“My comments weren’t malicious or anything like that. It’s just my opinion. I’m pretty sure other people have spoken their opinion and gotten nothing,” he said.
“The players feel like it’s something you don’t say and I said it.”
Jones said his phone has been “blowing up.”
“It’s been awesome with everyone,” he said. “Friends around the league. Like, ‘Dude, that’s awesome.’ You guys are making a big deal out of it because you have to. I know your overhead is making you come to me, so I get it.”
Jones has no regrets and offers no apologies.
“No, no. Not sorry,” he said. “People say sorry, they don’t mean it. I’m not going to say it if I don’t mean it. Obviously, I don’t want to inflict any pain on people, but if you put us in harm’s way, got to protect myself.
“That’s all it’s about. Players don’t pay to come watch the fans, fans pay to come watch the players. Cuss us out, badger us, but don’t put our lives, our safety in jeopardy. The second you do that, you are going to get the person who was before the baseball person was.”
Told that he can’t actually kick the offenders with his spikes, Jones quipped, “Well, if they signed a waiver.”
“You cant stop that from happening because you would have to put up barriers and that would obstruct the fans. The only thing you can do is make examples of them. Give them real jail time. Fine the hell out of them. Twenty grand. Nobody wants to be fined twenty grand. I don’t care who are you. The world’s richest man. So, you are going to have to do something.
“Obviously, the safety of players is utmost important to me and I know Major League Baseball feels that way. This is a $9 billion industry. You’re not going to let someone come on the field and damage your investment. Just looking at it from a business model. So, it is what it is.”
Jones believes clubs and MLB are taking the issue more seriously.
“Yeah, they have been, and it’s good to see them come on the field,” he said. “They ran out there quick. I was laughing because a couple of the security guards ran into each other, which is funny. In Baltimore, we’ve got the same thing. I called them out a couple of years ago because we had all the incidents early in the season. It’s stupid. I remember my first beer, too. So what? It doesn’t make me want to go onto the field, so stay away from it.
“In Baltimore, they increased their security and you see the guys. They’re sitting there waiting. In the dugout, we’ve got a guy just sitting there waiting to tackle somebody. It shouldn’t be that way. People want to get on Top 10, so let them.
“I appreciate the Orioles taking ownership for that for us because we’re their investment.”
Jones is comfortable with being outspoken on the subject.
“I don’t care,” he said. “I’m going to speak my mind. I’m going to tell you the truth. I’m not going to lie to you. What am I going to lie to you about? I’m just wasting my time. If it’s something concerning my teammates, or the safety of my family, I’ll cuss anybody out of it. I don’t care.”