Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, whose eighth-inning solo homer was the deciding run in the Orioles’ 5-2 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday, said he’s not paying attention to the American League East standings.
Thursday night’s win, which completed Baltimore’s first three-game sweep of Toronto since Sept. 13-15, 2010, kept the Orioles in first place in the division, tied with the Tampa Bay Rays at 12-7.
But to Jones, who is off to a sizzling start to the season, filling Camden Yards will be a truer indicator of the team’s success.
“I don’t personally care,” Jones said when asked if he’s looked at the standings. “What will let me know that we’re in first place and let me know that we’re playing (well) is when that stadium is filled. If this is June and we’re still playing (well), they’re going to fill this stadium. And that will let me know.”
When Jones, who has put up a .316/.350/.645 line so far this season, hit his sixth homer of the season Thursday night, giving the Orioles a 3-2 lead, it rejuvinated the Oriole Park crowd of 13,725.
“It’s loud, but – I don’t know how many people there were today – but I know it ain’t 20,000,” Jones said. “I know it ain’t 47,000. You get 47,000 and the place is deafening.”
The weekday series against the Jays drew an average of 11,733. And Wednesday night’s announced crowd of 10,415 was the smallest crowd in 99 home dates, going back to Sept. 13, 2010 (9,982)