Quantcast

Adam Jones: Masahiro Tanaka should be asked about facing me, not other way around

Masahiro-Tanaka-YankeesBaltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones seems legitimately offended by the hype surrounding New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. As many of you know, Tanaka was a perfect 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in Japan last season. The Yankees liked what they saw enough to sign him to a $155 million contract. Jones is not impressed.

Prior to Wednesday’s Yankees-O’s game, Jones was asked if he has any thoughts on facing Tanaka. He seemed like he had rehearsed for the question.

“Why don’t you ask Tanaka about me? I’m the one who’s been over here in the major leagues for a while,” Jones said, per Steven Marcus of Newsday. “Congratulations, he did it over there. Don’t make it like he’s the dirtiest guy in the world. He was 24-0-in Japan.

“At the end of the day, we’ve got to judge it off major-league hitters, not the Japanese hitters. We’re a little bit better over here as hitters…”

Jones faced Tanaka three times on Wednesday, striking out twice and hitting a single. Tanaka ended up with a no decision after pitching seven solid innings of seven-hit, three-run ball and striking out 10. Jones was equally annoyed when asked about the righthander after his team’s 5-4 win over New York.

“Am I [supposed] to go home and say I faced Tanaka tonight?” he asked, according to Newday’s Anthony Rieber. “Just go throw a party that I faced Tanaka? It’s another pitcher. Another pitcher in the rotation. Nothing special to me. It’s just another guy that we have to go through to get to where we want to be.”

When you put up those kinds of numbers and sign a $155 million contract, you’re going to get all kinds of publicity — no matter what country you came from. Jones has been in the league long enough to know that.

H/T NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty

Adam Jones has harsh words for fans who run onto field

Adam JonesThe Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 14-5 in the second game of their series on Tuesday.

During the bottom of the eighth inning, there was a brief delay because two fans entered the field of play from stands on the third base side. After being apprehended by security, the game continued.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones got a firsthand look at Tuesday’s stunt and has apparently had enough of the on field interruptions.

When speaking after the game, Jones certainly wasn’t guarded with his words on the subject.

“I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field, and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher, and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it’s stupid,” Jones said via the Baltimore Sun. “You look like an [idiot] when you run on the field.”

“I remember a couple of years ago, one dude broke his ankle in Baltimore. I was laughing at him. I wish he shattered his femur because it’s stupid. It’s just plain old stupid. Anybody who does it, I wish the cops tase the [hell] out of them. I wish that.”

Tell us how you really feel, Adam.

Players often times will give the politically correct sound bite when speaking with the media. Other times we get moments like these, and they’re absolutely great.

Obviously, when a person who isn’t permitted on the field makes their way there a safety issue arises for the players and umpires/referees. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case for the intruder, as we saw during MLB’s All-Star Game in 2013.

Adam Jones says fan threw banana at him

Adam Jones

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said on Twitter that a fan threw a banana at him in the last inning of his team’s 10-2 win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Sunday.

Adam Jones tweet

Jones hit an RBI double in the eighth and a 3-run home run in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach.

Let me just say that I really hope the fan threw the banana in protest of how well Jones was doing against the Giants, and not because of any racist meanings. I really hope that was the case.

Adam Jones gets a Popeye’s chicken cake for his birthday

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is a huge fan of Popeye’s chicken. How huge? The three-time All-Star turned 28 on Thursday, and he apparently likes Popeye’s so much that his friends thought it would be appropriate to give him a Popeye’s-themed birthday cake.

Jones was pretty stoked about it, and we can see why after going through some of his Instagram photos. Most of the pictures he posts have to do with delicious meals, and he even showcased his love for Popeye’s while sitting on the O’s team plane a couple months ago.

[Read more...]

Adam Jones drops fly ball in center (Video)

Adam Jones drops ballAdam Jones is beginning to develop a reputation for missing fly balls in the outfield. On Friday, his error cost the Baltimore Orioles three runs against the New York Yankees.

Vernon Wells was up with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 7th and the game tied at two. Wells drilled a 93 mph fastball to center, and Jones went back to track it down. He was at the warning track when he reached up to make the catch, but the ball dropped out of his glove. The runners were moving on contact and all three scored to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead.

Jones, you may recall, cost the Orioles a run in the ALDS last year against the Yankees by misplaying a fly ball in center. This time he was right there under the ball and just dropped it — and of course he was blowing a bubble with his gum. Yes, this is the same guy who won the AL Gold Glove in center field over Mike Trout. Robbery.

Video via Diehard Sport

Adam Jones was blowing a bubble while a ball went over his head (Video)

Adam Jones can hit like an All-Star, but his multi-tasking skills might need some work.

The Orioles center fielder was seen blowing a bubble with his gum while trying to track a fly ball off the bat of Derek Jeter during Game 3 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Orioles on Wednesday.

Jones got a bad jump on the ball and did not start going back for it immediately. Not only that, but the bubble-blowing gave off the appearance that he wasn’t giving max effort.

The ball ended up going over his head for a run-scoring triple to tie the game at one. With the Yankees tying the game in the 9th on Raul Ibanez’s pinch-hit solo home run and losing on his homer in the 12th, there is little doubt that play turned out to be costly. Had he caught it, that would have ended the inning.

Photo via Dustin Fox

Adam Jones, Jason Heyward to wear special cleats on Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson Day will be celebrated throughout the majors on Sunday, and two young African-American outfielders have a special tribute planned. Adam Jones of the Orioles and Jason Heyward of the Braves are two of the players to wear the cleats pictured above to honor the man who broke MLB’s color barrier. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal says Curtis Granderson will also wear special cleats. Granderson’s cleats will be auctioned with the proceeds going to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Heyward tweeted that the cleats are the Nike Griffey Jr. Swingman model spikes. He also noted that the color is light blue and yellow in honor of Robinson’s alma mater, UCLA.

Heyward called wearing the cleats an “honor and a pleasure,” while Jones termed it “a true honor.”

We’ve been upset with clothing companies in the past for using sensitive holidays to try and market new shoes, but there’s nothing not to like about this. This is an awesome tribute to Jackie Robinson.

Photo via @MLB