We’ve all seen Adam Jones comment in 140 characters or less, but it was great to see the Orioles face of the franchise take to the interwebs in a more expanded form. Over on ESPN.com, Jones penned a piece on how Buck Showalter changed the clubhouse and turned Baltimore back into a winner again.
The chemistry I think we have starts with the belief that everyone wants to succeed. Whoever is on the mound, I have complete faith that he is out there wanting to do his job on the highest level. Some of us remember the years of being the cellar dwellers in the East, and no one wants to go back to that. And there have been a lot of changes since then, which is another reason for the success. Showalter and the organization have worked to get players in here that are similar to each other in terms of personalities. This clubhouse is very, very, very colorful in its personality, but there’s always something that links everybody to each other, and that’s the hunger to win. I think Showalter went out there and searched for the players that not only have talent but also have that hunger to win, and the hunger to be successful, and also the hunger to be willing to work for that success.
Jones calls the Orioles a “blue-collar” team, which I think helps fans in Charm City relate to them even more. He also keys in on the young age-group, 25 to 29 years old, and credits the experiences that they have encountered together as part of the reason for their success.