Chipper Jones, third baseman for the Atlanta Braves, announced his retirement after 19 years in the game, and all spent with one team. His keys to success? …His mom!
“My mom was a professional equestrian and when she rode out in the arena, people watched her,” Chipper said. “When she walked through events, people watched. It wasn’t just about how good she was – and she was good. It was about the way she carried herself. She carried herself like a champion in everything she did and it was noticed.”
There’s a fine line between cockiness and confidence, Chipper said, and his mom made it a point that her son carry himself appropriately. Head up, well prepared, always aware of the eyes that were on him. That confident approach allowed Chipper, especially in his early days in the league, to manage himself when older, more experienced players might be looking for the hot shot youngster to implode….”