PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Former Orioles outfielder Luke Scott is wearing a different jersey these days. Earlier this week, he drew headlines for sharing his disdain for Red Sox fans – how they would take over Camden Yards with a certain “arrogance” that rubbed him the wrong way.
While calling Red Sox fans “ruthless” and “vulgar,” Scott talked about how he reveled in the Orioles’ regular-season finale win over Boston, which knocked the Red Sox out of the postseason while opening the door for his new team, the Rays, to make the playoffs as the American League wild card team. He talked about rolling down his car window and heckling Boston fans while driving home that night.
His comments drew national attention – attention which Scott said Friday morning he never intended.
“I was really just expressing my feelings about an amazing night,” Scott said Friday. “It was just a very emotional, dramatic day.”
Meanwhile Scott, who spent the past four seasons with the Orioles before signing a one-year, $5 million deal with the Rays this offseason, is still recovering from last July’s season ending surgery to repair a torn right labrum. He will likely not play in the Orioles first trip to Port Charlotte on Monday afternoon.
Scott, sporting a full beard these days, said he’s enjoying his time in Tampa Bay.
“This clubhouse is awesome,” Scott said. “I enjoyed my time in Baltimore. I played with a great group of guys there and we went through a lot in that clubhouse. It’s a solid group of people.
“Here, I’m getting to know these guys and they’re a good group of men. They work hard, they’re extremely talented. It’s a loose group. Guys have fun. They like to enjoy the game, they enjoy our work, they enjoy our practices. They make it a whole lot of fun, top to bottom. It’s a wonderful place to be.”