Chipper Jones Names Son After Shea Stadium

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Despite all the boos, Chipper Jones will always love Shea. So fond of Shea Stadium where the fans heckle him, the Atlanta star named his new son after the New York Mets’ ballpark Monday — Shea Logan Jones. “I love playing there,” Jones said. “Check the numbers.” Jones has hit 17 home runs at Shea, his highest total at a visiting park, and his first major league homer came there on May 9, 1995. He is a lifetime at .314 hitter at Shea.

Jones was with his wife, Sharon, for the birth of their second child Monday. He made it back to Turner Field by the fifth inning, and struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of a 7-6 win over San Francisco. The couple had planned to name the child Shea whether it was a boy or girl, Jones said. Shea Logan measured 21 inches and weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. He joins Larry Wayne III, who’s 4. Chipper also has another son, Matthew, who’s 6, from a previous relationship.

Jones is not the only big leaguer to salute Shea in a special way. Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin, who also enjoys playing in New York, named his daughter Brielle D’Shea.

I’m just glad he didn’t have his best outings at one of the stadia named after a corporation. “Qualcomm Jones” just doesn’t have a very good ring to it. Plus, having to re-name the kid every couple of years would be confusing.

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  1. Eric Akawie says:

    I fondly remember seeing Chipper play for the Single-A Durham Bulls back in the day. He was one of those great prospects who got called up in July, wrecking a great season for the Bulls.

  2. BigFire says:

    It’ll never be Qualcomm Park for me. It’ll always be Jack Murphy or Murph.

  3. Was the middle name an homage to Logan Airport? Now had he named the boy Seven, I could be down with it.

    Perhaps it’s time to ban all idiots from procreating.

  4. Bithead says:

    Candlestick Smith has a certain oddball charm…
    Astrodome Adams does too, although you hope he never loses his hair.

  5. Beldar says:

    If he were an Astros player, think of all the family turmoil and angst that would have occurred when his son had to change his name from “Enron Jones” to “Minute Maid Jones”!