By Edgar Treiguts, CNN
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Not only has he been feeling the love from his hometown fans, but also those in opposing cities.
[:26] "The gifts and the ovations have just been at times really overwhelming. Certainly unexpected."
It's respect for a player who has Hall of Fame-worthy credentials.
He's played the game the right way and honored its history. That combination means more than anything to baseball fans – whether its your own team's player or not.
Jones is an 8-time All-Star, an MVP award winner, and was an integral part of the Braves' record run of success that included 14 straight division titles and a 1995 World Series championship.
His statistics put him squarely in the conversation of the greatest switch hitters ever to play the game, alongside the name of Mickey Mantle, his idol.
He's been the face of the Braves franchise on the field, and will retire having played his entire career for only one team – a rarity in the game today.
[5:22] "It's easy to sit here and say I want to be a winner...I want to be remembered as a winner...I want to be remembered as a mentor and a good teammate. Yes, I want all of those things. But ultimately, when people get done, I want them to look whoever they're talking to straight in the face and say 'that boy was a ballplayer'."
Jones final season will end with a little extra action.
The Braves have clinched a playoff berth, so he'll get one more taste of the postseason, beginning October 5th.
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