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Chipper Jones flying high

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Atlanta, GA (WGCL) - The retirement of Braves' third baseman Chipper Jones was capped off by a special event at Atlanta's airport.

When the team goes on road trips; Atlanta-based airline Delta has a charter that takes the players all across North America.

Delta doesn't usually do this. In fact, almost never do they, or the airport, allow people on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson. But on Sunday was different.  Even with a steady rain falling, people packed in and waited for Chipper.

Flight attendant Corliss Armstrong said,"Always been a very nice young man.  We're real proud of Chipper."

Armstrong is part of the flight crew that's helped fly Chipper around the country for games since he was 21-years-old.  Now, he's 40 and it's one of his final flights with Delta.

They made sure he would never forget it. His father Larry certainly was not expecting this. He said, "It's been a little, um -- a little overwhelming."

But then, the entire season has been that way. From California to Florida, Massachusetts to Colorado, Jones has been honored at every ball park in which he's played this year.  But the end-all  came this weekend, during his final series of games in front of hometown fans. The Friday night ceremony to celebrate his career was completely sold out.

Jones explained, "I was an emotional wreck all night, and it was tough to stay focused."

With those final home games out of the way it was time for the sendoff.  Jones followed his teammates off the bus, and to the plane and when he saw his jersey number on the fuselage he couldn't hide his smile.

"It's been overwhelming. You know, the support, the love, the texts, the e-mails, the tweets, everything," Jones said.

To celebrate his retirement, Delta also gave Jones two round-trip tickets to go anywhere in the world.

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