Posted by The Player’s Tribune on Friday:
“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.
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.
Let the countdown begin! Just 1o days until Opening Day! Adam Jones looks ready, how about you?
Congrats to @SimplyAJ10, the rest of the USA team, and team Puerto Rico for an awesome World Baseball Classic!
The Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles got into a fight on Tuesday. Of course, many folks have offered their two-cents on the topic. For example, the Sporting News stated Manny Machado was wrong for charging the mound while the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has tired of Yordano Ventura’s antics. ESPN noted that this can be a positive turning point for the Orioles, and NBC Sports just mused that it was all in tribute to Muhammad Ali (though see my take on that below). Adam Jones, of course, felt Machado was more than justified in his actions.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs’ Joe Maddon and Anthony Rizzo apparently loved the whole thing.
I’ll let you judge for yourself (just don’t let that little skip of Manny’s as he heads to the pitcher’s mound cloud your opinion):
I was watching the game, but I’ll decline to take sides (Manny Machado doll on my dresser notwithstanding). Actually, I think they both should be ashamed of themselves. After all, the photographic evidence is quite telling – clearly neither Machado nor Ventura know how to fight. The still photos of their punches clearly show them each missing the mark:
Wait for it … (at about 0:46) …
We knew something was afoot. Adam Jones could not NOT do something after a win. So, after the O’s walk-off Opening Day win on Monday, we waited for Adam Jones to interrupt the interview with Matt Wieters. And we were not disappointed. Adam Jones came trotting out with a pie tin. And as reported in both the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post, though he appeared to have defied the pie ban, Adam Jones did not technically break the rules.
We’ll see what he does for the next win.
Concerning the incident, Buck Showalter quipped, “I’ve lost control of the team again. Pick the battles worth winning, right? It had some kind of orange look to it. It looked very cakey to me.” Adam Jones stated he’d plead the fifth, and later acknowledged on Twitter that he’d take whatever punishment might be coming his way:
It was the perfect way to start the new baseball season!