The Baltimore Orioles are a bad baseball team. Very bad. 40.5 games out before the trade deadline bad. But more than that, there doesn’t appear to be much direction; they did finally trade Manny Machado, but considering the inevitability of that move, the fact they waited until now instead of maximizing their return may have cost them a chance at jumpstarting a rebuild.
So if there’s one kind of story that would fit perfectly with the post-Machado era of the Orioles, it would be a wacky, off-the-field event with plenty of parallels to be drawn to the team’s performance on the field. Fortunately Adam Jones and Chris Davis entered a faulty elevator in Toronto last night to give us just that. Here’s ESPN’s writeup, which doesn’t waste time:
An elevator ride in Toronto for Adam Jones and Chris Davis mimicked their team’s season. Going nowhere.
The two Baltimore Orioles players along with several other passengers were stuck in an elevator at the team hotel following an 8-7, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays.
Jones documented the event with an Instagram stories posting.
Oh, Instagram stories. What can’t you document? The two did eventually make it out, although not after some sweaty time spent stuck in a box:
With music blaring, Davis was shown trying to pry the doors open after the elevator became stuck between floors.
Jones verbally and with graphics noted how much he and the others were sweating.
Eventually the Toronto fire department was able to open the doors and the passengers climbed out.
Fortunately Jones didn’t seem too fazed by the incident, managing to put things in proper perspective:
Back in his hotel room, Jones ended his saga saying, “Whoever is sending these ‘please be safe, I’m glad you’re OK messages,’ come on I’m stuck on an elevator, I’m not stuck on an airplane.”
Unfortunately for Jones, he is stuck on the Orioles, perhaps the scariest situation of all.