OK, here’s the absolute last chapter in the Matt Garza-Luke Scott saga, which is getting as long as Revelations.
Garza’s comments to St. Petersburg Times’ beat writer Marc Topkin on Saturday – that he didn’t appreciate Scott’s use of Bible verses as a way to question Garza’s humility – were relayed to Scott after the game.
And Scott basically said everyone has a right to his or her opinion.
“He’s just saying religion is not something you bring into baseball; it’s all a matter of choice. That’s not how I view it. Like I said, I consider it a blessing to be here and I am thankful for the opportunity to play. And that’s just my personal beliefs.”
As for Garza’s allegations that Scott’s celebration ritual is hypocritical of someone who is denouncing boastfulness in the name of God, Scott said:
"That’s part of the game. You celebrate with your teammates. I play this game because I like to have fun. When I celebrate with my teammates, I am celebrating because I am enjoying the competition and am enjoying success. It’s just as simple as that. I mean, I am pretty sure he gets pretty pumped up when he is in a big game and he does well and he gets some key outs when he needs them. I bet you he is in there and he is fired up. We all have different ways of expressing emotion in this game and that’s what makes us all unique.”
To make sure this thing goes no further, Scott made a point of saying he respects Garza and all pitchers, for that matter.
“I respect everyone that steps out on the mound that I face. I respect all my opponents because they are the best in the game and they deserve it.”
OK, nothing to see here. Carry on.