Former MLB pitcher John Rocker, as part of his “Make Baseball Baseball Again” campaign, recently pulled the Orioles’ Adam Jones aside to explain to him how baseball is “for Blacks too.”
“I get that we don’t wear flashy uniforms like basketball, but there’s still a lot in this game for your people to get into,” said Rocker condescendingly, while Jones fumed. “How about those walk-up songs that play before at bats? You guys love music, don’t ya?”
Jones admitted that Rocker’s heart might have been in the right place, but he didn’t necessarily go about things in the best way possible.
“I get that the guy was trying to make me feel included, I just wish he wasn’t so weird about it,” said Jones. “I’m pretty sure he was trying to speak ebonics to me, and kept calling me “homeboy.”
Rocker’s next stop on his “Make Baseball Baseball Again” campaign will be Toronto, where he will be teaching José Bautista how to “tone down his spicy Latin ways.”