The best of the week: Adam Jones (again) and Cedric Mullins.
On Friday, one of my favorite former Bowie Baysox made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles. Cedric Mullins started in center field with Adam Jones moving to right. Jones marked the event by insisting Mullins be the first on the field to begin the game:
In Mullins’ first at-bat, he hit a double:
Mullins would end up with three hits in his MLB debut – the first Orioles player ever to do so. For his part, Jones responded to the focus on him:
And this is why everyone loves Adam Jones!
When a Washington, DC, reporter tweeted out last Tuesday that a DC Little League team comprised mostly of African American kids needed some financial help to get to the regional championships, Adam Jones responded, “How can I help?”
The next day on the team flight to Texas, Jones FaceTimed with the reporter, Delia Goncalves, and stated, “I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer.” Of course, Goncalves wasn’t the only one who got to FaceTime with Jones. Yesterday, Jones FaceTimed with the Mamie Johnson Little League team to wish them luck.
Ultimately, Jones contributed $8,500 towards bus transportation for the Little Leaguers to travel to Bristol, Connecticut, for the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament. The team faces the Mid Island Little League team from Staten Island, New York, at 10 a.m. today.
O’s announcers find a way to entertain themselves during this bleak season:
There were a lot of baseball highs (All-Star Futures Game, Home Run Derby, and the All-Star Game itself) and lows (bye-bye, Manny) last week, but the absolute best? Bryce Harper’s headband:
That time when Adam Jones spent game 2 of a double header in the Orioles bullpen:
Nothing is better than dogs at the ballpark … unless its Dachshunds dashing around the diamond! Thanks, , for hosting the Wiener Dog Race!
Apparently, Wiener Dog Races are a thing in Wisconsin. In fact, this summer Milwaukee will hold the 13th Dachshund Derby during their annual German Fest in a few weeks.
As long as the little dogs are having fun, I guess its ok. But I’m quite sure it’s better when combined with baseball.
Last Sunday, Major League Baseball participated in the New York City Pride March for the first time. While not everyone was supportive of MLB’s participation in the parade, LGBT Pride events appear to have been extremely successful throughout MLB. In fact, during the Baltimore Orioles first-ever pride night this past Wednesday, Orioles LGBT flag-themed baseball caps sold out.