It’s good news all the way around.
The Orioles keep a young, budding superstar in the fold.
Adam Jones gets rich.
But, most importantly, Baltimore baseball fans are FINALLY going to claim victory.
Make no mistake about it, if the reports we’ve been hearing for the last 24 hours turn out to be true and Jones does indeed agree to a long-term extension with the Orioles sometime this weekend, the signing becomes a huge win for a beleaguered fan base.
Personally, I’m thrilled.
Jones deserves the money – whatever it turns out to be – because he’s labored here for five seasons and has suffered through more losing and more bad teammates than any man should have to endure.
The Orioles get to keep one of their best players in the fold for the next x-amount of years (at least five, maybe even six or seven) and also keep him from playing for the Yankees or Boston at the same time.
And the fans…well, they can now go to the games and feel confident that the organization is committed to fielding a good team by keeping their quality players. Last year it was J.J. Hardy. This season, it’s Adam Jones. Sometime in 2013, it might be Matt Wieters.
This is how you get good. You sign and pay good players.
For a long time, the Orioles haven’t wanted to do that. They’ve tried to win with patchwork rosters and guys looking to play for free, and all they’ve done is lose. And lose some more.
Signing Adam Jones is a HUGE win for the fans, because they can really start to smell the aroma of — can you believe it? — winning.
So, congratulations to all of you out there who have helped fund MASN with your $3.00 a month. Adam Jones reaps the biggest benefit of all by earning $100 million or so via his new contract, but you wind up winning, too, because you just might get to see some winning baseball in Baltimore in the not-too-distant-future.
And that’s all the fans have ever wanted.
With Adam Jones in the fold, a major step towards that goal has been taken by the Orioles.