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Chipper Jones inducted into Braves Hall of Fame

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ATLANTA -- Current players, fans, former players and legends all came out the celebrate #10 Chipper Jones at a special luncheon held in his honor Friday afternoon. 

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The luncheon, hosted at the Marriot Marquis, was held to commemorate Jones' induction into the Braves Hall of Fame and the retirement of his number, #10. 

The luncheon was the most attended Hall of Fame induction ceremony, ever -- a testament to the influence the 19-year-veteran has made on Braves fans. 

The luncheon began with an introduction of every current Braves Hall of Fame inductee and continued with a player-by-player introduction of the current Braves team and notable alumni. Among the notable alumni were: Javy Lopez, Curtis Fly, Marquis Grissom, Greg McMichael, Keith Lockhart, Ron Gant, Sid Bream and Steve Avery. 

Before lunch, guests were treated to a prayer by G. Gil Watson of the Northside Church in Atlanta. Watson's whimsical prayer lauded Jones' dedication to the sport and the franchise. 

After lunch was served, Dale Murphy, Bobby Cox, Hank Aaron and Braves President John Schuerholz all recollected on how special they believed Jones to be as they watched him develop since entering the "major league."   

Murphy and Cox spoke about Jones' entrance into the MLB and how they both felt he made them look better as player and manager. Murphy even spoke about how Cox was partly responsible for his great hitting record in a pre-recorded video message. 

When Aaron took the stage, he saluted Jones' mom and dad, Larry Wayne Jones Sr. and Lynne, commending them for being the most influential people in his life. Aaron said he believed Jones' parents were to credit for his excellence in the sport; Jones echoed this same sentiment when he addressed the crowd. 

When Jones took the stage, he acknowledged his mother and father, his four sons, his grandmother Eshter who had never missed a spring game in his career, and his girlfriend. While he talked about how much he enjoyed his career and recounted learning from the game's greatest, he seemed to savor in the fact that since retirement he's able to be an active parent. 

During his acceptance speech, Jones beamed when speaking about his children. He explained his delight when "taking them to the movies, playing putt putt and going bowling." Above the pageantry of the day, Jones seems to be most at peace with having the ability to bask in parenthood. 

During his acceptance speech, Jones talked about the first time he walked into the Fulton County Stadium and how he looked toward to rafters and aspired to, also, one day be enshrined in the Braves Hall of Fame. 

He recollected, "Now I stand here 20-some-odd (sic) years later  and have that dream come to fruition, it's really unbelievable to me. It's um.. (pause) I can't express to you the gratitude that I have to the Braves organization for giving me the chance to play baseball at its highest level for a long period of time. For them to show me the loyalty here in Atlanta and wanting to keep me for 19 wonderful seasons -- and be able to give myself and my boys a wonderful life, I could never thank you enough." 

Jones' jersey will be retired on Friday night during the Braves game against the Diamondbacks at Turner Field. 

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