Monday, Chipper Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, basically, that he was considering retirement.
"I've said it a million times, it's hell getting old," said Jones, who’ll be 40 next month. "The body is starting to tell me every morning when I wake up that it’s getting close...I don’t know if I can make it through this year."
Naturally, that made Atlanta Braves fans panic because, well, dude is slated to be the team's starting third baseman.
Tuesday, however, the seven-time All-Star was backpeddling.
"It was tongue in cheek. I was kidding. I just got done playing eight innings with three at-bats. I was a little tired," the 1999 National League MVP told MLB.com. "I wasn't by any means suggesting I couldn't make it through the season. If I didn't think that I could, I wouldn't be out there."
"I think it is a disservice to Chipper Jones to suggest that after wearing a Braves uniform for 22 years, he is going to abandon his teammates in the middle of a season," B.B. Abbott, Jones' agent, said. "Anybody who knows anything about him knows he is not like that."
I guess I don't get the humor.
REPORTER: Hey, Chipper...how ya feeling?
CHIPPER: The body is starting to tell me every morning when I wake up that it’s getting close...I don’t know if I can make it through this year.
ZING! Comedy has come a long way, gang.
That said...if you find yourself in the Greater Orlanda area watching Spring Training this weekend, the always funny Jim Norton is there Thursday through Saturday.
Tell him The Hall sends its regards!