Reporter defends Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor over Powerade bath
In what has become something of a growing trend over the past few years involving players and reporters, Fox Sports Southwest on-field reporter Emily Jones received a soaking Powerade bath courtesy of Texas Rangers stars Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor following Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.
The soaking spawned some criticism from MLB Network talking heads Joe Magrane and Jon Heyman, who called out Andrus and Odor over their antics.
Rangers reporter @EmilyJonesMcCoy gets yet another postgame bath; Joe Magrane and Jon Heyman are outraged.
— Funhouse (@RNs_Funhouse) June 26, 2016
Jones, who has been on the receiving end of a post-game dousing in the past — to which she has reacted in good humor — took to her personal blog on Monday to respond to critics such as Magran and Heyman.
I get those who look at it as a “respect issue”, and I appreciate those who are mindful of that and concerned about that, especially with the male-female dynamic. I’m sure that’s a factor in some of these post-game celebration cases, but it never is and never has been with me and the Rangers.
I take my job seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously. I’ve been around this team for a long time, and I have never felt disrespected by any of their post-game shenanigans. I have spent more hours than I can count in that clubhouse, talking to those guys–about baseball, about their families, about stupid stuff. I consider them friends (gasp!), and friends play tricks on each other. I like bits. Bits are fun.
The day before Rougned Odor got me, I poured a cup of ice cold water down his back during an interview in the dugout during batting practice. It was funny. Maybe not to you, but it was to those of us that were in the dugout–Rougie included.
It certainly seems like Jones knowingly and willingly will often play a role in the shenanigans, so all the hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing over how she’s supposedly a “victim” in the situation is arguably unnecessary and unwarranted.
[The Dallas Morning News, image via Emily Jones/Twitter]