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Adam Jones says he was joking about ‘airport’ comment at social media event

I’m Adam. Fly me the #### out of here.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones caused a bit of a stir Thursday during the pregame Social Media Night event at Camden Yards by behaving in a way that wasn’t particularly sociable.

The star outfielder irked some fans in attendance with short responses during the question-and-answer session, and he earned especially negative attention for saying his favorite place in Baltimore was the airport so he could fly home.

After the game, Jones said he was joking, adding that he likes the airport because it’s where he picks up his friends and family who come to visit and support him.

“I guess my shtick wasn’t appreciated at the time,” Jones said. “But I had a good time. I’ll do it again, and I probably should do it again.”

Jones said his short answers were a result of the event’s timing; it leaked into the final hour before game time.

...One Twitter follower compared Jones’ airport comment to former Orioles designated hitter Aubrey Huff, who used an expletive to describe Baltimore after his first season in town.

“That’s probably absurd to compare it in that narrative,” Jones said.

Repoz Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:26 AM (#4781502)
A classic Ha Ha Only Serious.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:30 AM (#4781504)
Its a dumb joke because BWI is absolutely atrocious.
   3. The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:34 AM (#4781512)
A classic Ha Ha Only Serious.
Really? You think he hates Baltimore? He's been there a while, anyway. Are there any other indications he's dissatisfied?
   4. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:44 AM (#4781523)
Have you been to BWI recently? I don't think it's a *good* airport, but it isn't awful in my experience. Just run of the mill bad. In the area I'd rank them:

1. National

big gap

2. BWI

big gap

3. Dulles
   5. Rusty Priske Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM (#4781574)
You know, it is possible to be hapy about going home without hating the place you are in...
   6. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4781592)
People will get offended over anything.
   7. DKDC Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM (#4781609)
I would rate BWI and Dulles relatively on par. I actually like the Dulles terminals slightly better, but any airport that requires one of those shuttle trains to get from curbside to gate gets a demerit in my book.

National is one of my favorite airports - clean, sunny, close to the city, nice views on takeoff/landing, steps from public transport, breezy security lines.
   8. catomi01 Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM (#4781615)
National is one of my favorite airports - clean, sunny, close to the city, nice views on takeoff/landing, steps from public transport, breezy security lines.


I have to do meetings downtown once or twice a year - there used to be a direct flight from LI, got in around 7 AM, and was perfect...only problem was, the two outbound flights were 4 PM (too early) and 9 or 10 PM...so I got to know the Fridays and other eating establishments very well. I think they took that flight out now though, so looks like this year's meetings will either mean an overnight stay or battling NY and DC traffic.
   9. BDC Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM (#4781619)
One of my FB friends asked people to name their favorite place in Texas, and I was within an eyelash of posting "The International Departure Lounge at D/FW." Decided to limit my snark to BBTF and departmental memos for once :)
   10. birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: August 29, 2014 at 02:36 PM (#4781881)
National Airport is fantastic. Short lines and convenient (no shuttles!).

Adam Jones is pretty much a God in Baltimore. He can say whatever he wants.
   11. Curse of the Andino Posted: August 29, 2014 at 05:47 PM (#4782013)
BWI has that lounge for AmEx Platinum card holders (not every airport does anymore), and is steps from the light rail if you're heading into downtown. My two least favorite airports are San Juan and Detroit. Though San Juan has also opened a new lounge for AmEx Cardholders. Detroit, to be fair, it was always coming back from Japan/China/Korea, 12-15 hour flights, every bad thing about the place was magnified 10-fold.

Adam Jones is pretty much a God in Baltimore. He can say whatever he wants.


Yerp. And it wasn't so much that Huff insulted the city... it's that he insulted our strippers.
   12. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:19 PM (#4782127)
You have good strippers?
   13. Ziggy Posted: August 29, 2014 at 10:53 PM (#4782166)
BWI is fine. It's small and straightforward, rarely crowded. My only complaint (and correcting this would lead directly to crowdedness) is that there are relatively few direct flights. The light rail is slow (30 minutes to get to the harbor, 45 to actually get into town), but it stops right at the airport and costs $1.60. You can't beat that.

If you want a terrible airport, go to JFK. That place sucks. Always crowded, always dirty, hard to hear things like gate change announcements. Food costs New York plus airport prices. Last time I was there they had what looked like an ad hoc security checkpoint in a hall way. And if you want to charge a cell phone it is extremely likely that you'll end up crouching next to a vending machine to use an outlet.
   14. McCoy Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM (#4782183)
From what I've heard Baltimore is an awesome strip joint city.
   15. McCoy Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:47 PM (#4782184)
National is great for getting in and out of security. No free Wi-Fi sucks. Not a lot of good food options if you need to wait at the airport. BWI tends to be cheaper and mass transit to National takes about as long as driving to O'Hare from the western suburbs. If you're driving someone to National or picking them up and it isn't rush hour it is a breeze.
   16. DKDC Posted: August 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4782306)
If you want a terrible airport, go to JFK. That place sucks. Always crowded, always dirty, hard to hear things like gate change announcements. Food costs New York plus airport prices. Last time I was there they had what looked like an ad hoc security checkpoint in a hall way. And if you want to charge a cell phone it is extremely likely that you'll end up crouching next to a vending machine to use an outlet.


