Friday night in San Diego, Adam Jones began his new career in hockey. The Baltimore Orioles’ five-time all-star signed a one-day contract with the San Diego Gulls and served as a penalty box attendant.
Jones — wearing a suit and a blue and orange tie — kept track of and recorded all penalties, opened and closed the penalty box doors allowing players to enter and exit, and provided referees with official game pucks (and of course Gatorade when they were thirsty).
“This is a life long mission of mine,” Jones said to MLB.com. “Might be an awesome retirement gig. Now that would be epic.”
Judging by the video below, it appears Jones was very successful.
Baltimore Orioles’s outfielder Adam Jones lives by the mantra “Stay Hungry.” That’s why I’m guessing the five-time all-star just took on a new job during the baseball offseason. He has to put more food on the table.
Friday, the AHL’s San Diego Gulls announced that Jones, a giant hockey fan who graduated from Morse High School in California, has been hired as an off-ice official for a game.
“I’m living out my dream joining the San Diego Gulls,” Jones said in a statement. He will serve as a penalty box attendant.
According to the team, Jones’ responsibilities encompass keeping track of and recording all penalties and all penalty situations, opening and closing the penalty box doors allowing players to enter and exit, and providing referees with official game pucks as necessary.
Jones will make his first and only appearance as a hockey official Friday, January 20, against the San Jose Burracuda.
“I wanna thank the @tblighting for this pretty sweet honor. Hockey has always been a hidden passion. Now ppl are gonna know my little secret #StayHungry” (from @simplyAJ10’s Instagram)
Up until recently, Baltimore and Washington had shared a sports legacy. Baltimore has always been a Capitals town. After the Colts and before the Ravens, Baltimore rooted for the Red Pandas. After the Senators and before the Nationals, Washington rooted for the Os.
The last fifteen years have shattered the detente, but nothing cuts deeper than this most recent, most foul betrayal by Baltimore’s own Adam Jones.
Down in Florida for spring training, the center fielder for the Baltimore Orioles was a special guest (“Social Captain”) of the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that– for the record, and I just checked this — is not the Washington Capitals.
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