Chipper Jones played 19 MLB seasons from 1993-2012 (take out the 1994 strike-shortened season he missed with an ACL tear. The Braves won division titles in 1993 and from 1995-2005. Add in 2010 and 2012 Wild Card berths and Jones was part of 14 playoff teams.

Once the prototype for success in the National League, the Braves are in a mode the Atlanta fans are not used to: rebuilding. On Sunday, one day before the start of the regular season, the Braves shipped off closer Craig Kimbrel and outfield Melvin Upton, Jr. (formerly B.J. Upton) to finish an offseason that saw trades moving former All-Stars Justin Upton and Jason Heyward.

The Braves' moving pieces caused a little stir among the Braves faithful. Jones, the long-time face of the franchise, was ready with Twitter to support his only MLB club.

Jones appears to be playing nice, but he may have a scapegoat. This past fall, the Braves underwent a change in the front office when general manager Frank Wren was released. John Hart was named interim general manager and later President of Baseball Operations. Jones retweeted a message addressed to him about the transition:

Jones stayed online late into Sunday night. When the clock struck midnight to signal April 6–Opening Day–Jones hung in. He shifted from front office Tweeter to marketing Tweeter.

And you know what, Jones is going to come out to Turner Field to back up his social media words.

Jones was back up in time for the 4:10 ET first pitch at the Miami Marlins on Monday.

When the Braves won 2-1 in a pitcher's duel, Jones was there to say I told you so:

Despite the 1-0 Braves record, Jones' former fans did not embrace his optimism. The backlash on Twitter continued after the win.

Jones even got real with a fan who called Alex Rodriguez a classier third baseman than Chipper:

For anyone concerned about Jones' anxiety, the Braves' all-time leader in walks (Hank Aaron leads almost every category) did have a chance to relax Monday night and watch the NCAA Basketball National Championship Game:


Jones was a career .303 hitter with 2,726 hits, 468 home runs and 1,623 RBI. The Braves retired his number 10 in 2013. Jones will be on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in 2018, where many project he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer. In the meantime, he has the Braves to watch. And critique.

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