When did Chipper say he was definitely not retiring after the season? All he said was he feels good mentally and he’s not thinking about retirement right now. His swing feels good and he thinks the results will come. Do you want him to think he’s going to be bad all year? In August if Chipper’s playing as bad or worse than last year and he says he won’t retire, then I’ll be mad at him.
Alright, I’ll back up. I have said that Chipper will not keep his word, and that there’ll be a string of squirming comments that will end with some strained rationalization for him staying, no matter how poorly he performs. So, with today’s article, it just looks too much to me like we are going down that road, and even earlier than expected.
But you’re right, he didn’t say he definitely wouldn’t. But if that’s not what is being suggested by this context:
“Those wondering what’s going through Chipper Jones‘ head these days vis-à-vis the retirement possibility he mentioned last fall, well, you can stop wondering for the time being.
Unlike during last season’s struggles, Chipper says he isn’t thinking retirement these days. He said he’s not thinking about walking away after the 2010 season.”
But alright, I’ll admit there is room in that language for him to still claim “I’m not saying I won’t retire, I’m just not thinking about it right now.” So I’ll hush about it for now. But more is coming. And by more, I don’t mean more base hits.