won't be happy cheerleading from the sidelines as the Braves make a pennant push.
So we implore you, Chipper: find whatever backwoods medical clinic you can, have Billy Wagner drive you there in the back of his Ford F-150, and get that knee patched back together with needle and thread. Moonshine instead of anesthesia. Whatever it takes!