People Think You Cannot Play Ball and Chew

Posted Friday April 12, 2013 at 8:51:51 pm in Musings

Like clockwork you have a small contingent of Orioles fans calling for Adam Jones to stop chewing gum, and in effect stop blowing bubbles while playing baseball.

Just gotta say: stop.

It's subconscious. From the horse's mouth back in 2010:

Honestly, I don't even know I'm doing it, just chew it. I think it's the last thing on my mind.

As for blowing bubbles? He's done it at bat:

I've made contact, and there's a bubble at the same time...It's nuts. It's crazy.

Want to read that article from 2010? Compliments of Kevin Cowherd from the Baltimore Sun: Complaints about Jones's bubbles are blown out of proportion.

He's done it on diving catches, over the shoulder grabs, home runs, etc. 

It's a subconscious thing. And for some people it actually helps them concentrate rather than over thinking things. And over thinking things is the worst thing you can do as an athlete...no matter what the sport.

So while it's going to get the attention of fans on a dropped ball (especially one that allows runners to score and leads to a loss), how often does it get the attention of fans when something positive happens?

As fans we try to find something or someone to blame. Sometimes the easiest answer for a dropped ball is quite simply: it happens. A simple misread and a millisecond of time is the difference between a caught ball in the outfield or a lazy fly ball off the bat. That's the sport and world we live in, folks.

The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer’s view