Orioles outfielder Adam Jones blows catch while blowing a bubble with his gum (video)
During the bottom of the 3rd inning of the ALDS Game 3 showdown between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night, O’s center fielder Adam Jones, with his team leading 1-0, blew a catch of a ball drilled by Derek Jeter as the outfielder performed his customary ritual of blowing a bubble with his gum while attempting to make the catch.
To be fair to Jones, it was a well-struck ball by Jeter and Jones had to really book it to even get close to tracking it down, so the fact that he was blowing a bubble at the same time likely had little to do with the fact that he came up short. What did cause Jones to come up short, however, was that he misread the ball off Jeter’s bat, something he admitted following the game:
“I’m not satisfied that I didn’t catch the ball,” said Jones, who was doing his customary bubble-gum blowing as he made the attempt. “To make an excuse for that would definitely not be me. I point-blank missed the ball. I don’t know what happened. I thought it was where it was going to be and thought wrong at that time. It costs a run.”
Orioles skipper Buck Showalter concurred, defending his center fielder’s usual excellence in the outfield:
“He got a good swing on it, the ball was up a little bit, just kind of carried. Playing him probably a little cheap there, but Adam is a great center fielder. If it’s catchable, he’s going to catch it.”
Unfortunately for Jones and his Orioles teammates, the play resulted in a triple for Jeter and more importantly, a tying RBI for the Yankees captain. The Orioles answered with a run in the 5th inning, but Raul Ibanez’s pinch-hitting heroics late in the game ended up being the difference, as the pinch hitter for Alex Rodriguez smashed a game-tying home run in the 9th and his walkoff home run in the 12th inning sealed the Orioles’ fate, catapulting the Yankees to a 3-2 win and leaving them down 2-games-to-1 in the series with a must-win game to stave off elimination on Thursday night.