BALTIMORE -- Before he stepped out onto the field on Saturday, manager Dave Trembley wanted Adam Jones to recognize the magnitude of the moment associated with the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
"This is a very historic day for the Orioles and for Adam Jones, and I told him in a nutshell understand the responsibility that comes with you walking out there [Saturday] and accepting the award," Trembley said.
Jones, who was presented with the award during a pregame ceremony, didn't need a reminder. The only Orioles player selected to the American League All-Star team last year and the first Baltimore outfielder to earn a Gold Glove Award since Paul Blair in 1975, the 24-year-old was mindful of how special Saturday's ceremony was.
"It's a tremendous honor, and it hasn't been done in this city, a historic baseball city, in 34 years for an outfielder," Jones said.
"I take pride in my defense, I work hard on it and last year I was fortunate enough to get the award, and the thing is you got to try to repeat. I try to play the best defense I can and let the rest take care of itself."
With mom Andrea in attendance, Jones was greeted with loud cheers from the Orioles' crowd in a short ceremony prior to Saturday's first pitch. He hugged first-base coach John "T-Bone" Shelby, and shook hands with several other league officials.
"I told Jones how proud we were of him," Trembley said. "I hope he understands the significance of the award that he's getting, not only for himself but for what it means to the Baltimore Orioles organization and also, to be very honest with you, what it means because he's an African-American."