Larry “Chipper” Jones found himself in an awkward situation recently. No, not trying to explain how he can hit nearly .400 without the use of a whiffle bat or if he thinks a first baseman’s glove will make his hips look big or something. Instead, he found himself guilty of Celebrity Faux Pas #1: overestimating his ranking on the celebrity scale.
He approached young miss Kelly Clarkson at Daytona in 2007 after her performance (posted above) and… well, tell us in your own words, Larry, as recorded in ESPN THE MAGAZINE this month and captured by LARRY BROWN SPORTS:
“She walked my way, looking at me like she knew who I was, so I started to put out my hand. Then she pulls out a camera and asks me to take a photo of her and her friends. My buddy lost it…. I was so embarrassed that I just wanted to go get a beer.”
We must recommend to Mr. Jones that he start carrying around copies of his most recent baseball cards in his wallet if he’s going to hang around much more famous young people. Slip ‘em one during the handshake and then sheeplishly wonder how that got there with the MVP voting highlighted on each card. Offer to sign it with your phone number and off you go.