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Adam Jones resurrects Orioles' pie celebration on Opening Day, pleads the fifth on explanation

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Cake or pie? One-time thing or back for good? What we know about the Orioles' Opening Day celebration.

Earlier this spring, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said the team’s celebratory pie-in-the-face celebration was banned for safety reasons.

It took only one game -- albeit a long one -- for a celebratory dessert to work its way back into the Orioles’ happy rituals.

Jones was ready Monday with what’s being called a pie by some and a cake by others after catcher Matt Wieters’ walk-off single gave the team a 3-2, Opening Day win over the Minnesota Twins. Jones stood in front of Wieters to minimize the surprise, and smashed the pastry in the veteran catcher’s face during his postgame television interview.

It came in a pie tin, but manager Buck Showalter said "it was a cake."

“I’ve lost control of the team again," Showalter joked. "Pick the battles worth winning, right? It had some kind of orange look to it. It looked very cakey to me.”

Jones said it “doesn’t matter” whether it was a pie or cake.

“You want to talk about the game or pies?” Jones asked. “I’ll probably get a letter. I’ll plead the fifth.”

When further pressed, he doubled down.

“I plead the fifth,” he said. “I plead the fifth. That’s a valid answer.”

He wasn’t silent when it came to alerting Wieters to what was about to happen. The catcher was amply warned.

“I don’t know if it was just him rebelling, or maybe just one last show,” Wieters said. “We’ll see. He’s got to keep everybody on his toes. … I didn’t have any complaints.”

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