Chipper Jones made his eighth and final appearance in the Mid Summer Classic Tuesday night. The future Hall of Fame third baseman singled in his only at-bat in the seventh inning, hitting a soft grounder just past A.L. second baseman Ian Kinsler for the base hit. It was a play Kinsler probably could have made, but with the N.L. All-Stars already leading 8-0, he (perhaps) decided to help Jones enjoy a final moment on one of baseball’s biggest stages.
After the grounder with eyes found its way into right field Jones stood on first base smiling from ear to ear. He looked like an eight year old kid who just picked up his first hit in a Dixie Youth game. The Kansas City crowd gave Jones a standing ovation. It was a neat moment in a game that was otherwise without much drama.
Jones was one of four Braves in the Kansas City Tuesday night. Dan Uggla started at second base and singled and drove in a run in a 5 run first inning that put the NL Stars on top for good. Michael Bourn pinch hit in the 8th and struck out swinging, and Craig Kimbrell struck out the out the only two batters he faced.
It was a great night for the National League. The NL Stars won their third straight All-Star Game and have secured home field advantage for the World Series again this year. The Giants and Cardinals, two NL teams, have won the past two World Series.
AUDIO: Chipper Jones postgame [1:41]
AUDIO: Craig Kimbrell postgame [:47]