Adam Jones sniping at the media…and you want me to be mad about that?

March 01, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Adam Jones sniping at the media…and you want me to be mad about that?

As soon as Adam Jones started picking a fight with the media earlier this week, the e-mails started streaming in.

“Drew, I can’t believe you’re not going to take the bait on this one — he called you guys fools,” wrote Chip.

“What’s wrong, Drew, are your fingers broken?  Where’s the blog blasting Adam Jones?” Steve asked.

“You’re getting soft, Forrester!” chided regular e-mailer Nick.

No, no and no.

No, I’m not “taking the bait”.

No, my fingers aren’t broken.

No, I’m not getting soft.  (Although, honestly, I will admit that five years ago I probably would have written this on the day the piece came out instead of five days later.  So, hell, maybe I am getting soft.)

Anyway, if you missed it, Jones lashed out at the media and folks who make predictions in an interview with The Sun.  I’d link the work, but The Sun doesn’t do jack squat for WNST, so I’ll just let you go chase it if you’re that interested in reading the whole thing.

If you’d rather have the short version, it went like this:  ”We made the media look like fools last year.  Why do they insist on making predictions before the season starts anyway?  They should just shut up and watch the games instead of making predictions before one game is played.”

Now, here’s where I’ll admit two things:  First, Jones is probably my favorite current Oriole.  Second, I was the guy in town who everyone thought was a fool when I wrote last March that the team would win 78 games in 2012.  I WAS a fool — because they won 93 games.

Back to Jones and his spouting-off session with Peter Schmuck.

I understand where Adam Jones is coming from.  Really, I do.

There’s nothing left for him to get pissed off about now that he’s been paid what he’s worth.  When major leaguers put up really good numbers and they still make $450,000 or $550,00 or – gasp! – $2.1 million, they get irritated as hell when they look around the locker room and see some stiffs who used-to-be-good making $7.4 million.

Jones was probably one of those guys in spring training every year.  He’d look around and see some bums collecting major league paychecks with minor league effort and say, “That’s a damn joke.”

But that ended last summer when he signed that $85 million deal.

He can’t be mad about money anymore.

So, now, he turns his attention to something else to fuel his fire for the next couple of weeks while he prepares for his first season as the team’s “franchise player”.

He focuses on the media and their silly predictions.

Adam, of course, is smart enough to know that “predictions” are as much a part of sports as bad calls, TV commercials and post-game interviews.

“Hey, Drew, who’s gonna win The Masters next month?”  Obviously, I don’t KNOW who the winner will be.  If I knew, I’d bet it and win a couple hundred grand.  But I THINK the winner will be Matt Kuchar.  So, when people ask me who I think will win, I tell them Kuchar.

It’s a prediction.

Nothing more.

It’s an educated one, of course.  I actually think I know what I’m talking about.  Last April before the 2012 Masters event teed off, I picked Louis Oosthuizen and if not for one of the luckiest shots in the history of golf by Bubba Watson on the first playoff hole, I would have been right.

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  1. Paul from Towson Says:

    Drew, do you think part of it is Adam watching the Ravens and being somewhat envious of the ride they took this winter, and since he is the new leader of this team, he’s trying to bring a little bit of that swagger along. I know he was there in Denver and Foxborough, and you can see what a huge fan of the Ravens he has became. If that’s what he is doing, I love everything about it. I want these guys to go out there and play with a chip on their shoulder. Get pissed off. But just make sure you can back it up on the field. You can bark all you want, but if you hit .250 with 15 homers and 66 rbi’s this year…you will just look silly. But I’m a fan the O’s playing with a Raven-like mentality. Can only mean good things. (DF: Good question. I don’t think he’s envious of the Ravens. I think, though, he does want to have that swagger you mention – just like the Ravens had/have. I don’t mind that he chirps at the media, as long as he remembers it’s our JOB to make predictions about sports and games.)

  2. Unitastoberry Says:

    Adam, the best way to shut up the media is to go out and win put the numbers up and take the trophy home. Ask Joe Flacco.

  3. Justafan Says:

    Making predictions on the outcome of sporting events is rather foolish when you think about it. Games are played on the field, not on paper. Just go to the race track sometime and observe the huge amount of losing tickets on the ground and in the trash cans.

  4. sal Says:

    drew you stink go os

  5. Joe Says:

    ^Sal, you dont use capitalization and he wasnt hating on the O’s! He was actually kind of doing the opposite. I think Drew brings very valid points to the table, now do I agree with every single opinion he gives, of course not, I think he agrees its good for people to have different opinions.If Jones can back up that attitude then I have absolutely no problem with it. I think the O’s will win at least 85 games this year and be in third or better. I also think they will finish with a better record than the Yankees! The bullpen is very solid, I think the lineup can get it done as long as most of them stay healthy, and I like the pitching depth we have, if someone really struggles or gets hurt we have guys that can come in and back them up. Also they have young pitchers they can try to trade if it comes down to needing a bat. Plus even if we dont make playoffs this year I am very interested to see how Bundy, Gausman, Britton, and Machado progress. If the Orioles play this smart they can have a good team for years down the road. Assuming they keep the majority of our core and and makes some trades/signings over the years.

  6. Steve From Sandpoint Says:

    Chirping is ok, the problem is you have to back it up and so far Jones has not done that. Reggie, Mr. October, Adam Jones Mr. Lump.

  7. Chris from Bel Air Says:

    Drew-

    I loved his comments. I was fired up by them. So, he didn’t have a great post-season but now he is fired up about it and wants to improve on last year. That’s what we want our star player to say, right? Would it be better if he said ‘I don’t know, losing in the playoffs was a downer, maybe we can win 75-80 games this year’. AJ might be from San Diego but he has that Baltimore sports chip now and I love it. Go ahead, keep telling him they can’t win.

  8. Stoner Says:

    Steve, you idiot, that Mr October tag was given to him after ONE world series game in ’78. He was a dog in the postseason before that. Check his stats. Jones has plenty of time to make up for his 1st postseason appearance.

  9. Stoner Says:

    Mr. October was based on 1 game Drew, not his overall output. Jackson had pedestrian numbers in his postseason career. Look it up. (DF: LOL. Some of you people crack me up. 18 HR’s in 281 post-season at bats. .278 career post-season average. .358 OBP. Yeah, that’s “pedestrian” alright. Lord…)

  10. dorado Says:

    Drew,

    I can understand Adam’s stance when it comes to the Orioles because they get no coverage as long as the Ravens are doing anything on that certain day.

    I wonder how many superstars/Hall of Famers did in their initial post season appearance?

    Willie Mays – .182 4-22 0 hr 1 rbi
    Albert Pujols – .111 2-18 1 hr
    Frank Robinson – .200 4-20 1 hr
    Barry Bonds – .167 3-18 1 rbi
    Eddie Murray hit .471 in playoffs in ’79 but only .154 in World Series.

    just to name a few. Not exactly great numbers, huh? Let’s see if the Orioles can make the playoffs again and we’ll see how Jones does.

    I’m Dorado and I approve this message.

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