Baltimore Orioles player Adam Jones will be the subject of a Major League Baseball (MLB) investigation due to comments that Jones made after the two fans ran onto the field during a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees. Jones believes that baseball fans should be able to inflict physical punishment (using the metal spikes on their shoes) against any fan that runs onto the field.
While I don’t advocate or condone violence, I can understand why Jones would be angry.
Player SafetyFans who run onto the field during baseball games put the safety of the players in jeopardy. I couldn’t care less about the safety of the imbeciles who run onto the field. If they get injured, they deserve that. I do care about the safety of the players. They shouldn’t have to worry about some idiot who has a lack of judgment running onto the field of play during a MLB game.
I can’t imagine how it must feel when you’re trying to focus on a baseball game and a fan runs onto the field. It has to be disconcerting, threatening and worrisome. I’m sure I would be angry if I was in that situation. I might even say or do something in the heat of the moment. Does that mean I would really physically harm that fan? No!
Adam Jones isn’t Threatening ViolenceLet’s be clear here; Jones was saying that he believed that he should be able to punish fans who run on to the field. He didn’t tell other players to do that and he never said he would do it. Yes, his comments might have gone a little too far but it was in the heat of the moment and he was just venting.
I do think that there is a big difference between beating someone up, threatening to beat someone up or believing that you should be able to beat someone up. It’s not that much different than some people who believe that the penalty for violent crimes should be corporal punishment. Do we think those people will actually take matters into their own hands? I don’t think so.
I think way too much is being made of Adam’s comments.
No Penalty or Suspension NeededI do think that the MLB should have a discussion with Adam and recommend that he should tone down his comments. They should even warn him that the league will not tolerate further comments about abusing fans or any comments about inflicting violence on another person.
Beyond that, I think that the powers to be should do nothing. I don’t believe that any penalty or fine is warranted in this case. That would be going too far and punishing the player who was put in danger. That wouldn’t be right at all.
I sure hope that Major League Baseball doesn’t waste too many resources investigating this incident. There are greater issues in the game of baseball than Adam Jones expressing an opinion about what should happen to fans who put players’ safety in danger.