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Adam Jones, Spring Training 2018

This year, Opening Day is on March 29 – just 10 days away!! As always, the Baseball Sociologist counts down the days. This year, with start with #10, Adam Jones, center fielder for the Baltimore Orioles.

Wanna know one of the many cool things about Adam Jones? He is passionate about the city of Baltimore and wants to give back. One of Jones’ favorite charities is the Boys and Girls Club. Jones, a product of the Boys and Girls Club in San Diego, and the Orioles Charitable Foundation have donated thousands of dollars to the Boys and Girls Club in Baltimore. Last November, Jones held his 5th #StayHungry #PurpleTailgate event before a Baltimore Ravens game. The event collected over $100,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. Earlier in 2017, Jones donated $20,000 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and provided free admission to children from a local youth program.

Among his many baseball honors, Adam Jones is 2-time Orioles Way Award recipient (2008, 2013), the O’s Roberto Clemente Award nominee for several years (2011, 2013, 2016), and a 5-time Orioles recipient of the Heart & Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (2012, 2014-17), and the 2015 winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

In just 10 days we’ll be rooting for the work of #10, Adam Jones, both on and off the field! Thanks, Adam!

~ baseballrebecca



Best of the Week: 2/18/2018 – 2/24/2018

800px-Oriole_Adam_JonesThe headline may have been about how Adam Jones wants a World Series ring, but the real story was his thoughts on giving back to the community:

“My family, my wife, we’ve done so much in Baltimore the last decade. It’s been awesome. If I was to go somewhere else, it’d be different to not be able to affect the same lives in Baltimore that I’ve been able to do the last decade. But I would have to go to another team and hopefully be able to implement myself in that community, also.

It’s important that athletes give back. We are in a unique situation. We can affect a lot of change. A lot of people listen to us, a lot of people respect our opinions on everything. Food, fashion, music, movies. People respect our opinions on a lot of things. And we don’t have a duty, but we have a civil duty (that) if you’re in a position to help, you should help. That’s all I try to do is just give back to the community that’s blessed me.”

Best of the Week, 1/27/2018 – 2/3/2018

I love that this ends with one of my favorites, the Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones! Happy Black History Month, everyone!

~ baseballrebecca




Best of the Week, 8/14-20/2017

On Friday, Manny Machado hit not one, not two, but three home runs. And the third one was a walk-off grand slam. It was awesome – check out the coverage here: http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20170819&content_id=249347472&vkey=news_bal&c_id=bal

The best part, however, came during  MASN’s post-game interview with Machado. During the interview Adam Jones “pied” Machado, just like the good old days. Later, though, Adam set us straight: 

Keep being insubordinate, Adam!

~ baseballrebecca 

Boston Apologizes

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the Baseball Sociologist, I am deeply concerned about what happened in Boston Monday night during the Orioles-Red Sox game. I am also concerned about the way it was covered in the media. As an Orioles fan, I am even more upset. Don’t mess with Adam Jones. Or anyone on my team.

I’m still pondering the media coverage, and will comment more on that at a later date. But I wanted to share one thing that appears to have been largely overlooked in the coverage of all this: a simple tweet by Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts:


A few hours later, Boston fans warmly welcomed Adam Jones to the field:


I don’t know how many folks were responding to Betts’ tweet, how many were simply applauding because everyone else was, or how many were truly sorry for the actions of a few bad people.

But at least it’s a start.

~ baseballrebecca


Adam Jones on Jackie Robinson

Adam Jones in 2011. Photo by Keith Allison (via Wikipedia).

Every year, MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day – April 15 – by donning #42 uniforms, hosting special events, and talking about the importance of Jackie Robinson to baseball and society. One of my favorite players, Adam Jones, always tells it like it is, and Jackie Robinson Day a few years ago was no different. Click here to check out Adam Jones’ 2015 comments here.


This year is the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. As we count down to Jackie Robinson Day, let’s think about what this means to the players, the game, and us – the fans.