A full capacity of 48,282 people packed into Turner Field Friday night to say thanks to one of the best players to ever represent the Atlanta Braves.
Chipper Jones' number 10 jersey was retired.
"I look up and my first thought is Fulton County Stadium," Chipper said to Braves country in the pregame ceremony. "It was just these five or six names here," (referring to Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro, Hank Aaron, Eddie Matthews, and Warren Spahn whose names are retired and displayed on the first base side of Turner Field).
"I'm not going to lie to you. I dreamed about having my number up there. I truly believed I was going to do something special with my career," Chipper said.
Chipper Jones said having his number unveiled beside Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and John Smoltz was special.
"On the first base side, you have a different era of ball players. On the third base side, you have our era of baseball players," Chipper said.
Chipper Jones went on to say that the 1990s was a special time for him and Braves Country.
"I'm just so proud of the guys that are up there. It was a pleasure to play with them. It was a pleasure to play for them. I'm kind of the last face of everything good that happened to the Braves in the 1990s. It ended as it should."
The DeLand, Florida native spent his entire career with the Braves. He was on the team that won the World Series in 1995. He won the National League MVP in 1999. He won the batting title in 2008.
Jones was inducted into the Braves' Hall of Fame on Friday as well.
He ended his number retirement ceremony with one last rally to the Braves Country.
He said: "Let's Go Braves!"
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