Adam Jones homered, scored two runs, drove in two and had some choice words for a couple of fans who ran onto the field in the Orioles’ 14-5 win at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. After the game, which was interrupted in the bottom of the eighth inning while security personnel pursued the trespassers, Jones went on a rant about fans who have the nerve to enter his workspace.
“I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field, and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher, and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it’s stupid,” Jones said. “You look like an [idiot] when you run on the field.
“We don’t go to any other events. We don’t go to other sporting events and do that to their jobs, but they come to ours and do that. I get it, you’re drunk and you want to be on SportsCenter. Your [butt] is going to jail with a fine, and you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark.
“I remember a couple of years ago, one dude broke his ankle in Baltimore. I was laughing at him. I wish he shattered his femur because it’s stupid. It’s just plain old stupid. Anybody who does it, I wish the cops tase the [heck] out of them. I wish that.”
Here’s the video if you want to figure out what Jones said instead of [idiot], [butt] and [heck].
UPDATE: Jones expounded on his comments during an appearance on “SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio” channel with Adam Schein.
On his concern about safety and his comments yesterday:
“My whole thing is, you never know the intent of someone. You’ve got 50,000 people at the stadium, a lot of them are supposed to be having some drinks, enjoying the game as you’re supposed to, but to put us in harm’s way, you can hop from center field and come right behind us and we have no idea. A couple of years ago a first base coach was assaulted by a father and son. That just shouldn’t happen on the baseball field. I was saying those things out of anger. Obviously I don’t condone violence or want to inflict any pain on anybody, but if you put me in danger, I have no choice.”
Editor’s Note: Unless there’s a more recent example of a father-son attacking a first base coach that I forgot about, the incident that Jones mentions happened in 2002.
On how MLB can prevent more fans from running onto the field:
“I would say, where you really hurt people nowadays is you hurt their pockets. If you suspend somebody, they’re going to try to put on a disguise and do all this other stuff. But if you seriously go after their pockets, you don’t even have to give them a charge, you are with trespassing, but you slap them with a nice $10,000 fine, $20,000 fine, I’m pretty sure that’s going to hurt the modern American.”
On ways that fans can continue to be rude without running on the field:
“Cuss us out, let us have it, give us a ribbing, remind us of our last five at-bats if they’ve been terrible, please do, but just stay off the field because you’re just causing a problem that doesn’t need to be caused.”
A happier Jones appeared on MTV2’s “Off The Bat From the MLB Fan Cave” last night, making it two consecutive weeks of DMV representation on the show. Bryce Harper was the featured guest on the premiere episode.
In lieu of being kicked by baseball players in metal spikes, perhaps fans who run onto the field should be forced to run laps after eating giant doughnuts off a bat.