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?

So, when Jones starts chirping and moaning about baseball media members making predictions, he’s just trying to stir the pot a little bit because that’s what baseball players do to keep themselves occupied during the lazy days of spring training.

I get it.

Believe me, I get it.

Adam Jones has the right to question the media and take a poke or two at them in the same way my job allows me to take a swipe at Jones for his 2-for-23 post-season performance last October against the Yankees.

Hell, Adam, Journey had more hits on the “Escape” album.

Lew Ford had as many RBI as @SimplyAJ10 did against the Rangers and Yankees.

But I won’t bring that up.

Anymore.

So, yes, Jones was probably a tad out of line barking at the media for something so stupid as “making predictions”.

But, I get it.

He’s bored.  He’s the new team leader because he makes the most money.  Someone has to stir the pot and create the “us against the them” theme.

Snapping at the national and local media for calling the Orioles “lucky” and making predictions gets him some points with the rest of the boys in the locker room.  ”Hey, did you see me take a dump on the media, boys?”…”I did that for all of you.”

I understand.

I’d rather Jones just get a hit or two in the playoffs.  I’d prefer he concentrate on having more RBI than Lew Ford over six games. That’s what he’s paid to do, remember.  Lew Ford makes $9.50 an hour.  Adam Jones makes $10 million a year.  If Ford equals the output of Jones, something’s wrong.  Either Ford doesn’t make enough money or Jones makes too much.  But either way, in the same way I’m allowed to make a prediction (because that’s my job), I’m allowed to poke at Jones for failing to appear in the post-season last October.

Reggie Jackson was known as “Mr. October” because of his post-season production.

Jones, thus far, is known as “Mr. 0-for-4-tober”.

But…I still like the guy.  I like his attitude.  I like the way he plays.  I’m an Adam Jones fan.

Oh, one more thing.

I think Jones is going to hit 38 home runs in 2013 and put up a .308 batting average with 112 RBI.

How’s that for a prediction, AJ?

Now, it’s your job to make me look smart.

Please do…

(EDIT: Honestly, for the record, I predicted last week on the air that my guess is Jones will have a “down year” in 2013…but what the hell do I know?) 

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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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