RICHTON, MS (WDAM) - Detroit Tiger third baseman Jacoby Jones returned to his hometown of Richton on Friday night to serve as the Grand Marshal in the city's Christmas parade.
Jones knew he would be leading the parade but didn't expect to have his number 23 from Richton High be retired.
"I didn't know that at all," Jones said. "I didn't know any of it. I didn't know I had to go up there, I didn't know I was getting keys to the city. It means a lot to me and my family. It's great any time I can come back here after a long season, see all my friends and see my family, just relax a little while."
Jones returns from his first season with the Detroit Tigers where he tallied six hits and two RBI's in 13 games.
After a long journey from LSU up through the minor leagues and now in the MLB, Jones says he's continued to remember where it all started in Richton.
"I've always looked back and looked at my childhood," Jones said. "All the memories I had with my mom and my dad in the backyard. You always come back and think about the little small town you came from, especially since it's been a small town. The population's probably 2,000 right here. I always think about this place a lot, where I came from. It's my roots."