A week after Jim Palmer helped lead the Orioles to their first World Series title, in 1966, he went to work at a place called Hamburgers. It was a men's clothing store, and it paid the then-20-year-old enough to cover groceries and utilities in the offseason.
Orioles All-Star Adam Jones signed an $85.5 million contract extension in 2012. He does not need to work during the offseason, or any other job at all. But he is a hockey fan, and on Friday night, he will be back to work in, of all places, the penalty box.
The San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League announced Friday that they had hired Jones, a season-ticket holder and city native, as an off-ice official for their game against the San Jose Barracuda at Valley View Casino Center.
"I'm living out my dream joining the San Diego Gulls to be an off-ice official and serve as a penalty box attendant," Jones said in the release.
He will be mainly responsible for "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," he said. Not all that different from facing David Price, really.
You'll be able to tell it's Jones by the bubbles he'll be blowing behind the scary-looking Swede just penalized two minutes for slashing.