Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones threw out the first pitch of Game 1 in the team's series against the Dodgers. However, instead of a player being behind the plate like normal, the Braves' mascot caught the pitch.
The reason the mascot caught Jones was due to his predictions for the series, reports the New York Post. No Braves player volunteered to catch the first pitch after Jones told the team's flagship radio station he thought the Dodgers would win.
To be specific, Jones predicted the Braves would lose their NLDS series in four games to the Dodgers. As it turns out, Jones was dead on in his prognostication: The Dodgers won Game 4 Monday night to clinch a berth in the National League Championship Series.
After the game, Jones tweeted the following seemingly sarcastic remarks:
Wanna thank the Braves organization for having me throw out the first pitch to the mascot tonite. Quite sure that's never been done before!— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) October 4, 2013
Nor will it EVER happen again!— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) October 4, 2013
Retired manager Bobby Cox tossed the first pitch in Game 2, with Tim Hudson on the receiving end.