Orioles outfielder Adam Jones doesn’t really sit still that often, especially during the long MLB offseason. Heading back to his hometown of San Diego, he’s found something to do with the month left until Spring Training begins for the O’s, and he’s taking on an unexpected role: working as an off-ice official for the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.
The Gulls are Anaheim’s AHL affiliate and play at the old San Diego Sports Arena, and are now by default San Diego’s second most popular professional sports franchise. And Jones, who is never one to let down his hometown, has decided to help out in any way he can.
— San Diego Gulls (@SDGullsAHL) January 20, 2017
“I’m living out my dream joining the San Diego Gulls to be an off-ice official and serve as a penalty box attendant,” said Jones, who you might be surprised to know is apparently a Gulls season ticket holder.
Jones’ responsibilities while working as an off ice official include taking note of penalties and power plays, opening and closing the penalty box door, and giving the officials fresh pucks. Jones worked Friday night’s game against the San Jose Barracuda, which is another great minor league sports team name that more people don’t know about.
One of San Diego’s favorite sons is helping out one of the city’s lesser known sports teams now that its arguably most famous team has sadly decided to move up north. Next, maybe he’ll suit up for the Gulls for a game.