Andruw Jones Faces Fellow Countryman Jair Jurrjens Sunday

Sunday, April 20, 2008
Jair Jurrjens
Jair Jurrjens
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Jair Jurrjens will have a chance to gain some pride when he starts against Andruw Jones Sunday afternoon.

During his childhood days in Curacao, Jurrjens and his father adopted the Braves as their favorite team, primarily because they could regularly watch them on TBS. Surprisingly, their favorite player was David Justice and not Jones, who is undoubtedly Curacao's most famous son.

"It's going to be fun to face him," Jurrjens said. "It's going to be even more fun to strike him out."

Jurrjens, who was acquired from the Tigers in October, never had the opportunity to play with Jones. But they initially met more than 15 years ago, when Jurrjens' older brother played on a team in Curacao that featured Jones.

The younger Jurrjens was reunited with the 10-time Gold Glove winner two years ago, when they played for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The first few weeks of the season have been rough for both the Braves and Jones. After the Braves cut ties with him last year, he said he would always maintain his family residence in Atlanta.

"You want to play as well as you can because you were there for so long and you want to show them what they've been missing," Jones said. "It is always going through your mind."

Jones hit his first home run for the Dodgers Saturday.
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Adapted from MLB.com

Andruw Jones
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