After playing 17 seasons in the majors, Atlanta Braves slugger Chipper Jones(notes) seems to be realizing his baseball career is winding down.
So, in an effort to stay relevant after he hangs up the spikes, Jones began a new career Monday by training to be a flight attendant at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
OK, that's not what really happened. During a stop on the Braves' winter caravan, Jones and other team personnel worked as gate agents in a publicity gag for Delta Airlines.
Also joining in: manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell, along with players Jordan Schafer(notes), Tommy Hanson(notes), Peter Moylan(notes) and Scott Linebrink(notes).
The above video, shot by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, shows Jones directing passengers to begin boarding a plane headed for LaGuardia Airport in New York. Meanwhile, at another gate, McDowell entertained folks on their way to Philadelphia.
Yes, just what a flight no doubt filled with New York Mets fans want to see standing by the jetway: Chipper bloody Jones.
As Jones' unmistakable voice went out over the P.A. system, some passengers and passers-by did a double take, while others thought they were seeing Delta employees wearing Braves gear.
Jones added a "Go, Braves!" to the end of his initial boarding announcement, although he deviated from the original script, which was to include, "Hi, I'm Chipper Jones. You guys might know me as Larry."Jones, who is recovering from ACL surgery and aiming to be ready by opening day, seemed to have a good time playing airline employee for a day.
"It's something that we've never done before, and to be able to get up there and see how the whole system works will give us a new appreciation of how important those guys' jobs are," Jones said, adding with a laugh, "I don't know if I would trust us to route planes to Philly and LaGuardia, but we'll do the best we can."
The AJC also took some amusing pictures of the Braves' day at the airport.
- Chipper Jones
- Delta Airlines