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Jones throws out first pitch before Braves opener

Monday - 4/1/2013, 7:47pm  ET

Former Atlanta Brave first baseman Chipper Jones, left, talks with Philadelphia Phillies third base coach Ryne Sandberg, right, and Philadelphia Phillies catching coach Mick Billmeyer, center, before the start of an opening day baseball game between the Phillies and the Atlanta Braves, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) -- Chipper Jones says it was "weird" to be at Turner Field for his first opening day as a retired player.

Jones, wearing his old Braves jersey, threw out the first pitch before the Atlanta Braves' opening game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. He threw a strike to Brian McCann.

Jones retired after last season, ending a career that lasted almost two decades -- all with the Braves. Jones said before the game, "I'm missing it today, but I won't miss it tomorrow."

He says he's picking Washington to win the NL East and "it's a coin flip" between the Braves and Phillies for second.

Jones also visited the Braves' spring training as a guest instructor. The Braves plan to retire Jones' No. 10 on June 28.


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