Well, this sucks.
I don't start off many posts — if any — that way, but I'm not sure how else you ease into the news that Chipper Jones(notes) has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the Atlanta Braves' season.
The future Hall of Fame third baseman was injured while making an awesome cross-the-field play in Houston on Tuesday. It's the same knee that Chipper tore up during his rookie season in 1994.
Losing Chipper obviously lessens the Braves' chances of holding off the charging Phillies in the NL East and it's a bummer to any baseball fan that was intrigued by the storyline of Jones and Bobby Cox aiming for one more World Series title together.
But if that's going to happen, Jones will be playing the cheerleading role of Frank Thomas(notes) on the 2005 Chicago White Sox. Jones can be a good clubhouse cheerleader, but he'd obviously prefer to be continuing his contributions — he was hitting .400 for the month of August — while in the lineup.
What's even more depressing is the chance that our last image of Jones on a baseball field might be him getting hurt. Jones' current contract runs through 2012, but given that he's 38, has talked about early retirement before and is facing intensive rehab, who's to say that he'll be back?
All in all, not a good situation. I'm not a Braves fan, but sucks is really the only way to describe it.