JFK and LGA can be awful or awesome, depending on which terminal you are in.

Terminal 4 (international/Delta) at JFK is quite nice, and the marine air terminal at LGA is my favorite New York terminal because of the easy dropoff/parking, non-existent security lines and awesome Delta shuttle flights that fly hourly and keep their jetways open until minutes before scheduled departure.

Also, it's always fun to take a detour through the old building on the way in/out and you feel like you're stepping back in time 50 years (in a good way).
   17. BDC Posted: August 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4782354)
fun to take a detour through the old building

La Guardia has buildings that looked hideously dated 30 years ago and now look retro-awesome :)

I nominate Heathrow for consistently delivering the worst airport experience – not that I've been to more than a fraction of the world's big airports, of course.
   18. Zach Posted: September 02, 2014 at 07:40 PM (#4784165)
I've made similar jokes about Berlin. Tegel airport is very nice in its own right, however, and Tempelhof is really cool, what with the Berlin airlift and all. (Schoenefeld sucks)
   19. Zach Posted: September 02, 2014 at 07:44 PM (#4784166)
In fact, Tempelhof might be the only airport I can think of that is legitimately a tourist attraction in its own right (it's also a nice city park, with a lot of kite boarders zooming up and down the runways).
   20. zonk Posted: September 02, 2014 at 07:57 PM (#4784169)
Both NYC airports are absolutely awful.

LGA is decrepit and feels more like a middling burg airport while JFK is basically a bunch of faux-carnival tents with weird covered walkways to them. Flew out of JFK a few years ago and posted a photo of a pigeon IN THE TERMINAL snacking on whatever delicacy had been on the floor for 6 months.

Neither O'Hare or Midway are exactly places I'd recommend spending any more time than necessary, but at least the terminals are actual buildings and generally speaking, you get to walk down a genuine jetway...

NYC airports feel like you're flying out of either some podunk airport (LGA) or some war-torn nation airstrip (JFK).

Whenever possible, I try to just do Newark and take the train into the city...
   21. Omineca Greg Posted: September 02, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4784180)
In fact, Tempelhof might be the only airport I can think of that is legitimately a tourist attraction in its own right (it's also a nice city park, with a lot of kite boarders zooming up and down the runways).


Changi (Singapore) has a lot of cool stuff in it too.
   22. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: September 02, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4784214)
National is great for getting in and out of security. No free Wi-Fi sucks.
Dunno what you're talking about with "no free Wi-Fi." Unless something changed in the last six months Reagan has free Wi-Fi. BWI was the last one in the region to get free Wi-Fi, I believe.

As one born and raised in the region, and who up until six months ago was a fairly frequent flier (~2 times/mo.), agree with what most here are saying about DC Metro airport rankings: Reagan >>>>>>>> BWI >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dulles.

I hate Dulles, hate hate hate it. The absolute bottom of the barrel as far as I'm concerned: horrible design (the midfield terminals are a nightmare and take forever to get to), terrible accessibility (no Metro until the Silver Line happens, extortionate parking fees, out in middle of nowhere), and prices on most carriers not appreciably cheaper than those out of Reagan.

BWI meanwhile isn't particularly exciting, but it has real advantages: flights are generally cheaper (especially if you don't mind a layover), parking in the long-term lots is shockingly reasonable, and while it's much further away in pure mileage for someone like me living in Montgomery County, the ICC made it reasonably easy to drive there even for afternoon flights, and the reasonable parking rates made driving myself a plausible option.

Reagan, of course, is the golden ideal. Ridiculously easy access (I live very near a Metro line, it's just a 30 minute trip for five bucks), very smooth and well-flowing security, and terminals that are pleasantly close to you after you get through security.
   23. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: September 02, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4784215)
For my money, the worst airport in America is one that nobody has mentioned yet, and I'm a little surprised: Miami International Airport. What a piece of poorly-lit rundown garbage that place is. WAY worse than JFK or La Guardia, for my money.

A very underrated (major) airport, IMO, is Minneapolis-St. Paul. Nothing super-flashy about it, just clean, technologically up-to-date, well appointed w/food options inside, and easy to get to and from via the Light Rail (don't take cabs - there's a ridiculous "airport fee"). Only downside is that the Lindbergh Terminal (i.e. the main one) is utterly massive, and that means there are sometimes very long walks to get to your gate.
   24. DKDC Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4784281)
#22/23,

Just an observation, but you are the only person who was born and raised in the region that I've seen call National airport by the Richmond-appointed name.

