Jones said he’d woo Burnett if need be
Adam Jones isn’t worried about Baltimore’s quiet offseason, although the outfielder said Thursday night he will gladly make hospitality visits to help woo potential free agents.
“I’d reach out to anybody if need be,” said Jones who owns a home in Maryland and was in town to accept the 2014 Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award. “I know [A.J.] Burnett lives here in Baltimore, somewhere close to me. I’d go to his house, I’d take him some steaks if need be. But it’s out of my hands. if you needed me to help, I’d help.”
Burnett, who technically lives in nearby Monkton, is one of several free agents pitchers the Orioles have interest in as the team is still looking to make a major move this winter. Jones, when asked what he would say to fans disappointed over the team’s quiet offseason, reminded reporters that the O’s didn’t do much last winter or the one prior and still have posted back-to-back winning seasons.
“I think we are getting better as a core, we just got to figure out the small pieces to make this engine run,” he said.
Jones is a big part of that core, coming off a career year and an All-Star season that also landed him a Gold Glove. His accolades off the field are just as impressive as Jones —a product of MLB’s RBI program growing up in San Diego— has been a fixture in the Baltimore community and dedicated countless resources to helping underprivileged youth.
The 2014 Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award was created to honor Ruth’s memory by recognizing an active or former professional athlete or individual with ties to the Maryland sports community, who has demonstrated a strong devotion to Baltimore and the State of Maryland by giving back to the community. Previous recipients include O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda, Matt Stover, Edwin Mulitalo, Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora, Nick and Christina Markakis and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
“It keeps getting better in terms of the recognition that I keep getting, for myself and my team, for the small things i try to accomplish off the field,” said Jones. “This is not about receiving awards, it’s about helping the youth and creating opportunities. Luckily, I’m in a position to do that.”
Jones, who got to hold one of Babe Ruth’s bats during the ceremony, signed autographs and took pictures with those in attendance for the annual, “Babe’s Birthday Bash” to celebrate the 119th anniversary of Ruth’s birth in Baltimore and commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ruth’s professional baseball debut in February 1914.
The evening included unlimited ballpark inspired food and beverages; a silent auction and appearances by local professional and amateur athletes, including former Orioles Al Bumbry, Tippy Martinez and Joe Orsulak.