Back when Jon “Boog” Sciambi was working as a play-by-play man for the Atlanta Braves, he had a suggestion for Chipper Jones.
Sciambi noticed that Jones, who was in the latter stages of his Hall of Fame career, was swinging at a lot of first pitches, even though most of them weren’t strikes. He relayed that to Jones before a game against the San Diego Padres in 2009.
Jones told him that the first pitch was likely the only time he’d see a fastball during an at-bat, so it was better for him to be aggressive. Nonetheless, Jones took Sciambi’s advice that night.
Sure enough, Jones, in his first at-bat of the game, laid off a very hittable fastball over the outer part of the plate, causing Jones to glare up to the broadcast booth.
Sciambi now works for ESPN and called a Braves-Cardinals game Wednesday night in Atlanta. Jones joined him in the booth and ESPN’s production crew was able to dig up the hysterical footage from that day.
Here's the Chipper/Boog story in all its glory. Great work by the production crew to have the video ready. pic.twitter.com/lt0IAuoaqZ
— Dan Why-Ner (@DanWeiner) May 16, 2019
Jones said there were a few curse words rumbling around in his head after he took the pitch.
“I let you dictate the at-bat right there!” he said to Sciambi.
However, Sciambi was quick to note that Jones worked back from that 0-1 count to draw a walk. Still, it’s safe to say that was likely the last time Jones ever took advice from a broadcaster.
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