Rays DH Luke Scott told MLB.com he thinks Fenway is “a dump” as the Sox are preparing for Fenway Parks 100th year anniversary and the teams 2012 home opener.
“As a baseball player, going there to work, it’s a dump,” said Scott, whose Rays play the Red Sox on Friday in their Fenway opener. “I mean, it’s old. It does have a great feel and nostalgia, but at the end of the day, I’d rather be at a good facility where I can get my work in. A place where I can go hit in the cage, where I have space and it’s a little more comfortable to come to work.
“You’re packed in like sardines there. It’s hard to get your work in. … You have to go to their weight room if you want to lift. From a fan’s perspective, it’s probably pretty cool to go see a game at a historic park. But from a player’s point of view, it’s not a place where you want to go to work.”
There is probably a lot of truth to what Scott has to say. Fenway is notoriously small and I have heard the visiting teams amenities are less than impressive. That being said the thing that irks me about this quote is that it is the second time in a month that Scott has taken a shot at the Red Sox. During spring training, he said keeping Boston out of the playoffs was even more pleasing because of his disdain for its fans.
“Just their arrogance,” Scott told MLB.com at the time. “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, a 4-3 walk-off Orioles victory] 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.”
Luke Scott will not be starting today as he is suffering from a hamstring injury. That being said I don’t think he needs to worry about Red Sox fans “wishing him bad”. The reason why no one will wish him badly is because no one knows who he is. Listen Luke Scott, no one in Boston takes a career .265 hitter seriously. Like the great Pedro Martinez would say, “Who is Luke Scott”