Oh boy. Orioles designated hitter Luke Scott stopped by baseball's winter meetings on Tuesday to chat with his agent and ended up sitting down for a lengthy interview with David Brown of the Yahoo! baseball blog Big League Stew. Scott is an outspoken guy, but he took it to another level in this one.
Scott started slow, fielding questions on new teammate Mark Reynolds ("I really don't care about strikeouts if a guy is going to hit 30-45 home runs and provide some protection"), his offseason beard ("Whenever I go into cold weather, I grow my beard out because it helps keep my face warm") and rocker/hunter/gun advocate Ted Nugent ("I'm a big fan of Ted Nugent because he's a 'keep it real' type of guy").
After a big chunk of chatter about hunting, Jessica Simpson's dog being eaten by coyotes and gun control, Scott was asked about President Barack Obama. "Obama does not represent America," the slugger said. "Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for."
Scott continued to preach his political beliefs and expressed an interest in running for office someday -- again, check out this link for the whole interview -- then he dropped this bombshell.
Brown asked Scott, "You don't think that Obama wasn't born in the United States, do you?"
"He was not born here," Scott said. "That's my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go -- within 10 minutes -- to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, 'See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.' The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn't answer anything. And why? Because he's hiding something."
I wonder what the folks over at the Warehouse are going to think about that.
Then came my favorite part of the interview: After Scott's rant, Brown followed that up with one final question, asking, "What kind of slugging percentage would you like to finish with this year?"
"Let's just start with ... anything over .600 would be nice," Scott answered, laughing. "I'll take it."
They exchanged thank yous and goodbyes, then I'm guessing Brown ran for cover .
OK, people: What's your take on this doozy from Luuuuuuuke?