Originally written on MLB Buzz  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Orioles_vs_royals_9d53
Adam Jones is ecstatic about one particular baseball transaction during the last week. No, it’s not his six-year, $85.5 million extension with the Baltimore Orioles. It was the Detroit Tigers’ decision to call up outfielder Quintin Berry, Jones’ best friend since they were 5 years old and attending Webster Elementary School in San Diego. The two are so close that Jones is the godfather to Berry’s son. The two took very different routes to the big leagues: Jones, drafted by the Seattle Mariners after his senior year of high school, was a top prospect and made his debut six years ago at age 20. Berry played in college at San Diego State, which delayed the start of his pro career. He is with his fifth organization and didn’t debut in the majors until last week — at 27. Jones said he nearly cried when Berry gave him the news. “My best friend is in the big leagues,” Jones said. “To be honest with you, that’s where my excitement has been. I’ve been trying to watch him. He’s been playing pretty good so far. It’s been real fulfilling to see that.” Berry has an .869 OPS through his first six games and is 3 for 3 in stolen bases. He’s been so impressive that he has a chance to stay with the Tigers once Austin Jackson returns from the disabled list — perhaps in Comerica Park’s spacious left field, where his speed would come in very handy. “I told him, ‘You know Jackson’s coming back. Force them to keep you there,’” Jones said. “He’s doing good. He’s stealing bags. He’s doing things they don’t have. Speed doesn’t slump, unless you get a hamstring injury. “I told him, ‘You know your game. At this level, you use it. You don’t need to hit doubles. You don’t need to hit home runs. You need to get on base – bunt, hit singles. (Miguel) Cabrera and (Prince) Fielder are behind you, so you’re scoring.’” Jones said the two have dreamed about the chance to play against one another in the majors. That may happen in Baltimore, during the first series after the All-Star break. Jones and Berry, who played together at San Diego’s Morse High School, have teased each other for years about which of them has more range. Jones, who won a Gold Glove in 2009, took note of Berry’s highlight-reel, game-saving catch Sunday in Minnesota — though not in the way you might expect. “It was a horse (manure) route,” Jones said, laughing. “When I called him, that was the first thing I said: ‘Nice horse (manure) route.’” Jones did have one piece of constructive advice for Berry: The Tigers played a Memorial Day matinee in Boston due to the holiday, and Berry told Jones the team bus was leaving the hotel at 10:30 that morning. “Yeah, Cabrera’s got a 10:30 bus,” Jones told him, not-to-subtly reminding him of the unwritten rule that veterans should arrive later than the players who have yet to establish themselves. “Fielder’s got a 10:30 bus. (Gerald) Laird’s got a 10:30 bus. (Jhonny) Peralta’s got a 10:30 bus. Your (butt) is taking a taxi. Don’t you dare get on that bus.” So what happened? “He took a taxi,” Jones said with a grin. — Jon Paul Morosi
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

John Harbaugh: Bill Belichick is best coach of this century

Brandon Jennings suffers horrific Achilles injury

Van Gundy rips Bulls management about Thibs

Harbaugh lands first commitment at Michigan

NFL warns Seahawks about 'obscene gestures'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lane Kiffin will remain with Alabama in 2015

Belichick: Patriots followed 'every rule' prepping footballs

Colts LB Andrew Jackson arrested on DUI charge

Sam Shields: Dez Bryant catch should have counted

Klay Thompson sets NBA record with 37 pts in a quarter

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passes away

WATCH: Urban, OSU students send message to Mark May

The five best Super Bowl matchups ever

WATCH: Mike Riley gets big welcome at Nebraska game

Leonard Fournette's brother commits to LSU

Bledsoe not happy about other QBs trashing Brady

Red Sox P Joe Kelly predicts he will win Cy Young Award

WATCH: Bill Belichick drops 'My Cousin Vinny' reference

USC sends recruit personalized business cards

Coastal Carolina planning to install teal-colored field

The five most significant Super Bowls of all time

WATCH: J.R. Smith, LeBron half-court alley oop

Sesame Street makes "inflate" the word of the day

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jennings suffers horrific injury

Harbaugh lands first commitment

Seahawks GM: I love Lynch's act

Lane Kiffin staying with Alabama

Belichick goes 'My Cousin Vinny'

Belichick: Patriots followed 'every rule'

Could Patriots have used a sauna?

Klay Thompson scores 37 pts in a quarter

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passes away

Sesame Street makes "inflate" the word of the day

Which NBA player should get next on a signature shoe deal?

NFL's Deflategate statement doesn't say much

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.