ANAHEIM -- Nearly 10 years ago, Chris Jones first heard his name called by a Major League team. One year later, he heard his name again and decided to put pen to paper and become a professional baseball player.
Monday, May 30, 2016, one week away from the first time Jones heard his name called, he heard it summoned again. This time, to become a Major League Baseball player with the Los Angeles Angels.
Jones, 27, was acquired to add depth to the Angels rotation in exchange for minor leaguers, Natanael Delgado and Erick Salcedo near the end of Spring Training. In his 265 Minor League games, he held a 47-44 record, and 3.54 ERA - now it all goes to zero at a new level.
On Memorial Day, Jones will have his mother, fiancee and youngest of four sons in attendance at Angel Stadium to hopefully see him first in a Major League game. An oddity for Jones is that he'll be coming out of the bullpen if he's needed, something he hasn't done with regularity since 2013.
"I'm gonna try and remember that real quick." laughed Jones. "It's like riding a bike hopefully."
Jones was starting for the Angels' Triple-A affiliate, Salt Lake Bees, where he was holding onto a 6.32 ERA and 3-4 record. All of this came in not only a league he wasn't used to, but an entirely new time zone. In his time with the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles, he never stopped at an affiliate West of the Mississippi River.
"It's different. It was a first getting used to the Pacific Coast League, being on the East Coast all of my career. Dealing with the new weather and air and different weather. It was fun. I liked it a lot."
Monday afternoon, Jones got to smile, answer questions from the media and meet his new teammates. Not in the Pacific Coast League. Not East of the Mississippi. Instead, inside the dwellings of Angel Stadium, strictly because... he's a Major League Baseball player now.