Adam Jones decided to take another trip on the “Candid Speech” train.
A couple of days after proclaiming that he’d love to be able to kick fans who run onto the field during a game with his spikes, Newsday asked him about how it felt to face brand new Yankees’ pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka.
Why don’t you ask Tanaka about me? I’m the one who’s been over here in the major leagues for a while. Congratulations, he did it over there. Don’t make it like he’s the dirtiest guy in the world. He was 24-0 – in Japan. Am I (supposed) to go home and say I faced Tanaka tonight? Just go throw a party that I faced Tanaka? It’s another pitcher. Another pitcher in the rotation. Nothing special to me. It’s just another guy that we have to go through to get to where we want to be.
Tanaka was making his home debut at Yankee Stadium against the Orioles and earned a no decision. He allowed three earned runs on a Jonathan Schoop home run, but struck out 10 over seven innings pitched.
Two of those K’s were by Adam Jones.