JaCoby Jones emotional over first big-league call

JaCoby Jones was back at the Mud Hens team hotel in Indianapolis, having just finished a three-hit game earlier in the evening, when he got the call from Hens manager Lloyd McClendon.

“[He] said, ‘Hey kid, what are you doing,’” Jones said. “I was like, ‘I’m just sitting down, watching TV.’ It was probably 11:30, 11 o’clock, and he was like, ‘You’re going to the big leagues.’ I was like, ‘Really?’ He was like, ‘Yeah.’

“That’s when I lost it, and started freaking out. So, it was excitement and joy, all at the same time.”

It was so much that he had to pause and make sure he wasn’t the subject of a gag.

“I paused for a second, kind of went, ‘I don’t know if this is real or not.’ Then I took it all in, and then I called my parents,” he said. “That was probably the best call I’ve ever had in my life, calling my parents to let them know I made it to the big leagues.”

After a whirlwind 13-month stretch, from Pirates prospect to Trade Deadline deal, to the Arizona Fall League, to a 50-game suspension, to a standout Spring Training and a midseason return, Jones had made it. He worried that his suspension for a drug of abuse last fall had ruined his chance at a call-up this year, whether he did well or not.

Now, he’s not only in the Majors, he’s in the middle of a playoff race. And with Cameron Maybin and Nick Castellanos both injured, the 24-year-old center fielder/third baseman has the opportunity to play a major role.

“I mean, ever since you’re a young kid, just thinking about it, watching all these guys playing in the big leagues, and wanting to do that,” Jones said. “It’s just a great moment, in your heart, with joy and everything. It’s a great time for me. I’m glad to be here, and I’m super excited about it.

“It’s good that they have faith in me, that they think I could do some stuff to help the team win. That gives me confidence that they have confidence in me. So that’s good. Hopefully I can continue to play ball the way I’ve always played ball, and help them win some games down the stretch, and keep this thing going.”

Jones’ parents were expected to arrive in Detroit in time to make the game. His sister and his friends are expected to make it into town on Wednesday.

“My mom was crying, as soon as I told her,” he said. “She was yelling and crying. I heard my dad in the background, screaming. So it was a good feeling for me to know when I called my parents, they were that excited about it.”

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The Indians picked up Crisp from the A’s.

There just are no words left to describe these Tiger batters…………………………

Boyd and Norris cannot keep throwing 100+ pitches and only lasting 4-5 innings!
Come on guys 20+ pitches/inning is unacceptable, you’re in the big leagues now!

How about clutch? Clutch last night and clutch tonight.

I was specifically referring to the hitters.

Smart running by Kinsler. Baited Garcia into a double clutch.

I noticed that also.

10 runs in 2 games

How can Greene look so lousy and be so dominating at the same time?

I guess they found their bats finally

Rocky Martinez is punishing the ChiSox.

More RBI than Casey in just 2 AB

Some quick thoughts: Casey had to go down; just couldn’t cut it; Jones is up on potential, and it showed tonight; every first inning, our starter throws 18+, and their guy throws 9; we wallowed again tonight for five innings before getting our second hit; then the floodgates opened; beginning to think that Boyd has more shorterm upside than Norris; Julio surely gets on a roll sometimes; we score 8 runs with basically nothing from Mig or VMart:
1. As average as he pitched, Norris somehow limited the damage to 3 runs.
2. Salty had 4 quality plate appearances without the benefit of a single hit.
3. Jones gets 2 hits and 2 RBI’s in front of Mom and Dad.
Kudos to Julio, Tyler, Jacoby, Salty, and Ian, who showed signs of waking up. Top caliber pitching duel tomorrow. Sale is tough, but I see us getting under his skin. The broom comes out, and we hang around to battle another day. We can’t afford to get behnd on him, because he will throw 120 pitches, if he’s on. This might be VMart’s day since they love each other so much.

Casey is tough to figure. He has had some very good MiLB and MLB seasons. In fact he once hit .285 with 23 HRs and 104 RBIs for the Brewers. I guess he just fizzled for the Tigers after a nice year with the Hens.

Rocky Martinez has indeed been rolling. Over the last 30 in the AL, he is first in BA, third in OBP, second in SLG and second in OPS.

Sweep the sox out of town. Get the winning streak going and don’t look back. Nice game last night.

Tigers lineup: Kinsler 2b, Iglesias ss, VMart dh, JDMart rf, Upton lf, McCann c, Jones cf, Saltalamacchia 1b, Romine 3b. Verlander p

Stupid Indians are not going to give us this race. We need to gain a few games before we play them and then it is in our hands to beat them in those 7 games we play them

Cabrera was playing with pain since at least last Saturday. I missed the games before so I dont know how long he was dealing with the ankle

It was obviuos on TV, both his movements and his facial expression showed pain and some concern

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