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The "True Impact" of Adam Jones to Baltimore

Posted on: February 19, 2008 1:52 pm

After the smoke has cleared and the rumors have finally come to fruition, Adam Jones is now the starting Centerfielder for the Baltimore Orioles.  He wants to be here, he seems happy to get the opportunity, but what about the fanbase.  I see alot of people around town and throughtout the message boards with open arms for Mr. Jones.  But does that include everybody?

My point falls in line with the theme of February for the United States.  My hope is Adam Jones could provide the foundation to change the perception of baseball in the Charm City.  The new target audience plays basketball and football and calls Carmelo Anthony or Ray Lewis the sports figures in the area.  A small amout play within the city, even less watch a game from Camden Yards.  Could Jones be a stepping stone for a time of change.

Throughout the '50's, '60's, '70's players such as Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron were on the tip of every tounge for baseball fans in the United States, black or white.  Today can you name over ten that make an impact in MLB.  Dontrell Willis, Ryan Howard, a few up and comers such as the Upton Brothers.  The Orioles last major player was Albert Belle and what a great role model to follow.  Here is where Adam Jones steps in towards the entire city.  He has star appeal from all accounts, so if he perfroms the fanbase will embrace him as if he had come up through the system.  What else does he bring?

He comes from a rough, and I mean West Baltimore type rough, neighborhood.  He, whether he wants to acknowledge or not, has alot on his shoulders.  He, being a black male from the "ghetto", is someone that young black children can look up to in the city of Baltimore.  He can make kids intrested in the game.  Jones has the ability to change lives.  How many kids have been thwarted from a life of crime to play football in the city since 1997.  I imagine quite a few.  Now the man is not going to cure cancer, but what he can do is get kids off the street.  Maybe want to play baseball, join a team.  Maybe he along with the Orioles could do a much better job of making it a point to extend thier hands towards the city in whole.  The team is not going to win any attendence prize, so it will not hurt the bottom line.  It might instill future avenues.  Johnny Basketball might see Jones play and say "I could do that too..."  Adam Jones certainly can do alot more for Baltimore than he might realize.


Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2008 8:32 pm

The "True Impact" of Adam Jones to Baltimore

Well written t2p! While I certainly would not want to add to Adam's shoulders, I personally hope he might emulate another great Oriole from the past. When he arrived here the country was in turmoil concerning civil rights and he was quite naturally concerned about his acceptance here. Fortunately for all of us, an existing star welcomed him and embraced his arrival! Of course I am referring to Frank Robinson!! Coming here from Cincinnatti, Frank wasn't sure what to expect, and his concerns were not unfounded. I recall from my youth seeing local establishments with separate entrances for colored people. Once again we were fortunate to have Brooks Robinson on the welcoming committee. The rest is pretty much history, but I will provide a brief recap... Frank was the final ingredient for a team heading to the World Series... Frank became a local Hero and Superstar by anyones standards... Frank went on to have a fantastic career as a player, manager, and even worked with the MLB offices! I certainly would not deny anyone their heritage, but I don't think of Frank Robinson as a Black man... in my mind he is an athlete who devoted his life to baseball. In my mind, Frank Robinson was and is simply a MAN. Any of todays athletes, from any sport, could not find a better athlete to aspire to emulate! My parents had Lou Gehrig and my kids had Cal Ripken but I was blessed to witness the career of Frank Robinson!

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2008 4:21 pm

The "True Impact" of Adam Jones to Baltimore

Great, and I mean GREAT, Blog t2p.

The only thing you need to add, is an 'e' to the end of Dontrell"e".

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