There’s a small tattoo on the side of Todd Jones’ left hand that reads, “jn. 20:29.”
“Do you read anything in the Bible?” the Marlins reliever asks.
Three hours before game time — three hours before he is to continue what some are calling the comeback story of the year in Major League Baseball — Jones sits in front of his locker discussing the Gospel according to John, chapter 20, verse 29.
“Blessed are those who do not see but still believe,” Jones says, paraphrasing the verse. “This is the story about doubting Thomas. He’s one of the disciples. … When Jesus died, everybody said he’s coming back and Thomas was like, `Yeah, right. I’ll believe it when I see it.'”
How ironic that some had echoed those sentiments about Jones resurrecting his career as one of baseball’s premier closers. Yeah, right. His best years are behind him. He’s too old. We’ll believe it when we see it.
But five years removed from being one of the game’s most dominant closers — and after being humbled while pitching for six teams since 2001 — Jones has found his rapture with the Marlins.
Pitching in his 13th season, Jones, 37, has no secret agenda. He’s candid and brutally honest. When asked what he thinks of being a candidate for comeback player of the year, he replies; “You can’t get comeback player of the year because you suck [the previous years].”