Third baseman Chipper Jones is pulling out all the stops to stay on the field while battling pain in his right knee. And he's not sitting still for what he's seeing from some of his teammates on the field, either.
"If we get beat, we get beat. I can accept that," he says. "But I want to see guys bring it, every night. That's a big difference.
"I see the Phillies. They bring it every night. Against everybody. That's the way we have to be. If somebody's not going to bring it, I'm going to jump in their (face)."
Jones was particularly perturbed about the 1-2 series loss to the Nationals earlier in the week.
"When you have the Phillies and the Marlins playing each other, two teams that are ahead of you, and you've got the Nationals, you're expected to make up ground. And we lost a game. And that bothers me."
Yes, he said something. He busted some heads, figuratively speaking, behind closed doors.
"People say that I don't show enough emotion and this, that and the other. I'm intense about winning and losing. And what happened to us (in the Nationals series) was embarrassing. And there's no excuse for it."
This weekend's three-game series against the Phillies has not done a lot to lift Jones' mood. Especially when right-hander Cristhian Martinez came on in relief of the injured right-hander Brandon Beachy and not only pitched four perfect innings but also drove in two of the Braves' four runs on his first major league hit and Atlanta still lost.
"That was wasted," Jones said disgustedly after that 5-4 loss. "We had tons of opportunities. Out-played them for most of the game after a rough first inning but it just seemed like we had opportunity after opportunity to not just get runs but easy runs if we just put the ball in play and we couldn't do it at the opportune time."
Jones was a late scratch for Sunday's 3-2 win over the Phillies. He has not been bothered by the left knee, on which he had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn ACL in the off-season. Instead, he has been bothered by his right knee; he thinks it may be because he was compensating for the left one.
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