Adam Jones may not be the greatest baseball player to ever come from the city of Baltimore, but the Orioles’ outfielder is certainly earning his appreciation from the team’s fans and the community he is now a member of. On February 6, Jones received the Babe Ruth Museum’s Community Service Award at the annual “Babe’s Birthday Bash.” The event, held at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, commemorated the 100th anniversary of Ruth signing his first baseball contract, which just so happened to be with his hometown Orioles.
Jones hasn’t reached Ruth’s magnitude quite yet, but his actions off the field are tribute to the legendary ballplayer from Baltimore. Since joining the Orioles, Jones has been active with the local Boys and Girls Club, Baltimore youth, and many other events sponsored by his team in the community.
In 2012 he was given the key to the city of Baltimore, and in 2013 he was nominated by the Orioles as their representative for the MLB Roberto Clemente award, which celebrates the quality of a player’s all-around humanitarianism.
“I don’t think he understands just how important he is to our community, especially with how much he gives back to the youth of Baltimore,” said Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation in an article posted by the Baltimore Sun. “Babe Ruth loved kids and Adam Jones has that affinity for kids just like Babe Ruth.”
Jones had his humility on display when receiving the award, saying that after growing up without the luxuries he now has and is able to bestow upon others, he has a great appreciation for how far he’s come and how fortunate he is. While he was happy to be recognized, he stressed that his motivation comes simply from being able to give others a chance.
“It’s not about being proud of anything,” said Jones in the Sun’s article. “It’s just the opportunity knowing that I’m giving them an opportunity. It’s humbling to know that your name is being recognized among some people who are doing some really good things in their community and not just being recognized as a player.”