It’s hard to think of a more polarizing personality in Orioles history than Luke Scott.
Fans seem to either love or hate the way the lefty slugger/outfielder/pro-gun conservative has often made himself the center of attention with his opinions on all manner of things (most famously, his beliefs about President Barack Obama’s country of origin).
But the former Oriole surely won -- or won back -- the favor of some Orioles fans with his recent comments about Red Sox fans to MLB.com.
Scott, now with the Rays, was discussing how exciting it was to be in the Orioles’ clubhouse while the two teams were combining to dash Boston’s postseason hopes on the last night of the 2011 regular season -- "It was awesome, just a beautiful thing," Scott told MLB.com. Asked about his opinion of Red Sox fans, he made it clear that he doesn’t hold them in high esteem.
"Just their arrogance," Scott told 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.”
That is, undoubtedly, a sentiment shared by plenty of Orioles fans who have become accustomed to seeing a horde of Red Sox fans descend on Camden Yards every time Boston is in town for a series, derisively labeling the stadium “Fenway Park South.”
"I got to see a priceless thing driving back to my apartment [after the regular-season finale]," Scott continued. "I see all the Boston fans walking around, and I mean they were crying crocodile tears. … It was like someone shot their dog. I rolled down the window and I'm like, 'Ah, hah, [stinks] doesn't it, when someone laughs or makes fun of you when things aren't going your way?'"
Here’s guessing this particular outburst of Scott’s will play well in Baltimore.