For the most part since the “Know Your O’s” video segment started, we’ve concentrated on players that were new to the Orioles or maybe a little under-the-radar.
That changes this time, when Adam Jones, the Orioles All Star centerfielder and team leader, is the guest. But we couldn’t just have Jones. With his sometimes-larger-than-life personality, we needed reinforcements.
So, earlier this month, Jones was joined by two of his closest friends in the Orioles organization for the segment: first base/outfield coach Wayne Kirby and bullpen catcher Jett Ruiz, who has known Jones since they grew up together in San Diego.
I’ll warn you: This one’s a little different. It’s like a roundtable with these three guys and I’m barely a moderator. There’s a whole lot of laughing. There’s a PG-rating for mild, adult language. And there’s plenty of insight into these guys and what it’s like to be a major leaguer.
Ruiz talks about the first time the two met in San Diego. Kirby breaks down Jones’ game as a baserunner and defender and Ruiz and Jones both give props to Kirby’s impressive cooking/grilling abilities.
There are plenty of barbs thrown around, but there are some poignant moments, as Ruiz and Kirby talk about Jones’ life as a father of two young boys.
Like I said, this one is a little different from the previous format. But I think it is my favorite so far. Check it out. If you are a Jones’ fan or an Orioles’ fan, it’s worth your time.