Found February 29, 2012 on Just Sports And Just Us:

Via Just Sports And Just Us:

The Boston Red Sox choked away the American League wild card last season, which made for a joyous celebration in Tampa, Florida. But the Tampa Bay Rays weren't the only team celebrating that final night of the season. The Baltimore Orioles were doing their part by taking out the Red Sox on the final night and celebrating when the Rays came back to beat the New York Yankees.

Former Oriole Luke Scott was injured for the last game, but he took much pleasure in the Red Sox not making the playoffs. Scott became a Rays fan for those last few hours of the 2011 season.

"I'd already had [right-shoulder] surgery, so I was in the clubhouse during the game," Scott said. "The guys were battling. I was sitting in the clubhouse watching the game with some of my teammates, guys that weren't playing. We were following back and forth.

"We were pulling for Tampa Bay. They were down, 7-0, and we were like, 'Dang it, we've got to beat Boston, so we can force this playoff.' And then the next thing you know the score [in St. Petersburg is] 7-6. Then it's 7-7. And we're going into the ninth against one of the best closers in the game."

Scott isn't one to hold his tongue though and had some parting shots for Red Sox fans. I'll say this, he doesn't like them very much.

"Just their arrogance," Scott said. "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. 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."

"The clubhouse afterward was like we'd just won the World Series -- a lot of celebrating, a lot of high emotions," Scott said.

"Everybody's giving high-fives, then all of a sudden [Longoria] homers," Scott said. "Everybody's in the clubhouse and it's like, Bam! And we're like, 'Go home Boston! Pack your bags. See you next year.' "

I guess a last-place team does have some kind of emotion, even though I don't think Buck Showalter had the Orioles packing it in. Scott fired more shots at the Sox fans.

"I got to see a priceless thing driving back to my apartment," Scott said. "I see all the Boston fans walking around, and I mean they were crying crocodile tears. People were like this, walking side by side."

Scott wrapped his arm around a reporter's waist and began to wail to demonstrate.

"It was like someone shot their dog. I rolled down the window and I'm like, 'Ah, hah, sucks doesn't it, when someone laughs or makes fun of you when things aren't going your way.'" 

I can hear him saying that in a Boston accent. Scott isn't one of the best players in the game, but I'm sure he'll get showered with boos and more when the Rays visit Boston. It should make for interesting theater this season.


Also from Just Sports & Just Us

Mattingly: Los Angeles is a Dodgers town

Retired NBA all-star considering a comeback

NBA rookie receives citation for bar fight


Former Oriole Luke Scott Talks Last Game of 2011 Season; Mocking Red Sox Fans

The final day of baseball in the 2011 regular season may just be the most amazing day of baseball in history. The Orioles battled the free-falling Red Sox at Camden Yards while the already-clinched Yankees were playing the resilient Rays. In order to play another game, the Rays needed to win, effectively forcing a one game playoff. However, with a Sox loss and a Rays win, the Sox...

Jason Varitek: King of No-No’s

Jason Varitek is officially announcing his retirement Thursday, which means both of the longest tenured Red Sox have decided to hang ‘em up in a span of less than two weeks.  I feel similarly about Varitek as I do about Wakefield, obviously I can’t try to sum up everything he did in a Boston uniform.  So I will just say this: Varitek is the greatest player in Major League...

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Lavarnway Help Give Red Sox Catching Depth Now and Into Future

Jason Varitek's career is expected to come to an official end on Thursday when he is slated to formally announce his retirement from the Red Sox. It marks the end of an era, but it also officially marks a transition in power two years in the making, as it means that Jarrod Saltalamacchia is now the leader of the Boston catching corps. With Saltalamacchia behind the dish, Kelly...

Jason Varitek Retires a Red Sox Legend, But Offensive Numbers Don't Merit Trip to Cooperstown

In his 15 years in a Red Sox uniform, Jason Varitek has earned the right to be mentioned in the same sentence as players such as Carlton Fisk, Johnny Pesky and Jim Rice when discussing team legends. Winning two World Series, being behind the plate for four no-hitters and catching the most games in Red Sox history can do that. However, despite being admired by fans and taking on a...

Truck Day clubhouse tour video revealed Jason Varitek’s impending retirement

Longtime Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Veritek is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday, but it appears that the organization knew about the impending announcement long before anyone else did. How so? Video of a New York family’s tour of the Red Sox clubhouse on Truck Day (the annual event in early February [...]

Rays hope Jennings provides spark in lineup

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Of all the potentially significant story lines unfolding this year for the Tampa Bay Rays, none may be more intriguing than that of Desmond Jennings. Given what he accomplished in a partial season a season ago, Jennings could conceivably help set the tone for increased offensive production for the Rays and do it from a leadoff spot that has traditionally been...

Chillin' on the "B" side

At 1pm today the Sox play the twins in a "B" game which simply means that no major league umpires will be calling the game. Still, it holds a good deal of importance as both Alfredo Aceves and Daniel Bard will be throwing for the first time to opposing hitters.Aceves and Bard will be battling all spring to see who will fill out the rotation. With Aceves' versatility...

Ryan Lavarnway Blasts Solo Home Run in First Game of Spring, Feels 'Good'

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Ryan Lavarnway didn’t disappoint in his first plate appearance of the spring. With the bases empty against the Twins, the Red Sox catcher blasted a solo homer off Scott Baker to left field in Thursday’s “B” game. After a few innings, Lavarnway was yanked to allocate time to other catchers, but the youngster is looking to build on his progress. “That...

Fire at Fenway Park causes $100,000 in damage

A fire in the Boston Red Sox's administrative offices at Fenway Park has caused $100,000 in damage.The Boston Fire Department quickly extinguished a fire in a second-floor mailroom around 11:30 a.m. Monday. The department said that most of the damage was caused by smoke and water.The small fire was caused by a short circuit near a wall-mounted light fixture.Fenway Park is celebrating...

Jason Varitek Press Conference - Live Video

Watch the Jason Varitek press conference live from Fort Myers starting at 5:30 PM Eastern.  Varitek will be announcing his retirement from MLB.

Rays 3B Longoria has bruised right hand

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria left Thursday's intrasquad game after pitcher Matt Bush hit him on his right hand.

Rays' Longoria hit by pitch in intrasquad game (Yahoo! Sports)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch during an intrasquad game and has a bruised right hand.

To the Moon

In a nice coda to Jason Varitek's classy, low-key departure, the Future (it's always about the Future) had something to say during a meaningless B game. Buster Olney ‏ @Buster_ESPNRyan Lavarnway with a moonshot homer to left with two outs in the first. This is not to say that the future has been determined, but it's a good reminder that change is good and necessary...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.