A couple of O's watch Rays celebrate, plenty of others don't
Knowing that the Tampa Bay Rays needed just one victory or a Boston Red Sox loss to clinch a playoff berth, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Monday that he hoped some of his players stuck around in the dugout long enough to watch some of the celebration if the Rays happened to get a playoff-clinching win..
That happened tonight, and a couple of Orioles, including infielders Robert Andino and Brandon Snyder and reliever MIchael Gonzalez, hung around the visiting dugout at Tropicana Field, but most just quietly trudged to the clubhouse oblivious to the mob of Rays that rushed the field.
That included Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who was fanned by Rays closer Rafael Soriano for the final out.
"It’s not me celebrating so why the hell would I want to watch somebody else celebrate?,” Jones said. “Nobody wants to see nobody be clinched on. Let’s face it, nobody wants to see it, but it happens. A lot of respect to them. They deserve it.”
Asked about whether the Orioles could have gained some motivation going forward by taking in the Rays' celebration, Jones said, "“We all know what winning is like, probably not all at this level, but we all know what winning is like. We don’t want to have to watch somebody else win to know what it is like."
Orioles young starter Brad Bergesen, who was rocked for five runs in five innings in his worst start in two month, disagreed with Jones, saying it will "definitely" serve as motviation.
"I think [with] what we’ve done in the last couple months, we really started to believe in ourselves so hopefully we are going to turn this thing around and come in with some momentum for next year,” he said.