Baltimore Orioles‘ center fielder Adam Jones made national news the other day when he discussed his opinions about fans running onto the field during games with the media. When asked about the fan who ran onto the field during the New York Yankees/Orioles game on Tuesday, Jones had this to say: “I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field, and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher. They should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it’s stupid”.
While his comments may have been a bit harsh, Jones is right. Not only could a fan running onto the field be potentially dangerous to the players, but it also is a distraction and can interrupt the flow of a game. Luckily for the Orioles, they were blasting the Yankees 14-5 at the time and ended up winning the game by the same score so the distraction did not really interrupt their rhythm.
The main reason for fans to run on the field during any sporting event is that they want to be recognized on TV and make the news in some way. Combine that thought with a bunch of alcohol, and your result is having three or more security guards tasering you to the ground. Not only will you be dismissed from the game, but you may face charges and will most likely be banned from the stadium for life.
Jones weighed in on that, too: “I get it, you’re drunk and you want to be on SportsCenter. Your [butt] is going to jail with a fine, and you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark”.
While Jones’ suggestion for players being able to detain fans might be a little farfetched, he is right about the concept. Fans should not run onto the field during play, no matter how drunk they are. However, if you ever do get drunk and decide that you might want to run on the field during an Orioles game, keep in mind that Adam Jones will likely hunt you down with his spikes.
Jones’ comments were being reviewed by MLB on Wednesday.