It’s a great time to be Adam Jones.
The most popular Oriole, or as he likes to say: “the coolest Oriole,” Jones was treated to a hero’s reception at FanFest. A day later, he flew up to watch the Ravens beat the Patriots, and now, he’s getting ready for the Super Bowl.
“It’s a pretty safe bet that I’m takin my talents to N.O. to support my boys @Ravens. Gonna be an epic next 2 weeks. #HarBowl,” Jones tweeted.
Just before FanFest, Jones was officially selected to the U.S. team for the World Baseball Classic, and spring training begins on Feb. 15.
With the Ravens success, and the Orioles surprise of 2012, being an athlete in Baltimore has changed.
“It’s always been fun for me because I’m personable,” Jones jokes.
Jones’ Twitter account @simplyaj10 has nearly 92,000 followers, and he’s a most active tweeter. He’s more recognizable now than he was before last season. Jones is in the process of moving into a more secluded Baltimore County home than his downtown apartment.
“It’s a good problem to have rather than walking into a place and have nobody ever saying anything to you,” Jones said.
His contract doesn’t expire until 2018 and is the same length as the deals of manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.
“Six years is a long time. In that time, we can do a lot,” Jones said.
“That makes me feel so much better about signing mine for six years.”