After Monday afternoon, the Nats and their faithful may need to reconsider.
Jones, a close friend of first baseman Adam LaRoche, stopped by the clubhouse to see his buddy and to chat.
LaRoche, in the midst of an 0-for-26 slump which had dropped his average to .135 entering play Monday, and Jones -- always one to share his knowledge, something they frequently did when the two were teammates from 2004 through 2006 and again in 2009 -- went to go watch video.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson was not concerned about LaRoche's slump and was all for the session with Jones.
"He's a veteran player, he's been through it. He's a quality hitter and I'm not worried that much about it," said Johnson about LaRoche's slump. "I saw Chipper earlier, and he was going to talk with his good buddy. I said, 'Yeah. Get him feeling good, and I have a couple more guys you can talk to, too.'
"Just talking to a great hitter, after you leave the conversation, you feel like you're better," Johnson added making reference to similar chats he had with Al Kaline and Ted Williams. "Every conversation I ever had with Ted Williams, when he was managing the Senators, I'd go out and get two or three hits. I think it's great. I think more today, more players do talk because of the phones and the texts. I think it's good."
He probably thought it was even better after LaRoche snapped out of his slump in the second inning, lining a 1-2 pitch from Atlanta starter Julio Teheran into center field, starting the Nats' two-run rally to take the lead.
Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.