To be fair, I grew up in DC proper, so it's not the most politically diverse group.
   25. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:51 AM (#4784321)
Just an observation, but you are the only person who was born and raised in the region that I've seen call National airport by the Richmond-appointed name.
Generational thing, I suspect. Born in 1980. Also a Republican, natch.
   26. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: September 03, 2014 at 02:06 AM (#4784335)
I hate flying out of Orlando. Security takes forever and there is such a mass of humanity, not to mention humidity, that by the time I actually get to my gate I need to change shirts.

The best airport I've been to for security is Milwaukee. Friendly and in-n-out in minutes.

And every airport in Texas is my favorite place in Texas.
   27. Jim Wisinski Posted: September 03, 2014 at 05:38 AM (#4784349)
Around here we have the most delicious airport, St. Pete-Clearwater International. Airport code: PIE.
   28. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 03, 2014 at 09:37 AM (#4784419)
Best airport I've ever flown out of was in Munich. It's amazing. National is probably the runner up.

I hate Dulles, hate hate hate it. The absolute bottom of the barrel as far as I'm concerned: horrible design (the midfield terminals are a nightmare and take forever to get to), terrible accessibility (no Metro until the Silver Line happens, extortionate parking fees, out in middle of nowhere), and prices on most carriers not appreciably cheaper than those out of Reagan.

I agree with all of this. Dulles is terrible.
   29. BDC Posted: September 03, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4784423)
Best airport I've ever flown out of was in Munich

Munich is a very comfortable place to make a connection, lots of amenities. Maybe a bit confusing in terms of signs and directions, or maybe that's just what happens when I get off a nine-hour flight with jetlag :)

In the US … I am used to DFW, but it is vast and confusing, and perpetually under construction. I kind of like Philadelphia, lots of amenities and interesting things to look at, but it too can be confusing unless you know it well. It's very asymmetrical, which I think helps you get familiar with a place but can be confusing if you only go through it once. By contrast, Hartsfield in Atlanta is utterly orthogonal, which might confuse you if you hung out there a lot but has some advantages in getting from point A to point B, enormous though it is.
   30. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 03, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4784430)
I haven't been there in years, but IIRC the Pittsburgh airport is really nice.

I also agree that Miami is terrible. So is Ft. Lauderdale.
   31. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4784435)
I also agree that Miami is terrible. So is Ft. Lauderdale.

Concur - they're awful.
   32. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:32 AM (#4784446)
Just an observation, but you are the only person who was born and raised in the region that I've seen call National airport by the Richmond-appointed name.

Among long time residents, "Reagan" is about as common a usage as "Avenue of the Americas" is for New Yorkers, or "Thurgood Marshall" is for "BWI".
   33. jingoist Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:33 AM (#4784504)
In the "one man's passion is another man's poison" category; Esoteric and I couldn't be more at odds over airport choices.
I love Dulles and dislike intensely National.

In my case I have been flying into and out of both airports since the mid-60's and have seen remarkable changes, primarily to the population density in the DC area and highway access to both airports.

I now live 30 miles west of Dulles so that is my obvious logistical choice.
That said, I always thought the smart airport design was to have an easily accessible ticket counter/departure terminal and then trains/mobile lounges/walkways to remote airplane boarding terminals just as Dulles has been designed.

My negative experiences date back to the 1970's and the Eastern Airlines shuttle to New York and/or Boston.
Those flights were the forerunner to the modern day cattle car approach of flying.

Agree that JFK and Miami are the pits, then Detroit right behind.
   34. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:39 AM (#4784514)
I had a Lufthansa connection to make in Munich, and my flight was very late, absurdly late, we touched down around 25 minutes before my next flight was to depart. I resigned myself to getting a flight later that day, or even the next day, but Lufthansa called my name, they had a taxi waiting and literally drove me door to door to my next flight, which was waiting for me. Incredible service.

And even then I assumed my luggage was lost for certain, but they apparently drove it over too in a separate vehicle.
   35. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:42 AM (#4784516)
Among long time residents, "Reagan" is about as common a usage as "Avenue of the Americas" is for New Yorkers, or "Thurgood Marshall" is for "BWI".


And all are equally random.

I have much less airport experience than most, but I liked the way I got off the plane in San Diego and was on the street about 100 feet later.

I also have little to recommend about Phoenix, or the entire state of Arizona, but Sky Harbor is a great name for an airport.
   36. Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4784543)
Changi (Singapore) has a lot of cool stuff in it too.


Changi is great. Suvarnabhumi is pretty good too, and incheon has great food.

I don't like dulles, but 90% of that is because it is so inconvenient if you live in DC proper.
   37. A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4784555)
   38. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4784562)
I love Dulles and dislike intensely National.
Dulles is awful, full stop. The only redeeming feature is if it is obviously more convenient to you. It was for me, for about a year, and I still occasionally arranged things to fly from National instead.
   39. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: September 03, 2014 at 01:22 PM (#4784613)
Sad man details sad trip from Ft. Lauderdale to Orlando (and back!) just to try out a seat


A very long climb for a very short slide, I must say.

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