It was the tweet heard around Birdland. Adam Jones vented about… something, and fans took notice. They took notice because they were frustrated too. Frustrated that a fan favorite had been allowed to sign elsewhere. Frustrated that it appeared the Orioles’ Vice President of Baseball Operations was perceived to had one foot out the door, for a pocket full of Loonies.
Jones, the face of the franchise, the team leader, reacted in the most prudent fashion possible: the vague tweet.
Im just going to start going to Peter. Screw the middle men
— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) February 7, 2015
Look, I get it. This offseason was “awkward.” And if we fans were upset about the way it went down, you have to think that players – who are more invested in the success of this franchise than we are – are even more so.
I don’t love this look from Jones. I don’t like the passive aggressive tweet. I want the Adam Jones that plays great baseball. I want the Adam Jones that is active in the community. I want the Adam Jones that makes smart PR moves. I don’t want the Adam Jones that tweets like a middle school girl.
The tweet looked worse when he explained it to the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday. In so many words, Jones confirmed that he was responding to the Markakis situation. He continued to say that the Orioles owed him some communication on their offseason direction, and that is where he loses me.
I think I’ve earned the respect to get a little bit of feeling [from the front office] about what’s going on and what our plans are for the upcoming year … what we’re doing in free agency, what we’re doing with anything. I don’t need to know the ins and outs of everything, but I think I deserve a little bit of respect by signing on for the long haul.
Ah yes, the old “you pay me a lot of money, so I deserve special treatment” routine. It never gets old, does it? Jones is a great ballplayer, but he is just that – a ballplayer, and the Orioles do not owe him an explanation of the inner workings at the Warehouse any more than they owe one to Ryan Flaherty.
I get why Adam Jones would think that he’s entitled to some communication from the Orioles’ brass. But he’s not. And I’m disappointed he doesn’t get that. I’m even more disappointed that he went all passive aggressive on Twitter. I’m disappointed that I think one of my favorite players is acting like a prima donna.
Look, we all have Twitter moments of which we’re not proud. Sometimes our inner Internet Tough Guy comes raging out. But the difference here is that Jones had the opportunity to play it down and minimize the damage, when asked about it by the Baltimore Sun, and instead, chose to double down and raise more eyebrows.
No, there’s no rift at all between me and Duquette… I love the work our GM does. He has done a damn good job of getting players over here that have something to work for — have a hunger in them — which I love, because the last four years here coming to spring training, there are a lot of players who are hungry for that major league spot on the roster. I just want some communication.
Next time, Jones should stick to providing quotes about loving the job Duquette has done, or politely decline to talk about it. He talks about what he’s entitled to, as a part of that big contract. You could argue that the contract entitles the team to having their star player suck it up, act like a big boy, and toe the company line, when the business side of baseball rears its ugly head.
Hey – it might not be a popular opinion, but at least I’m not vague about it.