September 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones
Game MVP: Chipper Jones, .895
Least Valuable Brave: Paul Maholm, 14 game score
Most Valuable Phillie: Ryan Howard, .124
Least Valuable Phillie: Jonathan Papelbon, -.966
1st – (PHI) Ryan Howard two-run double for a 2-0 Phillies lead, .133
1st – (PHI) Erik Kratz three-run double for a 5-0 Phillies lead, .128
9th – (ATL) Chipper Jones three-run homer for an 8-7 Braves win, .872
Chipper Jones produced an .872 WPA on the game-winning home run, which is probably the highest WPA play I’ve ever seen. To compare, Brooks Conrad’s grand slam against the Reds in 2010 was worth .803. It nearly doubles Chipper’s previous high WPA play going back to when FanGraphs starts recording the data in 2002. It’s also the highest individual WPA in a game I’ve ever seen.
Of course, Jonathan Papelbon’s WPA is just ridiculous.
If you’re choosing a signature moment in Chipper’s final season, you could do a lot worse than tonight’s home run.
Also, you might remember a crazy 15-13 win over the Phillies back in early May. If not, here’s a refresher. The game-winning home run in that game came off the bat of Chipper Jones.
If you’re a Braves fan, or just a baseball fan, I hope you’re storing these memories of Chipper. It’s something to tell the next generation.