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ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones is retired from baseball, but that didn't keep him from helping out a former Atlanta Braves teammate.
With thousands of motorists trapped on Atlanta's frozen interstates by a deep freeze that had engulfed much of the Southeast, Jones hopped on his four-wheeler and aided Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who had tweeted earlier that he had been stuck for five-plus hours in gridlock because of snow.
Thank goodness for @RealCJ10 ! Saved me on a 4 wheeler! pic.twitter.com/ljXDEULJC9— Freddie Freeman (@FreddieFreeman5) January 29, 2014
Freeman, who returned home 11 hours after he first got in his car, later tweeted that Jones' rescue was "a moment I'll never forget."
Jones, meanwhile, said on Twitter that Freeman "hugged me the whole way home." He also retweeted a picture of the two returning, courtesy of Jones' girlfriend, Taylor Higgins.
They made it home safe and sound! #thankful @RealCJ10 @FreddieFreeman5 pic.twitter.com/KBO59VL1HU— Taylor Higgins (@lilgeorgiapeach) January 29, 2014
The rare winter storm paralyzed Atlanta and affected sporting events throughout the region.
The Detroit Pistons' game against the Atlanta Hawks scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed. The Pistons were unable to make their scheduled flight into Atlanta on Tuesday night from Detroit.
The game will be rescheduled, but no date was immediately announced.
Also among the postponements was the Alabama men's basketball game at Auburn. It was scheduled for Wednesday but moved to Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.