Adam Jones is not content with just threatening to hit baseball fans, but has also targeted a fellow professional in the shape of Masahiro Tanaka.
The New York Yankees pitcher has certainly caused plenty of hype since his move from Japan in the offseason. Jones, however, is refusing to get drawn into it.
"Why don't you ask Tanaka about me? I'm the one who's been over here in the major leagues for a while," the Baltimore Orioles' center fielder said Tuesday, according to Newsday. "Congratulations, he did it over there. Don't make it like he's the dirtiest guy in the world. He was 24-0 -- in Japan."
Jones was struck out twice against Tanaka when the Orioles played the Yankees on Tuesday but refused to praise the right-hander.
"Am I (supposed) to go home and say I faced Tanaka tonight? Just go throw a party that I faced Tanaka? It's another pitcher," Jones told Newsday. "Another pitcher in the rotation. Nothing special to me. It's just another guy that we have to go through to get to where we want to be."
Tanaka made his second big league start against the Orioles, allowing seven hit with 10 strikeouts. He also allowed the the long-three-run homer from Jonathan Schopp. The Yankees lost 5-4.
Jones has landed in hot water with the MLB after admitting to confronting two fans who entered the field of play on Tuesday's game.
"I let them know how I felt, obviously a lot of choice words because I think it's idiotic for people to run on the field and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher," Jones said. "And they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it's stupid.
"You look like a [idiot] when you run on the field. We don't go to any other events. We don't go to other sporting events and do that to their jobs, but they come to ours and do that. I get it, you're drunk and you want to be on 'SportsCenter.' Your [butt] is going to jail with a fine, and you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark."
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