It's been said that in every real man, a child is hidden that wants to play.
Chipper Jones knows all about that, in many ways he's the last link to the Atlanta Braves' glory days when the franchise was in the playoffs year after year. The veteran third baseman celebrated his birthday in style on Tuesday night.
Jones became just the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to hit a homer on his 40th birthday as Atlanta rallied to beat the Dodgers 4-3 in Los Angeles. Tony Phillips, Wade Boggs, Joe Morgan and Bob Thurman are the only other players to have accomplished the feat.
Chipper told Braves.com that he received about 60 birthday wishes from friends and family on his cellphone by the time he woke up on Tuesday morning.
"I've got a ton of friends out there, both inside and outside the game that thought enough to say happy birthday," Jones told MLB.com. "It was really appreciated. I can't wait to get home. I got a message from my four boys this morning. I miss them. Hopefully we won't get rained out [on Wednesday] because my wife has a rather elaborate birthday party planned for Thursday."
While we don't know what Jones' wife has planned, chances are pretty good it will be more impressive than what his Braves teammates gave him.
Atlanta coaches and players sang Happy Birthday to Jones before Tuesday's game and even rolled out a cake. Although, as you can clearly see, it was the kind of treat you'd expect to see at a 5-year-old's birthday party, instead of a grown man.
Chipper has been marvelous on his birthday, with a career .421 average, 5 homers and 11 RBI's in his career.
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