As the senior "First Take" correspondent for b, I am obligated to report that Orioles outfielder Adam Jones appeared on the ESPN morning show Tuesday. Honestly, it was kind of surprising. I'm not used to seeing the Orioles on ESPN in October.
Jones gave scouting reports on the two American League Divisional Series matchups -- he picked the Rays to beat the Yankees in the ALCS -- and talked about how he was traveling to Amsterdam in the offseason with Orioles pitcher Rick VandenHurk to put on a baseball clinic.
When asked which pitcher he would take to start a playoff game right now, Jones went with 25-year-old Rays ace David Price over former Cy Young winners CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee. "When he's on the mound, it's no nonsense," Jones said.
Jones, who called Sabathia "a bulldog out there," said he would prefer to face Lee out of the three. "Cliff Lee is a finesse pitcher," said Jones, who ripped a two-run home run off Lee in Lee's Rangers debut in July. "If you're aggressive, you can have a little more fun with him."
Sporting a plaid shirt and a black scarf, Jones said he plans on checking out Amsterdam, Belgium, Germany and France while putting on the nine-day clinic in the Netherlands with Vandenhurk, who hails from Eindhoven, Netherlands. As for the language barrier over there, Jones half-joked, "I'm going to have him order my food for me."