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Luke Scott shows up to Rays camp with boar’s head from hunting trip (Picture)

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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Luke Scott is not your average human being. He enjoys speaking his mind and getting a rise out of people. The latter is likely what inspired him to bring a hunting trophy with him to spring training on Monday.

As you can see from the photo above that Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times shared on Twitter, Scott brought an actual wild boar’s head from a boar he says he killed while on a spear-hunting trip into the Rays locker room. The Times’ Gary Shelton painted a more detailed picture of the scene for us.

Scott bounced through the clubhouse carrying a large boar’s head — the first one he killed with a spear, he would later explain. The eyes stared ahead blankly, and the tusks curled around the snout. Scott thought it would be a wonderful attachment to the side of his locker.

Soon, he would tell the story, again, about the clacking sound the boar made just before it threatened to charge. To emphasize, Scott thrust his lower jaw forward and clacked himself.

Different guy, Luke Scott.

Different guy, indeed. This is the same Scott who once trashed one of America’s most beloved ballparks and said a slump had reduced him to tears and prayer. He also verbally abused Red Sox fans at one point last season. To a person like that, bringing an animal’s head into the locker room ain’t no thang.

Luke Scott says slump has brought him to tears and made him pray for help

Luke Scott is currently setting all the wrong records for the Tampa Bay Rays. On Thursday night, he set a Rays team record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit as his historical hitting slump continued with an 0-for-3 night. Scott is currently in an 0-for-39 funk. The Rays record was 0-for-37 and the MLB record is 0-for-46, held by utility man Eugenio Velez. As expected, Scott is not a happy man.

“I have sleepless nights, lots of sleepless nights,” Scott said according to the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s brought me to tears, it really has. It’s something that really weighs heavily on my heart every single day. Every single day I wake up, I have this burden on my heart and I have this heaviness. I get on my knees every single day and I pray, I ask the good Lord to help me, to help me come through this. That’s where my trust is.

“Does it weigh heavy on my heart? Oh my gosh. I’d say if I wasn’t a Christian man, I’d be an alcoholic or something – this is something that would have driven me to drink.”

That sounds to me like a religious man who has lost some perspective. First of all, it’s hard to feel bad for someone who is so incredibly outspoken and unafraid of insulting people. More importantly, isn’t he being a little dramatic? I understand Scott wants to help his team and do his job as a professional, but with all that’s going on in the world and all the people who need help I don’t see how somebody can call a hitting slump a “burden” that they pray daily for the Lord to help them with.

Does it suck? Of course. But this is baseball. Saying a horrendous slump could drive you to drink and causes you to cry and beg God for help seems more than a little over the top.

H/T Big League Stew
Photo credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Luke Scott calls Fenway Park a ‘dump’

Luke Scott is one of the most outspoken players in professional baseball, and over the past few months he has done his best to become public enemy number one for the people of Boston. To Red Sox fans and others who appreciate baseball history, Fenway Park is a temple. It has as many flaws as you would expect from a 100-year-old ballpark, but the nostalgia trumps all that. Right? As a visiting player, Scott does not feel that way.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Scott was asked on Thursday about the Rays making a trip to Fenway Park this weekend. He noted that he appreciates the history of Fenway, but also added the following: “As a baseball player going there to work, the place is a dump.”

How dare he? Prior to that comment, Red Sox fans may have been too busy booing the 1-5 home team on Friday to remember that Scott called them arrogant, ruthless, vulguar trouble makers over the winter. With this latest comment fresh on their minds, I’m sure the Beantown faithful will let him hear the noise.

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Luke Scott rips Red Sox fans: They’re ruthless, vulgar, and they cause trouble

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Red Sox fans are not known for being the kindest bunch in the nation. Words like disrespectful, loud, and obnoxious are used more often to describe Boston fans than ones like classy and welcoming. Having played in the A.L. East since 2008, Rays outfielder Luke Scott has become quite familiar with Red Sox fans and the way they act at Fenway Park. From the way he makes it sound, it’s worse than many thought.

“Just their arrogance,” Scott said during an interview with MLB.com. “The fans come in and they take over the city. They’re ruthless. They’re vulgar. They cause trouble. They talk about your family. Swear at you. Who likes that? When people do that, it just gives you more incentive to beat them. Then when things like (the last game of last season) happen, you celebrate even more. You go to St. Louis–classiest fans in the game. You do well, there’s no vulgarity. You know what? You don’t wish them bad.”

That sounds about right. Scott is a guy who has never been known to shy away from speaking his mind, so the fact that he feels so strongly about it should surprise no one. Boston is a massive media market. The stuff Red Sox fans have seen in the paper and on ESPN for the past several decades has placed a permanent chip on their shoulder. A lot of what Scott said is accurate, but that goes for Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and any other big-market team as well.

Take it from one who knows. Going to a Red Sox game is another excuse to get hammered for half the people in attendance. I once witnessed a bunch of 20-something-year-olds make their way to the first row behind the bullpen at the end of a game just to verbally assault Jonathan Papelbon — one of their own players. Some cursing was mixed in and let’s just say Pap wasn’t happy. Maybe I was one of those 20-something-year-olds. Maybe I wasn’t.

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Luke Scott Does Not Believe President Obama Was Born in America

Baltimore Orioles slugger Luke Scott has a reputation for his unconventional political views which aren’t exactly endearing him with most fans. In fact, the Orioles themselves have made it clear that Scott’s views don’t reflect those of the club. After all, how many clubs would be proud to say their left fielder is a birther?

“(President Obama’s) birth certificate has yet to be validated” Scott told The Kansas City Star. “If they can counterfeit $100 bills, I think it’s a million times easier to counterfeit a birth certificate, if you ask me,” Scott says. “So, all it is, let’s just see if it’s real. Anybody can produce a document, so let’s check it out.”

Talking to Luke Scott shouldn’t even be allowed for reporters at this point because it’s just too easy. It’s bad enough that we have football players who don’t believe airplanes brought down the Twin Towers, now we have to worry about baseball players not believing Obama was born as a U.S. citizen? Fantastic.

via Eye on Baseball

Luke Scott Injures Leg on Home Run Trot

It does not get more bittersweet than this: Orioles DH Luke Scott went back-to-back with Ty Wiggington in the 7th inning of Baltimore’s game with Oakland. The solo blast was Scott’s 12th of the season and it gave the O’s a 7-6 lead. Scott hit it to the left-center gap which is a deep part of the park. He wasn’t sure if the ball would clear the fence, so he was hustling around first to try for a double in case the ball stayed in the yard. Scott was really booking it around first and apparently pulled his hamstring rounding the base, making it difficult for him to finish circling.

“I am glad the ball went out, but this is frustrating. When I start feeling like this a lot of good things happen. But that’s life. You’ve got to dig down, get on my knees, say my prayers and God will give me the strength to get through it.”

Let’s hope he’ll be stroking it just as well when he does return from the DL. It’s a shame to go down like that especially when he was doing the right thing by hustling in case the ball didn’t get out. Far too often we see guys start pimping their home runs in the batters box and the ball hits off the wall, so at least Scott was trying. I would say this is a strange way to get hurt but this is baseball, and we’ve already seen our fair share of weird injuries in the sport.

Sources:
Scott injures leg on go-ahead homer [MLB.com]
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