A long time coming for Adam Jones. He's officially hung up the cleats and did so as a Baltimore Oriole. He wasn't drafted here, he didn't end his playing career here, but he loves the city and team so much that he wanted to make Baltimore his last official baseball stop. That is rare. not the fact that people actually like Baltimore and want to come back, but the fact that he wasn't wasn't originally from the area and got traded here and it has turned into his adopted hometown basically. Really cool stuff. You know Adam was in Baltimore from 2008 to 2018, 11 seasons worth of pies, bubbles being blown as he throws people out, big time home runs, and web gems. He was an incredible player on the field and somehow a better guy off the field. Countless hours of charity work, money raised, he was the absolute man and that is why it's so great that he came back home to officially retire with the Orioles trying to win a division for the first time since Adam helped deliver one in 2014.
He made it official and everything, signed the paper, got the jersey and the hat and all that. Mike Elias said it's not very often you can sign a 5-time All-Star and 4-time Gold Glove player mid-September. But seriously, the Orioles could use that bat of his right now because they stink. Guy is top 5 or top 10 in a ton of offensive categories in Baltimore, a team with a long, long history. The fact that he made the long trip back from his home in Barcelona to come retire here and take in the game is just awesome. And when you realize how many old teammates came back to support him that makes it even cooler. Shows the kind of person he is.
Nick Markakis, L.J. Hoes, Chris Davis, Darren O'Day, Tommy Hunter, Wei-Yin Chen, Stevie Wilkerson, what a group of guys. Love seeing them all return to watch Adam officially hang them up.
But the coolest moment was Adam running out from centerfield with his 2 sons. What a way to make an entrance, you could tell how cool this was for them. Joking around and horse playing where their dad used to make incredible plays. How awesome is that? Adam said on Friday that part of the reason he wanted to retire here was to show his kids how cool he was. So damn sick. If that video doesn't bring a tear to your eye idk what to tell you. #SomeThings. Congrats on the retirement Cap10, welcome home.