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 Post subject: Chipper on Shea Stadium 9/21/01
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:39 pm 
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SI: There’s more than 50 guys in the middle of the field, how close were you to crying?

CJ: My lip was quivering. I can remember cutting my eyes to some of the guys from the Mets. Obviously that night was probably 10 times more emotional for them than it was for me. As you can tell by how long-winded I get about this subject, that it meant something to me, very much so. If you look over and see some of your peers hurting, it affects you. I think I had to look down at one point just to gather myself after seeing Mike Piazza with a tear down his cheek. If I’m in an emotional state and I see someone else crying, then the water works are coming from me as well. At that point, I bowed my head and tried to hold it together as much as I could.

My dad always said, “When you hear a 21 gun salute for the first time, it’ll be something that will stick with you every day of your life.” When they did it in left field, and I was playing left field, you could’ve knocked me over with a feather. Every hair on the back of my neck stood up. The hairs on my arms stood up. When I ran out for the bottom of the first inning—usually I’m looking for the ball to toss with Andruw or the ball boy—but I look down and the shell casings are on the ground. I couldn’t believe it and I picked up as many as I could and stuffed them in the back of my pocket.


http://www.si.com/mlb/2016/09/21/chipper-jones-braves-mets-mike-piazza-home-run-september-11-attack

You always hear about this from a Mets or NYC perspective, so it's interesting hearing it from an "outsider" view. The story about the brass casings is pretty intense. I've never thought Chipper was a great person, as I've heard and read stories, particularly since his retirement, about how he can be a jerk. But he really comes through well here.


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