The Orioles' season finale was unlike any other in team history, and not just because the club pitched a one-hitter and avoided its 116th loss. The day began with Adam Jones handing out bats and balls to fans in Camden Yards, soaking in what could be his final game in Orioles colors.
The veteran, who has become a staple in Baltimore for his work both on and off the field, received a standing ovation in center field to start the game, and though he finished hitless in four at-bats, his final game was a memorable one.
“Lot of years here, lot of games, lot of blood, sweat and tears,” Jones said. “I greatly appreciate it from the fans' standpoint, my teammates for sending me out there on the island all by myself, [manager] Buck [Showalter] for letting me get an inning in center fiel where I started at. It's been a cool weekend. Very appreciative and humbled that people care.”
For Showalter, the season finale might have been his last in the dugout with a team he helped turn into a perennial American League contender.
“There's a lot of [emotion],” Showalter said of the day. “I've had enough of it for a year. Not just today but ... that was ... you know, a lot of people talk about putting on a moment. Some of them are put together by good music and things that create some environment. Here in Baltimore, it's put on by people, by the emotion and the deep love they have for Adam."