Orioles center fielder Adam Jones ruffled a few fan feathers before Thursday night’s game at Camden Yards. For weeks, the O’s hawked fifty-dollar tickets to “Social Media Night,” where, presumably, fans could stand around before the game, tweeting selfies with each other.
The pregame party’s big draw was a Q&A with Jones, himself an inveterate tweeter. But Jones’s session with fans came about an hour before the first pitch and his focus was on the game rather than the event. Jones was reportedly impatient with the fans and delivered a few answers that fell short of 140 characters. Among the tweeted post-Q&A gripes:
if cameras bother u, don’t come to Social Media Night #BirdlandSocial. Sorry us Baltimore fans bothered you
Adam Jones says the best thing about Baltimore is the airport… Nice
The question was “what’s your favorite spot in Baltimore?” And Jones replied, the airport, so he could fly home to San Diego. In fairness, that was a hilarious answer. And if you were from San Diego, your favorite place in Baltimore would also be BWI airport.
As for the sad fan who tweeted about his lost respect for Jones: may we assume you regained that respect when Jones stole home in the first inning? And the O’s won a tight, one-run game?
Nobody does more for Orioles fans than Jones. He’s everywhere; he supports their charities, he interacts with fans, he tweets his ass off. But it was a bad idea to parade Jones in front of expectant fans that close to game time. Lucky he didn’t say anything worse.