ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones said earlier this month at Citi Field that he is probably the most hated villain in New York next to former teammate John Rocker.
"That would be pretty good," Jones said. "I didn't have an argument with Spike Lee throughout the years. I didn't see Spike at too many games."
The whole idea of being honored at Citi Field later this season was amusing to Jones when he was told of the Mets' plan Monday.
A Mets official said the team indeed will acknowledge Jones -- he is retiring after this season, his 19th with the Braves -- but in an appropriate manner and not with an on-field ceremony.
When asked how the Mets should bid him adieu, Jones smiled and said: "It might be a recording of all my plate appearances where they announce my name and the chorus of boos rained down. I don't know. Like I said, I'm not expecting anything. But anything would be appreciated."Jones did recount his most famous run-in with the Shea fans during the 1999 season, when he noticed a fan behind the dugout with a shirt that was split with Mets and Yankees logos. He thought the Braves were in the process of knocking the Mets out of the playoffs -- instead they forced a one-game playoff and beat the Reds.
"I told him, 'Now all the Mets fans can go home and put their Yankees' stuff on' -- not knowing what a firestorm that would light up. Then we end up facing them in the LCS. So that one almost really came back to bite me. It taught me a valuable lesson. To keep my mouth shut."