And, these are the words that have put Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones under the microscope:
“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. I get it, you’re drunk and you want to be on Sportscenter. Your [expletive] is going to jail with a fine, you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark. That’s heads up. And 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 point blank stupid. And anybody who does it, I wish the cops Tased the living [expletive] out of them. I wish that.”
Jones was reacting to two fans who ran onto the field last week at Yankee Stadium. Seem harsh? Maybe. Major League Baseball released a statement saying they'd review Jones' comments. Waiting ...
While we wait it gives us ample time to consider the possibilities.
This isn't the first time Jones has aired his concern over fans running on the field. In April 2012, he watched homeplate umpire Jeff Kellogg take out a fan running on the field. After the game Jones implored MLB to take action saying:
"I'm sick and tired of these guys running on the field, man. I said let's get a K-9, something. A K-9 [unit] would be fine. I'd [advocate] that people get tased. I'd enjoy that. You don't run on the field and just disturb a game that's going on. I don't like the way the cops go after them here. I know it's not their call. I know the rules; they want them to create a circle or seal. Those kids are running all around those guys. No disrespect to the cops, but go get this dude, put your knee in his throat and tie his [butt] up, simple as that. It's so annoying. I wish I [could] go out there as a player, but we can't."
K-9 dogs? Tasers? Put a knee in his throat? While it may seem harsh now, consider what if ... a fan attacks a player or an umpire? This may all sound a little dramatic now, but what if ... The potential is there.
"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. Obviously, the safety of players is important to me ... You are not going to let someone come on the field and damage your investment. Just looking at it from a business model. So it is what it is."
Jones did not apologize, nor should he. He raises a great point, and now it's up to MLB to act before something happens.