On the six-year anniversary of Adam Jones' contract extension that kept him off the free-agent market and in Baltimore through his prime, he and the club reflect on what made the last such deal they signed worthwhile and why others haven't had the same opportunity.
The Orioles have had their share of bench-clearing scuffles throughout their history. They're in Boston this weekend, where they've batted the Red Sox previously and the Red Sox are fresh off a big brawl against the Yankees.
Adam Jones is not giving in. He's not giving in to the highly prevalent notion that last month's rib cage strain is behind his sweepy swings throughout April. He's not giving in to acknowledging any sense of frustration at the plate, nor is his giving himself any extra credit for pulling himself out of a problematic start to the season.
Manny Machado leads all major league third basemen with eight errors in 32 games this season. But Machado, his Baltimore Orioles coaches and teammates don't yet seem concerned considering his track record.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent several minutes during his pre-game news conference Saturday afternoon talking about how his offense was seemingly close to breaking out and may, sometime soon, finally take advantage of the scoring opportunities it kept squandering.