Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Jones had a fan ejected from Petco Park in San Diego yesterday afternoon. Jones said that the fan was “cussing me out” as Jones fielded a fly ball.
Jones — who is from San Diego — spoke to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic after the game and explained:
“These fans in sports, man, they’re starting to get a little more brazen,” Jones said. “I’ve said it many times, and obviously I’ve had altercations with fans. My biggest thing is, keep the banter polite – we suck, I struck out, the team’s not good. Keep it light, keep it smart. There’s kids in the stadium. But the second you start cussing me out like I’m a little kid, that’s a no-no.”
Jones added, “I made a nice play, and just hearing the B-word, F-word, that’s not baseball talk. So … he gone.” He also noted that the matter was simply one of vulgarity and that the fan did not use any racial language, the sort of which he was subjected to in Fenway Park in a much-publicized incident back in 2017.
As of press time we are unaware of people crawling out of the woodwork to say that Jones was making this up like they said about the 2017 incident. I suppose they only do that to reflexively beat back claims of racism that upset their view of society.
Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.
In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.
Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.
Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.