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MLB: Orioles CF Adam Jones Rips Fans Who Ran Onto Field
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MLB: Orioles CF Adam Jones Rips Fans Who Ran Onto Field

Apr 9 2014, 9:47pm CDT | by

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones ripped the two fans who ran onto the field on April 8 during a game against the New York Yankees.

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones ripped the two fans who ran onto the field on April 8 during a game against the New York Yankees.  Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports on...

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MLB: Orioles CF Adam Jones Rips Fans Who Ran Onto Field

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Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones ripped the two fans who ran onto the field on April 8 during a game against the New York Yankees.

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones ripped the two fans who ran onto the field on April 8 during a game against the New York Yankees

Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports on April 9 that the two Yankees fans who did it in the bottom of the eighth inning earned the ire of Jones: 

"As two fans who ran onto the field interrupting Tuesday's Orioles game against the New York Yankees were escorted off through the outfield fence at Yankee Stadium, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones had some choice words for them. 

"And after the game, Jones was just as vocal in expressing his disdain for fans who run onto the field, saying that they should be subject to harsher penalties.

"In the bottom of the eighth inning of the Orioles' 14-5 win, two fans entered the field from the stands down the third-base line and ran around the outfield before being tackled by security. At one point, one of the fans hid behind Orioles shortstop Ryan Flaherty."

Jones sure didn't mince any words when he spoke with Encina.

"I think it's idiotic for people to run on the field, and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher, and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it's stupid. You look like an (idiot) when you run on the field.

"We don't go to any other events. We don't go to other sporting events and do that to their jobs, but they come to ours and do that. I get it, you're drunk and you want to be on SportsCenter. Your (butt) is going to jail with a fine, and you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark.

"I remember a couple of years ago, one dude broke his ankle in Baltimore. I was laughing at him. I wish he shattered his femur because it's stupid. It's just plain old stupid. Anybody who does it, I wish the cops tase the (hell) out of them. I wish that." 

A day after he spoke about the subject, Jones, who said he is concerned about player safety, stood by his comments, per Brittany Ghiroli of the Orioles' official website

"Not sorry. I'm not going to say it if I don't mean it. Obviously, I don't want to inflict any pain on people, but if you put us in harm's way, (I've) got to protect myself.

"That's all it's about. Players don't pay to come watch the fans, fans pay to come watch the players. Cuss us out, badger us, but don't put our lives, our safety in jeopardy.

"You can't stop (it) from happening, because you would have to put up barriers and that would obstruct the fans. The only thing you can do is make examples of them. Give them real jail time. 

"Fine the heck out of them. Twenty grand. Nobody wants to be fined 20 grand. I don't care who you are. The world's richest man. So you are going to have to do something." 

According to David K. Li of The New York Post, more than a dozen security personnel and NYPD policemen collared the two perpetrators, put them in handcuffs and led them out of Yankee Stadium. 

Li stresses "fans who invade a pro sport event in New York face possible jail time and fines of up to $25,000." 

 

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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